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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David Royle

Smithsonian Networks
Executive Vice-President and Chief Programming Officer
David Royle leads the editorial team that launched the Smithsonian Channel, overseeing commissioning, acquiring, producing and scheduling. Smithsonian Channel is now available by satellite, cable and telecom service, as well as on multiple digital and mobile platforms. It launched in Canada in 2013 and in Singapore in 2016. One of the first HD channels, it has won critical acclaim for its programming and is the youngest channel to win an Emmy. In November 2015, Smithsonian Networks launched a 4K subscription streaming service, Smithsonian Earth.
Smithsonian Channel has been recognized for smart, contemporary non-fiction that is entertaining and informative. Smithsonian Channel has produced the most ambitious aerial series in US television history, Aerial America; revealed the story of the discovery of the remains of the world’s largest snake, Titanoboa: Monster Snake; and won the prestigious Peabody Award for MLK: The Assassination Tapes. In 2016, Smithsonian Channel was one of six broadcasters to receive a Television Academy Honors, for its production of Mississippi Inferno.
Royle was previously EVP of Production for National Geographic Television & Film where he was a member of the core team that imagined and helped launch the National Geographic Channel. He was also Executive Producer of National Geographic EXPLORER, where he oversaw numerous productions including SuperCroc, Search for the Afghan Girl, and launched the popular Taboo series. Under his leadership, EXPLORER won more News & Documentary Emmys than any show on TV. As a filmmaker, his credits include: PBS’s Inside Gorbachev’s USSR, ABC’s American Detective in Russia and A&E’s The Eagle & The Bear. He was one of the producers of the NBC non-fiction comedy series, TV Nation which won a Primetime Emmy, and he directed the first episodes of TLC’s Trauma series that pioneered the use of small format cameras on American television.
David Royle has won all America’s major broadcasting awards including: nine Emmys, The George Polk Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award and duPont-Columbia Silver and Gold Batons. In 2016, he was an inaugural recipient in Cannes of the World Screen Factual Trendsetter Award, honoring four individuals who have made significant contributions to the television business.

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