President-Founder, Wild-Touch; filmmaker
Luc Jacquet was born in Bourg-en-Bresse in 1967. In 1991, he earned an animal biology masters at University Lyon II. He then prepared a DEA in management of natural mountain environments at the University of Grenoble.
It is in the framework of his scientific formation that he got the opportunity to go on a first trip in the Antarctic during fourteen months. He left on a polar ornitho-ecological mission for the CNRS. During this mission he also played the role of cameraman for the movie “the congress of the penguins”. That is when he discovered his passion for images and started his career of filmmaker as animal documentary cameraman.
Most of his documentaries are realized in the Antarctic or on the Austral Islands: he spent three years under the 40th degrees of the South latitude. His first full-length movie, The March of the Emperor, was born from these different trips around the 6th continent. It relates the incredible story of the species of the emperor penguins surviving to the most extreme climate on the planet. The film encountered an incredible success and won many awards such as the Oscar for the best documentary in Los Angeles in 2006.
Furthermore, Luc Jacquet got involved more and more in favor of environmental preservation: In 2010, he launched the Wild-Touch NGO- a link between Men and nature- destined to support nature conservation programs though films and events.