Good Natured: A Conservation Optimism Short Film Festival 

We are very excited to announce that we will be running our second film festival on the 29th of May at 8 pm in the amazing Oxford University Natural History Museum as part of the Oxford Festival of Nature! 

The evening will kick off with a panel discussion between our judges around the importance of film making to raise awareness of conservation issues. We will then screen a diversity of short movies belonging to the following categories:

  • People & Nature: Communities, Heroes & Wellbeing

  • Conservation Works: Learning from Success & Failure

  • Animation

  • Student film

Submissions for short films are currently open and will close on March 15th so don’t miss your chance! 

The Film Festival Judges:

Luke Massey

Luke Massey has been taking photos ever since he started stealing his sister’s camera when he was 12, taking it along with him on his nature walks. Being able to show people that the azure dot on the screen was indeed a kingfisher, instead of just telling them about it, sparked his passion for storytelling through imagery.

From the Spanish mountains searching for the Iberian lynx, to the backstreets of Delhi photographing black kites. Luke loves experiencing different cultures & places, meeting the people on the ground making a difference and living alongside incredible species. Luke hopes his work can be used as a tool to educate and inspire, showing people species close to home and further afield. 

Keith Scholey

Keith Scholey is currently a director of Silverback Films Ltd. In 2019 he series produced Netflix’s ‘Our Planet’, and in 2020 is an executive producer for the  BBC One series ‘A Perfect Planet’ and director of the cinema films ‘David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet’  Disneynature’s ‘Dolphin Reef’.

Recent credits as an independent executive producer include the Discovery Channel series ‘Wild Planet; North America’ and ‘Deadly Islands’ and also the producer and director of the Disneynature cinema films ‘African Cats’ and ‘Bears’.


More judges to be announced soon! 

The mentors:

Our winners will get the incredible opportunity to be mentored by a range of experts.  

21. Damon Gameau director portrait

Damon Gameau – Mentor for the Conservation Works: Learning from Success & Failure category

Damon Gameau is an Australian actor and director. His most recent film is a feature documentary called ‘2040’ which looks at what the world could look like in the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream. Structured as a visual letter to his four-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary with dramatised sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board of how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations.

He has authored an accompanying book called ‘2040: A Handbook for the Regeneration”. Both the film and the book provide an entry point into a whole ecosystem of solutions that people can get involved in today. You can visit to join the Regeneration, a movement of people who are mobilising to learn about, contribute to, advocate for and invest in regeneration solutions to improve our planet.