We're In The middle of a climate and biodiversity crisis

We are a Bristol-born grassroots community of UK and international wildlife filmmakers with three main aims:

1 –  To collaborate on ways of reducing the environmental impact of wildlife filmmaking

2 – To encourage content that raises awareness of the climate and biodiversity crisis, and which inspires real change

3 – To encourage moving away from the traditional extractive filmmaking model – how can we give back to the places and people we film?

Why have we formed FF-W?

We’re in the middle of a climate and biodiversity crisis.
We make our living from wildlife and wild places, and large scale international wildlife docs are the highest carbon emitting genre of television, on a par with big budget drama feature films.

We are the global hub for wildlife filmmaking here in Bristol -the first UK city council to declare a climate emergency, pledging to be carbon neutral by 2030. Local authorities are already working with others in the business community to achieve this target.

Guidelines for greener productions have been available for over 10 years, but we’re still not doing enough.

Our industry, along with every other, has a responsibility to be part of the solution. The way we make our programmes, the insights we gain and the content we produce can all make us a valuable part of the solution. 

As we emerge into the new world of working with Covid-19 we are learning new ways of doing things, there are even more opportunities to change, how do we make sure we build back better?

We’re working alongside We are Albert as we don’t want to duplicate effort (please check out their website for the wide range of tools and resources available). In addition to these, there are issues specific to wildlife television which we can try and tackle between us here in Bristol.

We provide a platform and a community of like minded people for anyone with an interest to join, to take a lead, start a discussion and create action. 

Everyone is welcome.

We positively encourage and need people from every company, level and department to hear your views and ideas, whether you’re development / production / crew / technical or editorial. 

Our admin team and the majority of our members are Bristol based but we now have a growing number of people involved in wildlife filmmaking joining us from all over the world.

Currently we operate as an online community of over 200 people via WhatsApp groups and Zoom meetings; we also have a forum which enables us a place for more in depth discussions.
We hope to be able to go back to including person meet-ups too in the future and help link members in different parts of the country and around the world to do the same.

If you’d like to join us please register here and become part of our community. Once you’ve registered you’ll be able to request a link to join our main WhatsApp group which we limit to announcements. Check out the group info for links to WhatsApp subgroups.

Subgroups aim to meet monthly, as and when needed or when time allows. Main meetings are held quarterly when each subgroup feeds back to the main group to keep everyone updated.

Whilst the WhatsApp group is our main port of information, our forum provides a platform for extended discussion, and to voice your own thoughts. It’s always helpful to introduce yourself and say how you found us. 

We understand we all have limited capacity at times, so it’s great to have more people to keep things moving when others need to stand down for a bit.

We also collaborate with other groups (see below) working on similar aims across the industry and internationally. As far as we know we are the only wildlife focussed group but let us know if you know otherwise!

Who are we?

How many members are currently in our community

Associated Groups and organisations

We are doing all we can to help, but this is very much a group effort and we highly recommend you check out these fantastic groups we are working alongside.
For more info on each of them, click on the links below to visit their websites, or head to our resources section for a more in-depth overview

Run by BAFTA, We are Albert is the authority on environmental sustainability for film + TV.
A UK based grassroots movement of filmmakers who share the purpose of realising the global Film and Television industry's maximum socio-ecological impact potential.
Uk based crew-led group pushing for more sustainable working practices and awareness in film productions.
Based in Germany with international aims across all genres of film & TV, developing a map of green production companies, initiatives and events.
YEA is a US based activist hub in the entertainment industry.
Africa's next generation impacting conservation through film.
USA based organisation working with indigenous peoples, providing a tool for them to tell their story