Witness the Wild is an exciting programme of FREE public events happening around this year’s Wildscreen Festival, the world’s biggest wildlife documentary festival which runs from 10-14 October.
Our pedal-powered wildlife cinema is touring through Bristol showing the very best films that have been entered into this year's Festival in the most sustainable way possible. To create the cinema, we joined forces with Stand Up for Nature, an NGO started by local students Hannah Pollock and Jamie Unwin, whose mission is to inspire meaningful change in hard-to-reach communities through powerful filmmaking and communications.
Warm clothing and sensible shoes are strongly recommended. Please note that Arnos Vale Cemetery is not a fully accessible site, and there is limited parking. Use public transport, cycle or walk if possible. If you would like further information on accessing the site and buildings please contact email@example.com
This screening is completely free, but booking is required due to restricted capacity. Seating will be provided for this event.
About Witness the Wild
This series of events will see the natural world take over Bristol, and includes pop-up and pedal-powered wildlife film screenings, endangered species street art and an open-air, environmentally friendly, sustainably-sourced photography exhibition, featuring some of the world’s best wildlife photographers.
All of our screenings will feature Panda-nominated films. The prestigious Panda Awards or ‘Green Oscars’ are the pinnacle of the Wildscreen Festival and are the most revered prizes in the wildlife filmmaking industry. This year's awards are taking place on 13 October at Bristol’s Colston Hall.
Witness the Wild is kindly supported by Bournemouth University, The Bristol Bike Project, Film Hub SWWM, Minirig, Southville Deli and U-Drive Van Hire.
All of our Witness the Wild film screenings are free and have their own unique programme.
12:00 Disneynature Bears
In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food—ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf. “Bears” captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—Alaska!
A production by Disneynature & Silverback Films
Wildscreen Panda Award nominations: Cinematography Award (large crew)
13:30 The Pray
The Pray will immerse you into the forested world of the dead leaf mantis. This action packed film boasts incredibly unique and dynamic shots. Fly through the forest with flies, witness the cunning behaviour between the mantis and the hawk and experience a hunt like you've never seen before. Using stunning cinematography we divulge the truth of a catch and behold the incredible way a mantis devours its prey. It’s everything a fantasy movie would have except this time, it’s real. This is an action adventure popcorn movie for wildlife films.
A production by Wildlife Film Productions
Wildscreen Panda Award nominations: Children’s Award
Photo credits: Bear - Disney / Adam Chapman | The Pray - Alex Jones