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Wildscreen’s on the road

21 September 2017 | Wildscreen | Festival
  • Manchester event in one month’s time will promote collaboration between conservationists, filmmakers and photographers
  • Wildscreen Manchester: Symbiotic Stories, 19 October at Victoria Warehouse

From bees pollinating flowering plants in return for a tasty meal, to clownfish keeping anemones parasite-free in return for a safe hiding place, animals often get the best results when they work together, and so do those who tell their stories. That’s why filmmakers, photographers and conservationists are coming together for nature on 19 October in Manchester, for a groundbreaking event at Victoria Warehouse.

Wildscreen Festival takes place every two years in Bristol, and is well established as the leading international festival celebrating and advancing storytelling about the natural world through visual media. The charity also provides essential resources for wildlife learning, storytelling and collaboration through the Arkive and Exchange projects. Wildscreen Director Lucie Muir said, “We’re so excited to be taking Wildscreen on the road. We know two years is a long time to wait for your next Wildscreen Festival fix, so our new programme offers the chance to network, learn and share throughout the year.”

Wildscreen Manchester: Symbiotic Stories, sponsored by Panasonic VariCam, is the first of a series of roadshow events bringing together visual storytellers and conservation organisations to forge relationships and projects that will inspire people to protect the natural world. The event will offer inspiring speakers from the world of wildlife television, film and photography – including a keynote from filmmaker and photographer Adrian Steirn. There will be masterclasses with BBC, Google, Wildscreen Exchange and more, giving practical tips on how to get your ideas into production, and plenty of networking opportunities.

“More speakers and sessions are to be announced,” said Muir, “and we’ve just launched an exciting competition. We’re inviting aspiring wildlife storytellers to pitch a film or photo story about symbiotic partnerships in nature, for a chance to win a ticket to Wildscreen Manchester and get feedback from industry experts at the event on 19 October. Visit the Wildscreen website to find out more.”

Event details
Date: Thursday 19 October, 9.30am – 6pm followed by an evening drinks reception
Location: Victoria Warehouse, Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester, M17 1AB
Tickets: from wildscreen.org.uk/wildscreen-manchester

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