Wildscreen is a not-for-profit conservation organisation that empowers a global community of storytellers on behalf of the natural world.

In 2020, we launched the Official Selection to find bold, authentic and varied stories that speak to different audiences. The Official Selection is open to anyone with a story about nature and to productions of any budget, length and inclusive of films and emerging technologies (VR, AR) or platforms.

We are looking for original, creative stories that reflect one or more of the following:

- Authentic, Indigenous & Underrepresented Voices
- Biodiversity & Climate Change
- Effect of the Pandemic on the Natural World
- Interrelationships between Humans and Nature
- Next Generation of Stewards and Storytellers
- Solutions & Impact

Our Official Selection acts as a global launch pad where creative innovation is recognised, new voices are discovered and there is equality in opportunity from which a truly inclusive nature world storytelling genre evolves.

Discover our diverse team of international programmers: Senior Programmer at Tribeca Lucy Jane Mukerjee, Environmental Storyteller Alice Aedy, Filmmaker Chioma Onyenwe, Indigenous Scientist and Storyteller Elizabeth Swanson Andi, Academy Award-winning Director James Reed and Immersive Sundance Programmer Milo Talwani.

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The authorised representative of each programme selected for the Official Selection Programme will receive a laurel, certificate and trophy. Replica trophies and certificates will be available to order for an additional fee after the Festival.

Wildscreen Festival will also honour the best of the Official Selection Programme via the following prizes:

Programmer Prize: Films considered for this are required to have their World, International or European premieres at the Wildscreen Festival. All films entered into the Official Selection are automatically eligible for this prize and will be selected by our Programmers. A cash prize of £2,000 and laurel will be awarded.

Audience Prize: This award is voted for by the Wildscreen Festival audience, recognising the Production that receives the highest audience vote during the industry and public programme. A cash prize of £1,000 and laurel will be awarded.

Sustainable Merit: The Wildscreen Festival Official Selection Programming team, with advice from experts in sustainable filmmaking, will recognise a production entered in the 2022 Official Selection which has committed to innovative sustainable practices to reduce the environmental impact of a production. A laurel will be awarded. Please note that implementation of such practices is not required as part of the competition submission criteria.

For full rules and guidelines in a variety of accessible formats, visit: https://express.adobe.com/page/xSep0vCGFX0qE/


The Wildscreen Official Selection (“Official Selection”) is part of the 21st Wildscreen Festival (“Festival”).

The Official Selection is managed and presented by Wildscreen, a charity based at Unit 2.6, Temple Studios, Temple Gate, Bristol BS1 6QA (“Wildscreen”).

Submission of a film Production (“Production”) to the Official Selection is subject to and conditional on the

Entrant (defined below) accepting these Rules and Wildscreen does not accept any submission on any other
basis whatsoever.

The Official Selection is open to new or established broadcasters, film or television Production companies/distributors and independent filmmakers from anywhere in the world ("Entrants"). All entries for the Official Selection are made subject to these Rules.

To be eligible, a Production ("Production") must:
- have an aspect of the natural world as the central focus
- be completed on or after 1 March 2020
- not have been entered into a previous Wildscreen Official Selection competition
- be submitted by the producer or distributor of the film (or their authorised representative)

Productions entered into the Official Selection do not need to have been broadcast prior to their entry, nor do they need at the date of entry to have a future transmission date, and if screened at the Festival they do not need to be a premiere festival screening. Preference will be given to world, European, UK and Bristol premieres but films may have been screened at any number of festivals or other public theatrical exhibitions anywhere in the world, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, and/or released via any home video or other public distribution platform and be eligible for consideration.

Productions in languages other than English are welcome but must be subtitled or dubbed into English. Alternatively, the screener copy must be accompanied by an English script with a time code. If nominated for an award or screening, a copy of the Production must be provided by the Entrant with English dubbing or subtitles.

Sponsorship of Productions may be acknowledged in copies submitted for the Official Selection but submission of copies of Productions incorporating advertising is not permitted. Productions of all lengths, crew sizes and budgets are accepted in the Official Selection. All of the above factors will be taken into consideration during the preselection and programming process.

Entries are categorised as:
- Mid-length & Feature films (30 mins+)
- Short films (30 mins or under including credits)

Entries that are emerging technologies or platforms such as VR, AR etc, should be entered via the short film category and be clearly labelled as such.

Please note that FilmFreeway offers a reduced price fee for submitters who are subscribed to their Gold Membership plan.

Fees must be paid for the current deadline window at the time of submission via the FilmFreeway platform.

Fees are charged in GBP British Pound and can be paid by credit/debit card or PayPal.
Submission fees are non-refundable.

Entry fees are only waived for entrants residing in a least economically developed country as defined by the UN. For the current list of eligible countries see:
https://www.un.org/development/desa/dpad/wp- content/uploads/sites/45/publication/ldc_list.pdf

All Official Selection submissions will be accepted via FilmFreeway. Entrants are able to submit via FilmFreeway Wildscreen Festival Official Selection. For information on how to use the platform please visit the FilmFreeway FAQs.

All submissions must be accompanied by the required enclosures as follows:
- completed online submission form, including Production details, synopsis and credits and current
contact details of Entrant
- a screener copy of the Production
- additional documents such as cue sheets or scripts uploaded to FilmFreeway project (if applicable)
- payment of fees for submission of the Production for the Official Selection ("Fees")

Submission materials will not be returned. Wildscreen reserves the right to reject submissions that are incomplete.

Production partners: All partners involved in a Production must be credited in the submission form and it is the responsibility of the Entrant to notify all their Production partners of the submission. Wildscreen will assume in relation to each entry that all Production partners have agreed to the submission of the Production for the
Official Selection.

In the event that a number of different parties submit a single Production for the Official Selection, Wildscreen will notify all such parties that they must jointly determine the identity of a single authorised representative to act as Entrant for that Production.

Submission format: In order to reduce the festival’s carbon footprint and enable a smoother print traffic service, Wildscreen uses a digital film delivery platform and films must be submitted via online screener only.

Entry deadline: The official entry deadline for all submissions is 23:59 GMT on 14 April 2022. Late submissions (until 23:59 GMT on 12 May 2022) are at the discretion of Wildscreen and additional fees will be incurred.

Selected Productions: Additional materials will be required for selected Productions. Wildscreen requires a ProRes of each Production to be screened at the Festival, promotional stills and a time-coded English script.


Wildscreen Official Selection is a curated programme. Every qualifying entry will be viewed by a preselection team, composed of international industry professionals. Qualifying entries will then be forwarded to a preselection team, composed of international industry professionals.

To be a member of the preselection team, participants will apply online to Wildscreen via a form and will be asked to submit their CV, reasoning for wanting to participate and declare any conflicts of interest. Wildscreen will review preselection team applications and, if selected, they will be allocated content depending on their expertise, and time they have available to participate.

Each Production will be viewed by a minimum of 3 preselection team members, who will each score the Productions from one to ten. The highest scoring Productions will then be considered by the Wildscreen Festival Programming team. These individuals, appointed by Wildscreen, will curate the Wildscreen Official Selection screening programme.

Please note that our preselection team and programmers live or work internationally and therefore the submitter screener may not register as being viewed in the UK. The primary contact listed in your submission form will be contacted about the status of your entry by the end of July 2022.

Although it is not a requirement of submission to the Official Selection, preference is given by programmers to premieres, productions created by in-country talent around native wildlife and non-broadcast productions.

Due to the quantity of applications received, we are unable to offer individual feedback if your application is unsuccessful.

The Official Selection competition encourages both emerging and established visual media to enter the festival.

Any 360 Films, Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality productions should be entered via the short film category with ‘360’, ‘VR’ or ‘AR’ included in the title of the submission.
Entrants will be asked for the various production details and whether they have taken any measures to reduce the environmental impact of their production.

If any specialised technology is required for the viewing of your production, please make this clear in your submission or notify Wildscreen directly (see Contact Details). Entrants will be required to provide access to this equipment during the judging process.

Film production Entrants will be asked for the various production details Filmmakers are also asked whether they have taken any measures to reduce the environmental impact of their production.

Media files: Wildscreen aims to provide the best possible viewing experience for the judging of your film. To achieve this, we ask you to provide a high-quality version of your video to be uploaded to FilmFreeway, or to supply a Vimeo link. As soon as you create a project in FilmFreeway you will be directed to your Project Page where you can easily upload your project file (up to 10GB) or link your video via Vimeo or YouTube.

FilmFreeway accepts all major video formats in full quality HD up to 10 GB. We transcode videos for playback compatibility and performance and recommend that you use settings close to our output settings:

Maximum video bitrate: 2200 Kbps, H.264, mp4
Audio: 128 Kbps, AAC, 2 channel stereo
Aspect ratio preserved; maximum video height of 720 pixels

Wildscreen will contact the production submitter if there are any issues with the film file so please ensure that you have an individual identified as the submitter and a direct email address.

In submitting a Production to the Official Selection each Entrant is deemed to have:
- obtained all necessary clearances in respect of their Production relating to all materials, music, performances, scripts and underlying works embodied in such Production and to give Wildscreen a warrant to that effect.
- all the necessary authority to make such submission in accordance with these Rules.

In the event of any dispute concerning credits or copyright in respect of a Production Wildscreen reserves the right to reject the submission in respect of such Production or withhold Official Selection or prize in respect of such Production until the dispute is resolved.

Each Entrant is deemed to indemnify and hold harmless Wildscreen, its selection team, programmers, sponsors and partners, from and against all claims, demands, losses, damages, costs, liabilities, and expenses (including legal expenses), arising from Wildscreen's possession and use in accordance with these Rules of their submission to Wildscreen in connection with the Official Selection (including without limitation Productions, photographs, information and other materials).

Each Entrant acknowledges that circumstances may arise which are beyond the reasonable control of Wildscreen in which Wildscreen has to cancel the Festival, the Official Selection and screenings and in such event no refunds of Fees will be payable.

Wildscreen's liability for death or personal injury arising from its negligence is not limited but any other liability of Wildscreen related to any submission (whether for breach of contract, or tort (including negligence) or breach of statutory duty or otherwise howsoever arising) is limited to the amount of the Fees paid by the
Entrant in respect of such submission.

In the event of any queries please contact:

Unit 2.6
Temple Studios
Temple Gate


Overall Rating
  • Wildscreen is the best wildlife film festival in the world...

    February 2022
  • Rebecca Kormos

    We were overjoyed to be part of Wildscreen Festival and extremely honored to receive the first ever Programmer Prize from the Wildscreen Team! This prize allowed us to give back to the communities in Guinea who kindly spoke with us about the chimpanzees and the mining for this film. Even though the festival was virtual, Wildscreen did an incredible job of creating an inclusive community. Sue and Gabriella especially made us feel like family and continued to reach out to us for different events and opportunities to connect long after the festival. It has been wonderful to work alongside people with such passion and love for our natural world and a never-ending commitment to protect it as well. Thank you Wildscreen!

    January 2022
  • Inka Cresswell

    I was so honoured to have my first fim 'My 25: The Ocean between Us' Selected as a part of the offical selection at wildscreen. As a filmmaker thats still breaking into this competitive industry it was a fantastic opportunity to have my work seen and to network with industry leading professionals. While sadly the event was hosted digitally due to COVID there was still a great sense of comunity and the talks were engaging throughout the festival. I have attended wildscreen in person in the past and i look forward to seeing how they develop into a hybrid model allowing networking with people around the world and still creating opportunities for those face to face interactions. The event team were incredibly helpful and the online platform allowed for interaction and networking throughout talks and screenings. Wildscreen as a film festival does an incredible job at ensuring wildlife documentries continue to push the bounderies of creativity and storytelling and creates an invaluable space for important conversations around conservation that I hope will continue to push the industry. Sending a huge thank you to the entire Wildscreen team!

    January 2022
  • Susan Scott

    Such an honour to be selected for the iconic Wildscreen. We were so sad not to be able to get there because of the pandemic... but the organizers more than made up for that. Seriously... they made us feel like we were the only film at the festival. They would mail replies immediately to any queries we had, no matter how silly or small and most importantly, they knew how vital it was for us to get our film seen in overseas territories. So they pushed for our film to be seen in those territories with their partner festivals, which was just wonderful. A passionate team who made us feel like they never stopped advocating for our film... even after the festival was finished.

    January 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Susan! It is fantastic to hear that you had such a positive experience through our Festival and became a part of the Wildscreen community. We hope to see you in person during our hybrid festival from 10-14 October 2022!

  • Matthew Judge

    Wildscreen is such an important organisation and network and the festival was a ray of light in the darkness of 2020/2021. Our film Kokoly was selected for the festival and the support we received was outstanding. We felt integrated into the community and had a wonderful time during the virtual festival. I also enjoyed attending an in-person event in 2021 on COP26 where we were asked to feature too.

    (Matt, on behalf of Blue Ventures)

    January 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Matthew! We so pleased to hear that you had an excellent experience with our first ever Official Selection in 2020 and felt part of the Wildscreen community.

    We are excited to see what Blue Ventures have been working on in our upcoming edition!