The world-leading, international Wildscreen Festival 2022 returns (10-14 Oct), on its 40th anniversary. From industry thought-leaders and Hollywood Directors, to indigenous leaders and climate activists, this year’s programme featuring 60+ headliners, masterclasses, commissioner sessions and premieres, is one not to miss.

The Festivals theme, ‘The Future of Natural World Storytelling for a Better Planet’, will explore 4 key pillars and potentialities of the natural world content industry: Craft, Industry, Global Voices and the Planetary Crisis. The line-up will celebrate the skill and talent of the industry,  as well as asking how innovative storytelling can help us address some of the tougher issues that face our planet today.

Oscar-nominated director, writer, and producer Darren Aronofsky, recently celebrated for his work on The Whale, will explore new ways to tell stories in natural history during a live fireside chat. Oscar-winning director and National Geographic Explorer at Large, James Cameron, known for his visionary films such as Titanic and Avatar, will explore the future of wildlife storytelling and how inspiration from other genres can create powerful and emotive environmental narratives, in a pre-recorded intimate conversation. 

Internationally recognised leader and previous Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres will deliver a pre-recorded keynote exploring the solutions needed to fight the climate and biodiversity crises. Iconic Broadcaster and Patron of Wildscreen Sir David Attenborough will open the event to celebrate the Festivals 40-year legacy via pre-recorded special message.  

Tom McDonald, Executive Vice President Global Factual/Unscripted Content for Disney’s National Geographic will be interviewed by TV presenter, Liz Bonin, to discuss how natural world storytelling can innovate. Grammy award-winning, Imogen Heap, discusses her passion for the environment and how she has combined this with her music career. And, renowned wildlife TV presenter, Steve Backshall will talk about the importance of reaching young audiences with nature content. 

Sitting at the heart of the Festival, since 1982, is the globally acclaimed Panda Awards, the ‘Green Oscars’ of the international wildlife film and TV industry, hosted this year by rising stars, Lizzie Daly and Dan O’Neill.

Attendees and the public will have the chance to watch a selection of award-winning films, as the festival includes a line-up of industry and global premiere screenings, from the likes of BBC Studios Natural History Unit, Love Nature, DisneyNature and National Geographic.

And this year the event will be more accessible than ever as Wildscreen goes fully hybrid for the first time; streaming content online before, during and after festival week.

BBC Studios Natural History Unit is Headline Sponsor of the Wildscreen Festival 2022. 

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Image credit: BBC Natural History Unit

Jon Creamer

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