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Wildscreen invites Bristol to go wild at Oscars-style Green Hollywood show

Published on Sunday, 21st August 2016

Wildscreen – the Bristol-based conservation charity behind the world’s biggest festival of on-screen nature storytelling – will take inspiration from the city’s Green Hollywood nickname when it invites the public to join in its next Panda Awards ceremony at Colston Hall on Thursday 13 October.

TV stars Steve Backshall and Liz Bonnin are to host the event at which the makers of the world’s most watched natural history film, television and online content gather to hear who has won the festival’s latest accolades for excellence – often described as the ‘Green Oscars’.

To add Oscars-style dazzle to the night, innovative digital projection, live entertainment, light, sound and 3-D decor will transform the entire venue into an immersive and interactive wild wonderland. 

In addition, guests will be invited to stay on for an after-party to meet or mingle with the 2016 Panda Award winners and other current and emerging stars of the industry.

Wildscreen CEO Lucie Muir explains: “Bristol is the world capital of natural world storytelling and creativity - there’s nowhere on the planet producing as many hours of nature onscreen, nor beating us on the quality.  It’s a record of which all of us in the West Country can be very proud. So this year we are giving the public the chance to show their pride in our Green Hollywood status and be part of the celebrations by joining us for the wildest wild night of the year – our Green Oscars party.”

Tickets for the Wildscreen Panda Awards on Thursday 13th October are on sale now priced at £34.79, including booking fees. To book, visit the Colston Hall box office, call 0844 887 1500 or go to: Doors open 6:00pm for 7:30pm start. 

This year’s Panda Awards competition attracted just short of 1,000 entries, with more than 40 international wildlife films still in the running for the festival’s 20 award categories.

Bristol-produced THE HUNT leads the pack with six nominations followed closely by JAGO: A LIFE UNDERWATER, also Bristol-made, with five nominations. Other nominees include Sir David Attenborough and programmes featuring Richard Hammond and the comedian John Bishop

Host Steve Backshall, star of Strictly Come Dancing and many wildlife shows, among them the Panda Award-nominated BIG BLUE LIVE, said:  “Having the world's most prestigious wildlife film awards here in the UK is something we should all be extremely proud of.  The city of Bristol is still the heart of global natural history filmmaking - an industry that can have a massive impact in bringing people to the world's natural wonders, and helping inspire heroes to save them."

The Wildscreen Festival is a not-for-profit initiative by the UK-based charity Wildscreen, which also runs Arkive, a free-to-access online encyclopaedia about the natural world, and Wildscreen Exchange, a global hub giving conservation organisations access to imagery and film, TV and photography expertise which helps them to tell the most pertinent conservation stories of our time. 

Principal sponsors of the Wildscreen Festival 2016 are BBC Earth, BBC Worldwide and Disneynature.