Virtual Edition
19 - 23 Oct, 2020

Festival FAQs

 

VIRTUAL WILDSCREEN FESTIVAL FAQS

Tickets and delegate passes

I already purchased a Wildscreen Festival delegate pass for 2020 before COVID-19 and the virtual festival was announced. What are my options?

We recognise that the Festival will be a different experience this October and therefore we are offering the following options to those who already secured their ticket:

  • Full refund
  • Transfer to a virtual Festival Pass with partial refund
  • Donation to Wildscreen

Please see our ticketing page for further information on how to claim a refund, transfer your ticket or to make a donation to support Wildscreen and our mission.

When and where can I buy a pass for the virtual festival?

Head to our Ticket page to purchase your pass!

How much will a ticket for the virtual Festival cost?

Full delegate passes will be £125 ( VAT if applicable). Concession passes will be priced at £50 ( VAT if applicable).

Different ticket options with varying levels of access to content will also be available. Details will be released when tickets go on sale in July.

Will you be offering concession tickets?  

Yes. We will be offering concession tickets as usual as it is very important to us that the Festival, whether virtual or live, is accessible to as many people as possible around the world.

You are eligible for a concession pass if you identify as one or more of the following:

 You will be required to provide proof of eligibility for receipt of the concession rate.  

Concession passes priced at £50 ( VAT if applicable) and are on sale via our Tickets page.

I am a member of Natural History Network; do I get a discount?

No. Unfortunately we are not able to offer additional discounts to Natural History Network members.

Festival Programme

What can I expect from the virtual Wildscreen Festival?

The virtual edition of the Wildscreen Festival week, from the 19-23 October, will include the content you would usually expect from a live Wildscreen Festival including:

  • Keynotes
  • Masterclasses
  • Panel Session
  • Commissioner clinics
  • Film premieres and screenings
  • Socials

And new for 2020, one to one meeting slots for pitching, talent meetings and mentoring.

Full details of speakers and content will be released over the coming months.

An online screening library of all Festival entries will also be available for three months, from September to December. This will be supported by a selection of Director Q&As.

Will you be delivering any live events in 2020?

If we can, safely, we will create opportunities for live events both in Bristol and within hubs around the world to bring the community together during the week of the 19-23 of October and beyond. Due to the changing nature of the pandemic, decisions on this will not be taken until much closer to the time, following the guidance of government and venues. 

Panda Awards Film competition

How will my Production be profiled?

Productions will be included within the online screening platform made available to Festival delegates from September to December. The Wildscreen Team will be in touch with you to arrange file transportation to the Festival platform.

If nominated for a Panda Award, you will be offered the opportunity to take part in a Q&A as part of the virtual Festival which will be available online for delegates to watch.

If your film is a premiere, you may be offered a special screening as part of the virtual event.

Will I get a Q&A with my screening?

Yes. If you are nominated within a Panda Award category you will be offered the opportunity to take part in a Q&A.

Who will have access to the online screening platform?

Only Festival ticket holders will have access to the online screening platform, hosted behind a secure pay-wall.

Can films be geoblocked on the online film screening library?

Yes. The platform we are using allows for geo-blocking.

Can I still enter my film or photo story?

No. The closing date for submissions was the 1 May and all the entries are now with our juries for consideration.

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 virtual Festival. 

We are also still hoping to deliver the outdoor photography exhibition in central Bristol, adhering to social distancing guidelines, during October, which attracts more than 40,000 visitors each Festival.  We are also exploring a virtual tour/online solution. You will also receive the usual recognition at the Wildscreen Panda Awards celebration and associated competition press and PR.

Can I withdraw my film from the online screening library?

As stated in the terms and condition of entry, Wildscreen is entitled to make Productions available for viewing by Festival delegates in an online film library unless otherwise agreed. If you have specific concern or request, for example due to new distribution rights, please contact the Wildscreen team to discuss.

Will there be a Panda Awards Ceremony?

Due to the restrictions around social distancing and travel, the 2020 Wildscreen Festival Panda Awards Ceremony will also take the form of a virtual event. The celebration, to be held on 22 October, will reveal the winners of the most coveted prize in the global wildlife film and TV industry. Nominees and winners will of course be the focal point for the celebration.

More details will be shared soon.

How will I get my award and certificate?

Winners will have their awards and certificates posted to them following the announcement at the awards celebration which is scheduled to take place on Thursday 22 October 2020.   

Official Selection Competition and Programme

If my film is selected to be part of the Official Selection Programme, how will it be profiled at the Festival?

Productions selected as part of the Official Selection Programme will be invited to take part in pre-recorded or live Q&As. These will be showcased and shared via the online screening platform. Content will be shared on the screening platform thematically and each selected film will receive promotion via highlighting on the platform, Wildscreen socials and enewsletters to all delegates and followers.

If your Production will be a World, European, UK or online premiere, you will also be given priority for a premiere screening slot as part of the main Festival programme.

You will also receive a laurel and certificate, along with digital assets to promote the selection.

Will I get a Q&A with my screening?

Yes. selected productions will also be invited to take part in a Directors Q&A which will be shared via the platform.

How will the ‘Audience Award’ be awarded?

A voting facility/ballot for the Official Selection Audience Award will be made available to ticket holders of the Festival and online screening library. The production with the most votes will be awarded the prize fund of £2,000, following the Wildscreen Festival week.

Can I withdraw my film from the online screening library?

As stated in the terms and condition of entry, Wildscreen is entitled to make Productions available for viewing by Festival delegates in an online film library unless otherwise agreed. If you have specific concern or request, for example due to new distribution rights, please contact the Wildscreen team to discuss.

Can I still enter my Production into the Official Selection?

No. The closing date for submissions was the 1 May and all the entries are now with our pre-selectors for consideration.

Get in Touch!

If you can't find the answer on our FAQ, send an email over to our dedicated Box Office team at bookings@wildscreen.org.uk

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