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The Wildscreen Festival first took place in Bristol in 1982. Since then, every two years, Bristol plays host to hundreds of international delegates from the wildlife media industry. People attend the Festival to learn about latest industry developments, as well as to compete in the prestigious Wildscreen Panda Awards. Delegates are drawn to the Festival by a week-long programme of screenings, debates, keynote lectures, workshops, masterclasses and networking events. In addition, the Wildscreen Festival is a crucial marketplace, where films are bought and sold, where new commissions and contracts are awarded, and where fresh ideas and skills are traded.
Wildscreen is well known for its thought-provoking content and speakers. The week’s talks and debates tackle a range of issues, with the content being driven by the predominant themes in the industry. Many hundreds of films from around the world are entered into the Wildscreen Panda Awards, honoring outstanding achievements in the craft of natural world storytelling. They recognise the unique craft of wildlife filmmaking and photography and celebrate the very best that the industry is producing.
In 2022, the Wildscreen Panda Awards will not only celebrate the very best craft, but also the most sustainable and impactful content. The production categories in the competition are: Cinematography, Editing, Emerging Talent (film and photo), Music, On-Screen Talent, Photo Story, Producer/ Director, Production Team, Scripted Narrative, Series and Sound. There will also be the following special awards: Behaviour, Impact and Sustainability. The Sustainability Award has this year been established as its own category to showcase those adopting innovative sustainability practises at every stage of the production lifecycle.
All films nominated across the fifteen categories will be eligible for the Golden Panda Award, with previous winners including My Octopus Teacher (2020) and The Ivory Game (2016).
Deadlines for the 2022 Panda Awards and Official Festival Selection: Earlybird – Feb 24; regular – Apr 14. Fees vary by deadline and category. Call for entries.
The 21st (40th birthday) Wildscreen Festival takes place as a hybrid event, October 10-14, 2022.