STORIES from the natural world will be celebrated at the Wilderland Film Festival.

The UK’s first-ever touring wildlife film festival is at Salisbury Arts Centre on November 6.

It is the brainchild of zoologist filmmakers Dan O’Neill and Isaac Rice, who recruited some of the most acclaimed wildlife filmmakers to whittle down a shortlist of more than 50 short films to the chosen nine films that will be seen during the tour.

Dan and Isaac 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 added: “Anyone with a fascination for the natural world and conservation should make sure they book their ticket to Wilderland. It’s inspirational.”

The films take audiences on a journey through the world’s most enigmatic wildlife; from a film exploring how the mercurial Snow Leopard and Himalayan communities co-exist, to the diminishing populations of orangutans in Borneo, to the impact of noise-pollution on the humpback whale.

Steve Backshall, BAFTA-winning English naturalist, writer and TV presenter said: “It’s so exciting to see these breathtaking films on the big screen for the first time.”

Gordon Buchanan, TV presenter and cameraman said: “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 Vote. 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.

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