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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Thursday, October 18 • 18:30 - 19:50
The Shorts

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From the humble hedgehog to the mighty polar bear, these short Panda Award nominated productions tell big stories!

M6NTHS is a short, empathetic film about an animal in captivity, longing for the outside. An animal who shares with us the ability to dream, who has the intelligence to recognise himself in the mirror, who is curious, social and sensitive, and in whom we can clearly recognise a soul. An animal who can live up to ten years in the wild but only six months under our care. Without any shock effects, voice over or presenter, this visual film will change your view on pigs forever. It is the pig himself who invites you to see the world through his eyes...

United Kingdom, 12 mins
Eline Helena Film
Panda Award nomination: NHNZ Short Award

Churchill is an experimental visual poem dedicated to the the town and polar bears of Churchill, Manitoba. While this film presents beautiful scenes of Churchill and its wildlife, the design of the piece remains unsettling, ambiguous and unresolved, mirroring the feelings of the filmmaker towards the subject and his work in natural-history film making. Natural-history films continue to be popular with mass audiences but the complex nature of the natural world and human-nature interactions remains difficult to capture within standard and marketable forms. Bold narratives may not always serve the long-term interests of the natural world, northern communities or discussions of climate change and other pressing issues. This piece was created as an experimental film attempting to expand the boundaries of nature films and incorporate the mystery that film-makers often encounter in the field.

Canada, 7 mins
Storm Films Inc.
Panda Award nomination: NHNZ Short Award

Blood Island
Deep in the heart of Liberia’s jungles, hundreds of chimpanzees were taken from the wild. Captured, bred, and infected with hepatitis, our closest animal relatives were to unlock the mysteries of human diseases. But what started in the 1970s as an ambitious medical experiment took deeper and darker turns through the decades. Gripping to the core, Blood Island tells the powerful story of the chimpanzees, their captors and the man still fighting to save them.

United Kingdom, 12 mins
Lindsey Parietti in association with the University of the West of England
Panda Award nominations: Icon Films Emerging Talent Award, NHNZ Short Award

Landscape of Consumption
The last half-century of exponential population growth combined with consumer-capitalism has vastly transformed the topography of our small green planet. The Landscape of Consumption depicts, through dramatic time-lapse photography, these manufactured environments and their perpetual processes of consumption. Via endless cityscapes and cathedral-like shopping malls, the film takes us on a mesmeric journey through our modern, almost dystopian, reality. Overall, 200,000 still images were created across 3 continents in 20 days to form this 10-minute short.

United Kingdom, 12 mins
Karl Davies
Panda Award nomination: Icon Films Emerging Talent Award

Hedgehog Close
Hedgehog Close is a charming stop-motion animation which shines a spotlight on the plight of the hedgehog in the UK. The film aims to engage a popular audience, and show them how they can help.

United Kingdom, 2 mins
Zest Productions
Panda Award nominations: Children’s Award, 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 book a ticket in advance of this screening here. Tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Karl Davies

Photographer / Filmmaker
Karl is a multidisciplinary photographer, filmmaker and time-lapse specialist based in Bristol. A recent graduate from Natural History Photography at Falmouth University, Karl’s final year project “The Landscape Of Consumption” is nominated for an Emerging Talent Panda awar... Read More →
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Ian Kerr

Director / Cinematographer, Storm Films Inc.
From the jungles of New Guinea to the ice floes of Canada's Arctic to the thin air of the Argentinean Andes, Ian can be found telling award-winning stories through spectacular images. A Emmy-award winning cinematographer, Ian works across a diverse range of projects and subjects... Read More →
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Lindsey Parietti

Journalist & Filmmaker
Lindsey Parietti is an American filmmaker and journalist who has spent most of her career in Egypt and Africa. She tries to highlight under-covered issues in challenging environments and continued that work traveling to Liberia to make her master’s film Blood Island on abandoned... Read More →
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Eline Helena Shellekens

Producer Director, Eline Helena Film
Eline Helena is a Dutch independent and award winning filmmaker. She loves how film gives us the opportunity to experience life through the eyes and ears of other beings. She deeply believes every new perspective contributes to a harmonious world.

Thursday October 18, 2018 18:30 - 19:50 BST
Festival Hub Millennium Square, Explore Lane, Bristol BS1 5SZ