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BBC Studios Natural History Unit Announced As Headline Sponsor for Wildscreen Festival 2024

The broadcaster is lending its support to the world’s biggest wildlife film festival.

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BBC Studios Natural History Unit Announced As Headline Sponsor for Wildscreen Festival 2024

We’re thrilled to announce that BBC Studios Natural History Unit will be Headline Sponsor for Wildscreen Festival on 14 – 18 October 2024.

The support of BBC Studios Natural History Unit as Headline Sponsors marks its commitment to supporting the future of the international wildlife film and TV industry, with a focus on driving an inclusive and sustainable global talent pipeline.

BBC Studios Natural History Unit has partnered on a number of projects with Wildscreen, including the first ever Wildscreen Festival African hub in 2022, Wildscreen Festival Nairobi last year and, this coming year, on Wildscreen Festival Tanzania which will take place in June 2024. These events offer bespoke in-person opportunities to support and showcase in-country talent.

Speaking about BBC Studios Natural History Unit’s support of Wildscreen Festival, Wildscreen CEO Lucie Muir said: “BBC Studios Natural History Unit and Wildscreen are perfectly aligned in wanting to push the boundaries of innovation in the wildlife storytelling genre whilst also supporting a more equitable community of storytellers.

“Our Festival convenes thousands of industry leaders and entrants from over 40 countries, providing a platform for connections, funding, education and networking. With their support, we aim to make this year’s Wildscreen Festival more impactful, inclusive and innovative than ever before.”

Jonny Keeling, Head of BBC Studios Natural History Unit, said, “Never has it been more important to tell stories that inspire people to love and protect the natural world. Many of those stories are initiated and nurtured at the Wildscreen Festival so we are really excited and proud to be the Headline Sponsor this year and continue to build an equitable and sustainable industry.”

The 2024 edition of the festival takes place from the 14-18 October 2024 in Bristol and via a globally accessible virtual platform. Hybrid, reaffirming Wildscreen’s commitment to creating an inclusive, accessible and sustainable Festival.

Wildscreen Festival early bird passes are on sale now, with a variety of hybrid and virtual passes available allowing delegates to choose how and when they experience the festival. Tickets can be purchased here.