Wildscreen’s goal is to convene the best photographers, filmmakers and creative professionals with the most committed conservationists to create compelling stories about the natural world; that inspire the wider public to experience it, feel part of it and protect it.
Wildscreen Exchange - A unique global hub that empowers conservation organisations by connecting them with world-leading filmmakers and photographers to create ground-breaking communications about our natural world.
Wildscreen Festival - the internationally renowned festival that celebrates and advances the art of natural world storytelling.
Symbiotic Stories was a day-long event for conservation organisations and visual storytellers at Victoria Warehouse on Thursday 19 October.
An event for those who have stories that need to be told, and those who recognise their lens as the most powerful tools to tell them. Consisting of keynote sessions and masterclasses, the day explored creative examples and practical techniques in the crafting of natural world stories that reach diverse audiences and generate real change. Curated for conservationists, photographers and filmmakers the programme unearthed how to make the most of available resources and how joining forces can drive impact and maximise reach.
Wildscreen Festival is the world’s leading international festival celebrating and advancing storytelling about the natural world through visual media.
For over 30 years the prestigious biennial Festival has been convening and celebrating the world's best natural world storytellers, it is home to the illustrious Wildscreen Panda Awards, the highest accolade in the wildlife film and TV industry.
Through collaboration with an ever-growing community of filmmakers, photographers, broadcasters, technologists and conservation organisations we aim to transform the craft of natural world storytelling across platforms and across audiences, ensuring as many people as possible experience the natural world, feel part of it and want to help protect it.
Diary dates: Wednesday 21 March 2018 - Official submission deadline for entries to Wildscreen Panda Awards 2018 July 2018 - Wildscreen Panda Award nominations announced Monday 15 to Friday 19 October 2018 - Wildscreen Festival – the world’s biggest celebration of natural world storytelling – and the Panda Awards ceremony, takes place in Bristol, UK
We’re thrilled to launch our 2018 competition on the same day when our home city, Bristol, has been announced as a UNESCO City of Film. A staggering 40 percent of all natural history productions come through Bristol and today’s announcement really cements our global reputation as a world-leading centre for film.”
Wildscreen 2018 Panda Award Nominees Announced
Wildscreen, the not-for-profit behind the world’s biggest festival of natural history storytelling, today announced the nominees for the 2018 edition of international wildlife film, TV and content industry’s highest honour - the Wildscreen Panda Awards.
The ocean epic, BLUE PLANET II, leads the nominations picking up seven nods for the world-renowned BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit, in recognition of its stunning cinematography and never-before-seen animal behaviour. Keo Films’ RISE OF THE WARRIOR APES, which brings a gripping investigative approach to natural history documentary, follows closely with five nominations, topping the craft categories for its technical excellence.
Intimate personal stories and the use of authentic voices, with them being integral to the over-arching narratives of a production, is a standout theme across the 17 categories. The expert testimony and passion of scientists is central to many productions including JANE and ONE STRANGE ROCK.
“Humanity’s relationships and interactions with the natural world is what truly stood out amongst the nominees this year”, said Lucie Muir, Wildscreen CEO. “We’re at a point in our history where we either choose to protect nature or we all suffer the consequences. Storytelling is a powerful tool for positive change and it was so encouraging to see a particularly strong field in the Impact award category in 2018. It was so strong in fact, that we took the decision to double the number of nominees, creating two sub-categories – small and large budget – recognising that big impacts and change is possible on any budget. These stories share hope and optimism for the future of our natural world and our place within it.”
Wildscreen CEO, Lucie Muir
The 2018 line-up also sees the first ever VR contender in the Awards’ 36 year history, with THE PROTECTORS receiving a nomination for the Innovation Award.
Oscar-winning Dame Judi Dench’s, MY PASSION FOR TREES, sees her nominated for the Presenter Award alongside Chris Packham and BBC wildlife cameraman, Vianet Djenguet.
The shortlist features productions from 12 countries, including Qatar for the first time, with each of the 37 nominees standing out amongst nearly 800 entries to Wildscreen’s international jury of more than 40 world-leading producers, broadcasters and craft professionals. But it’s not just the industry that decides the outstanding productions of the past two years. The Children’s Panda Award nominees were chosen by a 30-strong jury of 8-12 years olds from Easton in Bristol and a school in León, Mexico.
The winners will be revealed at the Panda Awards Ceremony which will take place on 19 October at The Passenger Shed, Brunel’s Old Station, in Bristol. The gala is the climax to the Wildscreen Festival, the biggest global gathering of natural world storytellers, which sees over 900 of the world’s leading filmmakers, photographers, broadcasters and content creators convene in Bristol for a week of business, film premieres and an unrivalled programme of 120+ hours of content from more than 150 speakers from across the globe.
Arkive is an initiative of the UK-based charity Wildscreen – which uses the power of wildlife films and photos to promote a greater understanding of the natural world and the need for its conservation.
Arkive (www.arkive.org) is the world’s leading online encyclopaedia about the natural world with over 16,000 in-depth species fact-files and more than 100,000 films and photos. It’s renowned for the depth of information provided and for its accuracy, with fact-files sourced from, or checked by, academic experts. To find out more about Wildscreen please visit www.wildscreen.org.
Wildscreen Exchange empowers conservation organisations by connecting them with world-leading filmmakers and photographers to create ground-breaking communications about our natural world. Photographers and filmmakers donate images and footage free for use by not-for-profit organisations in their online and offline communication campaigns.
Working with the most influential content creators in the natural history genre and the conservation organisations with the greatest tales to tell, Wildscreen Exchange documents, crafts and shares exclusive, untold stories that the world needs to see, motivating meaningful change and hope for the future.
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