Wildscreen Festival Tanzania

06 – 07 June 2024

Building on the success of our 2023 Wildscreen Festival Nairobi, we’re proud to be launching a new two-day event in Arusha, Tanzania in partnership with BBC Studios Natural History Unit and Tanzania based non-profit AFRISOS.

Open to everyone, both established and aspiring African filmmakers and worldwide industry professionals, the two-day festival will be chock-full of headline talks, panels, workshops, commissioning sessions and networking opportunities.

Venue: Mount Meru Hotel, Arusha

What's Included?

Full Pass

Join us in Tanzania for a full two-day programme that will speak to our four content pillars: Craft, Business, Talent and Impact. This pass includes:

  • Full Access to Wildscreen Festival Tanzania 06 June – 07 June 2024
  • Screenings
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Free online attendance to Wildscreen Festival 2024 (worth £135) for African attendees
  • Lunch with Soft Drinks
  • Tea and coffee breaks with snacks


Applications are now open for WildPitch Tanzania! Win up to $10,000!
Enter your film idea by Friday 31 May to be in with a chance of pitching your dream project LIVE at Wildscreen Festival Tanzania 2024 to top industry experts!
WildPitch is open to WSFT24 new or established filmmakers born and living in Africa and projects can be submitted in either English or Kiswahili.
Applicants must also be live ticket holders to Wildscreen Festival Tanzania to be eligible.

Deadline: 31st May 2024

Our Aims -

  • Celebrate the role of Tanzania and Africa in the International Wildlife Film Industry 
  • Elevate African Storytellers within the Global Wildlife Storytelling Industry, increasing representation within creative and editorial roles
  • Support the pipeline of Indigenous Africa Storytelling Talent, providing Mentorship, Networking opportunities and demystifying the business of Wildlife Film
  • Capacity-build and create and support the growing Industry Infrastructure within Africa

Why Tanzania?

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Only 4% of Wildscreen Festival delegates were from African Countries.

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Over 25% of our 2022 Film Award submissions, feature African Wildlife.

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Yet only 7% are made in Africa.

Our Programme

The Wildscreen Festival Tanzania Programme focused on 4 key elements:


Storytelling, Developing Techniques, Cinematography, Post-Production & Editing


Networking, Collaborating, Co-Productions, Commissioning, Demystifying Distribution


Talent, EDI, Indigenous Communities


Conservation, Biodiversity, Climate Change


Introducing the outstanding speakers at this year's Wildscreen Festival Tanzania, all with important stories to be heard!

Jigar Ganatra
Erica Rugabandana
Sreya Biswas
Nakaaya Sumari
Anwar Mamon
Manu Akatsa
Faith Museumbi
Caroline Cox
Etienne Oliff
Catherine Inane
Jane Wynyard
Gavin Boyland
Dr Harry Fonesca Williams
Wickliffe Odera
John Wasonga
Phil Streather
Wickliffe Odera
John Wasonga

Meet our Festival Advisory Board

Our festival is curated by representatives from the global natural history film and TV industry, conservation organisations and African wildlife storytellers.

Faith Musembi

Jigar Ganatra

Vanessa Sarmiento

Jeff Wilson

Dr Paula Kahumbu

Caroline Cox

Sreya Biswas

Janet Han Vissering

Nashipae Orumoy

Anwar Mamon

Erica Rugabandana

Hans Ngoteya

Richard Madeley

Janice Beatty






Volunteering applications now open for Wildscreen Festival Nairobi! 
We’re looking for friendly, enthusiastic and committed individuals to join the Wildscreen team to help to deliver the event. 

As a Wildscreen Festival Nairobi volunteer, you’ll gain hands-on event experience, develop news skills and meet people working in natural world storytelling. 

As a thank you for volunteering, you will receive:

  • A letter of reference
  • A free ticket to the alternative day of the Festival that they are not volunteering on
  • A Wildscreen Festival Nairobi branded t-shirt 
  • In-person volunteers will receive 1 meal per shift (Day Shift) 
Deadline to apply: Thursday 1st June, 12 EAT

Festival Information

Wildscreen Festival Tanzania will be held over 2 days, from 06 – 07 June.

Check out our list of coach recommendations that take you close to the venue here.

Requests to transfer your ticket to an alternative person must be made in writing to hello@wildscreen.org.uk by the 30th May 2024. Such requests shall be approved or denied by Wildscreen in its sole discretion and a fee may be charged.

Yes, we will be offering a number of bursary places which will be open to African storytellers born and living in Africa.

To be notified when these are announced, make sure to sign up to our newsletter, follow us on InstagramTwitter or Facebook.

No, tickets must be purchased in advance due to health and safety and materials provisions.

Once purchased or booked, tickets cannot be refunded or returned unless the event / screening is cancelled, moved to another date.

During the standard ticket pricing period, a special concession rate will be available at a massive 50% discount from the full pass price, to welcome an even wider audience to our Festival.

You are eligible for this rate if you fall under one of these categories:

· Under 25 years old

· Student in full-time education

· 65 years old or over

· Unemployed (for UK delegates, this is available only to those in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance and Employment Support Allowance)

· Residents of LDC countries (a full list be found here)

Please be prepared to provide proof of eligibility if requested. If you are unsure, please email the team at hello@wildscreen.org.uk.

Everyone is welcome at Wildscreen Festival. Our team is striving to make sure our event is as accessible and inclusive as possible. More information to follow.

Check out our list of hotel and hostel recommendations that are close to the venue here. 

1. Mount Meru Hotel Arusha

2. Gran Melia Arusha

3. Lush Garden Arusha

4. Silver Palm Hotel  

Yes, we love welcoming volunteers, and believe it is a great experience for all involved. We will advertise volunteer roles, covering a wide range of duties, closer to the event. All applicants must be available for work from Thursday 6th June to Friday 7th June.  

Attendees residing in African Countries receive a complimentary Virtual Ticket (worth £135) to Wildscreen Festival 2024.

Post-event all eligible attendees will be sent a booking code to access their complimentary virtual tickets.

Please note: The ticket is not transferable and can only be redeemed by the attendee, it is not valid to ticket holders who fail to attend Wildscreen Festival Tanzania. 

You should be aware that you may be photographed or filmed at times throughout the event and the recordings may be distributed.

Visitors must be aged 18 or over to attend Wildscreen Events. We reserve the right to seek confirmation of age if we consider it necessary and you agree to provide such proof of identity and age as we consider reasonably necessary from time to time.

Registration includes important Delegate Updates which we will send you via email as well as subscription to our year-round e-news. Delegate updates contain vital information about accessing the Festival in Tanzania. Should you not wish to receive this information, or our year-round e-news, please click on unsubscribe at the bottom of the last email received. We will never share your email or personal details with anyone else without your consent.

We will always respect your privacy and any personal communication between you and ourselves.

If you can't find the answer on our FAQ, don’t hesitate to ask us.

Programme suggestion box

We would love to hear from you! Alongside our fantastic Festival Advisory Board, we are welcoming suggestions from our creative audience for content that you would like to see and experience at our festival.

Please complete this short form here to share your programme content ideas! 

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