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Wildscreen offers wildlife film and TV makers new ways to win one of its coveted Panda awards

Published on Friday, 29th January 2016

Wildscreen will be giving fresh talent, lower budget productions, and innovators more chances to win one of its coveted Panda Awards when the world’s biggest festival of natural history film and TV storytelling returns to Bristol, UK, from 10 – 14 October 2016.

Launching the Festival’s latest call for entries, Lucie Muir, CEO of the charity which runs the biennial event, said: “Approaches to natural world storytelling are constantly evolving and Wildscreen seeks to reflect this when celebrating and honouring the best. So our 2016 Panda Awards competition will offer two Cinematography prizes, distinguishing between lower budget shoots involving three camera operators or fewer and those employing bigger camera teams, while our Innovation Award will expand to introduce separate prizes for creative and technological innovation.

We will also do more to encourage and celebrate industry newcomers by offering an Emerging Talent Award – open to individuals doing exceptional new work in any area of natural history production, be it for a single project or a series.”

The changes mean that the next Wildscreen Panda Awards ceremony, to be held at the Colston Hall in Bristol on Thursday 13 October, will witness the presentation of 22 Pandas – widely acknowledged as the ‘Oscars’ of the wildlife film and TV industry and respected all around the world.

Entries need to be submitted online by Wednesday 23 March, using the forms and links available at www.wildscreen.org/panda-awards. Entry fees start from £42 depending on the category, with discounts for multiple entries.

To celebrate the launch of the awards, Wildscreen is also releasing a limited number of discounted tickets as part of a ‘Flash Sale’, entitling companies and individuals to a 50% discount on the usual price and so bringing the cost of a week’s attendance down to £250 + VAT. For more details or to book, please visit: www.wildscreen.org ; find Wildscreen Festival on Facebook, or follow @WildscreenFest on Twitter.

Lucie Muir added: “This is an exciting time for Wildscreen. Many new attractions are being planned for the Festival week, an impressive jury is being convened to judge the 2016 Panda Awards; there are plans afoot for an exciting public programme; useful and uplifting partnerships already emerging from our Exchange initiative and several other positive announcements still to come. “

The Wildscreen Festival is a not-for-profit initiative by the UK-based charity Wildscreen, which also operates Arkive, a free-to-access online encyclopaedia about the natural world, and Wildscreen Exchange, a global hub giving conservation organisations  access to imagery and film, TV and photography expertise which helps them to tell the most pertinent conservation stories of our time.