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Wildscreen Festival to open with Netflix premiere

Published on Monday, 3rd October 2016

Wildscreen Festival will host the European premiere of The Ivory Game, a new Netflix Original documentary thriller about the murderous ivory trade, executive produced by actor, producer and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio on its opening night in Bristol, UK. 

 The screening and VIP reception will take place at the Everyman cinema, Bristol, on Sunday 9 October before an invited audience packed with the world’s renowned wildlife filmmakers, onscreen talent and industry press. Adam Del Deo, Director, Original Documentary Programming at Netflix and Walter Koehler, CEO of Terra Mater Film Studios and producer of the film, will lead a Q&A after the screening with the some of the film’s contributors.   

The Ivory Game is an epic documentary feature that goes undercover into the dark and sinister underbelly of ivory trafficking. Award-winning director Richard Ladkani and Academy Award®– nominated director Kief Davidson filmed undercover for 16 months with a crack team of intelligence operatives, undercover activists, passionate frontline rangers and tough-as-nails conservationists, to infiltrate the corrupt global network of ivory trafficking. A production from Red Bull’s cinema brand Terra Mater Film Studios and Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions, the film follows poachers in pursuit of the 'white gold' of ivory. Time is running out for the African elephants, dangerously nearing closer and closer to extinction.

Lucie Muir, Wildscreen CEO said, “It is such an honour to have the European premiere of The Ivory Game launching the Wildscreen Festival 2016.  The activists, rangers, and conservationists featured in the story and the filmmakers themselves, have taken unimaginable risks in order to document this vitally important global issue and to bring it to the world stage. Telling powerful stories such as this, sharing them with millions of people around the world and inspiring them to do something to help, is what Wildscreen is about.” 

Speaking jointly, Walter Koehler, CEO of Terra Mater, and Carole Tomko, General Manager and Creative Director at Vulcan, commented: “Our two companies have been committed to taking action to end the trafficking of illegal ivory. We believe that The Ivory Game is a film capable of influencing change not only with consumers but with policy makers to pressure leaders to close the ivory markets. We’re thrilled to be opening the Wildscreen Festival this year.” 

The Ivory Game will be available globally on Netflix from November 4th.

The Wildscreen Festival is the world’s biggest celebration of screen-based natural history storytelling. It takes place every two years in Bristol, the UK city known internationally as Green Hollywood because of the quantity, range and quality of the nature films and TV it produces. Wildscreen 2016 takes place from October 10 to 14 and will offer a packed programme of screenings, workshops, talks, debates, masterclasses, demos and networking opportunities. 

The Festival’s flagship event is the awards ceremony announcing the latest winners of Wildscreen Panda Awards, nicknamed the Green Oscars and widely recognised as one of the highest accolades open to makers of wildlife film/TV. The Ivory Game is nominated for Theatrical Panda Award. The awards ceremony will take place at Bristol’s 2,000-seat Colston Hall on Thursday 13 October.