Wildscreen Festival 2022

The Future of Natural World Storytelling for a Better Planet

Wildscreen Festival 2022 celebrates, supports and platforms the global wildlife filmmaking community.

From industry leaders and celebrity talent, to award-winning filmmakers, photographers, NGOs and high end kit exhibitors, we have an unmissable programme in store for this year’s festival.

“This year’s festival theme “The Future of Natural World Storytelling for a Better Planet”, speaks to our charity’s mission, to connect people with nature through natural world storytelling. Along with celebrating our 40th anniversary, this year’s festival will be future-focused. With the state of the world, it is absolutely vital that we look at the future of the natural world storytelling craft for the sake of the planet. This year’s festival programme will centre on 4 key elements: Craft, Industry, Global Voices, and Planetary Crisis, which will be interwoven throughout the festival content.” (Lucie Muir, Wildscreen CEO)⁠

The programme for our hybrid festival has been announced, and is full of top industry headliners, lively and thought-provoking panel sessions, commissioner clinics, a huge range of masterclasses led by experts in their field, film screenings, world premieres, our Panda Award ceremony celebrating the best in natural world storytelling, networking opportunities and much more! More exciting announcements are still to come.

Headline Speakers

We are excited to release a selection of the many outstanding headline speakers, which we have lined up for this years Wildscreen Festival.

Our speakers tell important stories that need to be told.

Make sure to follow us on our social accounts to hear all new announcements first.

Bertie Gregory

Wildlife Filmmaker
Host of Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory
National Geographic Explorer

Chief Dadá
Chief Dadá

“Odair ‘Dadá’ Borari” also known as, Chief Dadá

World renowned activist and leader of the Brazilian Borarí community

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Christiana Figueres

Co-Host of Outrage+Optimism  

Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (2010-2016)

Darren Aronofsky

Film Director

Protozoa

Sir David Attenborough

Natural historian and Biologist

Imogen Heap

Musician

James Cameron

Executive Producer and Nat Geo Explorer at Large

Earthship

Pattie Gonia

Drag Queen & Intersectional Environmentalist

Steve Backshall

Adventurer, natural history TV presenter, public speaker and author

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Tom McDonald

EVP of Global and Factual

National Geographic

Speakers

We are thrilled to release a selection of the phenomenal and inspiring speakers, which we have lined up for this years Wildscreen Festival, with many more still to come.

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Adarsh NC

Head of Production

Felis Creations

 

Addy Coade

Junior Production Manager

BBC Studios

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Aishwarya Sridhar

National Geographic Explorer, iLCP Emerging Fellow, Wildlife filmmaker, Presenter, Photographer

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Alastair Fothergill

Co-Chief Executive Officer & Director 

Silverback Films

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Alison Barrat

SVP Production & Development

Love Nature

Andrew Glester
Andrew Glester

Lecturer

UWE Bristol

Anne Nikitin

Composer

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Ashwika Kapur

Director / Producer

Barney Steel

Cofounder


Marshmallow Laser Feast

 

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Carlyn Staudt

Global General Manager

Love Nature

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Christina Karliczek Skoglund

Wildlife DoP & Filmmaker

Clay Bolt
Clay Bolt

Natural History and Conservation Photographer

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Dan O'Neill

Filmmaker & TV Presenter

David Cornwall

Managing Director

Scorpion TV

Diva Amon
Diva Amon

Marine Biologist

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Doug Gimesy

Conservation & Animal Welfare Photojournalist

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Ella Al-Shamahi

Nat Geo Explorer, palaeoanthropologist, evolutionary biologist, & stand-up comic

Faith Musembi
Faith Musembi

Producer / Director

Felix Bohatsch

CEO/Game Director

Broken Rules interactive Media GmbH

Fiona Tande

Founder/Director

Pridelands Wildlife Film Festival

Gordon Buchanan
Gordon Buchanan

Scottish wildlife filmmaker and presenter

Hannah Stitfall

Broadcaster

Jack Bootle

Head of Specialist Factual

BBC Television

Jack Harries

Co-Founder 


Earthrise Studio

James Manfull

Commissioning Editor

Love Nature

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Janet Han Vissering

SVP of Development & Production

National Geographic

Jasmine Isa Qureshi

Freelance Journalist, TV Researcher & Speaker

Jorge Franzini

VP Original Content, Programming & Development
Curiosity

Kate Taylor

Executive Producer and Founder

Feast Collective

Keith Scholey

Company Director

Silverback Films

Kevin Zaouali

Film Director

Lyra Films

Kylie Stott

SVP

AMPLE Nature

Laura Pennafort

Camera Technician & Freelance Camera Assistant

Lawrence Wahba

Wildlife Filmmaker

Wahba Filmes

Lilla Hurst

Global Head of Acquisitions & Partnerships, Blue Ant International

Blue Ant Media

Liz Bonnin

Science and Natural World Expert & Broadcaster

Lizzie Daly
Lizzie Daly

Wildlife Biologist and Presenter

Loren Baxter

Head of Acquisitions

Off the Fence

Malaika Vaz

Founder/Creative Director

Untamed Planet

Mandy Rose

Professor – Documentary & Digital Cultures 

UWE

Mandi Stark

Producer, Director and Podcaster

Natural Wanders ‘Plodcast’

Matthew Shaw

Director

ScanLAB Projects

Mel Rodrigues

Founder & CEO

Gritty Talent

Nainita Desai

Composer

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Nicola Brown

Impact Producer

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Nicolas Brown

Filmmaker

Nigel Pope

Creative Director

Mara Media

Norio Matsumura

Producer

 

NHK

Pamela Caragol

Executive Producer, Showrunner and Producer/Director

Pat van Heerden

Channel Manager S3

SABC

Patrick Morris

Executive producer 

Impala Pictures

 

Pippa Ehrlich

Filmmaker

Sea Change Project

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Poppy Dixon

Director, Documentaries & Factual

Sky UK

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Rachel Job

SVP Non-Scripted

All3Media

Rachel Scott

Senior Producer 


Wild Space

Rob Murray

Self-Shooting PD and Cinematographer

Rutendo Shackleton

Conservationist, Scientist,  Natural History Presenter

 

Ruth Peacey
Ruth Peacey

Producer / Director

Sam Barcroft
Sam Barcroft

Founder

Creatorville

Sam Sheline
Sam Sheline

Associate Producer

National Geographic Society

Sarah Bright
Sarah Bright

Editor and DIT

Cunning Media

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Sara Edelson

Director, Documentary Series

Netflix

Solange Attwood
Solange Attwood

EVP, International

Blue Ant Media

Sophie Darlington

Director of Photography 


Sophie Darlington Picture Company Ltd

Tom Burton
Tom Burton

Head of Interactive

BBC Studios

Tom Hird
Tom "The Blowfish" Hird

Marine Biologist, Broadcaster, Wildlife Expert

Tom Mustill
Tom Mustill

Producer, Director and writer

Tony Wu

Photographer

Tria Thalman

Executive Producer, Natural History

Smithsonian Channel

Vanessa Serrao

Vice President, Impact Story Lab

National Geographic Society

Yoland Bosiger

Assistant Producer 


BBC Studios, Natual History Unit

Global Hubs

The introduction of the Festival Global Hubs will offer the opportunity for storytellers and change makers based in global natural history content hotspots to be part of the Festival. Headline Festival Sponsor, BBC Studios Natural History Unit, is supporting the Nairobi hub, Principal Sponsor Save our Seas Foundation is supporting the Cape Town edition, with our final hub based in Bangalore, India, being supported by Felis Creations.

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