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Currently Films from 2019 are available to present. IWFF will post tour films from 2020 the first week of May.

There are two collections within the IWFF 2019 Tour. The Family Friendly IWFF Presents Collection works for younger ages and will gain a better understanding of our environment by viewing and discussing the stories told below. However, adults will have fun with this collection too!

The IWFF Presents Collection is geared towards adult viewing, recommended at 13+. It goes without saying that every film listed below is of a high caliber and if you have questions about content, please email us!

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Family Friendly IWFF Presents 2019 Collection

1000s of Bugs, 100 Islands, 1 Happy Entomologist - 6 min 8 sec Chris Ernst is on a mission to find and catalogue all of the tiny creatures that creep, crawl, and fly around the Central Coast of British Columbia. 100 Islands research is a collaboration between the Hakai Institute, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Victoria.


Amazing Pigs - 50 min Filthy? Greedy? Lazy? Think again. Pigs are intelligent, have acute senses and thrive everywhere from frozen Siberia to the turquoise waters of the Bahamas. AMAZING PIGS takes us on a fun, fascinating journey around the world to reveal the secrets of their success. You’ll never look at pigs the same way again.
2019 IWFF Audience Award Winner


EPIC YELLOWSTONE: Life on the Wing - 51 min It’s a bird’s eye view of an iconic place, Yellowstone National Park. Soaring above the erupting Old Faithful Geyser, the cascading Lower Falls, and the brilliant Grand Prismatic Springs, Yellowstone’s winged creatures survey an extraordinary landscape. But a bird’s life in the extremes of the world’s first national park is anything but an easy glide.


EPIC YELLOWSTONE: Return of the Predators - 51 min It’s the dawn of a bold new era in Yellowstone. The resurgence of iconic predators like wolves and bears is shaping every aspect of life in this ecosystem – restoring an ancient balance between predator and prey. This world comes alive through the eyes of a lone wolf searching for a pack and alongside the trials of a legendary grizzly defending the next generation. For these tireless hunters, what will it take to survive, protect their turf, and raise young – all while trying to stay at the top of the food chain?

2019 IWFF Best Nonbroadcast Award Winner


Every Nine Minutes - 4 min Every nine minutes, the weight of a blue whale (300,000 pounds) in plastic makes its way into our oceans. To call attention to this crisis, the Monterey Bay Aquarium built a life-sized replica of a blue whale made of single use plastic trash. Certified by the Guinness World Records, the whale is the largest sculpture of its kind ever built.


Flamboyant - 12 min 45 sec In the warm waters of the Philippines lives a poisonous, shapeshifting predator. ​FLAMBOYANT follows one young cuttlefish as she learns to hunt in a new home after a life-changing encounter with a scuba diver. ​ Will she learn the right skills to compete with a new, established predator?
2019 IWFF Best Student Film SemiFinalist

Gʷidəq (Geoduck) - 6 min 13 sec GEODUCK is a portrait of Suquamish diver Lydia Sigo, who dives deep for the ancient clam called geoduck. More than harvesting food, or making an income, the practice is about sustaining her people and their cultural values.


L’orchestre D’hibernation Animaux - 5 min 5 sec Ever wonder what would happen if hibernating animals of different species formed an orchestra and performed a symphony about their winter’s sleep? In this subtly scientific version of “Peter and the Wolf”—starring a frog, a turtle, a bird, a mosquito, a bear, and a fish—viewers discover how each of these curious creatures use the magic of hibernation to survive the cold.


Lens of Time: Secrets of Schooling - 8 min 42 sec Collective behavior is embodied in swarms of insects, flocks of birds, herds of antelope, and schools of fish. Such coordinated movement requires the rapid transfer of information among individuals, but understanding exactly how this information spreads through the group has long eluded scientists. Now, Iain Couzin and his colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology at the University of Konstanz, Germany are using new observation techniques and technologies to reveal the mysterious mechanics of collective behavior.


Looking for the Wild: Unai's Journey - 1 hour 10 min  Unai is a 10-years-old boy who travels with his family on an extraordinary journey around the world. His father, a nature photographer, has the mission to search for seven emblematic animals to photograph and communicate the delicate situation in which they find themselves. For over a year, following in his footsteps Unai shares with his sister and his mother experiences that convey an unconditional love for nature. Wolves, elephants, lions, bison, penguins, hornbills and crocodiles are the protagonists of this exciting journey across all continents.


namanu rruni | Albatross Island - 14 min 6 sec Albatross Island is a magical place. Eighteen hectares of conglomerate rock off the north western tip of Tasmania, it is home to 5,200 breeding pairs of albatross. In the 1800s they were harvested to near extinction, but the population gradually recovered to half the estimated historical size. In recent years, however, the population has begun to again decline.

2019 IWFF Best Short Film SemiFinalist


Sounds of Survival - 7 min 56 sec Deep in the emerald forests of Cusuco National Park of Honduras, scientists are on a quest to record the never-before-heard call of the endangered “exquisite spike-thumb frog.” What ensues is both a delightful portrait of the process of scientific discovery and an inspiring example of the power of sound as a tool for conservation.


Take Back the Harbor - 40 min 2 sec On New York's Governor's Island, an unprecedented program has an ambitious goal: to restore once-bountiful oysters and the environmental benefits they bring to New York Harbor. What's more, the foot soldiers of this environmental movement are an unlikely group--high school students at a remarkable public school that teaches stewardship of the waterways alongside math and English. Directed by award-winning filmmakers Kristi Jacobson and Roger Ross Williams, TAKE BACK THE HARBOR highlights the stories and work of these extraordinary students and their inspiring teachers as they persevere to turn the tide on decades of neglect and bring back the health of New York City waterways.
2019 IWFF Young Adult Program Award Winner & 2019 IWFF Best Conservation Film SemiFinalist


The Anomalies: Venom Race - 7 min 42 sec Most scorpions are harmless to humans, but in the deserts of North America, one species called striped bark scorpions produce venom that is extremely painful and potentially lethal. Despite their potent venom, striped bark scorpions are still a favorite meal of the grasshopper mouse. After decades of work, biologists have discovered that this tiny rodent may be the key to explaining how and why striped bark scorpion venom is so toxic.
2019 IWFF Best Young Adult Program Award SemiFinalist


When the dogs are gone: The Hunter "PINIARTOQ" - 9 min 35 sec Far up the eastern coast of Greenland, 23-year-old Martin Madsen still uses his sled dogs to hunt seals and polar bears as they have always done in his family. But local and global changes are threatening the future of the sled dog in Greenland, and the unique culture surrounding it.


When the dogs are gone: The Race "SUKKANIUNNEQ" - 9 min On the western coast of Greenland, a young boy dreams of winning the national championship of dog sledding, an ancient form of transportation which has turned into a highly competitive sport. For thousands of years, the genetically unique sled dog has shaped the life of the Inuit people. But all that may be about to change.

IWFF Presents Collection

A Letter to Congress - 3 min 8 sec Wallace Stegner’s 1960 letter to Congress about the importance of wilderness is the framework for a new message, one in which our unified voice can help prevent the transfer of our most valuable heritage— our public lands— to private and corporate interests.
2019 IWFF Best Short Film SemiFinalist


Blue Carbon: A Story from the Snohomish Estuary - 5 min 47 sec Blue carbon is carbon that’s captured and stored by coastal wetlands, helping to mitigate climate change. This film is about mud and the multiple benefits that estuaries provide for us–improving water quality, providing salmon habitat, protecting our shorelines–in addition to carbon capture. Sink into a first-of-its-kind study that quantifies the climate benefits of restoration in the Snohomish estuary, encouraging more investment in wetland restoration.

Climb-It Change - 15 min CLIMB-IT CHANGE brings the worlds of conservation science and outdoor recreation together. This film tells the story of researchers Trevor Bloom and Matt Kneipp as they traverse the entire Rocky Mountain chain, investigating the impact of climate change and increased wildfires on high elevation environments.


Colorado's Moose - 59 min 4 sec A tremendous story for wildlife management, the Shiras moose was reintroduced into Colorado in the late 1970s. The species success has provided new tourism opportunities for wildlife watchers and sportsmen alike. Although moose are still a rare species to see, wildlife managers remain responsible for sustainable populations and striking a balance between wildlife and the public.

Colors of Change - 21 min 27 sec Experience Greenland through the eyes of artist Zaria Forman, NASA scientist John Sonntag and Inuit elder Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq, known as “Uncle.” Zaria travels to Greenland for inspiration and to visit the fjord where she spread her mother’s ashes. Sonntag is the lead scientist for Operation IceBridge – he and his crew work tirelessly gathering information on the ice sheet. Uncle is an Inuit elder who speaks for the ice and the changes seen since the 1960s. Witness the intersection of art, culture, and science in a region defined by climate change.


Cowboys & Scientists - 8 min 5 sec Thirty years ago a partnership between Archbold Biological Station and Buck Island Ranch inspired a new mission: cowboys and scientists working together to advance scientific discovery on a ten thousand acre working cattle ranch. Bridging this cultural divide has resulted in a series of transformative discoveries that have begun to reshape our misconceptions about agriculture, sustainability, and conservation in the 21st century.

2019 IWFF Best Short Film SemiFinalist


Fox Chaser - 43 min 54 sec In the deep freeze of Northern Alberta, a young man finds freedom making a career on the trapline. With industrial development encroaching on wildlife and increasing family obligations, this may be his last chance to live his passion for the wilderness.

2019 IWFF Best Newcomer Program Award Winner


Glacier's Bats: An Adventure in Bat Research - 5 min 50 sec With the threat of white-nose syndrome looming on the horizon, Glacier National Park biologists adventure deep into the backcountry to find out what species of bats live in the park and monitor any dangers to their populations.


GRIZZLY COUNTRY - 11 min 51 sec After serving in the Vietnam War, author and eco-warrior Doug Peacock spent years alone in the Wyoming and Montana wilderness observing grizzly bears. This time in the wild forever changed the course of his life. With the protection of Yellowstone grizzlies now under threat, Peacock reflects on the importance of habitat and why he continues to fight for wild causes.


Humpback Whales - A Detective Story - 59 min In 2015, a 30-ton humpback whale breached and landed on Tom Mustill and his friend in Monterey Bay, California. Both survived the incident, but the near-death experience haunted him. Tom returned to discover far larger questions, not just about his encounter but also about our relationship with whales and their future alongside us.
2019 IWFF Best Nonbroadcast Program SemiFinalist


Into the Deep Unknown - 3 min 26 sec In the summer of 2017, a team of scientists led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution ventured a thousand kilometers off the coast of Brazil to explore the seafloor around a little-known cluster of islets called St. Paul's Rocks. One of those scientists, Diva Amon, a deep-sea biologist from the Natural History Museum of London, describes what it's like to venture into a dark, unknown world 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) below the surface—and why this type of research is key to understanding and protecting our oceans.


Keeper of the Call - 16 min One of the British countryside’s most iconic sounds is falling silent. But for one Welsh farmer, seeing the curlew disappear from his farm is not an option. Follow Wynford as he works alongside conservationists to save his precious family of curlews. But with the modern countryside so full of dangers, will Wynford see his chicks fly?
2019 IWFF Best Student Film SemiFinalist


Refuge - 6 min Decades ago, poachers would set off explosives in the cool waters of this pool on a North Umpqua River tributary, killing steelhead by the dozens. That was before Lee Spencer, and his beloved dog, settled in to watch over the wild steelhead.


Return of the Texas Bighorn - 9 min 28 sec After all native desert bighorn sheep were eliminated from Texas, conservationists began the long fight for their return. RETURN OF THE DESERT BIGHORN follows wildlife biologists as they capture, collar, and relocate desert bighorn to restore a healthy population to West Texas.
2019 IWFF Best Short Film SemiFinalist


Saving ‘Ōhi’a -- Hawaii's Sacred Tree - 29 min This film highlights the significance of Hawaii’s native tree species–the “mother of the forest,” ‘Ōhi’a–and the current threat of Rapid ‘Ōhi’a Death that is impacting thousands of acres of forest throughout Hawai’i. This film provides an in-depth look into the cultural and ecological importance of Hawai’i’s keystone species. Meet the team of scientists, conservationists and Hawai’i residents determined to save ‘Ōhi’a.
2019 IWFF Best Newcomer Program SemiFinalist


Sides of a Horn - 17 min 4 sec From executive producer Sir Richard Branson, SIDES OF A HORN is the first film to tell the story of Africa’s war on poaching from both sides of the fence. Based on actual events, and filmed in one of the communities most directly impacted by wildlife crime, we follow the journey of two brothers-in-law fighting on opposite sides of Africa’s poaching war. This dramatic short film paints an unbiased portrait of a modern conflict that is tearing communities apart and driving a prehistoric species–the rhinoceros–to the verge of extinction.

2019 IWFF Best Short Film Award Winner

Sons of Enkai - 1 hour In this roller coaster ride between Africa and Asia, two first-time filmmakers embed themselves on the front-lines of the rhinoceros genocide. Carving out six months for the project, the women quickly find themselves immersed in a world far larger and more dangerous than they had imagined, emerging from their odyssey four years later.
2019 IWFF Best Human and Wildlife Interaction SemiFinalist

Stroop: Journey into the Rhino War - 2 hours 7 minutes In this roller coaster ride between Africa and Asia, two first-time filmmakers embed themselves on the front-lines of the rhinoceros genocide. Carving out six months for the project, the women quickly find themselves immersed in a world far larger and more dangerous than they had imagined, emerging from their odyssey four years later.
2019 IWFF Best Independent Program Award Winner & 2019 IWFF Best of Festival Award Winner

Takayna - 37 min 20 sec
Takayna in northwestern Tasmania is home to one of the last tracts of old-growth rainforest in the world, yet it’s currently at the mercy of destructive extraction industries, including logging and mining. This documentary, presented by Patagonia Films, unpacks the complexities of modern conservation and challenges us to consider the importance of our last wild places.
2019 IWFF Best Environmental Program Award Winner

The Blue Sanctuary - 6 min 50 sec One of the most beautiful places on earth is the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park in the Bahamas. BLUE SANCTUARY offers a glimpse of the trials and successes of the first marine protected area in the Americas and shows how it can be a model for marine conservation efforts everywhere.


The Great Pretender - 12 min 9 sec After the loss of an important display feather a famous Superb Lyrebird called 'The Pretender' struggles to win a mate during the most competitive song and dance competition in Australia.
2019 IWFF Best Student Program Award Winner


The Human Element - 1 hour 17 min Feeling an urgent need to show how climate change is impacting his own country, renowned photographer James Balog (CHASING ICE) creates stunning images that reveal how environmental problems are affecting the lives of average Americans. Using the four ancient elements: air, earth, fire and water to frame his journey, Balog explores wildfires, hurricanes, sea level rise, a struggling coal community and the changing air supply. With rare compassion and heart, THE HUMAN ELEMENT highlights fishermen, firefighters, coal miners and children on the frontlines of climate change.
2019 IWFF Conservation Program SemiFinalist


The Last Green Thread - 17 min 30 sec In 2018 three friends set out on an expedition into the most rapidly developing landscape in Central Florida, traveling the narrowest and most imperiled wildlife corridor in the state.
2019 IWFF Best Human and Wildlife Interaction SemiFinalist

The Return - 16 min Dave Sweet has spent over a decade helping to bring back the Yellowstone cutthroat from the brink of extinction. Along with his daughter, Diana, a fisheries biologist, he travels into the infamous Thorofare area of Yellowstone to see if his efforts have been successful and if the trout has returned to their native spawning runs.


The River and The Wall - 1 hour 45 sec This urgent and compelling doc follows five friends as they venture into the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands and travel 1,200 miles along the Rio Grande. On horses, mountain bikes, and canoes, they set out to document the potential impacts of a Wall on the natural environment. As the wilderness gives way to the more populated and heavily trafficked Lower Rio Grande Valley, they come face-to-face with the human side of the immigration debate and enter uncharted emotional waters.

2019 IWFF Audience Award Winner

We Are In The Field - 30 min This documentary follows Nepalese animal rights activist Manoj Gautam, on a wild quest to protect animals and wildlife from cruelty and extinction. As a child he was inspired by the work of Jane Goodall, and has since become her close friend and protégé. With minimal resources and no formal training he’s creating a network of allies across the country, busting smugglers, protecting fragile ecosystems, and rescuing abused animals.


What Can Be Saved: Owl vs. Owl - 15 min A squeeze of a shotgun trigger at close range, and a big, beautiful, brown and gray owl falls from its high perch to the forest floor. Each carcass adds to a running tally: more than 1,600 deaths so far in a controversial experiment by the U.S. government to test whether the threatened northern spotted owl can be saved by killing its aggressive East Coast cousin, the barred owl. This is what it has come to. In a world where countless species are threatened by climate change and other human activity, we sometimes have to take desperate measures to save what can be saved. Is this a role we should play? Is it OK to kill some creatures to save others?