IWFF Youth Matinee Program

2022 Festival Updates for Teachers & Professors 

March 28, 2022 - At this point, our Youth Matinee screenings are full but another option is to visit with the festival about the touring program in late June through next season. - IWFF staff

Every year, 3000+ students from the Western Montana area participate in the International Wildlife Film Festival Youth Matinee Program. Films from our 2022 IWFF program are screened based on age appropriateness, and programs are complemented with presentations from filmmakers, scientists, and even special animal guests. The matinee screenings are FREE of charge to attend. In addition, limited funding is available to cover transportation costs associated with traveling to the matinees.

This year we are excited to add a new element to our Youth Matinee Program. The week of April 18th-22nd, we would love to bring the magic of wildlife films to you and your organization/school. This year it felt important to provide more than one way to view our films. Representatives from IWFF will come to you and present carefully curated wildlife films. In order for this option to be successful we request that at least three classrooms from each school complete the registration form.
Join us the week of April 25th- 28th for our highly celebrated Youth Film Screenings at The UC Theater on the University of Montana campus in Missoula. This event will resemble years past- the only difference being the location and theater capacity. We welcome you to consider this option whether you are located in Missoula or not.

***Travel scholarships are available!***

Community Outreach Coordinator, Lizzie Archer, is available to advise how best to get your student, classroom, or organization involved.

Email Lizzie at [email protected] for more information regarding the IWFF Youth Matinee Program. We love connecting with our community educators and hope to hear from you soon. 

***IWFF’s Youth Matinee Program will follow MCPS and University of Montana Covid policies for all film screenings. Any updates on policies will be sent to all participants 3 weeks prior to the event.***

Are you interested in attending the youth matinees but travel costs might be getting in the way?

Please take a look at our scholarship application. By filling out this form the IWFF team will have a better idea of how we can financially support you and your students attending our program at the UC Theater.

Scholarship Application Form

Transportation support is generously provided by First Security Bank and the Missoula Optimist Club.
Funding for Youth Matinees was provided by supported by the Montana Film Office and the LEAW Family Foundation.