In praise of Wildscreen festival 2010

Just got home from attending the opening night of Wildscreen 2010 at the Bristol Old Vic.  This week hundreds of people from all over the world will descend on Bristol to take part in screenings and discussions about wildlife film, tv and photography.

Bristol is the home of the BBC Natural History Unit and at least a fifth of the world’s wildlife films have their origins here in Bristol.  I still recall as a boy watching Life on Earth back in the 70s and have seen many Attenborough and other presenters on the box probably every year since.

This week’s festival showcases some of the best films from around the world at Watershed and the “Panda Awards” will be presented on Wednesday.  Tonight I saw several clips but the real joy was hearing from the camera men and women and producers about their “heart stopping moments” with crocodiles, great white sharks, snow leopards and even moths.

Every time I go out door knocking in Bristol West I meet an independent film maker, or someone connected to one.  The film and digital media industries are certainly a great part of Bristol’s cultural and economic future and I try to do my bit to promote our success to anyone who will listen.

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