15-0338 Secrets of Bumblebees
Produced by ORF and Power of Earth Productions in association with ORF-Enterprise, bm:ukk and Kultur NÖ
Category as a finalist: Children's
This film follows a young bumblebee queen through a year, to experience with her the life of the bees’ furry sisters. No doubt about it: no other insects make us as happy as bumble bees; wherever we happen to see them. On snowy meadows - or in our town centers. And - wherever a bumblebee flies, there’ll be flowers. They use all the daylight there is. They work about 18 hours a day all the way through the summer. Much longer than their honeybee cousins. But: who knows about their „dark side“ - about the secret places in their dark nests, hidden underground? Bumblebees fly up to 6,000 meters up mountains. Some of them’ll only live in high alpine regions. Some are still a complete mystery – their nests have never been filmed! Bumblebees have enemies, as well – some colorful ... others furry ... They don’t get a friendly welcome everywhere. But if they have to defend themselves, they will – and they’ll use their powerful sting. Challenge a bumblebee – you run a serious risk of losing!