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Wildscreen festival - Panda Awards

Don't miss out on this great Wildeye course this month:

Introduction to Wildlife Film-making 25-27th of April

These weekends, in the heart of Norfolk, provide a unique hands-on introduction to wildlife film-making. The sessions cover all aspects of wildlife film-making with opportunities for practical filming work as well as advice about how to get started and what equipment to use. This course is the perfect start for those wishing to work in the wildlife film-making industry, whether as a camera operator, producer, researcher, script-writer, presenter and so on. It is also suitable for those wishing to pursue wildlife film-making as a fascinating hobby. Professional wildlife film-makers with a wide range of experience will be your guides and tutors throughout the weekend. You will find it a fun and valuable experience, and will enjoy mixing with other peopleenthused by wildlife films. The location is Whitwell Hall Country Centre in the centre of Norfolk, UK with part of the practical work at Pensthorpe (former hosts of BBC Springwatch). Accommodation in shared rooms and all meals are included. No experience or equipment is required. More HERE!

Costs: £295 per person

Dates: 25-27 April 2014 Visit:

Why put if off any longer? Join us for a valuable addition to your CV, at great value!

Booking: If the home page shows that there are places available for the course of your choice - please complete the online application form and send in the fee as detailed.

Desi is a female, she is at least 15 years old.
She was rescued from the local Pangkalan Bun Zoo
in 2007 by Dr Biruté Mary Galdikas, founder of OFI.

Help OFI build a Forest Enclosure for 3 Sun Bears in Indonesia By Patrick Rouxel

Patrick Rouxel has been mostly in Indonesia over the past three years, filming and editing his next film on sun bears. He finished shooting but before he goes back to France to finalise his film, he's building a one hectare forest enclosure for three adult captive sun bears he feels sorry for. The construction of the enclosure has started but he is now trying to raise funds to finish the project.

"When I first saw Kevin in July 2012 at the OFI Orangutan Care Centre and Quarantine in Central Indonesian Borneo, I was impressed by the size of his canines, the length of his claws, and how powerful he looked. Like most people, I did not dare get too close to his cage.

Desi, much smaller in size and with grey hair on her face, looked much less impressive, but I also kept a safe distance because she seemed to be always grumpy and quick at biting if your hands got too close to her cage.

Hilda was in a dark cage where it was difficult to see her unless you got real close, which I didn't venture doing.

Every day I would get rotting logs from the nearby forest to give to the bears. They loved ripping through them to get to the termites, larva, and forest cockroaches. They just couldn't get enough of them. After a few days, the bears were greeting me with happy faces as I arrived in the mornings.

They were so thrilled about getting these logs and ripping them apart, thrilled about doing what sun bears love to do. They showed no aggression towards me and soon allowed me to stick my arms in their cages to pat them and play."

Read more here:

Please have a look at this short film about the project:

Bear Enclosure VA from Rouxel Patrick

And the blog (where one can make a donation):

Wild Pages


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Wild Pages 14/15 is Out Now!!
By Wildeye Publishing
18th March 2014

The wait for the second edition of Wild Pages: The Wildlife Film-makers' Resource Guide is finally over... We have just recieved the first boxes of the publication and it is now available in print, eBook and Kindle versions! :)

  • Latest edition fully updated and expanded - 355 packed pages
  • A complete tool-kit of information for all wildlife film-makers – established and newcomers
  • Listings of wildlife production companies, footage libraries, distributors, broadcasters, location managers/fixers, film festivals, organisations, publications, freelancers and more, with contact details, weblinks and descriptions
  • Including answers to those all-important questions such as whether companies take people on work experience or consider co-productions, how to submit proposals etc.
  • Invaluable information at your fingertips to save hours of trawling through the Internet and sending many emails

Please order your copy from the first boxes now! Visit: Thank you!!

See more here...


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Meet the Mexican Ambassador for Keiko, the Untold Story of the Star of Free Willy – Member Karla Munguia Colmenero
By Jason Peters
March 2014

Wildlife conservationist and film-maker, Karla has been given the role of Ambassador in Mexico and Latin America for the film Keiko, The Untold Story of the Star of Free Willy.

Read the letter from the film-maker Theresa Demarest, describing Karla's background and outlining her task:

To Whom It May Concern,

We have entered into an agreement with Karla Munguia Colmenero, wildlife filmmaker and conservationist, to be our ambassador and representative in Mexico for our documentary film Keiko The Untold Story of the Star of Free Willy, which documents the life and true story of Keiko, the orca whale who starred in the hit film Free Willy, and the only orca ever released from captivity into the wild.

Karla was nine years old when she first met Keiko at Reino Aventura...

Keiko The Untold Story Trailer from Theresa Demarest

Read more here...


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Introducing ROAR Talent!
By Wildscreen
5th March 2014

We are launching an incredibly exciting new initiative at the Wildscreen Festival this year. 2014 will be the inaugural year for the Wildscreen ROAR Talent Programme and Bursary!

ROAR Talent Programme

The ROAR Talent programme is a strand of sessions, workshops and events tailored to the knowledge level and requirements of industry newcomers, or beginners in specific areas. The aim of the strand is to teach vital foundation skills and provide valuable trade know-how, with each session acting as a thorough introduction to a specific topic.

The workshops are open to everyone, with the tickets being available to purchase in the same way as all Wildscreen workshop tickets.

ROAR Talent workshops will be denoted in the programme with the ROAR Talent logo, as will all events within the strand.

Read more here...


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Our urban neighbour - Dani Godwin on a year of wildlife education and filming Bristols foxes.
By Danielle Godwin
March 2014

My name is Dani Godwin. I am a wildlife photographer and filmmaker living in Bristol, UK. I have always had a passion for the world around me. I love to travel and come into contact with exotic wildlife and different cultures. I have spent much of my time photographing in the wild but I have also spent time observing animal behavior inside zoos. After spending six months travelling around the world, crossing borders by every method possible, playing Pictionary with tuk-tuk drivers and spending time with elephants, wombats and many other animals, I have to say my most memorable moment was giving a BBC Wildlife Magazine to a group of Cambodian children and seeing their faces light up in awe when, for the first time, they saw a photo of a wolf in snow. It was a truly inspiring moment for me.

I was lucky enough last year to be accepted onto the MA Wildlife Filmmaking course in collaboration with UWE and the BBC. It was, so far, the best year of my life. I have come out of the year with a well-rounded understanding of the film industry and have met many great people within the industry, who have given me the greatest advice.

During my time on the course, I was given many opportunities and have created films for WWT Slimbridge, undertaken research for BBC2’s The Burrowers and was, last year, really pleased to have one of my films “Highly Commended” at the British Wildlife Photography Awards.

Winter Snow from BWPAwards

The highlight for me was being able to create a film on a British animal that I believe needed some attention, The Urban Fox.

The Bristol Fox from danielle godwin

Read more here...


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Registration Now Open For IWFF 2014 – April 12-19

Registration for the 37th annual festival is now open. Delegates from around the world will converge on Missoula for a week of lively film screenings, energizing discussions, and cozy opportunities to meet and network with colleagues.

Sign up today to come back to the wild!

Download a registration form here. Or buy passes online. Check out the 2014 IWFF Program Booklet here.



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Don't forget to get your entry in to the BWPAwards by the 3rd of May – Be inspired by the Spring weather and get out there to capture some of our wonderful British Wildlife!

An international photography competition, the BWPA was established to celebrate and recognise the talents of photographers of all nationalities practising in the UK, while at the same time highlight the great wealth and diversity of British natural history. At a time when we're increasingly conscious of the importance of wildlife, habitat and conservation, the Awards encourage photographers, whether enthusiast or professional, to explore Britain’s natural and urban environments, and discover its bounty of wildlife, from birds to mammals, insects to marine life.

Wildlife in HD Video sponsored by Sky+HD – In addition to still photography there is a great opportunity to capture wildlife in action and win an amazing prize. This special Award for wildlife in HD Video will be awarded to the most inspirational and dynamic film (up to ninety seconds), which clearly illustrates the special power of moving images as a medium for capturing British Wildlife. Be inspired by the video winner and commended entries in 2013. & Several of the commended entries were from members, so let's keep that up! :)

Henry and the Waxwings from BWPAwards.

Be inspired!!

BWPA Highlights of Commended Wildlife in HD Videos 2013 from BWPAwards.

Also see:

Winner of Wildlife in HD Video: Sky’s top TV package and a 3DTV Plus a Canon XA - 20 Professional Camcorder, ideal for all sorts of professional content creation. Closing date for entries: 3rd of May 2014

Visit, & @BWPAwards


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Support The Solitary Bees campaign with member James Dunbar

A short wildlife documentary about Britain's solitary bees. Showcasing the amazing lives of these important and overlooked insects.

Please visit:

Brock Initiative


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Wildscreen Festival 2014 – Final Call for Entries!

The submission deadline to enter the 2014 Panda Awards is now less than three weeks away. The positive response to both the competition itself and the new categories has been wonderful and we can already see that the judges will have a very difficult time making their decisions!

You have until Friday 18 April to submit your films, but as it is Good Friday and therefore a  bank holiday (hooray!) we would advise that you submit early, so that we will be in the office and available to answer any queries you may have.

You can follow the links for information on how to enter, rules and regulations, how to upload and how to pay. If you have any other questions. please email our submissions guru Izzy.
The Wildscreen Festival Team

New Categories: The Youth Award, the Against All Odds Award and the Earth Sciences Award has become the Sciences Award. Read more here...


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The Wandering Conservationist, A.K.A. member Stephen Le Quesne, has started wandering!

"This project has come about by the simple desire of doing something that will do some good in this world, as well as my determination to create a professional and personal project that is different, to go outside of the box. This website will be he hub of this project, to visit 5 wildlife projects, in 5 different projects. In this website you will find video diaries of my experiences, photos, blog posts as well as a map to see where I am and details if you would like to contact me about anything. The aim is to make a difference, to make a difference in the lives of the wildlife that us conservationists love, as well as the professionals, volunteers and people that dedicate their lives to this wildlife. In the end, this project is also about you, the person who is reading this post, you are the key, the difference I do hope that you will join me as I uncover new stories, experience new places and hopefully inspire people to take action for this wonderful planet." Stephen Le Quesne

TWC Video Diary Episode 1: Welcome to Sumatra from Stephen Le Quesne

Visit for more! Also see: Facebook & @SLeQuesne

Wildlife Film-making: Looking to the Future


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WWT Special Wildlife Weekly episode: Colourful celebrities try to steal the show?

Last week the wardens got a surprise visit and an impromptu presenting lesson... but will another birding odd bill steal the show? A spoonbill has delighted visitors with its antics, the kingfishers are really putting on a show at the Kingfisher hide, and the cranes are fighting for the top spots. But in this special episode, as our wardens do their best to describe the comings and goings on the Reserve, a celebrity shows up to put them through their paces. Enjoy this special episode!

Wildlife Weekly - Episode 15 (Feat. Bill Oddie) from Sacha Dench

See the latest episide here. NB. If you capture any great video on a WWT site, they'd love to see it for potential inclusion in a future #WildlifeWeekly! Please email Sacha on:

Visit Also see: Facebook & @WWT_FilmCrew


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The UK Wildlife Film School would like to announce next Wildlife Film Courses on the Isle of Rum during June 2014

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We will be running a 5-day Wildlife ‘Film’ Course from 9th to 13th June 2014 (Filming only)
And a 12-day Wildlife ‘Production’ Course from 16th to 27th June 2014 (Filming & Editing)

The Isle of Rum is well-known for is large population of Red Deer; whilst also being famous for having both Golden Eagles and Sea Eagles along with other wildlife favourites such as Otters.
Will be filming with Sony-F3 Video Cameras on all of our 2014 courses.

There is a maximum of 8 students per course, so please book early to avoid disappointment as these places are already being filled.
For a more detailed look at our courses, what they offer and how to book…
Please visit our website at



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Matsalu Nature Film Festival - Call for Entries!

The Matsalu Nature Film Festival would like to invite you to an international nature film festival being held in Estonia September 17–21 2014. The first international Matsalu Nature Film Festival took place in Lihula in Western Estonia in October 2003. Because of the Festival’s growing popularity in Haapsalu, the Capital of West Estonia, this become another festival city from 2008. The Festival is named after the nearby Matsalu National Park, one of Europe’s biggest bird sanctuaries and a wetland environment of global significance. This year’s films will be entered in one of two categories:
A. Nature
B. Man in nature
Our festival differs from others in that we include nature photographers in our events and organize nature photography exhibitions. Both professional and amateur photographers are welcome to share their photographs and experiences, meet colleagues and learn from each other.

Please submit your film(s) here. Visit

Tiit Mesila

Festival director
Phone: +372 551 0910

Environmental Investigation Agency


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The 2014 Abbeville Bird and Nature Festival is coming soon!

The 24th Festival of the Bird and Nature in Baie de Somme will be held from 19 to 27 April 2014. The program includes guided nature walks, photo exhibitions and animal art, film screenings.

Festival de l'Oiseau et de la Nature from Festival de l'Oiseau et de la Nature

For more details, visit

Filmmakers For Conservation


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Howdy newest full members of March! :)

Africa Media – Working in partnership with Oceans Campus to provide interested individuals the opportunity to travel to the beautiful Garden Route, South Africa, in order to participate in a month long training program.

American Conservation Film Festival – An annual, four day festival held in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, a vibrant arts community 70 miles west of the nation’s capital. ACFF is dedicated to promoting outstanding, environmental conservation films from professional filmmakers and students alike.

Nature-on-film – We welcome back West Sussex based husband and wife wildlife film makers, Mick and Pat Jenner, who specialise in wildlife filming, projects and productions.

Michael Anthony Cowton – A freelance editor, travel and wildlife writer/photographer, and runs the website, with a focus on nature, wildlife and conservation.

Thomas Young – Conservationist and photographer turned wildlife filmmaker and presenter.

Nicola Kelleher – Presenter and zoologist, who has recently worked on a new TV series, filmed in Africa and will be shown on major channels worldwide, currently in the final stages of edit with NHU Africa -

Danielle Godwin – MA Wildlife Filmmaking graduate with highly commended camerawork, film and photography featured in various national competitions (BBC Wildlife Magazine, British Wildlife Photography Awards, BBC Big Screen).

Patrick Rouxel – An award-winning independent filmmaker specializing on rainforest conservation and animal welfare. See his impressive filmography!

There's basic FREE membership for all here or for a much more comprehensive listing and additional benefits, become a full member: or

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