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The Wildscreen Festival is the world’s leading international festival celebrating and advancing storytelling about the natural world. Held every two years, the Wildscreen Festival brings together the wildlife film, tv and photography community to transform the craft of natural world storytelling across platforms and across audiences.

The Wildscreen Festival 2018 will take place 15-19 October 2018 in Bristol, UK. Further information is available at www.wildscreen.org and delegate tickets are on sale now from Eventbrite.

Please note that the programme is being updated frequently as guest availability changes. Wildscreen reserves the right to make such updates to the programme and timings, and will endeavour to make those changes as quickly as possible.

Delegates holding a day or week pass do not need to register to attend specific events with the exception of the Panda Awards Ceremony (additional purchase required) and film screenings (no additional purchase required). Reservation details can be found in the description of each individual screening.

To help you manage your time at the Wildscreen Festival, you can sign up for a Sched account and login to save events to your personal calendar. Note that doing so does not guarantee entry to events as seating is on a first-come-first-served basis at the venue door. We advise that you arrive in plenty of time before a session starts.

The programme includes both industry events, which are included in the price of a delegate day or week pass, and public events that anyone is welcome to attend, subject to booking procedures.  
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Tuesday, October 16 • 17:00 - 18:00
How to Spin a Cat Story

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Big cats are some of the most documented species in the animal kingdom. So how do you give them a new twist to reach new and larger audiences? Dramatisation, CGI and scripted narratives with named characters divide opinion in the industry - so how far can we or should we go with our storytelling to thrill audiences? Join the makers of three of the latest series on cats for a feisty debate.

Chair
avatar for Colin Jackson

Colin Jackson

Senior Innovation Producer, BBC Studios
Colin has worked in the BBC Natural History Unit (NHU) for over 20 years. In that time he's worked on a range of innovative output from the very first 'Springwatch', through 4 series of 'Big Cat Week' (and ultimately 'Big Cat Live') to launching BBC Earth’s “Earth Unplugged Channel”.He's... Read More →

Speakers
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Martin Dohrn

Director, Ammonite Ltd
Director of the award-winning production company Ammonite Films, Martin Dohrn took up photography seriously at the age of 14 to record butterflies rather than collect them. After studying photography at art college, he worked as a photographer in London for six years before joining... Read More →
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Jorge Franzini

Executive Producer, CuriosityStream
Jorge Franzini has produced and written a wide range of highly acclaimed documentaries for CuriosityStream, including its first original series 'Destination: Pluto', its first 4K series 'Underwater Wonders of the National Parks', and the award-nominated Jason Silva special 'Transhumanism'.Outside... Read More →
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Ashley Hoppin

Executive Producer, Nat Geo WILD
Ashley Hoppin oversees approx. 80 hours of original programming annually across a broad range of topics including natural history, reality, science and adventure. Her highly acclaimed projects include the much-heralded "Savage Kingdom" returning mini-series; the award-winning "Lion's... Read More →
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Walter Koehler

CEO, Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH
A BBC colleague called Walter once an ‘industry legend’. For TERRA MATER Factual Studios he is the heart and the head - incomparably experienced, highly passioned and round-the-clock on duty. For Walter a long dreamed adventure became true when after 30 years at Austria’s pubcaster... Read More →


Tuesday October 16, 2018 17:00 - 18:00 BST
Arnolfini 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA, UK
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