Wildscreen Emerging Talent

Throughout May, Wildscreen are excited to be hosting Emerging Talent month; supporting, engaging and celebrating emerging talent within the natural world filmmaking and storytelling industry.

We are hosting a series of free webinars which are open for everyone to attend. This includes members and non-members of the Wildscreen Network, and is part of Wildscreen's ongoing support of emerging talent. Join us for our Emerging Talent Coffee Morning in Bristol too!

Wildscreen Emerging Talent month webinars and events


  • Making Natural History content engaging for younger audiences webinar - available on YouTube soon.


  • Wed 18th May @ 13:00 - Hyper-Local Storytelling Webinar: The Power of Local webinar. Book here.
  • Thurs 26th May @ 18:00 - Industry Insight: Camera Assisting and Operating webinar. Book here.

The webinars will be recorded and available to watch on Wildscreen’s YouTube channel for those unable to make it. We will also hold a social networking coffee morning where there will be the opportunity to meet with some of our webinar speakers, as well as industry experts.

Our first webinar focused on, How can we make Natural History content engaging for younger audiences, we will be joined by Ash Kapur, Dawood Qureshi, and Dan O'Neill. They discussed how Natural History content can be tailored to motivate younger audiences and engage them with the natural world through storytelling. How can wildlife film be used as a tool to inspire long term, meaningful action and connectedness with nature? 

Our second webinar focuses on the many untold stories within the natural filmmaking world. Now more than ever, it is important we share these stories and examine the power of hyper-local storytelling. As part of this webinar, we will be joined by Laura Pennafort, Natalie Clements and Will Clothier, all bringing their unique own thoughts and insights on the power of local storytelling. 

Finally, for our last webinar in this emerging talent series, we will be joined by Camera operator, Ben Cherry, for a one on one interview, talking through his journey into the Wildlife filmmaking industry.

All our May webinars will be FREE to attend and open to everyone to join. For full details, visit the Wildscreen Eventbrite page here

Empowering emerging talent for an inclusive future

The current lack of representation and diversity within the natural history industry results in many voices not being heard, impacting the environmental narrative and limiting the reach of these important messages. We feel the next generation of wildlife filmmakers and conservationists have missed out on many opportunities as an impact of COVID-19, with talent from underrepresented groups in the industry being disproportionately affected. Currently individuals living with disabilities and long-term conditions, from low socio-economic and ethnic minority backgrounds and LGBTQ community members and womxn are underrepresented within the Natural History Film and TV Industry.

Wildscreen Emerging Talent empowers and support the filmmakers and storytellers of the future through delivering support programmes, schemes and webinars. lt focuses on alleviating key barriers to entry into the industry by providing industry insight, support and advice on getting started.

Sign up to our Emerging Talent Newsletter to be the first to hear about opportunities, new Wildscreen internship and mentorship programmes and emerging talent focused networking events and webinars.

Wildscreen Emerging Talent provides additional opportunities, experiences and contacts to the next generation of storytellers to ensure that we welcome this passionate and diverse range of talent and create an accessible and thriving industry. To make our Emerging Talent scheme as impactful as possible, we ran a fundraising campaign in 2021 with The Big Give and our international audience helped us reach our goals.

Check out our free webinars below and subscribe to our Empowering Emerging Talent YouTube playlist.

Using our unique position in the industry

Wildscreen envisions a world where natural world storytelling is inclusive, accessible and impactful and where nature is protected and thriving. Through our international community, Wildscreen Network and the world's largest wildlife film festival which we host biennially, Wildscreen Festival, we have established key connections with filmmakers, conservationists and broadcasters across the world. Using our expertise in digital video production and the industry expert contacts we have built over the past four decades, we are determined to build a leading support programme for emerging talent within the Natural History Film and TV Industry.

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