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Wildscreen Presents ‘New Horizons in Natural World Storytelling’

16 November 2015 | Wildscreen | Festival

(c) Alexander BadyaevOn Thursday 12 November 2015, Wildscreen curated an evening of inspirational short talks by a cast of innovative leaders, provocateurs and creatives in storytelling to set the tone for the Wildscreen Festival 2016 and to launch its new vision for the future of natural world storytelling.

Hosted by one of TV’s brightest new talents, Patrick Aryee, the audience were taking on an immersive journey through the world of modern day storytelling from ‘owl lamas’ to Dame Judi Dench posing with a dead lobster.

The line up

Karni and Saul, a BAFTA-nominated directing duo who merge an atmospheric photographic style with fantastical animated elements. 

Nicholas Röhl, co-founder of the Fishlove campaign with Greta Scacchi which raises awareness about unsustainable fishing practices and has had huge success in bringing the subject to the attention of the world's media.

Alex Morris, Creative Director at Barcroft Media who cover the amazing side of life and rank as one of the top news agencies in the world, with over 1.5 million YouTube subscribers, thanks to their skill in producing digital content with global appeal.

Violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen, described as a performer of "fearless intensity", rounded off the evening with a moving performance of The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams. This beautiful piece of music was accompanied by a series of stunning visuals of the natural world, by some of the very best wildlife and environmental photographers kindly contributed by Nature Picture Library.

Watch the talks

We recorded the inspirational short talks by our innovative storytellers and you can watch them here:


The evening also saw Kathaleen Hanna, co-host of the Emmy award-winning ‘Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild’ announce the dates for the Wildscreen Festival in 2016 as the 10-14th of October. The Festival is the most prestigious and recognised visual media event about the natural world and in 2016, we will put creativity and storytelling at its heart and feature film, TV and photography.

It was also announced that in 2016, Wildscreen will be hitting the road, to deliver a series of year-round events including festivals, masterclasses and workshops both in and beyond Bristol.

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