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Contributor: emmaK22
Dates: 11/02/2014 - 18/04/2014

Until Friday 18 April 2014, filmmakers from around the world can submit their award entries to be in with a chance to receive one of the highest accolades a wildlife filmmaker can achieve.

The prestigious international awards are part of the biennial Wildscreen Festival, the world�s leading wildlife and environmental film festival which will take place from Sunday 19 to Friday 24 October 2014 in Bristol, England.

For the first time this year, a new award for young filmmakers has been added to the categories list. This award will recognise the most outstanding production made by a person aged between 17 and 24 years old at the time of completion. This category will be free to enter.

Also for the first time is a new award for the best production that most effectively makes use of limited resources or overcomes significant challenges during development or production. Entrants for the Against All Odds award will be required to submit details of the obstacles they faced and how they were overcome.

The Earth Science Award has also been renamed the Sciences Award in order to extend the breadth of this category to cover any production that furthers the public knowledge and understanding of the natural world, including scientific methodology and study.

There are 24 award categories in total, 22 of which are open for submissions. The categories include awards for 3D, animal behaviour, children, music, use of new media, sound, complete series and innovation.

The remaining two categories cannot be entered but are awarded at the discretion of the jury to acknowledge exceptional work. These are the Golden Panda Award, which is awarded to the best overall production, and the Christopher Parsons Award for Outstanding Achievement. The latter is awarded to an organisation or individual who has made a globally significant contribution to wildlife filmmaking, conservation and/or the public�s understanding of the environment.

To qualify for a Panda Award nomination, productions must have an aspect of the natural world as their central focus.

The last Wildscreen Panda Awards in 2012 received a record-breaking 500 entries from 46 countries around the world with a host of new countries being represented with entries from Bermuda, Egypt, Honduras, Madagascar, Mexico, Slovakia and Zambia for the first time.

Cathrine Armour, Wildscreen Festival commented: �The Panda Awards are a biennial highlight in the industry�s calendar as they provide the opportunity for filmmakers to receive international recognition for their work and attract attention from senior industry executives.

�In 2012 we received an incredible number of entries for the awards and we anticipate this will increase again, especially with the introduction of the new Youth award, the Against All Odds awards and by broadening the remit of the Sciences award.

�We hope the new Youth Award will help to inspire and find the next generation of wildlife filmmakers and ensure they are noticed by the industry.�

The deadline for entries is Friday 18 April 2014 and nominees will be announced in June.

Up to four films in each category will be nominated for each award and put forward for consideration by the final jury. The winners will then be announced at the Panda Awards ceremony, during the Wildscreen Festival on Thursday 23 October in Bristol, England.

Interested parties can find out more about the awards and how to enter their submissions by visiting www.wildscreenfestival.org.