Wilderland Film Festival - a brand-new film festival showcasing incredible wildlife stories from around the world, and will take place across the UK, for 26 dates during October and November 2019, with tickets available from Wilderland’s website.
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Wilderland Film Festival is a brand-new film festival showcasing incredible wildlife stories from around the world, and will take place across the UK, for 26 dates during October and November 2019, with tickets available from Wilderland’s website.
This inaugural wildlife film festival shares some of the most incredible and thought-provoking stories as captured by leading independent, international filmmakers. As an official partner, Rohan has supported Wilderland Film Festival founders and zoologist filmmakers - Daniel O’Neill and Isaac Rice - with specialist outdoor clothing on their filming expeditions, as well as providing raffle prizes for each night of the tour.
In 2018, Dan looked to Rohan for suitable clothing for his film project based in tropical Guyana. The result of this trip was a film directed and produced by Dan, which tells the story of one woman’s quest (Mathematical Ecology student Natasha Ellison) into the world’s most remote and unexplored rainforest, to fulfill her dream of seeing the mythical Harpy Eagle in person.
For Wilderland, Dan and Isaac have recruited some of the most acclaimed wildlife filmmakers to choose nine films from more than 50 submitted to be showcased. Judges, including award-winning camera man and Natural World Safaris specialist leader Doug Allan (The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet), naturalist and author Stephen Moss (Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival, Springwatch), and producer/director Louise Heren (Big Cat Diaries), have chosen films to take audiences on a journey through the world’s most enigmatic wildlife; from a film exploring how the snow leopard and Himalayan communities co-exist, to the diminishing population of orangutans in Borneo, to the impact of noise-pollution in the seas on the humpback whale and more.
Dan O’Neill and Isaac Rice said: "Wilderland is a platform for the new era of independent wildlife filmmakers. It will inspire everyone to think more about the natural world in our daily lives. Wilderland's ethos is that anyone can be a conservationist, and everyone has a part to play in the future of our planet.”
Doug Allan, panel member and cameraman says: "Anyone with a fascination for the natural world and conservation should make sure they book their ticket to Wilderland. It’s inspirational.”
Steve Backshall, BAFTA-winning English naturalist, writer and TV presenter says: "It’s so exciting to see these breathtaking films on the big screen for the first time.”
Gordon Buchanan, wildlife TV presenter and cameraman adds, “Wilderland is special because it gives audiences unparalleled insight into some of the world’s most incredible wildlife.”
Audiences will also have the opportunity to support the effort to save some of our planet's most endangered species. At each show, the audience will be invited to vote for one of five endangered species identified by the Wilderland team. Votes will be counted each night and, at the end of the tour, the Wilderland team will embark on a journey to make a film about the most voted-for species, raising awareness of its plight and encouraging support for grassroots charities working to help them. The resulting film will be premiered at the next Wilderland Film Festival and funded by a percentage of profits from the festival.
Oct-05 Tonbridge, EM Forster Theatre
Oct-08 Manchester, Waterside Arts Centre
Oct-09 Hereford, The Courtyard
Oct-10 Cardiff, Chapter Arts Centre
Oct-12 Cirencester, Sundial Theatre
Oct-13 Abingdon, Amey Theatre
Oct-14 Sheffield, Student Union
Oct-15 Crewe, Lyceum Theatre
Oct-16 Bray, Mermaid Arts Centre
Oct-17 Cork, The Everyman
Oct-19 Corby, Corby Cube
Oct-20 Norwich, The Enterprise Centre at UEA
Oct-21 Dorking, Dorking Halls
Oct-22 Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn
Oct-23 Penrith, Rheghed Centre
Oct-30 Teignmouth Pavilions
Nov-06 Salisbury, Arts Centre
Nov-07 Bridgwater, McMillan Theatre
Nov-11 Liverpool, Epstein Theatre
Nov-12 Morecambe, Platform Theatre
Nov-17 Stirling, Macrobert Arts
Nov-18 Inverness, Eden Court
Nov-19 Shetland, Mareel
Nov-20 Banchory, The Barn
Nov-21 Peebles, Eastgate Theatre
Nov-22 Musselburgh, The Brunton