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.

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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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Wednesday, October 17 • 15:45 - 17:25
Toad People + Q&A

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Toad People is a story about hope, community and the struggle to save the western toad. In British Columbia, toads are declining because of habitat loss, fragmentation, and roadkill. In different parts of the province, in the Kootenays, Whistler, Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, families and neighbours of all ages work hard to save the toads as they undertake their annual migration from the wetland habitat where they breed to the forest where they spend most of their lives. They stop road traffic; they collect toads in buckets and carry them across the road; they build toad tunnels. The film follows their passion for the natural world, their fighting spirit, and their struggles. Toad People is not just about toads, but about residents who care about species at risk in their backyards, from barn owls to mountain caribou, and help restore the fragile connections between communities and the natural world.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film's directors, Isabelle Groc and Mike McKinlay.

Canada, 76mins
Wilderness Committee
Panda Award nomination: Terra Mater Factual Studios Impact Award

DELEGATES: Week/day ticket holders don't need to purchase tickets to screenings as they're included in your delegate pass. But since capacity is limited, you do need to collect a ticket in advance of this screening by showing your delegate pass at the Watershed Box Office. Tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Isabelle Groc

Freelance writer, photographer and filmmaker
Isabelle Groc is an award-winning writer, wildlife photographer and filmmaker who focuses on environmental issues, wildlife natural history and conservation, endangered species, and the evolving relationships between people and their environments. She has earned degrees in photojournalism... Read More →
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Mike McKinlay

Director of Photography
As a Director of Photography on both commercial and documentary projects, Mike McKinlay has worked within the genres of verite, drama, historical, environmental awareness and wildlife production. During his 15 years as a DOP Mike has carved out a respectable niche as an award winning... Read More →

Wednesday October 17, 2018 15:45 - 17:25 BST
Watershed 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK