Leopard Legacy

This film follows Olimba, an incredible leopardess and her two small cubs as they each face their own challenges. From their life-threatening encounters with hyenas, baboons and other leopards, to the remarkable triumphs of their most promising hunts, and the unexpected losses that bring tragedy to their lives – the two generations of leopards bring a real, intimate story of what truly happens in the fascinating life of such a gracious, elusive big cat – surviving as a mother, and as youngsters in the heartland of Africa.

Produced by

Into Nature Productions and Kurt Mayer Film for ORF, Arte and WDR in association with ORF Enterprise. © 2020

  • Produced & Directed by Will & Lianne Steenkamp
  • Narrated by Noma Dumezweni
  • Edit by Alan Miller
  • Original score by Roman Kariolou



  • Festival International Du Film Ornithologique (2021): Grand Prix Award
  • International Wildlife Film Festival (2021): WINNER Animal Behaviour Award
  • NaturVision Film Festival (2021): WINNER Best Camera Award
  • Green Screen Wildlife Film Festival (2021): WINNER Best Camera Award
  • Wildlife Conservation Film Festival (2021): WINNER Best Feature
  • Matsalu Nature Film Festival (2021): WINNER Best Editing
  • Matsalu Nature Film Festival (2021): WINNER Jury Special Mention
  • World Media Festivals (2021): Gold WINNER
  • Nature Without Borders Wildlife Film Festival (2021): WINNER Best of Show: Wildlife & Nature
  • Nature Without Borders Wildlife Film Festival (2021): Outstanding Excellence: Cinematography
  • Nature Without Borders Wildlife Film Festival (2021): Excellence: Edit, Score & Sound
  • Golden Sparrow Wildlife Film Festival (Jan 2021): WINNER Best Cinematography, Best Nature/Environment/Wildlife Film, Best International Feature Film, Best Musical Theme, Best Original Score, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Sound Design, Best Production Company, Best Producer.
  • New York Festivals TV&Film Awards (2021): Silver WINNER: Wildlife & Nature Documentary
  • Deauville Green Awards (2021): Silver Trophy for Best Preservation & Biodiversity Film
  • Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam (2021): Official Selection & Nominee for Best Animal Behaviour
  • International Festival Academia Olmouc (2021): Official Selection
  • Sondrio Festival (2021): Official Selection
  • MountainFilm International Film Festival Graz (2021): Official Selection
  • Festival International Nature Namur (2021): Official Selection
  • Green Screen Wildlife Film Festival (2021): Nominee for Best Post Production
  • NaturVision Film Festival (2021): Nominee for Best Wildlife Film

Sequence Filming

  • Mammals (2024) – BBC
  • Planet Earth III (2023) – BBC
  • Dynasties II (2022) – BBC
  • Eden: Untamed Planet (2021) – BBC
  • Perfect Planet (2020) – Silverback/BBC
  • Primates (2019) – BBC
  • Big Cats (2018) – BBC
  • Camp Zambia (2017) – Plimsoll Productions/Blue Ant
  • Planet Earth II (2016) – BBC
  • Africa’s Wild West (2014) – Interspot Film/ORF