|Wildscreen wants your films!|
|Written by Paul Mahoney|
|Saturday, 03 March 2012 08:25|
Wildscreen is searching for the world's best wildlife and environmental films to compete in the celebrated Panda Awards. Whatever the budget, wherever the location, we are looking for the most interesting, innovative, exciting and the very best films about the natural world. Enter the competition now for a chance to win the highest accolade in the industry, with the winners being revealed at the glittering Gala Awards ceremony during the Festival week.
The final deadline for submission materials is Friday 27 April.
This year sees the introduction of a new Panda Award category, the 3D Award. Full details of the 2012 award categories can be found on the Wildscreen Festival website.
This award recognises excellence in the application of the art and science of stereoscopy.
*Award to promote filmmakers from developing countries
To encourage and promote wildlife and environmental filmmaking in developing countries, this award is given to the best production from an emerging and developing economy or lower income country.
*Entrants must submit extra background information about the production, including the budget (quoted in equivalent £ sterling or US$), filming conditions, impact on the audience if known, the popularity of this kind of programming in your country and any difficulties in getting it made.
There is a reduced entry fee for this category
Animal Behaviour Award
For the best insight into animal behaviour or the interactions between animals. Productions should reveal either information new to science, behaviour never filmed before or throw new light on the inter-relationships between species. Animal behaviour needs to be the main focus of the film.
For the best production, not commissioned by a broadcaster, covering an environmental campaign. This can include productions which have been broadcast but the NGO must have retained editorial control. Other appropriate fields include: public service announcements, TV or cinema adverts and multi platform campaigns.
Children's Choice Award
This award will be judged by a panel of children aged 13 or under. Entries need not have been made specifically for this age group.
For the production that displays the most outstanding camerawork.
Earth Sciences Award
For the production that provides a broader view of the Earth and the systems it supports. Entries should embrace relevant sciences such as geology, oceanography, climatology, volcanology, ecology or botany.
For the production with the best editing.
The Nature Conservancy Environment & Conservation Award
Presented to the programme that best highlights an issue concerning the environment, conservation or sustainable development.
New and imaginative techniques are the subject of this award, with the judges looking for highly creative approaches to programme making.
This award is given for the best use of music in a production.
New Media Award
This award is given to the project that best explores the interactive potential of digital technology or non-traditional distribution methods. This can include websites, social media, internet TV, mobile technology, podcasts, video on demand services and user generated content.
For the best production by a genuine newcomer to filmmaking. If your film has not yet been completed, your entry should clearly demonstrate your ideas and intentions for the finished production plus the script and/or a two-page treatment. You can only be a newcomer once and may not have previously entered this category.
There is a reduced entry fee for this category.
People & Nature Award
For the production that best explores the social, cultural or economic relationship between people and nature.
Popular Broadcast Award
For creative and imaginative use of compelling stories that bring natural history subjects to new audiences. Entertainment and audience reach are of more importance than technical excellence or big budgets.
Awarded to the programme that best uses a presenter to advance an appreciation and understanding of the natural world.
For the production with the best script.
For the best series on a natural history or environmental theme.
*Competitors must enter two episodes for judging and the whole series be made available to enable the judges to have a full overview. The Additional Information section of the entry form must be completed to explain the aims of the series. Competitors must pay for each entered episode in this category and descriptions of both will be included in the Festival Directory. For this reason, separate entry forms for each episode must be completed and paid for.
Short Film Award
For the best short production e.g. news or magazine item, pod/vodcast or advertisement, on the natural world or environment theme. Submissions should be a maximum of 20 minutes in length.
There is a reduced entry fee for this category.
Films @ 59 Sound Award
This award is presented to celebrate the most accomplished or imaginative use of sound in a programme. Judges will be looking for excellence in the composition and construction of the soundtrack from source material through to mixing. Music may form an element of the soundtrack but the award is presented for the overall sound track of the programme.
Awarded to the best programme produced specifically for theatrical release, e.g. for commercial cinema, IMAX etc.
Judges' Choice Awards
This award is given to the best overall production.
Christopher Parsons Award for Outstanding Achievement
This award is made by Wildscreen to an organisation or individual that has made a globally significant contribution to wildlife filmmaking, conservation and/or the public's understanding of the environment.
Film entry fees frozen