THE WILDERLAND Film Festival is "special because it gives audiences unparalleled insight into some of the world’s most incredible wildlife”. So said Scottish wildlife filmmaker Gordon Buchanan, best known for The Polar Bear Family & Me.
The Wilderland Film Festival makes its Galway debut at the Town Hall Theatre on Tuesday March 24 at 8pm, screening wildlife short films from across the world.
At the 2019 festival, audiences were invited to vote for one of five endangered species identified by the Wilderland vote. Votes were counted each night, leading the festival to make a film about the most voted-for species, thereby raising awareness of its plight and encouraging support for grassroots charities working to help them. This film will premier at this year's festival next year. Voting for a new species will also take place at the 2020 festival and Galway audiences are encouraged to take part.
Doug Allan, the Emmy award winning wildlife cameraman and photographer (The Blue Planet, Planet Earth ), has called Wilderland "inspirational" and recommended it for "anyone with a fascination for the natural world and conservation".