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The Wildscreen Festival is the world’s leading international festival celebrating and advancing storytelling about the natural world. Held every two years, the Wildscreen Festival brings together the wildlife film, tv and photography community to transform the craft of natural world storytelling across platforms and across audiences. Through an unrivalled programme of events including workshops, masterclasses, screenings and sessions, it shares the inside track on emerging trends and is the most powerful platform for emerging talent to break into the industry.  It is also the home of the illustrious Wildscreen Panda Awards or ‘Green Oscars’ honouring the most remarkable achievement in the craft of natural world filmmaking and storytelling.

The Wildscreen Festival 2016 will take place 10-14 October 2016 in Bristol, UK. Further information is available at www.wildscreen.org and delegate tickets are on sale now from Eventbrite.

Please note that the programme is being updated daily as guest availability changes. Wildscreen reserves the right to make such updates to the programme and timings, and will endeavour to make those changes as quickly as possible.

The majority of events have a limited numbers of seats. Entrance is permitted on a first-come-first-served basis at the venue door. For particularly high-profile events, you may be asked to RSVP to secure your seat beforehand. Details will be sent to you in advance.

The programme include both industry events, which are included in the price of your day or week delegate pass, and public events that anyone is welcome to attend. 

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Walter Koehler

Terra Mater Factual Studios
CEO
A BBC colleague called Walter last year an ‘industry legend’. For Terra Mater Factual Studios he is the heart and the head – incomparably experienced, highly dedicated and round-the-clock on duty.
For Walter a long dreamed adventure became true when after 30 years at Austria’s pubcaster ORF, he launched Terra Mater Factual Studios, a subsidiary company of Red Bull. Since January 1, 2011 TMFS is the new home of the former ORF UNIVERSUM team. As leader of the pack Walter heads the strategic development of the production house and together with his cherry-picked management team he steers the company in all creative, technological, financial and commercial matters.

Walter always felt a strong magnetic pull to approach the media industry. After completing his master degree in journalism at Vienna University he joined ORF as a freelance producer/writer/director and was lucky to be at the right time at the right place. As versioning producer he premiered a new slot called UNIVERSUM in 1987, as writer/director he worked on the first origination and the first major series of the soon very successful strand. In 1994 he took over the UNIVERSUM team and created the ORF Natural History Unit destined to become one of the leading brands in factual television worldwide. When ORF made him Head of Specialist Factual in 2010, Walter soon knew that he and the whole ORF UNIVERSUM team had to move on to new and brighter horizons which led to the formation of TMFS.
As writer and executive producer Walter won numerous awards in his career, including an EMMY, several Pandas at Wildscreen and Teton awards at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.