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.
Wildscreen, the not-for-profit organisation dedicated to bringing conservation to the creative industries, will have a new-look board led by Chair Laura Marshall, CEO of Icon Films which includes Board Members:
Julian Hector - Head of BBC Natural History Unit
Keith Scholey - Director, Silverback Films
Jessica Sweidan - Founder, Synchronicity Earth
Lynn Barlow - Assistant Vice-Chancellor Creative and Cultural Industries Engagement, University of the West of England; Journalist and broadcaster
Andrew Doe – Digital Entrepreneur
Nicholas Rogers – Accountant and Charity Trustee
Con Alexander - Partner, Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP
The 2020 edition of Wildscreen Festival will take place from 19-23 October 2020 in Bristol, UK.
The 2018 edition saw nearly 1,000 industry delegates from 38 countries gather in Bristol to experience over 100 events, with speakers including Hans Zimmer and Executives and creatives from National Geographic, Animal Planet and the BBC.
The 20th anniversary Wildscreen Festival is being developed to nurture and support the thriving natural history content industry built on real impact for nature. It will focus on bringing together funders and makers to enable the creation of content for change, growing audiences and transforming the natural world genre into an inclusive global community of authentic and emerging voices.
With accessibility and inclusivity at its core, the festival aims to provide opportunities for bursaries, pitching and funding. Taking place ahead of two major global events – COP26, the UN climate change summit taking place in Glasgow and the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) in China – the 2020 Festival will be at the heart of the global conversation tackling our current climate and biodiversity crises. From wildscreen.org/about/news/wildscreen-reveals-new-board-and-festival-s-20th-anniversary-dates
Wildscreen announced (28th May 2020) the 20th anniversary edition of the Festival will bring the natural world to the online world this October.
Seizing the opportunity for evolution in light of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the reimagined virtual event will be the most accessible Wildscreen Festival to date, with more people than ever before being able to tune in to its ground-breaking content and benefit from the events unrivalled networking opportunities.
Wildscreen’s patron, renowned naturalist David Attenborough says, “Never has communicating the threats facing our natural world and the bold solutions required to protect and restore it been so vital. Wildscreen, with its convening power is uniquely placed to support and challenge those who can tell the stories the world needs to hear and see.”
The online edition of the Festival, already slated for the 19-23 October, will include everything that the international industry expects from the genres’ leading event, including keynotes, masterclasses, sessions, commissioner meetings, film premieres and screenings with director interviews, and a new programme of one-to-one meetings.
Over 300 films will also be available over a three-month period between September to December, which will then be accompanied by all the industry content released during the Festival week from Friday 23 October.
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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