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Wildscreen Festival 2022

Wildscreen Hybrid Festival 2022 Panda Awards Winners Announced!
By Jason Peters
13th October 2022

My Garden of a Thousand Bees, leads the way at 2022 Wildscreen Panda Awards

Wildscreen Festival 2022 – My Garden of a Thousand Bees


Wildscreen’s Panda Awards 2022 took place on the 13th of October, with My Garden of a Thousand Bees sweeping the board with four wins.

The Bastard King and Path of the Panther follow with two wins each.

Wildscreen recognises innovation in sustainable filmmaking practices and provides a platform for international talent.

Wildscreen has announced the winners of their 2022 Panda Awards, which took place at the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel, showcasing the best in natural world storytelling craft from across the world.

Wildscreen Festival 2022

My Garden of a Thousand Bees, a charming lockdown documentary, following wildlife filmmaker Martin Dohrn, received the most prestigious prize in the natural world film and television industry - the Plimsoll Golden Panda Award.

The feature film, which explores the secret lives of over sixty species of bees, swept the nominations, tying with The Green Planet for the number of categories back in July. This comes at a time when Karine Aigner won the Grand Title award at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year ceremony earlier this week, for an outstanding picture capturing male cactus bees enveloping a single female.

Terra Mater Studios and Bonne Pioche’s The Bastard King received a special jury award - the Panda in the Pocket, to recognise outstanding storytelling, alongside the category in which it was nominated - the Music Award. Shining a light on the threats to the elusive Florida Panther, Eric Bendick’s Path of the Panther, received awards for both categories it was nominated for, taking home the Save Our Seas Foundation Impact Award, and the Off the Fence Production Team Award.

The first ever winner of the Sustainability Award, Springwatch 2021, was recognised for the continued work and innovative measures to reduce their production’s carbon footprint. The jury awarded The Watches team this prize to help set the bar for blue chip productions. The Green Planet walked away with the coveted Terra Mater Studios Series Award.


Wildscreen Festival 2022 (Teaser)

Lucie Muir, CEO of Wildscreen Festival said:

“As a key part of Wildscreen Festival for 40 years, the Panda Awards has continued to celebrate the best in natural world storytelling among the globe’s leading innovators and creators, as well as fresh talent entering the sector. This year’s inspiring selection of shorts, features and series uncovered some of nature’s most fascinating and enduring stories, bringing them to a worldwide audience. Congratulations to everyone who was recognised and we look forward to seeing the evolution of natural world storytelling over the next few years.”

On the night, special awards were given to recognise members of the industry for their positive impact on the natural storytelling community. Jeff Wilson, Series Producer at Silverback and the Chair of the Festival Advisory Board presented the Outstanding Achievement Award to Production Management Teams everywhere for being at the heart of production. Also, the Lifetime Achievement Award was posthumously presented to the late Miles Barton, a BAFTA award-winning Series Producer at BBC Natural History Unit Studios. Janet Han Vissering, Sr. Vice President, Program Development and Production at National Geographic, was awarded the Chris Parsons’ Outstanding Achievement Award 2022 by Bertie Gregory, Wildlife TV Presenter and Laura Marshall, CEO of Icon Films.

Wildscreen Festival 2022

The Wildscreen Panda Awards ceremony 2022 was hosted by wildlife television presenters Lizzie Daly and Dan O’Neill. The ceremony concludes the 2022 Wildscreen Festival–the world’s biggest global gathering of natural world storytellers. Held in Bristol, the 40th anniversary edition convenes more than 1000 filmmakers, photographers, broadcasters and content creators, from over 40 countries, for an unrivaled programme of 130 events, featuring 180 industry thought-leaders. The headline sponsor of Wildscreen Festival 2022 is BBC Studios Natural History Unit and principal sponsors are National Geographic, Save Our Seas Foundation and Terra Mater Studios.

The full list of Wildscreen Panda Award winners is:

Wildscreen Festival 2022 – My Garden of a Thousand Bees

BEHAVIOUR AWARD

My Garden of a Thousand Bees
Passion Planet, The WNET Group, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios in association with Ammonite Films
United Kingdom

Wildscreen Festival 2022 – Polar Bear

FILMS AT 59 CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD


Official Trailer | Disneynature’s Polar Bear | Disney+

Polar Bear
Silverback Films
United Kingdom

Wildscreen Festival 2022 – My Garden of a Thousand Bees

DELUXE EDITING AWARD

My Garden of a Thousand Bees
Passion Planet, The WNET Group, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios in association with Ammonite Films
Key Editor: Steve White
United Kingdom

Wildscreen Festival 2022 – Snakes & Ladders

TANGLED BANK STUDIOS EMERGING TALENT AWARD


Snakes & Ladders Official Trailer (2022)

Snakes & Ladders
University of the West of England
United Kingdom, Israel

Wildscreen Festival 2022 – Path of the Panther

SAVE OUR SEAS FOUNDATION IMPACT AWARD


Path of the Panther Finalist Trailer

Path of the Panther
Grizzly Creek Films, Wildpath, Common Pictures
United States

Wildscreen Festival 2022 – The Bastard King

MUSIC AWARD


The Bastard King Trailer

The Bastard King
Terra Mater Studios, Bonne Pioche, Shibumi Films
Key Credits for Music: Laurent Garnier, Pierre LeFeuvre
Austria, Germany, France

Wildscreen Festival 2022 – Tiger 24 & Warren Pereira

UWE ON-SCREEN TALENT AWARD


TIGER 24 (2022) - Official Theatrical Trailer - 4K

Tiger 24
Warren Pereira
W Films, The Tiger Fund
United States

Wildscreen Festival 2022 – Historical Rescue of Caimans in Pantanal & Fernando Jara Faciole

PHOTO STORY AWARD

Historical Rescue of Caimans in Pantanal
Photographer: Fernando Jara Faciole
Brazil

Wildscreen Festival 2022 – The Lwiro Reserve & Guerchom Ndebo

EMERGING TALENT PHOTO STORY AWARD

The Lwiro Reserve
Photographer: Guerchom Ndebo
Democratic Republic of Congo

Wildscreen Festival 2022 – My Garden of a Thousand Bees

CVP PRODUCER/DIRECTOR AWARD

My Garden of a Thousand Bees
Passion Planet, The WNET Group, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios in association with Ammonite Films
United Kingdom

Wildscreen Festival 2022 – Path of the Panther

OFF THE FENCE PRODUCTION TEAM AWARD

Path of the Panther
Grizzly Creek Films, Wildpath, Common Pictures
Production Team: Eric Bendick, Carlton Ward Jr., Tori Linder, Thomas Winston, Jeff Reed, Malia Byrtus, Danny Schmidt, Dawson Dunning, Rick Smith, Katie Bryden, Andrew Harrison Brown, Scott Sterling, Ashley Siana, Alex Freeze, Kevin Matley, Brian Eimer, Lauren Yoho, George McKenzie Jr.
United States

Wildscreen Festival 2022 – Penguin Town: Hot and Bothered

SCRIPTED NARRATIVE AWARD


Penguin Town | Official Trailer | Netflix

Penguin Town: Hot and Bothered
Netflix, Red Rock Films, Red Rock Films International
Key Scriptwriter: Andy Mitchell
South Africa

Wildscreen Festival 2022 – The Green Planet

TERRA MATER STUDIOS SERIES AWARD


The Green Planet | Trailer BBC

The Green Planet
BBC Studios, PBS, bilibili, ZDF, China Media Group CCTV9, France Televisions & The Open University
United Kingdom

Wildscreen Festival 2022 – Welcome to Earth: The Silent Roar

FILMS AT 59 SOUND AWARD


Welcome to Earth | Official Trailer | Disney+

Welcome to Earth: The Silent Roar
Nutopia Key Credits for Sound: Sam Castleton, Tom Foster, Jay Price, Phil Bax, Sean Millar, Parker Brown
United Kingdom

Wildscreen Festival 2022 – Springwatch 2021

AURUM SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

Springwatch 2021
BBC Studios Natural History Unit
United Kingdom

Wildscreen Festival 2022 – The Bastard King

PANDA IN THE POCKET AWARD

The Bastard King
Terra Mater Studios, Bonne Pioche, Shibumi Films
Austria, Germany, France

Wildscreen Festival 2022 – My Garden of a Thousand Bees

PLIMSOLL GOLDEN PANDA AWARD


My Garden of a Thousand Bees | Official Trailer | NATURE | PBS

My Garden of a Thousand Bees
Passion Planet, The WNET Group, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios in association with Ammonite Films
United Kingdom

Several of our brilliant members were involved in the production of this great film. The star being Martin Dohrn of Ammonite Films (website not working!) supported by Producer Gaby Bastyra, Sound Recordist Axel Drioli, Archive Footage from James Dunbar and Composer Fraser Purdie! Well done to all ... it really is a wonderful film!!!

SPECIAL AWARDS

Wildscreen Festival 2022 – Jaguaretê – Avá – Pantanal in Flames

SUSTAINABILTY MERIT


Jaguaretê – Avá – Pantanal in Flames Trailer | Wildscreen Official Selection 2022

Jaguaretê – Avá – Pantanal in Flames
Director: Lawrence Wahba
Brazil

Wildlife filmmaker Lawrence Wahba brings the viewer inside the ecological disaster caused by the worst forest fires in the history of the Pantanal, a natural world heritage site in the film he 'wishes he shouldn't have to make'. While Brazil faces the pandemic damages and government neglect to the environment, Wahba bring us to hell, showing the efforts of firefighters, veterinarians, researchers, villagers and volunteers to save animal lives and protect the biome. Through jaguars, sacred animals to most Central and South America’s original people traditions, the film adopts an holistic vision to denounce the tragedy, investigate its causes and learn if it could be avoided.

FESTIVAL ADVISORY BOARD OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Production Management Teams everywhere.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The late Miles Barton, a BAFTA award-winning Series Producer at BBC Natural History Unit Studios.

CHRIS PARSONS’ OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2022

Janet Han Vissering, Sr. Vice President, Program Development and Production at National Geographic.

About Wildscreen

Wildscreen is a conservation charity with a global impact. We connect creatives within the wildlife film, television and photography industry with conservationists to raise awareness about the environmental crisis and inspire positive change.

Wildscreen envisions a world where natural world storytelling is inclusive, accessible and impactful and where nature is protected and thriving. Our mission is to connect people with nature through storytelling, and democratise the creation of and access to nature's stories.

About the Panda Awards

The globally acclaimed Panda Awards, the ‘Green Oscars’ of the international wildlife film and TV industry, have sat at the heart of the Wildscreen Festival since 1982. They celebrate the very best in the natural world storytelling craft, and remain the highest honour in the industry.

The awards consist of 15 craft and specialist categories and 17 awards including our coveted Golden Panda for best overall production.


Panda Awards Nominees 2022


Wildscreen Official Selection 2022

More on the Wildscreen Festival website.

See: facebook.com/wildscreenfest & twitter.com/WildscreenFest + instagram.com/wildscreenorg

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We were not made a Wildscreen Festival Media Partner this year. Imag above from the 2018 fest.

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