LABS MENTORS

IWFF Filmmaker LABS Mentors

LABS MENTORS

2019 Filmmaker LABS Mentors

LABS Fellows will be part of several lectures, hands-on workshops and feedback sessions led by leaders in the wildlife filmmaking community. The IWFF LABS Program Leader facilitates the Mentors, curriculum, and experience. Mentors will provide instruction as well as cultivate long-term industry relationships with the Fellows. 

LABS Fellows will be part of several lectures, hands-on workshops and feedback sessions led by leaders in the wildlife filmmaking community. The IWFF LABS Program Leader facilitates the Mentors, curriculum, and experience. Mentors will provide instruction as well as cultivate long-term industry relationships with the Fellows. 

IWFF LABS Program Leader Colin Ruggiero

Colin Ruggiero is the IWFF LABS Program Leader and an independent filmmaker and photographer based in Missoula, Montana whose passion is conveying the beauty and importance of the natural world. He received his M.F.A. in Documentary Filmmaking from the Discovery Network’s Science and Natural History Filmmaking Program in 2005 and since then has produced a variety of award-winning films and shorts for both broadcast and independent release including work for National Geographic, Discovery, the BBC, ESPN, PBS, The Nature Conservancy and the The National Wildlife Federation among many others.  His love of the ocean led to his award-winning 2014 art film, “Exuma,” about the Bahamas, as well as underwater cinematography work for clients such as the Bahamas National Trust, The Canadian Film Board, The Mexican Board of Tourism and National Geographic Wild. In addition to his other film and photo work, he creates an ongoing series of short videos about shooting timelapses called, “Chasing Light,” for the State of Montana and is a filmmaking instructor at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography where he teaches workshops for their Professional Intensive program. To find out more about Colin and his work, please visit: www.colinruggiero.com