Hybrid Edition
10-14 October 2022

Festival FAQs

What is the format for the 2022 festival?

The Wildscreen Festival will be delivered in a hybrid format for the first time ever in 2022. Following the success of our virtual festival in 2020 to reach brand new audiences and inspire individuals across 42 countries, Wildscreen has decided to keep online access to the festival to continue to grow the natural world storytelling community. There will be online access as well as physical events taking place in Bristol from 10-14 October 2022.

Do you offer a student discount?

We do not provide discounts for students or graduates. There are two ways you can receive a discounted entry fee; submitting your work before the early bird deadline (24 Feb) and signing up to the Gold Membership on FilmFreeway which can collectively save up to 50% on standard entry fees.

Am I eligible for a fee waiver?

We welcome stories and submissions from indigenous peoples and underrepresented voices in the industry. As per our Terms & Conditions, entry fees can be waived for filmmakers hailing from countries identified by the United Nations as the 'Least Economically Developed Countries.'

If you believe you hail from one of the countries listed above, please reach out to the Wildscreen team at awards@wildscreen.org. If you identify as being from an underrepresented group in the industry and are unable to afford the standard entry fee, please get in touch.

Can I receive support with my application in a different language?

Yes, we can currently provide some support with answering your questions in Spanish. If you would prefer to read our terms and conditions in another language, please email us at awards@wildscreen. Unfortunately we are a small charity and unable to provide translations for every document. If we receive enough requests we will consider translating our terms & conditions.

Si hablas español, podemos ayudarte con su proyecto. Mandar un email a awards@wildscreen.org

Official Selection Competition

Who is eligible to enter the Official Selection?

Any storyteller across the world is welcome to enter the Official Selection. This competition is open to amateur and experienced filmmakers and there is no expectation or limitation on the budget of your production.

Can I enter the Panda Awards & The Official Selection with the same production?

Yes, you are welcome to enter both competitions. You will need to complete a submission form and check out on both FilmFreeway pages.

What kind of productions are eligible?

Our Official Selection welcomes innovative technologies as well as traditional visual media. We welcome short and feature films, 360 films, virtual reality and augmented reality productions into our competition. Experimental productions should be entered into the Shorts category and be clearly labelled as such. Read our Terms & Conditions for more details.

When can I enter my Production into the Official Selection?

Submissions are open from 13 Jan until 14 April. FilmFreeway is the only platform we are using to accept entries.

Panda Awards Film & Photo Competition

What is the Panda Awards looking for?

The Panda Awards recognises the very best in the craft of natural history filmmaking. Our range of categories reflects a variety of production skills, sustainability and impact.

Discover our previous award winners here.

Can I enter my film or photo story?

Yes, submissions are open from 13 Jan until 14 April. FilmFreeway is the only platform we are using to accept entries.

Is there a limit to the number of categories I can enter?

No, you are welcome to enter as many categories as you wish. Please read our Terms & Conditions to ensure that you have provided all of the details and additional documents for the categories you have entered. The Wildscreen team will check your submission and reach out to the individual identified on the submission form to ask for any missing materials.

How do I share a supporting document for my category entry?

When preparing your Project on FilmFreeway, you can upload documents, image and video files. If you are entering a category which requires a supporting document to complete the submission (e.g. a Cue Sheet for Music Award), then you can upload your Cue Sheet to your Project before or after your submission. For any submissions missing a document, the Wildscreen team will get in touch with the identified submitter.

I entered a photo story; how will it be shared?

Nominated and winning photo stories will be profiled on the Wildscreen Festival platform and website and you will have the opportunity to share your story and take part in a session during the Festival. 

We will deliver an outdoor photography exhibition in central Bristol, featuring the nominated photo stories, during September October, which attracts more than 40,000 visitors each Festival. You will also receive the usual recognition at the Wildscreen Panda Awards celebration and associated competition press and PR.

Who can enter the Emerging Talent Award?

There is no age limit for the Emerging Talent Award, this category is open to anyone who has started their career in the natural history industry within the last 4 years. If you are unsure about your eligibility, you can reach the team at awards@wildscreen.org

Will there be a Panda Awards Ceremony?

The Wildscreen Festival will feature a Panda Awards Ceremony during the week of the festival (10-14 October 2022). More details about the ceremony will be released closer to the time.

Is there another format for the Terms & Conditions?

You can now listen to our Panda Awards Terms & Conditions as an audio recording or view as a dynamic document. Links are available on the webpage

Get in Touch!

If you can't find the answer on our FAQ, send an email over to the Wildscreen team at awards@wildscreen.org

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