Special Events


IWFF Poster Show at Frame Of Mind

1706 Brooks St.


Check out 42 years of IWFF and WildWalk posters. Made by Missoula artists from Monte Dolack to Hailey Faust to Theo Ellsworth. Opening night April 5th 5PM-8PM. On exhibition through end of April.


Wildlife Art Show at the ZACC

235 North 1st St West


Stop by and view the exhibition by all ages based on the theme: adaptation.

April 12 Opening reception. On exhibition through May 3.

Saturday April 13

IWFF Welcome

10A-12P  Radius Gallery – 114 E. Main St.

Enjoy Bestiarum Vocabulum an exhibit depicting creatures, real and imagined, from around the world. Grab some coffee, tea, and a breakfast treat before walking out the door to view the WildWalk parade as it moves down Higgins Ave. to Caras Park. FREE & Open to the public

Saturday April 13


11:30A Line up at the Big Red XXXX’s (100 Railroad St. W.)

11:45A Special performance by Reverend Kenyon and The Mamma Gaia Choir

12P Parade Begins

Each year, hundreds of children and members of the community dance, crawl, swing, and slither through downtown Missoula as our wildlife parade roars towards Caras Park and WildFest! FREE & Open to the public

This presentation will be live-streamed and recorded by Missoula Community Access Television as part of a Media Assistance Grant donated by MCAT.

Saturday April 13


11A-3P Caras Park

Music by Red Onion Purple

Food vendors, wild scavenger hunt, face painting, an appearance by Ranger Rick and lots of activities for kids. FREE & Open to the public

Co-led and sponsored by The Wildlife Society at University of Montana

Supported in part by a grant from the Montana Arts Council, an agency of the State Government.

Saturday April 13

Science On Screen: BLACK PANTHER
Biomimicry and the Biology of Elite Athleticism

4P The Roxy Theater

In this live episode of The Biology of Superheroes Podcast, Shane and Arien discuss Marvel’s BLACK PANTHER and the world of Wakanda. Using the discoveries and innovations in biology and technology, they will explore what makes King T’Challa and his secretive kingdom so amazing. They will chat about a wide variety of subjects including biomimicry and biologically-inspired engineering, the genetics of elite athleticism and the role of culture in shaping human performance.

Presented by                   

Shane Campbell-Staton, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute for Society and Genetics Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California. IWFF LABS alum

Arien Darby, Marketing Coordinator | Warner Bros. Publishing IWFF alum

Science on Screen creatively pairs screenings of classic, cult, science fiction, and documentary films with lively presentations by notable experts from the world of science and technology. Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Saturday April 13

Opening Night Film: SEA OF SHADOWS

7P  The Roxy Theater

Wild Lens’ Collective in attendance

An Audience Award winner at Sundance SEA OF SHADOWS is a riveting new documentary with the intensity of a Hollywood thriller. When Mexican drug cartels and Chinese traffickers join forces to poach the rare totoaba fish in the Sea of Cortez, their deadly methods threaten to destroy virtually all marine life in the region, including the most elusive and endangered whale species on Earth known as the vaquita porpoise. But a team of brilliant scientists, high-tech conservationists, investigative journalists and courageous undercover agents as well as the Mexican Navy put their lives on the line to save the last remaining vaquita and bring the vicious international crime syndicate to justice.

Pass or ticket required for screening

Saturday April 13

Keep Talking at Le Petit Outre

8:30P – 10:45P – 29 S. 4th Street W.

Keep Talking with Wild Lens’ Collective following the screening of SEA OF SHADOWS to celebrate the successes and trials this team has experienced while making this film to conserve the vaquita. Learn more about the vaquita’s story and participate in a collaborative art display that highlights this unique marine mammal.

FREE & Open to the public

Sunday April 14

Field Trip & Bear Honoring

Depart Roxy Theater @ 8:30A, Return to Roxy Theater @ 4:30P

Join filmmakers and local conservationists as we take a trip up to the Flathead Reservation to hear from tribal biologists about the health of bears in the Mission Valley. We make a stop for a short, naturalist led hike at the People’s Way Wildlife Crossing on HWY 93. Then we’ll continue up to the Ninepipes Wildlife Refuge for the long-time Great Bear Foundation tradition of the spring bear honoring and a bear foods lunch, a favorite activity of IWFF Founder Chuck Jonkel. Join professional filmmakers and photographers for a chance to take beautiful photos along the way and hear about the health of local wildlife populations.

Open to All-Access passholders only, sign-up required. Space is limited.

Special thanks to The Great Bear Foundation, CSKT Wildlife Management Program and Andrew Howley from Adventure Scientists.

Sunday April 14



8:45P Dialogue led by Jeanette Rankin Peace Center, International Rescue Committee, UM Law Mediation Clinic, River Mountain Immigration and Gentry Nelson Merrill Law Group

The Roxy Theater

Pass or ticket required

Join local experts as we deepen the discussion and implications of the issues raised in THE RIVER AND THE WALL. We will hear from a variety of perspectives and bring attention to the areas of impact in building a southern border wall including wildlife, border control, migrants, and private landowners.

Tuesday April 16

Happy Hour at Imagine Nation Brewery

3P-5P – 1151 W Broadway St

Come try out the Jane Good Ale and network with IWFF filmmakers and special guests.

FREE & Open to the public

Tuesday April 16

Dialogue: Increase the Life of Your Film Through Educational Facets

4:15P The Roxy Theater

How do you gain ‘a second life’ out of your film after the festivals are over? In this session we’ll discuss how to re-utilize your film within an educational setting. The panel will touch on how to work with teachers directly, how to present media dynamically, enrich the experience with specified curriculum and how to work toward educational advocacy in the classroom, through libraries and with the help of distribution companies.

FREE & Open to the public

Tuesday April 16

Special Event: An Evening with Doug Peacock

6P-9P  Doors open at 5:30P

UC Theater, 32 Campus Drive, University of Montana


Doug Peacock in attendance

Introduction by Rick Bass

For the better part of five decades now, Peacock has been a fierce advocate for bears. Peacock’s War follows this Vietnam Vet, author, filmmaker and naturalist as he spends years alone in the Wyoming and Montana wilderness observing grizzly bears and grappling with the repercussions of war. Doug Peacock was a Green Beret medic and the real-life model for Edward Abbey’s George Washington Hayduke in The Monkey Wrench Gang.

Grizzly Country highlights how time in the wild changed the course of Peacock’s life. With the protection of Yellowstone grizzlies in mind, he reflects on the importance of habitat and why he continues to fight for wild causes.

Presented in partnership with the University of Montana Wildlife Biology Department

FREE & Open to the public – Get there early for a seat! First come, first served.  

Late, late night party at The Depot 201 Railroad St W, Missoula, MT 59802

Wednesday April 17

Dialogue: Experimenting and Examining Structure

3P The Roxy Theater

Before ANCIENT WOODS screening @ 4:15P

This session will examine the ability to challenge the expected yet stay true to ethical wildlife filmmaking, science, and craft. How can structures challenge the classic mold and stand out in the herd? Explore and participate in an analysis of how new voices, angles, and alternative approaches can tell stories about our natural world in a new way. Consider how technological experiments, non-narrative frameworks, film length and pushing narration can demand different levels of engagement. View various clips that touch on the power of observation, the power of a long take, and the power of challenging your audience’s expectations. We will discuss the film, ANCIENT WOODS, as a group and will touch on how the structure differs in relation to classic structures in wildlife film.

FREE & Open to the public

Wednesday April 17

Special Event: Passion For Purpose


5P The Roxy Theater

Pass or ticket required for screening

Experience this double-feature and engage in discussion with director Jenny Nichols and artist Zaria Forman on approaching science communication through their respective visual mediums. This conversation highlights the power of affecting change through art, culture and the scientific process with support from Protect Our Winters.

Wednesday April 17

Keep Talking at Western Cider

501 N California St

6-8 pm · Drink and Draw with the ZACC

8 pm · Passion For Purpose Artist Reception, Art on display by Zaria Forman

FREE & Open to the public

Artwork by Zaria Forman (Colors of Change) will be displayed at the cidery along with artwork from local Missoula artists (Clare Emery) with the theme of Adaptation in mind.

Thanks to our collaborators, the Zootown Arts Community Center, Climate Smart Missoula, Western Cider and Protect Our Winters.

Thursday April 18

Dialogue: Innovative Ways to Use Video Online

1P The Roxy Theater

There more options for good storytelling that reach far beyond posting your film online and collecting views. Think creatively in repurposing your film post-festival run: helping an organization highlight a multi-faceted issue or submit to digital magazine. Consider reaching out to partners, breaking up your media, or working across-genres with journalists, photographers, or non-profits. Most importantly, step back and consider what will serve the story best.

Thursday April 18

Dialogue: Adventure in Pursuit of Science

2:30P The Roxy Theater

Plan your next adventure in the name of science. How can individuals with strong outdoor skills—such as mountaineering, diving or whitewater kayaking inflate the impact of the citizen-science movement? These speakers will spin yarns on adventures that are designed to bring back hard-to-obtain data from the far corners of the globe. These data collection-guided trips boast bikes, ropes and boats yet they are part of something bigger. We’ll begin with how the pursuit of adventure can raise the stakes within meaningful field research projects. Then we’ll push it a little further to discuss how these results can be effectively communicated in order to change policy.

Thursday April 18

Field Trip to MPG Ranch

Depart The Roxy Theater @ 8:30 am, Return to The Roxy Theater @ 4:30 pm

At MPG Ranch we will take a deep dive into their wildlife research projects on this living science ranch. We’ll take a tour of the ranch and explore the ways MPG uses camera traps and filmmaking techniques in their daily work. From avian acoustic monitoring to cougar tracking, MPG is a fascinating place at the forefront of conservation education.

Open to All-Access passholders only, sign-up required. Space is limited.

Special thanks to Joshua Lisbon, MPG Education and Community Outreach Manager.

Friday April 19

Awards Ceremony & Free Community Screening

Awards Ceremony & Free Community Screening

At The Wilma – 131 S. Higgins, Ave.

4:30P · Doors Open

5P · Awards Presentation & IWFF LABS films screenings

6:45P  · Screening of Epic Yellowstone: Return of the Predators

FREE & Open to the public, No tickets required, Get there early for seats! First come, first served

Join us to celebrate in true IWFF fashion at The Wilma. Watch as the impressive work of Missoula’s community of nonprofits, conservationists, and researchers come alive on-screen through four short IWFF LABS films made during the week of the festival. Our prestigious jury will be recognizing winners within our 2019 Film Competition throughout the evening with ten awards honoring the best in wildlife film.

Afterward, sit back and enjoy a special screening of a newly finished 4K adventure through beloved Yellowstone National Park made by Grizzly Creek Productions and The Smithsonian. This film is sure to stun and inspire every audience member. Filmmakers from Grizzly Creek will be in attendance and host a QA after the film. 

Snacks and a cash bar will round out the evening with door prizes and more surprises to come.

Free Community Screening made possible by The Nature Conservancy

IWFF LABS films sponsored by Defenders of Wildlife

Thanks to DOMO Design-Build for creating and designing the 2019 IWFF awards.