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NEW May 28, 2020 — Today we are excited to announce that the Wildscreen Festival 2020 will take place online as slated for the 19-23 October, bolstered by new online film screening and content platform from September to December. Read more.
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.
There are 11 categories in the 2020 competition, and a new special jury prize for the production going to the greatest lengths to reduce their environmental impact. Submissions are accepted from productions of any length or budget. Deadlines for the Panda Awards and Official Festival Selection: Earlybird -- Feb 16;
regular -- Apr 10; extended -- May 1. Fees vary by deadline and category. Call for entries.
Note: In light of the COVID-19 situation, we have extended the regular pricing until Friday 1 May 2020. There will no longer be a late submission fee for the Panda Awards & Official Selection and all submissions will be accepted.
The 20th Wildscreen Festival takes place VIRTUALLY October 19-23, 2020.