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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Sunday, October 21 • 17:00 - 18:20
Attenborough and the Giant Elephant

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David Attenborough investigates the remarkable life and death of Jumbo the elephant whose story is said to have inspired the movie Dumbo. Arriving in London Zoo in 1865, and a firm favourite with Queen Victoria and her children, behind the scenes, this gentle giant had terrible fits of rage, only pacified by alcohol given to him by his devoted keeper. Sold to PT Barnum’s circus in America, this caused public outrage. Although it turned him into a star attracting millions of people, his life ended tragically and mysteriously. With unique access to Jumbo’s skeleton at the American Museum of Natural History, Attenborough joins a team of scientists, unravelling the complex story of this large African elephant who many believed to be the biggest in the world and explores the lives of wild elephants to explain Jumbo’s troubled mind, discovering how attitudes to captive elephants has changed dramatically in recent years.

United Kingdom, 59 mins
A Humble Bee Films and Infield Fly Productions co-production
Panda Award nomination: Script 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.

Sunday October 21, 2018 17:00 - 18:20 BST
Festival Hub Millennium Square, Explore Lane, Bristol BS1 5SZ