Eden Shorts at Wildscreen

Eden Shorts in Cinema 1
Yesterday I went to the Watershed in Bristol for the screening of shortlisted entries in the Eden Shorts competition, showing as part of the Wildscreen Festival. The films covered a huge range of subjects, from elephants to caterpillars and the standard was extremely high. They had 357 entries in the competition, of which 12 were shortlisted and judged by Nigel Marven and Michaela Strachan. The worthy winner was Simon Owen, with a superb film called “Effortless Beauty”. The runner up, Danny Copeland’s “Swimming with Blue Sharks”, was filmed off the Cornish coast, though you’d think it was in tropical waters. I was delighted to have made it into the shortlist with my badger film, but I’ve a long way to go to rival the winners.

The Exhibition Hall

Five years ago, I attended a weekend course on wildlife film-making in Norfolk, with Wildeye. One of the other participants was a student called Sam Pearson. He now works for Eden TV and he presented the films yesterday, making an excellent job of it. I visited the Wildeye stand at the festival and caught up with Piers Warren who led the film-making course. I know it’s a small world, but it’s funny how these things come together sometimes.

Check out the Eden Shorts shortlist at http://eden.uktv.co.uk/eden-shorts/


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