Special Events

Wildwalk Workshops

April 1 and April 8
HomeResource – 1515 Wyoming St
Saturdays
11A to 3P

Help us make the 25th WILDWALK the wildest one yet! SNACKS, DRINKS, ART, ALL FREE! 

To gear up for WILDWALK we are hosting a series of costume making workshops led by Craig Menteer, Courtney Blazon, Jack Metcalf, Keith Erickson, Tim Thorton, Elisha Harties, Parker Beckley, Cassidy Tucker, Marlo Crocifisso and Hermina Harold.
We have materials donated and the artists will be on hand to help with ideas and manufacturing.
Sponsored by The Good Food Store and Home Resource.

Tuesday, April 11

Jane Good Ale Beer Launch

Our friends at Imagine Nation brewed a beer just for us!
Come have a sip on April 11th at Imagine Nation at 5PM and help us kick off the new bevvie and IWFF season. Open to the Public.

Saturday, April 15th

WildWalk Parade and WildFest

Free and Open To the Public
Line Up at 11:30A at the Big Red XXXXs (100 Railroad St. W.)
Dance, crawl, swing and slither through downtown Missoula as our wildlife parade roars towards Caras Park and WildFest.

Live entertainment by The Whizpops!, face painting, kids activities and food vendors!

Opening Night Films at the Roxy

4PM PLANET EARTH 2 Episode 1- Islands – BBC Producer in attendance – Theater 1

5PM PLANET EARTH 2 Episode 2 – Mountains – Montana Crew in attendance – Theater 1

7PM CHASING CORAL – Flimmakers in Attendance –  Theater 2


Sunday, April 16th

RETROSPECTIVES! Alan Root and John Heminway Retrospectives Begin.

ART SHOW! David Miles Lusk At Clyde Coffee – 610 S. Higgins – Endangered Butterflies Woodcuts and Art – Up throughout the festival.

8A-3P FIELD TRIP: With YASUNI MAN director Ryan Kilacky and Montana Natural Heritage Biologists. We will be looking for frogs and other animals down in the Bitterroot! Open to All Access Passholders and Delegates Only.

5P SPECIAL SCREENING: YASUNI MAN – Director Ryan Kilacky, UM Wildlife Biology grad in attendance.

7P SPECIAL SCREENING: UNLOCKING THE CAGE – Steve Wise, Attorney Featured In Film in attendance.


Monday, April 17th

1-2P SEMINAR: Saving Tigers One Map at a Time by Kevin McGanigal – A unique partnership between the UM Department of Geography & Panthera large cat conservation organization, digitized maps are being utilized to aid patrol units in conserving one of earth’s most endangered species. Open to the Public.

6P IWFF LABS Short Doc Premiere: Watch the first ever series of documentaries made by IWFF LABS students, partnering with local scientists Diana Six and John McCuthcheon filmed over the course of 5 days here in Missoula. Open to the Public.


Tuesday April 18th

8A-9:30 ACTIVITY: Guided Naturalist Walk Along Clark Fork River Courtesy of the Natural History Center. All Access Passholders and Delegates Only.

10A-11A READING: Glorious Times: Adventures of the Craighead Naturalists by Tom Benjey. Location TBD. Open to the Public.

1:30P WORKSHOP: Tall Order Short Story – Led by Ocean Media Institute’s award-winning filmmakers, Gianna Savoie and Jeff Reed. Explore how to make creative choices about structure, point of view, style, and more in order to create short, potent narratives that punch through. Delegates and All Access Passholders Only.

2P COFFEE TASTING With Hunter Bay: Ethiopian Yirgacheffe the first in the SOLO Series (Single Origin Limited Offering) In conjunction with the screening of ETHIOPIA RISING. Open to the Public

3P FREE SCREENING AT UC THEATER ON CAMPUS: POWER OF THE RIVER.  Director Greg Hamilton and Subject Bryant Dunn In Attendance. Sponsored by the Bhutan Foundation, UM’s Office of the President and The Department of Wildlife Biology. Open to the Public.

7P FREE SCREENING AT UC THEATER ON CAMPUS – THREE MONTANA SHORT FILMS: SHAPED BY FIRE, THE HIGH DIVIDE, ELK RIVER Directors Bobby Jahrig, Nick Triolo, Nick Littman and Eric Bendick in Attendance. Sponsored by the Montana State Parks, UM’s Office of the President and The Department of Wildlife Biology. Open to the Public.


Wednesday April 19th

8A-5P FIELD TRIP: Experiencing Potomac – Head out early for a day of adventure to the Two Creek Ranch with appearances by Working Dogs for Conservation, Ornithologist Elaine Caron, Animal Wonders, Montana’s bison and a final stop at Steel Toe Distillery. Open to Delegates and All Access Passholders Only.

6-7:30P SEMINAR & SCREENING: Threshold: The Anatomy of a Wildlife Podcast & screening Boyz-Shan Bi-Den (Buffalo Return) Join NPR’s Amy Martin as she talks us through her behind-the-scenes decisions as editor and producer of one of this year’s most exciting podcasts. Director Colin Ruggiero in Attendance. Open to the Public.

7:30-9P SEMINAR & SCREENING: National Wildlife Federation Presents An Evening of Backyard Bugs Panel To Follow


Thursday April 20th

8A ACTIVITY: Guided Naturalist Walk: Pattee Canyon Courtesy of the Natural History Museum. Delegates and All Access Passholders Only.

11:30A WORKSHOP: Aim For the Haiku Not the Odyssey – MSU Students Sarah Lanier and Jason Roehrig from The Science and Natural History Filmmaking Program at Montana State University aim to deconstruct the short film and illuminate the tools and tricks to successful storytelling. Delegates and All Access Passholders Only.

4P SPECIAL EVENT: Chuck Jonkel IWFF Permanent Memorial Unveiling – Poetry by Vic Charlo.
Join us as we honor our founder Chuck Jonkel with a special afternoon gathering with poetry by Vic Charlo and an unveiling of a permanent memorial inside the Roxy Theater followed by a premiere of the documentary CHUCK JONKEL: STANDING BEAR COMES HOME at 5P.

7P-9:30P PARTY: After Party and Cidery Tour at Western Cider Co. Party, tour Missoula’s first cidery, try out the new Chuck Jonkel juice and munch some ‘za from Clove Cart Pizza Peddlers.
Western Cider Co. (501 N California St). Open To the Public.


Friday April 21

10:30A-2:30P PARTY: Dunrovin Ranch Flimmaker Wrap Party.  Horseback Riding, Streaming QAs, BBQ by Bitterroot Bison. Delegates and All Access Passholders Only.

5:30-8:30P SPECIAL EVENT & PARTY: Virtual Reality & Awards Show: Conservation International and Dr. M Sanjayan’s Under the Canopy. At Natural History Center. 120 Hickory St., Suite A. Open to the Public
Sponsored by the Montana Film Office


Saturday April 22nd

12P-5P SPECIAL SCREENING: Earth Day Marathon Screening – All 6 Episodes of PLANET EARTH 2 Back-To-Back. FREE & Open to the Public

5P-10P SPECIAL SCREENING: Award Winners Screenings TBA  – Check wildlifefilms.org for films and showtimes