The 40th birthday edition of the Wildscreen Festival will take place between the 10-14 October 2022 and will mark a new hybrid format for the world’s leading natural world storytelling event.
Wildscreen, the not-for-profit conservation organisation and creator of the Wildscreen Festival, commits to building on the accessibility, inclusivity and sustainability gains made during the pandemic. The reimagined 2020 virtual edition of the Festival, saw delegate numbers soar by 100 percent to 1,900, with 42 countries represented, the largest number ever in the event’s history.The hybrid format will boost the reach and impact of the 2022 event even further, enabling face to face events and networking from Wildscreen’s home city of Bristol, UK, bolstered by a new offering of in-person hubs located in key natural history production bases around the globe, all weaved seamlessly together with a powerful virtual platform.
Lucie Muir, Wildscreen CEO said: “The Wildscreen Festival evolving into a hybrid model is a natural progression for us as part of our mission to nurture a truly inclusive, accessible and democratised natural world storytelling industry. As a conservation charity, delivering a global event post COP26, it also gives us and our audience, the opportunity to reduce the environmental impact of the Festival and show leadership in this space. We look forward to reuniting with our global family of storytellers in person and virtually and welcoming lots of new faces in 2022.”
The 2020 Festival saw 121 speakers deliver 248 hours of content, spanning 43 events covering everything from keynotes, masterclasses, commissioner briefings and film screenings. Over 3,000 new connections were made with 10,000 messages being exchanged using the events networking tool. Headliners included Wildscreen’s Patron, Sir David Attenborough in conversation with Greta Thunberg, Jane Goodall, Jeremy Darroch and James Cameron.
Wildscreen will deliver its first fully hybrid event on 15 November 2021 – Communicating COP is a one-day event bringing together filmmakers, scientists and corporate organisations, to translate the key actions needed to reach net zero into powerful stories for leaders, business and the wider public. Tickets are on sale now from £37.50 for in-person and £25 virtual.