Wilderland Film Festival shares important, breathtaking stories from the natural world in theatres around Britain and Ireland. The UK’s first-ever touring wildlife film festival, the Wilderland national tour shines a light on some astonishing, thought-provoking stories - filmed by a host of independent international filmmakers.

Wilderland Film Festival is the brainchild of zoologist filmmakers Dan O’Neill and Isaac Rice, who have recruited some of the most acclaimed names in natural history programming as judges including award-winning cameraman Doug Allan (The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet), naturalist and author Stephen Moss (Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival, Springwatch), and producer/director Louise Heren (Big Cat Diaries).
 
Festival co-founders, Dan O’Neill, and Isaac Rice:

"Wilderland is a platform for the new era of independent wildlife filmmakers. It will inspire everyone to think more about the natural world in our daily lives. Wilderland's
ethos is that anyone can be a conservationist, and everyone has a part to play in the future of our planet."

Steve Backshall, BAFTA-winning English naturalist, writer, and TV presenter:

"It’s so exciting to see these breathtaking films on the big screen for the first time”

Doug Allan, panel member, and cameraman:

"Anyone with a fascination for the natural world and conservation should make sure they book their ticket to Wilderland. It’s inspirational.”

Gordon Buchanan, wildlife TV presenter, and cameraman:

“Wilderland is special because it gives audiences unparalleled insight into some of the world’s most incredible wildlife”

Audiences will also have the opportunity to support the effort to save some of our planet's most endangered species. At each show, the audience will be invited to vote for one of five endangered species. Votes will be counted each night and, at the end of the tour, the Wilderland team will embark on a journey to make a film about the most voted-
for species, raising awareness of its plight and encouraging support for grassroots charities working to help them. The resulting film will be premiered at the next Wilderland Film Festival and funded by a percentage of profits from the festival.

Selected films will receive Official Wilderland Laurels and a certificate.

As an Official Selection to Wilderland, films will be viewed by leading professionals in the wildlife filmmaking industry as well as touring UK and Ireland theatres, watched by tens of thousands of people nationwide.

Wilderland considers films from any style (e.g. documentary, live-action, animation, etc.) that relate to:

Wildlife
Animal Behaviour
Humans in Nature
Urban Wild
Adventure & Exploration
Rural or Wild Habitats
Conservation

The criteria for film submission are:

1. The film was made since the 1st January 2017.

2. That if it is in a foreign language, it has English subtitles

3. Must be under 50 minutes in duration

Please also include:

A trailer (if it is more than 10 minutes long)

A high-resolution photo of the filmmaker(s)

We prefer you to also submit:

Links to any social media connected to the film or you as a filmmaker, if you don’t have any you need not include any. We like to connect our social media to our filmmakers when possible.

Up to 4 high-resolution pictures shot on location for us to use to publicise you, your film and the festival. You will always be credited and linked to appropriate social media.

The Small Print:

Films must be completed by the deadline bracket in which they are submitted. This means works in progress will not be accepted, including edits to films after they have been submitted will not be allowed.

More than one film may be submitted, but a separate entry fee must be paid for each.

It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the contact information provided on the submission form is correct throughout the entirety of the selection period. Any incorrect information will not be corrected by us.

If music or additional film material used in your film is not original, then permission from source must be obtained and supplied through email to info@wilderlandfestival.com, with the subject line 'Permissions'. The responsibility of this rests entirely with the filmmaker. Failure to obtain clearance will result in your film being withdrawn from the festival. In this event, Wilderland will not be liable to return the fee or the materials submitted.

Wilderland is under no obligation to provide the filmmaker with any comments or feedback regarding the submitted film should it not be accepted for showing.

Wilderland does not pay filmmakers or pay delivery fees in order to show a film, nor does Wilderland provide any production costs.

In the event of a film being withdrawn, Wilderland will not be liable to refund the fee or return any materials submitted.

The submission of a film to Wilderland will be considered an acknowledgment of festival rules.

By Submitting your films to Wilderland Film Festival, you hereby grant permission of use for the following purposes:

Photos and stills: Still images from the films will be used on the website, printed materials, social media, and other promotional items. Please submit one high-resolution headshot of the filmmaker in JPEG format. On ​occasions of multiple filmmakers,​ one headshot each limited to 3 persons.

Clips: Clips of submitted films may be used to promote Wilderland by appearing on the website, possible partnership websites, third party advertising sponsors (i.e. television spots, newspaper print, magazine ads etc.)

Trailer: Wilderland may request a short trailer for films over 10 minutes (electronically or on DVD) for promotional purposes. This will be arranged separately to​ our film submission process and we will be in contact to arrange this.

By submitting​ your film, you agree that Wilderland can screen your film at all Wilderland Film Festival events.

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  • Billy Clapham

    Wilderland was fun, slick, entertaining and inspiring. It was an honour to see my film up on the big screen along side such an eclectic group of productions from across the planet. From animation to drama, journalistic to blue chip. But all with conservation and a love for the natural world at their heart. I especially liked the twist of having the 'Wilderlight' campaign, where festival goers vote for an under-represented endangered species to star in its own film, in the hope of helping to save it. Making Wilderland one of few festivals that is really striving to actively make a difference.

    April 2019
  • Lindsey Parietti

    Wilderland Film Festival is truly bringing a new approach to taking nature and conservation films to the public. It was wonderful to see Blood Island screened in front of a live audience alongside some amazing, quirky and unique independent wildlife films. Looking forward to reaching an even wider audience when the festival tours the UK this year.

    April 2019