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Wildscreen Festival Tanzania Filmmaker Case Studies: Jigar Ganatra

In the first in a series of Tanzanian filmmaker case studies, we meet Jigar Ganatra, Co-founder and Chair of AFRISOS.

Tanzania: The next generation of wildlife filmmaking talent

Why Tanzania is one of the world’s richest sources of untapped potential when it comes to wildlife filmmaking.

BBC Studios Natural History Unit Announced As Headline Sponsor for Wildscreen Festival 2024

The broadcaster is lending its support to the world’s biggest wildlife film festival.

Wildscreen accredited as Living Wage Employer

Wildscreen is now accredited as a Living Wage Employer. Our Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Wildscreen receive a minimum hourly wage of £12, higher than the government minimum for over 23s, which currently stands at £10.42 per hour.

We are based in the South West, a region where over a tenth of all jobs (11.1%) pay less than the real Living Wage – around 258,000 jobs. Despite this, Wildscreen has committed to pay the real Living Wage and deliver a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work.

The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to the costs of living. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that wish to ensure their staff earn a wage they can live on, not just the government minimum. Since it began, the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 360,000 people and put £3 billion extra into the pockets of low paid workers.

Lucie Muir, CEO of Wildscreen, said: “Wildscreen strives for equity in the natural world storytelling industry, so it’s important for us to lead by example. Becoming accredited as a Living Wage employer is a demonstration of our commitment to fairer working conditions for all.”

Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We’re delighted that Wildscreen has joined the movement of over 14,000 responsible employers across the UK who voluntarily commit to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on.

“They join thousands of small businesses, as well as household names such as Burberry, Barclays, Everton Football Club and many more. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like Wildscreen, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”