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Wildscreen expands to China

The Wildscreen Festival, the Bristol, UK-based event that celebrates wildlife and environmental film and TV, is expanding to China. The first Wildscreen China event took place Oct. 28-30 in Beijing, featuring public ...
October 28, 2016

The Wildscreen Festival, the Bristol, UK-based event that celebrates wildlife and environmental film and TV, is expanding to China.

The first Wildscreen China event took place Oct. 28-30 in Beijing, featuring public screenings of over 15 Wildscreen Panda Award-winning and nominated productions. Wildscreen’s Panda Awards, which are given out biennially to honor outstanding achievement in the craft of natural world filmmaking and storytelling, have come to be known as the “Green Oscars.”

Films screened at Wildscreen China include Oxford Scientific Films’ Animal Odd CouplesHebrides: Islands on the Edge, produced by Maramedia with Otter Films, and Icon Films’ River Monsters – Demon Fish. 

An “Interactive Nature Zone” designed to engage audiences with the natural world using all five senses helped to support the screening program in Beijing. It included: talks and photography exhibitions featuring Chinese wildlife filmmakers and photographers such as Dong Lei, Huang Yifeng and Wu Lixin; short films provided by conservation organizations such as WildAid, WWF, IFAW and Conservation International; VR experiences; projections; nature listening stations; and educational and craft activities for children.

According to Lucie Muir, CEO of Wildscreen (pictured), the charity behind the Wildscreen Festival, Wildscreen China affords the organization the opportunity to help increase the visibility of natural history films and TV programming in the country, and engage vast audiences who can make a real difference in some of the world’s most important conservation areas.

“This year the festival in China is very much targeted at a public audience and giving them the opportunity to see some of the amazing natural history content Wildscreen’s community has created over the past few years,” Muir told realscreen. “Looking to the future, our ambition is to not only deliver public screenings but to also nurture natural world storytelling within China through a series of industry-led events.”

Wildscreen China was delivered in partnership with Earthland and one of China’s pioneering wildlife photographers and founder of Wild China Film, Xi Zhinong. It was also supported by the British Embassy, WildAid and WWF China.

 

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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