Call for Entries
9 Jan - 1 May

 Call for entries for the Wildscreen Panda Awards and Official Selection are now OPEN!

Important dates

16 February - early bird pricing deadline
1 May - submission deadline *
Early August - Panda Award nominees and Official Selection announced
19 - 23 October - Wildscreen Festival. Panda Award winners announced at Panda Award ceremony.

*Please Note: in light of the current COVID-19 situation, we have removed the additional late submission fee for the Panda Awards and Official Selection after 10 April. The Extended Regular Deadline is now 1 May 2020.


Wildscreen Panda Awards 2020 

The wildlife film and photography industry takes global audiences to the world’s most remote, inhospitable and threatened environments, shining a spotlight on species and habitats that most will not experience.

This form of documentary has never been more important or needed, with biodiversity being threatened to the point of no return. The Panda Awards celebrates the human endeavour, commitment and unique skill that it takes to tell nature’s stories.

The Panda Awards celebrate the craft of wildlife filmmaking and photography and honour the very best that our industry is producing. Submissions are accepted from productions of any length or budget.

Why you should enter your production into the Panda Awards

If your production is outstanding within the 11 Panda Award categories and nominated for a Panda Award, you will have the opportunity to be internationally recognised by winning the highest accolade in the wildlife filmmaking industry, drawing your work to the attention of our senior industry executive attendees such as the BBC, Netflix and National Geographic. Panda Award nominated films are screened to industry professionals as part of a masterclass at the Wildscreen Festival 2020, giving you the opportunity to showcase your work to industry professionals and wildlife film enthusiasts. You will also be invited to the Panda Award ceremony where the Panda Award 2020 winners will be announced and presented with a Wildscreen Panda Award. 

Why you should enter your photo story into the Panda Awards

If you are nominated you will have the opportunity to be internationally recognised by the natural world storytelling community and be part of the Wildscreen Panda Award Photo Story outdoor exhibition, attracting over 45,000 members of the public in 2018. You and your work will be showcased as part of a session at Wildscreen Festival 2020. You will also be invited to the Panda Award ceremony where the Panda Award 2020 winners will be announced and presented with a Wildscreen Panda Award. 

See all categories and enter your production here.

Wildscreen Official Selection 2020

As we enter a new decade, we are at a time in our history when stories about the natural world have never been more important - we are the first generation to understand humanity’s impact on nature and the last to be able to protect and restore it. Wildscreen believes in the power of visual storytelling to spark positive and restorative action for our natural world, globally. Bold, authentic and varied stories that speak to different audiences with urgency and hope have never been so necessary.

Our natural world is beautifully diverse and this strength will be reflected through the voices heard, tools used and stories shared within the Wildscreen Official Selection. 
We are looking for original, creative stories at any length, format or budget that reflect one or more of the following:

- Biodiversity
- Authentic voices
- Optimism and solutions
- Interrelationships between humans and nature
- Next generation of stewards and storytellers 
- Innovation in audience or platform
- Impact

Why you should enter the Official Selection

Your work will be internationally recognised as part of the world’s leading wildlife and environmental film festival. Your film will be screened as part of the public screening programme of the Wildscreen Festival taking place between 17 – 25 October 2020. Official Selection will also have the opportunity to win the following prizes:

Programmer Prize: All films entered into the Official Selection are automatically eligible for this prize and will be selected by our Programmers. A cash prize of £2,000 will be awarded.

Audience Prize: This award is voted for by the Wildscreen Festival audiences, recognising the film that receives the highest audience vote during the public programme. A cash of £1,000 will be awarded.

Find out more and enter here

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