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Wildscreen unveils ROAR bursaries for raw nature storytellers

Published on Friday, 19th August 2016

Young people with a desire to tell engaging stories about the natural world are being invited to apply for a bursary to attend this October’s Wildscreen Festival in Bristol, UK - the world’s biggest celebration of wildlife and environmental film, TV, photography and online content.  

Under the ‘ROAR Talent’ scheme, successful applicants will gain free passes to Wildscreen 2016, taking place in Bristol, UK, from October 10 to 14; an industry mentor; their pick of training, screening and networking events; tickets to the festival’s Green Hollywood-themed Panda Awards ceremony and help with their expenses.

The scheme is open to 18 to 25 year olds not yet working full-time in the industry and has three places on offer:

  • The National Geographic Society ROAR Talent Bursary - available globally and covering travel, living and accommodation costs as well as full festival access.   
  • The Wildscreen Bristol ROAR Talent Bursary – only available to applicants with a Bristol, UK postcode.
  • The Wildscreen Exchange ROAR Talent Bursary – open to residents from other parts of the UK and including an allowance for travel, subsistence and accommodation.   

Wildscreen’s CEO Lucie Muir says: “At Wildscreen we are passionate about nurturing the next generation of natural world storytellers and we are particularly eager to encourage a greater diversity of voices, including those from BAME or less advantaged backgrounds.   Our ROAR Talent bursaries are part of this: a way for young people with fresh ideas and different perspectives to experience our festival -recognised internationally as the finest place to find out how the industry works, make the right contacts and learn from the sector’s most  inspirational and influential people. “

For more information about the ROAR Talent scheme, its entry criteria and conditions and an application form, please see:

The closing date for applications is Friday 2 September 2016 at 23:59 GMT.   Interviews will take place in person or by Skype during the week commencing 5 September 2016.  

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.  Wildscreen also gratefully acknowledges the support of the National Geographic Society for its ROAR Talent scheme.

The Wildscreen Festival is the world’s biggest celebration of screen-based natural history storytelling. It takes place every two years in Bristol, the UK city known internationally as Green Hollywood because of the quantity, range and quality of the nature films and TV it produces. Wildscreen 2016 takes place from October 10 to 14 and will offer a packed programme of screenings, workshops, talks, debates, masterclasses, demos and networking opportunities.  To find out more about the schedule or book a delegate pass, please see

The festival’s flagship event will be a ceremony announcing the latest winners of Wildscreen Panda Awards, nicknamed the Green Oscars and widely recognised as one of the highest accolades open to makes of wildlife film/TV. The ceremony will take place at Bristol’s 2,000-seat Colston Hall on Thursday 13 October and is open to the public. For tickets, visit the Colston Hall box office, call 0844 887 1500 or go to: