UK wildlife conservation organization Wildscreen has launched its revamped Panda Awards ahead of the 2020 Wildscreen Festival.
The festival, which celebrates natural world storytellers such as filmmakers and broadcasters, will also feature the newly introduced Official Selection screening program.
In 2020, the Panda Awards — which recognize the “human endeavor, commitment and unique skill” needed to tell nature’s stories — will focus on the craft and impact to audiences.
The 11 categories in the 2020 Panda Award competition are: Cinematography, Editing, Emerging Talent (film and photo) Music, Photo Story, Producer/Director, Production Team, Scripted Narrative, Series and Sound.
This year’s competition includes two new awards: the Producer/Director award and the Production Team award, recognizing collaboration from pre- to post-production.
Wildscreen is also introducing the Sustainable Panda Award, recognizing best practices in sustainable production. Each production entered into the awards will need to outline the measures taken in their submission.
All films nominated across the 11 categories will be eligible for the Golden Panda Award, selected by the Final Jury.
David Allen, head of prodco Passion Planet, serves as the chair of the 2020 Wildscreen Panda Award Final Jury. Allen has won seven Pandas, including the 2018 Theatrical Panda Award for The Serengeti Rules and the Golden Panda Award for My Life as a Turkey in 2014.
The 2020 Wildscreen Festival Official Selection “will be a global launch pad where creative innovation is recognized, new voices are discovered and where there is equality in opportunity from which a truly inclusive natural world storytelling genre evolves.”
Entrants will be able to submit long- or short-form content, including emerging technologies or platforms.
A team of programmers will curate a screening program, which will take place between Oct. 17 to 25 and be open to both industry and the public.
The 2020 Wildscreen Festival will be held in Bristol from Oct. 19 to 23.