About Wilderland

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 nine that will be seen during the tour.

The judges include award-winning cameraman Doug Allan (The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet), naturalist and author Stephen Moss (Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival, Springwatch) and producer/director Louise Heren (Big Cat Diaries). They’ve chosen films that take audiences on a journey through the world’s most enigmatic wildlife, from exploring how the mercurial snow leopard and Himalayan communities co-exist to the diminishing population of orangutans in Borneo on to the impact of noise pollution in our seas on the majestic humpback whale, and many more.

"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."

Dan O'Neill & Isaac Rice, co-founders

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 festival's corresponding Wildlerland Campaign. 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 popular 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.

Let's go make a difference!



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

Steve Backshall, naturalist, writer and television presenter


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

Gordon Buchanan, wildlife filmmaker and presenter



The team


Dan O'Neill


Isaac Rice


Zoologist filmmakers Dan and Isaac founded Wilderland with wildlife conservation dreams in mind. 

To take beautiful and inspiring stories all around the world, we've assembled a team of passionate and driven people. Our expert panel of industry-leading judges has also come together to pull out the very best and most important films the world has to offer.

Through the power of media we can affect real change.


Peter Venn


Peter Venn is a producer and writer of natural history television. He is currently the programme leader of the prestigious MA Wildlife Filmmaking course at The University of the West of England in partnership with the BBC Natural History Unit.


Ted Oakes


Ted Oakes is a producer and writer formerly of the BBC where he series produced the Family and Me strand with Gordon Buchanan, Operation Snow Tiger and many more. He is the founder and managing director of Oak Island Films.


Gina Fucci


Gina Fucci is the founder and managing director of Films@59, which was named the UK's Best Post House in the Broadcast Awards 2018. Films@59 has done post production on everything from The Blue Planet II to The Great British Bake Off.


Stephen Moss


Stephen Moss is a naturalist, television producer and one of the most successful nature writers of all time. Credits include Springwatch and Britain's Big Wildlife Revival and he's written nine fantastic wildlife books.


Louise Heren


Louise Heren is a producer/director with over 20 years experience in the industry. Making natural history, adventure and travel series for the BBC and indies alike, her credits include Big Cat Diaries, Nature and many more.


Doug Allan


Doug Allan is a multi-award winning camera operator specialising in polar and underwater cinematography. He has many outstanding credits including The Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Frozen Planet.