Scotland’s Newest Film Festival Unveils a Truly Wild Weekend
The new Wild Film Festival Scotland has unveiled a programme packed with fabulous films from across the world, special guests and breathtaking photography.
Naturalists and broadcasters Simon King (Big Cat Diary) and Iolo Williams (Springwatch) will be among the 20 speakers along with Sacha Dench “the human swan” who flew a motorised paraglider 4,500 miles from the Arctic to the UK with migrating Bewick’s swans.
WFFS takes place in Dumfries from 24-26 March and its central themes will be Amazing Journeys, Wild Places and Rewilding. Some 30 films are being screened, many of them winners of coveted Wildscreen Panda Awards (the wildlife Oscars). They include:
- Life Story: Rare and extreme behaviours, some never recorded before. Startling scenes include a humback whale blowing bubbles to defend a calf from shark attack and a goose chick’s death defying 400ft cliff jump.
- The Hunt: Revealing the extraordinary techniques predators use to catch their prey. Winner of three Panda Awards.
- Hebridean Summer: Europe’s final frontier against the wild and unpredictable Atlantic. Maramedia’s landmark film, narrated by Ewan McGregor, won the Panda Award winner for Best Series.
- India’s Wandering Lions: After a brush with extinction, the Asiatic lion is reclaiming its lost lands. But can lions and people truly settle their differences and live together?
- Racing Extinction: Infiltrating dangerous international black markets and using hi-tech tactics to document the link between carbon emissions and extinctions. Never before seen images that change our view of the world.
- Honey Hunters: A life story of bees and people. After watching “Honey Hunters” everyone wants to have their own beehive and harvest their own honey!
A strong Scottish strand will run through every aspect of the festival – which includes literature, music and art as well as film and photography. Among the guest speakers will be Nigel Pope, founder of Glasgow-based Maramedia, one of the UK’s leading wildlife filmmakers. There will be screenings of their work including episodes from Highlands and the Panda Award winning Hebrides which was narrated by Ewan McGregor.
Nigel said: “It’s brilliant that Scotland is launching a festival that celebrates the natural world and some of the astonishing filmmaking and photography it inspires. I’m looking forward to being part of what is shaping up to be a great weekend. We have a small but vibrant wildlife film-making sector in Scotland and events like this will help both aspiring film-makers and the wild places they celebrate.”
WFFS is backed by charities including the RSPB, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) and the Southern Upland Partnership (SUP).
See www.wildfilmfestivalscotland.co.uk for full details, times, locations and prices.