Wildscreen announces award nominees for its 40th anniversary edition

Wildscreen announces award nominees for its 40th anniversary edition

Posted on: 11 Aug 2022

Discover the intriguing lives of plants and animals across the globe via an array of inventive and heart-felt films this autumn.


Bristol based charity Wildscreen has today (August 11) unveiled its nominations for the 40th edition of its annual 'Wildscreen Panda Awards' - honours celebrating the international natural world storytelling industry.


Winners in 15 categories including best producer, director and sound, will be announced during a prizegiving ceremony on Thursday 13 October at the peak of the Wildscreen Festival period - running from Monday 10 to Friday 14 October 2022.


Tickets for both online and in-person events are on sale now. Visit Wildscreen's website for more details.



Among the nominees for this year's awards are BBC Studio’s Natural History Unit’s 'The Green Planet' - narrated by David Attenborough - revealing the intricate and strange lives of plants in never-before-seen fashion.


'My Garden of A Thousand Bees', a charming look at the life of bees in a Bristolian filmaker's garden is tied with the BBC production for most nominations in 2022 - up for the Behaviour, Editing, Producer/Director, Scripted Narrative and Sound Awards.


More broadly, the interconnectedness of human and plant life, and particularly how the pandemic impacted this, is the thread that loosely binds this year's nominees.


Whether it’s focusing on a new appreciation for the everyday life on your doorstep as seen in My Garden of a Thousand Bees or Springwatch, or animals reclaiming urban spaces during lockdown (My Neighbour the Bear and Penguin Town), 2022's programme offers a fresh and inspiring look into the natural world.



Ruth Berry, Chair of the Nomination Jury,  said in a statement: “The 2022 Panda Awards competition attracted over 700 entries from 38 countries.


"Although coronavirus has had a large impact on production and creativity over the past two years, it lured filmmakers closer to their own backyards to produce inspiring and intimate stories.


“This year's nominations show a strong trend away from the classic interpretation of ‘natural history’. We are no longer ‘observers’ of the natural world, we are a part of it."


The Wildscreen Panda Awards ceremony takes place at the peak of the Wildscreen Festival, running from Monday 10 until Friday 14 October 2022 and will welcome over 2,000 of the world’s leading filmmakers, photographers, broadcasters and content creators online and live in Bristol.


A full list of nominees can be found here. Visit Wildscreen's website for more information and to purchase tickets for an array of online and in-person events.

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