Bristol-based wildlife conservation charity Wildscreen has installed its new board of trustees and set the date for the 20th Wildscreen Festival.
The organization has also acquired National History Network, a membership-based hub for the international wildlife film business. Founders Lizzie Green and Vicky Halliwell gifted the company, which has more than 300 individual members and 25 company members, to Wildscreen.
Icon Films CEO Laura Marshall (pictured) helms the board as chair, along with members: Julian Hector, head of BBC’s Natural History Unit; Keith Scholey, director of Silverback Films; Jessica Sweidan, founder of Synchronicity Earth; and Lynn Barlow, assistant vice-chancellor of creative and cultural industries engagement at the University of the West of England.
Additional board members include: Andrew Doe, digital entrepreneur; Nicholas Rogers, accountant and charity trustee; and Con Alexander, partner, Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP.
The 2020 edition of the Wildscreen Festival, which celebrates natural world storytelling, will take place Oct. 19 to 23 in Bristol. It aims to provide opportunities for bursaries, pitching and funding, and will bring together “funds and makers” in the natural history content space.
“We look forward to welcoming the wildlife content world to Bristol in October 2020 at a time when our planet needs bold and impactful stories to change the behaviour of the global community. Wildscreen enables and drives the industry to tell those stories with cohesion, inclusion and bravery,” Marshall said, in a statement.