Wilderland Film Festival Coming To Cork October 17th

A brand-new film festival, Wilderland Film Festival, promises to share important, breathtaking stories from the natural world with audiences, as it announces 23 dates in theatres around Ireland and the UK, for Autumn 2019. It will be at the Everyman, Cork, on Thursday next, October 17.

The first-ever touring wildlife film festival, Wilderland will shine a light on some astonishing and thought-provoking stories – filmed by a host of independent filmmakers from around the globe. A panel of esteemed judges, from the world of natural history filmmaking, have selected the 9 short films, which offer audiences unparalleled insight into some of the world’s most incredible wildlife – from snow leopards to orangutans, humpback whales to African penguins.

Wilderland Film Festival 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 over 50 short films, to the chosen 9 films that will be seen during the tour. Judges, including award-winning cameraman, Doug Allan (The Blue PlanetPlanet EarthFrozen Planet), naturalist and author, Stephen Moss (Britain’s Big Wildlife RevivalSpringwatch), and producer/director, Louise Heren (Big Cat Diaries) have chosen films that will 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 Orangutan population in Borneo, to the impact of noise-pollution in our seas on the majestic humpback whale, and many more.

Dan O’Neill and Isaac Rice commented:

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 says:

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

Steve Backshall, BAFTA-winning English naturalist, writer and TV presenter added:

It’s so exciting to see these breathtaking films on the big-screen for the first time”.

Gordon Buchanan, wildlife TV presenter and cameraman, also gave his opinion:

“Wilderland is special because it gives audiences unparalleled insight into some of the world’s most incredible wildlife”.

Suitable for all ages

Wilderland founders Dan O’Neill and Isaac Rice will host and introduce each film live on stage

Some of the films on offer are:


A Place For Penguins follows an unlikely duo as they team up and take on an ambitious, novel and entirely unique project – creating the world’s first artificially induced African penguin colony.


Renowned National Geographic photographer Tim Laman, researcher Cheryl Knott, and young explorer Robert Suro shed new light on the similarities between our ancient ancestors and ourselves before it’s too late.


Flamboyant follows the story of one young cuttlefish as she learns to hunt in a new home after a life-changing encounter with a diver.

Approx running times

7.30pm – First Half

8.30pm – Interval

8.50 pm – Second Half

9.50 pm – Finish

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