The 40th edition of the Wildscreen Festival is set for Oct. 10 to 14, 2022, and will be held as a hybrid event combining in-person and virtual events, the festival confirmed on Thursday (Sept. 23).
Wildscreen, a not-for-profit conservation and creator of the Wildscreen Festival, announced the 2022 event with a hybrid format to boost its reach and impact. The virtual edition of the festival in 2020 was the largest in the event’s history with 1,900 delegates from 42 countries.
The hybrid format in 2022 will enable face-to-face events and networking from Wildscreen’s home city of Bristol, UK, bolstered by offering in-person hubs located in key natural history production bases around the world, woven together with a virtual platform.
“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,” said Lucie Muir, Wildscreen CEO, in a news release.
“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 included 121 speakers across 43 events covering keynotes, masterclasses, commissioner briefings and film screenings. Headliners included David Attenborough in conversation with Greta Thunberg, Jane Goodall, Jeremy Darroch and James Cameron.
Wildscreen is planning its first fully hybrid event for this fall on Nov. 15 in Communicating COP. This is a one-day event bringing filmmakers together with scientists and corporate organizations to translate key actions needed to reach net zero into powerful stories for leaders, business and the wider public.