The world’s leading international festival celebrating and advancing storytelling about the natural world
Wildscreen will once again welcome the wildlife film and photography industry to the vibrant city of Bristol. For over 30 years our prestigious Festival has been convening and celebrating the world's best natural world storytellers.
Through collaboration with our 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.
Transformative visual storying will be at the heart of Wildscreen 2016. With half the world’s population living in urban areas, the festival will challenge how and where people experience the natural world. There will be sessions and guest speakers exploring issues of diversity within the industry, an analysis of how to use imagery to create powerful storytelling with no dialogue and how films make a difference and taking a look into why. We will be going back to the future with a Wildscreen time capsule, and look into the future with virtual reality and 360 sound. Putting cameras on trial and meeting commissioners will also be on the agenda, as well as glancing across the pond at Hollywood to explore how it is representing natural history. We won’t be forgetting music and the composers who create such a key part of any film.
Tickets will go on sale from the end of May and early birds will certainly catch the worm with a 20% discount. A concessionary rate for Emerging Talent and over 60s will also be available. If you can’t make the full festival, but would still like an opportunity to attend sessions, master classes, have access to all of our venues and evening events then a day ticket may be the right option for you.
Panda Awards Ceremony
Thursday 13 October
The Wildscreen Panda Awards have sat at the heart of the Wildscreen Festival since they were presented at the first Festival in 1982 and remain the highest accolade in the wildlife film and TV industry. Dubbed as the ‘Green Oscars’ this year’s Panda Awards will celebrate the best of wildlife filmmaking produced over the last two years. This year will see us going back to our roots, with the glittering award ceremony returning to its birthplace at the stunning Colston Hall, Bristol’s biggest and best concert hall. With almost 900 category entries for this year’s competition, the competition is fierce and the ceremony promises to be a captivating evening.
Friday 14 October
Telling a story in a single frame deserves to be celebrated too - we'll bring the very best from the world of wildlife and environmental photography to the festival. Friday 14 October will see a day dedicated to the art of natural world storytelling through photography and we're really excited by the prospect of bringing together both filmmakers and photographers to discuss their work, learn and grow creatively and promote positive action to protect our natural world
Wildscreen Festival would not function without the help of a team of dedicated volunteers. Applications will soon be open for volunteers to apply to come to Bristol for a week to help deliver this exciting event. Keep an eye on this webpage or sign up for our newsletter to find out more.
Bordeaux Quay – your home away from home, the perfect place to set up a meeting or catch up with your emails from 8am-5pm or convene for early evening drinks. Don’t forget to try the offerings of the restaurant, made even tastier by a delegate discount.
Watershed – as the leading film culture and digital media centre in the South West, Watershed is the perfect platform to host our screenings, keynote speakers and sessions. The tradeshow will also call the Watershed home, providing an opportunity for delegates to get up close and personal with the latest equipment.
Arnolfini – this former tea factory turned centre for the contemporary arts will stage masterclasses and debates, an excellent environment for gatherings and discussions.