Wildscreen Panda Awards 2020 Call for Entries OPEN
Today we're excited to announce that the Wildscreen Panda Awards is open for submissions.
The wildlife film and photography industry takes global audiences to the world’s most remote, inhospitable and threatened environments, shining a spotlight on species and habitats that most will not experience.
This form of documentary has never been more important or needed, with biodiversity being threatened to the point of no return. The Panda Awards celebrates the human endeavour, commitment and unique skill that it takes to tell nature’s stories.
The Panda Awards celebrate the craft of wildlife filmmaking and photography and honour the very best that our industry is producing. The categories are:
For outstanding achievement in cinematography.
No more than 10 percent of the production should be comprised of archive footage.
For outstanding achievement in editing.
EMERGING TALENT (FILM)
In recognition of an individual or team demonstrating exceptional new talent in natural world storytelling and creative and visual flair in constructing their film.
Entrants must have not been employed in natural history production for more than 4 years. Productions made as part of a university or college course are eligible for this category.
For outstanding achievement in the composition and use of original music.
A production will be eligible if more than 50 percent of its music is original composition created specifically for it.
You will be contacted by a member of the Wildscreen team to obtain to obtain a cue sheet following your submission via FilmFreeway. Your submission will not be complete until an English script is received.
For outstanding storytelling through a series of 6 – 10 still images.
PHOTO STORY EMERGING TALENT
In recognition of exceptional new talent in storytelling through a series of 6 – 10 still images.
PRODUCER / DIRECTOR
For outstanding achievement in producing and/or directing a single production.
For outstanding achievement in teamwork, overcoming challenges and creating best practices to create an exceptional final production.
For outstanding achievement in scriptwriting.
You will be contacted by a member of the Wildscreen team to obtain to obtain an English script following your submission via FilmFreeway. Your submission will not be complete until an English script is received.
For outstanding achievement in a series about the natural world.
Entries must have a unified narrative, approach and/or theme with a finite number of episodes and include a minimum of three episodes. The series does not need to have been broadcast on television to be eligible.
Entrants must nominate one episode from the series on the submission form and make the whole series available for viewing by the jury by a service such as Vimeo or Dropbox (private viewing links are permitted). A synopsis of the complete series must also be provided, including the overarching aims of the series.
For outstanding achievement in the overall use of sound.
All nominated films will be reviewed by the Final Jury, who will select the winner of each Panda Award category and one production as overall winner (the Golden Panda Award). The Final Jury will also award the Sustainable Panda Award recognising outstanding achievements in sustainable practices used to reduce the environmental impact of a production. The winners will be announced at the Panda Awards Ceremony.
Submissions are accepted from productions of any length or budget.
Enter your production here.
16 February - early bird pricing deadline
10 April - official deadline
1 May - extended deadline (submissions accepted at Wildscreen's discretion)
Early August - Panda Award nominees and Official Selection announced
19 - 23 October - Wildscreen Festival. Panda Award winners announced at Panda Award ceremony.