It’s no surprise that 2020 has (so far) not been the rose-tinted leap year we had hoped for, and the disruption Covid-19 has brought to the film + global events industry has been huge. But this has not stopped Wildscreen Festival in their tracks…

 

With 2020 dubbed as ‘the year of sustainable business’ by Forbes, the biennial natural world film festival, Wildscreen, is living up to just that with a packed 5-day schedule for the virtual edition.

Sustainability and environmentally-conscious practices are the essence of Wildscreen Festival – from its keynote + film programming to its food + merchandise suppliers – and this year it is no different.

 

Celebrating its 20th year anniversary, the virtual edition of the genre-leading film festival is set to take place from 19 October – 23 October 2020. This year, the festival will be supported by a 3-month online film library and a virtual version of the Wildscreen Panda Awards. The awards ceremony will be held on 22 October, celebrating industry trailblazers + winners of the most coveted awards in global wildlife filmmaking.

 

It’s true that the global spread of the pandemic, Covid-19, has seen a surge in technological developments at dizzying speeds, though the budding e-culture of lockdown has not stemmed Wildscreen’s virtual programming schedule.

CEO of Wildscreen, Lucie Muir said, “We already had plans for live-streamed content and networking events hosted in global hubs beyond Bristol during the 2020 Wildscreen Festival to reduce the environmental impact of the event and bolster greater access and inclusion across the industry.  The pandemic has accelerated and focused us on those ambitions and gives us the opportunity to be bold and reimagine what a future Wildscreen Festival and industry could look like.

“Though we love Bristol and it’s our home, the pandemic has shown more than ever that we need to nurture and support natural world storytelling talent and audiences around the world and demonstrate leadership in democratising the industry.”

 

Nurturing the festival’s innate sustainable values, Wildscreen announce their first keynote session, an interview with Sky’s Group Chief Executive Jeremy Darroch. Under his leadership, the broadcaster has just launched natural history programming specialist channel, Sky Nature, and as a company have set the ambitious target to achieve net zero carbon by 2030.

 

Full three-month industry passes for Wildscreen Festival will cost £125 (+ VAT where applicable), with concessions offered at £50, to further Wildscreen’s mission to diversify the natural world storytelling industry.  Full ticketing options being announced in July via the Wildsreen website.