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Flight of the Butterflies – Opening the IWFF

Don’t miss our opening film, Flight of the Butterflies. It plays  Saturday April 12, 7pm at the Roxy Theater. — Join millions of real butterflies on an amazing journey along with one scientist’s 40 year search to unravel the mystery. A natural history epic and human detective story. Weighing less than a penny, the monarch butterfly makes … Read more

Get Ready for the WildWalk with the ZACC!

Are you ready to WildWalk?  Sunday April 13th, join Missoula’s wildest citizens as we dance, crawl, swing and slither through downtown! Dress up and line up at the Red Xs in downtown Missoula at 11:15am to join the fun!  Don’t have a costume? No problem! This Saturday, April 12  join us from 11 a.m. to 3 … Read more

37th International Wildlife Film Festival Returns to its Roots

Join us, April 12-19, 2014 It’s back and better than ever! Housed at the recently renovated Roxy Theater, get ready for a stellar week packed with groundbreaking, inspirational films and exciting special events. This year’s festival includes over sixty films from around the world – and a variety of events that propel our festival into new, … Read more

Registration Now Open For IWFF 2014

Registration for the 37th annual festival is now open.  Delegates from around the world will converge on Missoula for a week of lively film screenings, energizing discussions, and cozy opportunities to meet and network with colleagues. Sign up today to come back to the wild! Download a registration form here. Or buy passes online. Check out … Read more

IWFF Announces 2014 Dates, Opens Call for Entries.

The International Wildlife Film Festival will present its 37th installment April 12-19, 2014 in Missoula, MT, at the newly restored Roxy Theater.  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. A Filmmakers’ Festival, IWFF focuses on film and filmmakers, and celebrates … Read more

36th Annual International Wildlife Film Festival Award Winners

The 36th Annual International Wildlife Film Festival is thrilled to announce this year’s award winners! Awards were presented at a First Friday ceremony on May 3rd at the Roxy Theater in Missoula, MT. The Missoula Community Foundation generously sponsored the evening’s festivities. The 2013 IWFF Lifetime Achievement Award for Marine Conservation & Media was awarded to … Read more

What’s Happening in the Wild?

Saturday, May 4 at the IWFF   * Best of Fest Film Screenings * Join us at the Roxy for an amazing day of wildlife films. Click here for the full screening schedule, and here for film synopses. 11:00 a.m. – An Original DUCKumentary (55 min.) w/ The Silver of the Sea (29 min.)  Theater … Read more

What’s Happening in the Wild?

Friday, May 3 at the IWFF   * Industry Workshop * 10:00 a.m., The Roxy Theater .   * Industry Panel – Ethical Dilemmas in Wildlife Film * 1:00 p.m., The Roxy Theater Moderator Michael Parfit talks with this panel about the ethical issues facing today’s wildlife filmmakers.   * Festival Film Screenings * Join … Read more

What’s Happening in the Wild?

Thursday, May 2 at the IWFF * Special Seminar – Making Film in a Spiritual Way * 10:00 a.m., The Roxy Theater . Speakers Silas Hagerty & Jim Miller share their experience of making an award winning documentary about the execution of 38 Dakota warriors, ordered by Abraham Lincoln on December 26, 1862. Their journey … Read more

What’s Happening in the Wild?

Wednesday, May 1 at the IWFF * Tarkio Retreat * 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., open to registered delegates (with a limited number of one-day passes available). Learn from and collaborate with other passionate wildlife filmmakers, producers, conservationists, and scientists, as well as special guests Mateus Mutemba and John Hemingway.   * Festival Film Screenings … Read more

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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 wildlifefilms.org.

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