We are so pleased to have been included as a 2021 Bristol Life Award Finalist for Wildscreen Festival!
It’s an honour for the success of Wildscreen Festival 2020 to be recognised in this years Event category. Wildscreen Festival 2020 was the first virtual Festival in the charity’s 40-year history and was completely reimagined in just 6 months. Moving all festival activities online led to our most accessible festival to date, with 1900 attendees from 42 countries tuning in.
Hosting the festival virtually presented unique opportunities to bring together some of the most influential figures from the natural history, conservation and filmmaking industries. The Wildscreen team managed to produce conversations which would not have been feasible at a physical event including the poignant conversation between David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg and our public session hosting Jane Goodall and Tom Mangelsen; both of which are available for all to view on our YouTube channel. The virtual edition also reduced the distance between us as Wildscreen Festival 2020 saw legendary film director James Cameron speak at the festival despite being on location in New Zealand.
Our Festival platform remained live until the 30th of December with the entire festival programme and 250 films available to watch time. During the two months it was live 10,764 hours of content was enjoyed by attendees.
By going virtual also meant that we significantly decreased the Festival’s environmental footprint, despite attendance being twice the usual number. 692.41 tonnes of CO2e were saved in delegate airmiles. Our ticketing impact was reduced by over 1000% through opting for e-tickets over paper. Off the back of Wildscreen Festival 2020’s success we have pledged to make all future events hybrid!
A huge thank you to the Bristol Life Award for selected Wildscreen Festival 2020 as a 2021 finalist and of course thank you to all of our festival delegates, sponsors, speakers and everyone who helped make our first ever virtual festival happen!