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Hilary MacEwen – In Memoriam

Hilary MacEwen – In Memoriam
13 March 1947 – 17 Nov 2023
 
It is with great sadness that we share the news that Hilary MacEwen, a long-time friend and colleague of Wildscreen Festival sadly passed away on 17th November 2023. Between the 1990s to early 2010s Hilary was a huge part of the Wildscreen Festival team and was the brainchild behind the much-loved workshop programme. This legacy remains a huge part of the Festival today, including the ever popular cinematography workshops.
Hilary was a superb member of the Wildscreen Festival team who simply got on with whatever she had to do. She had fantastic connections, particularly through the IAWF of which she was Secretary for 20 years. The workshops she organised were always hugely appreciated and she aimed to ring the changes, bring in younger people as well as involve those more experienced and from every aspect of filmmaking. A stalwart and no-nonsense person. It was a real honour to work with her as nothing was ever too much trouble.
Jane Krish, Wildscreen CEO (1990-2003) and 
 
Hilary was a Festival stalwart for many, many years, running the legendary workshop programme. She was brilliant at persuading the best talent to deliver innovative, informative and exciting training workshops. She was huge fun to work with, always worked so hard and will be much missed by the international wildlife media industry and her Wildscreen friends.” 
Harriet Nimmo (2003-2011) 
 
Born in Farnham Surrey in 1947, Hilary moved to London in the 1960s working for the Sunday Times and then moved into advertising. Here she met her husband Alastair, who was to become a wildlife filmmaker. They married in 1976 and had two sons, Mark and Ross. Mark followed in his dad’s footsteps, becoming a wildlife filmmaker. Both Alastair and Mark are award-winning wildlife cinematographers, winning many Panda Awards over the years, always supported by Hilary.   
 
Our thoughts are with Hilary’s friends and family at this time.
 
A celebration of Hilary will take place at The Canalside, Marsh Lane, Bridgewater, Somerset, TA6 6LQ on December 5th at 2pm. For more details please see here