The Latest News From IWFF

2015 Open Call

IWFF is now accepting submissions for the 2015 festival, happening in Missoula, Montana April 18-25 at the historic Roxy Theater. Now in its 38th year, the week-long event will feature new and exciting films, special guests, workshops, seminars, field trips, technology sessions, product demos, parties and dynamic networking events. With 6000 annual attendants, IWFF engages Missoula’s … Read more

Post Festival Tour

The 37th Annual International Wildlife Film Festival is now on tour! Learn how to bring the longest running wildlife film festival into your hometown, organization, business, agency, or school by downloading the Post Festival Tour Packet.

What’s Happening in the Wild – Closing the festival with the winning films

Congratulations to our Winning Films! After viewing, deliberating and debating, the IWFFl’s competition jury has reached consensus on our awards categories. The winners are: Best of Festival Short – PRIDE Best of Festival Feature – KILLER WHALES: BENEATH THE SURFACE Best Cinematography: SHORT – CATALINA ISLAND Best Cinematography: FEATURE _ ON A RIVER IN IRELAND Best Editing – TOUCHING THE WILD Conservation – DamNation Judges’ Merit … Read more

What’s Happening in the Wild – Friday, April 18

Special Event! IWFF Awards with Whizpops! & IMAX® Showcase 6 pm, Special Admission $5 Kids are FREE The IWFF Awards just got a whole lot more fun! The evening begins with a CD release party for the new record by Missoula’s own Whizpops! – the fun and lively band that the Missoulian calls “kids’ music done … Read more

What’s Happening in the Wild – Thursday, April 17

Special Event! Science Is Fiction: 8 Underwater Films by Jean Painlevé 8 pm, Special Admission $10, Free with Festival Pass One of the first filmmakers to descend underwater with a movie camera, French avant-garde filmmaker Jean Painlevé created hypnotic and surreal films that capture the beauty and weirdness of life undersea. His evocative images are taken … Read more

What’s Happening in the Wild – Wednesday, April 16

Special Event!  An Evening with M. Sanjayan At The UC Theatre at The University of Montana, 6 pm. FREE ADMISSION IWFF and The University of Montana are pleased to welcome leading global conservation scientist, writer and an Emmy-nominated news contributor Dr. M. Sanjayan to this year’s festival to present an episode from his upcoming Showtime documentary series … Read more

What’s Happening in the Wild – Tuesday, April 15

Showing Today 3:00 pm: William and the Windmill3:30 pm: Killer Whales: Beneath the Surface5:00 pm: Chattahoochee Unplugged5:15 pm: Snows of the Nile and Black Mamba- Kiss of Death7:00 pm: DamNation7:15 pm: Touching the Wild and She Wolf8:45 pm: Encounters at the End of the World Events Welcome Session: 9:30 am – 11amAdventures in Science – with Greg Trenish 10-11 amAnimal Corridors – John Davis, trekker and scout at TrekWest … Read more

What’s Happening in the Wild – Monday, April 14

Showing Today 5:00 pm: Path of the Pronghorn & Hunt for the Super Predator5:15 pm: Invasion of the Giant Tortoise and Szigetkoz- The Delta of the Danube7:00 pm: GMO OMG7:15 pm: Valley of the Sharks8:30 pm: Grizzly Man Events IWFF Registration at The Roxy, 10:00 am – 3:00 pmFilmmaker’s Welcome Party : 6:00 pm     About the Films … Read more

What’s Happening in the Wild – Sunday, April 13

Showing Today: 3:00 pm: Saving Otter 501 and Shark Girl3:15 pm: Bluebird Man and Parrot Confidential5:00 pm: Lion Guardians and Congo: Deep and Dangerous5:15 pm: La Soufriere and Flying Doctors of East Africa7:00 pm: Pride and On A River in Ireland7:15 pm: Great Zebra Exodus and Winning the War Saving Otter 501 Mark Shelley, Bob Talbot, USA, 55 min. On … Read more

Opening Night at the International Wildlife Film Festival

Welcome to the wild! The IWFF is back and better than ever and it all begins today with two great films: The festival opens at  7:00pm tonight with a double feature: Flight of the Butterflies and Brooklyn Farmer. Flight of the Butterflies Join millions of real butterflies on an amazing journey along with one scientist’s 40 year search to … Read more

Film Reviews

Press Release April 8th, 2020

43rd International Wildlife Virtual Film Festival April 18–25, 2020

MISSOULA, MT— The International Wildlife Film Festival returns for a 43rd year, adapting to our changing world and offering a virtual festival to an online, international audience.

Due to the generosity and cooperation of many filmmakers, production teams, and sponsors, the International Wildlife Film Festival is excited to offer more than 60 films from the 2020 IWFF festival slate digitally! A majority of the film selections will be free to stream the week of the festival, and a virtual pass can be purchased to access featured events including seven special online events - one for every day of the fest. Featured events will be accompanied by live Q&A events, extra video resources, discussions, and more. Digital passes are available on a sliding scale starting at $5 and all sales support the IWFF and its home, The Roxy Theater.

As an online festival, all IWFF selections and passholder content will be available to students and classrooms. Educators are encouraged to visit the website and research films to use in their lesson plans. Many films are paired with educational activities, resources, articles and extras that will be available on the IWFF website beginning April 18. Specific recommendations for films appropriate for younger learners will be included. Educators with curriculum or accessibility questions may contact IWFF Education Coordinator Brit Garner at [email protected]

IWFF’s featured events for passholders offer greater depth into the featured films and subject matter as well as opportunities for collective viewing. On April 20th, take a look into all things mushrooms with viewings of Mushroom Hunters and The Kingdom and a visit from the Untamed Science team. There will be a selection of shorts celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22nd, as well as a live Q&A with director Tom Mustill whose film #NatureNow focuses on Greta Thunberg and her powerful vision for our future. The co-creator of Takaya: Lone Wolf, Cheryl Alexander will give updates and extras after the film about a lone wolf living on an island near Vancouver on April 23. On April 24th, the festival closes with a look into the national fascination with tiger conservation with a screening of Sundance selection Tigerland and a talk from PhD candidate and Wild Tiger Executive Director Sarika Khanwilkar on the state of captive tigers in the world today.

The free-to-everyone streaming shorts and films include a wide variety of topics that explore great heights: climb into a golden eagle nest with ecologist Caitlin Davis, learn how the Quinault Nation is protecting blueback salmon, and play matchmaker for two skywalker gibbons! Watch The Smithsonian’s America’s Prairie Reserve shorts tracking restoration efforts or National Geographic’s series of shorts depicting researchers demonstrating the scientific method in action. Max Lowe’s Bare Existence encourages viewers to track the fate of polar bears in the Arctic, and The Oregon Zoo’s Gajah Borneo follows the challenges of Borneo pygmy elephants in stop-motion. For the entire festival week, virtual filmgoers can enjoy films on wildfire’s impact on wildlife, the realities of pangolin trafficking, the endangered helmeted hornbill, wolverines and much, much more.

Founded in 1977 at the University of Montana, IWFF is the first and longest-running event of its kind. In these fast-changing times, the IWFF staff is thrilled to be able to offer the festival to audiences all over the world and hopes to spark joy and engagement with our natural world. The vision of the IWFF will always be to champion wildlife filmmakers, challenge conventional expectations about conserving wildlife and habitat, and to foster an engaged, enlightened community that finds itself through cinema, and helps the planet to heal. For full event listings and times visit