2019 Selections

1000s of Bugs, 100 Islands, 1 Happy Entomologist

Producers: Meigan Henry, Grant Callegari, Josh Silberg

April 14 @ 3:30PM – Buy Tickets – For Bigger Kids Shorts Block

April 19 @ 5:30PM – Buy Tickets – For Bigger Kids Shorts Block

Chris Ernst has a mission: to find and catalogue all of the tiny creatures that creep, crawl, and fly around the Central Coast of British Columbia.

Amazing Pigs

Director & Producer: Matt Hamilton

April 18 @ 8PM- Buy Tickets

April 19 @ 4:15PM- Buy Tickets

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.

Sponsored by Fact & Fiction 

Birth of a Pride

Producers: Dereck Joubert, Beverly Joubert

April 18 @ 7:45PM- Buy Tickets

April 19 @ 2PM- Buy Tickets

In Selinda, Bostwana, lions had been hunted to near extinction but, thanks to conservation, the number of lions has grown from two to over sixty. Follow six cubs who beat the odds as they learn to hunt, socialize, and survive in the now-flourishing wilderness.


Sponsored by Pepsi

Blue Heart

Director: Britton Caillouette
Producers: David Burden, Tim Lynch

April 15 @ 6PM- Buy Tickets – Out of the Blue Shorts Block 

April 18 @ 5:30PM- Buy Tickets – Out of the Blue Shorts Block 

The Balkan Peninsula is home to the last wild rivers in Europe. However, hydropower development threatens to destroy the culture and ecology of this forgotten region. BLUE HEART documents the battle for a river, the effort to save the Balkan lynx, and the struggle of the women of Kruščica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, to protect their community’s only source of drinking water.


Sponsored by Clark Fork Coalition 

Climb-It Change

Director: AJ Winslow
Producers: AJ Winslow, Trevor Bloom, Brian Atkinson

April 16 @ 4:45PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block 

April 17 @ 8:15PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block 

April 18 @ 6:15PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block

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.


Sponsored by Adventure Scientists

Colors of Change

Director: Jenny Nichols

April 17 @ 5PM- Buy Tickets (Artist reception to follow at Western Cider)

April 18 @ 5PM- Buy Tickets

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.


Sponsored by Protect Our Winters & Climate Smart Missoula 

Dog Movie

Director & Producer: Cem Hakverdi

April 14 @ 6PM- Buy Tickets

April 19 @ 2:30PM- Buy Tickets

We’re used to seeing stray dogs in our neighborhoods, but when it comes to their living conditions, we can only know what we see. Hundreds of thousands of dogs in Turkey are struggling to survive in remote places, far from human habitation. Few of these dogs are able to survive, and those that can do so through the extraordinary efforts of animal lovers.


Sponsored by Bridge Pizza 

EPIC YELLOWSTONE: Life on the Wing

Directors: Thomas Winston, Jeff Reed, Shasta Winston
Producers: Thomas Winston, Tria Thalman, Eric Bendick, Avela Grenier, Jeff Reed, Shasta Winston, Smithsonian Channel

April 15 @ 8PM- Buy Tickets

April 19 @ 4:30PM- Buy Tickets

It’s a bird’s eye view of a 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.


Sponsored by Five Valleys Audobon Society 

Every Nine Minutes

Directors: DJ O’neil, Oliver Hamilton
Producer: Spencer Terris

April 15 @ 2:45PM- Buy Tickets

April 18 @ 4PM- Buy Tickets

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 Guinness World Records, the whale is the largest sculpture of its kind ever built.

Fox Chaser

Director: Rio Mitchell
Producer: Chris Hsiung

April 15 @ 4:15PM- Buy Tickets

April 16 @ 6PM- Buy Tickets

In the deep freeze of Northern Alberta, a young man finds freedom and his livelihood on the trapline. But with increasing family obligations, and with industrial development encroaching upon the area’s wildlife, this may be his last chance to live his passion for the wilderness.


Sponsored by Worden’s Market

Great Barrier Reef

Director: Stephen Amezdroz
Producers: Tony Wright, Matt Downey

April 14 @ 3:40PM- Buy Tickets 

April 17 @ 4PM- Buy Tickets 

Grab your mask and snorkel and come on an unforgettable adventure! GREAT BARRIER REEF captures the exquisite beauty and strangeness of the world’s largest living wonder and introduces us to the visionaries and citizen scientists who are helping us better understand this awesome, bizarre, and vibrant world.


Sponsored by The Green Hanger

A Letter To Congress

Director: Christopher Newman
Producer: Dalia Burde

April 17 @ 3PM – Buy Tickets – Our Impact Shorts Block

April 18 @ 3PM – Buy Tickets – Our Impact Shorts Block

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.


Sponsored by Noteworthy Paper & Press

Backyard Wilderness

Directors & Producers: Susan Todd, Andrew Young


April 14 @ 11:30AM- Buy Tickets

BACKYARD WILDERNESS will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses: literally in our own backyards. Spanning four seasons, the film captures unique wildlife images and behavior in rare and breathtaking intimacy. Wi-Fi is not the only connection that matters and that in ordinary places, we can discover extraordinary things – if we just step outside.


Sponsored by National Wildlife Federation 

Catching Giants

Directors: Ashley Scott Davison, David Hamlin (Executive Producer)
Producers: Ashley Scott Davison, David Hamlin, Catherine Land

April 14th @ 11:45AM- Buy Tickets

Following the 40% decline of our planet’s tallest animal, one South African scientist is undertaking the expedition of a lifetime in order to preserve giraffes before they succumb to extinction. For Dr. Francois Deacon and his family, saving Africa’s giants is not just a passion, but a mission.


Sponsored by Downtown Missoula Partnership 

Blue Carbon: A Story from the Snohomish Estuary

Directors: Benjamin Drummond, Sara Joy Steele

April 15 @ 6PM – Buy Tickets – Out of the Blue Shorts Block

April 18 @ 5:30PM – Buy Tickets – Out of the Blue Shorts Block

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.


Sponsored by National Wildlife Federation

Colorado's Moose

Director & Producer: Sean Ender

April 15 @ 5:45PM- Buy Tickets

April 16 @ 2PM- Buy Tickets

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.

Cowboys & Scientists

Director: Eric Bendick
Producer: Tom Winston

April 16 @ 4:45PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block

April 18 @ 6:15PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block

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.

Dung Dynasty

Producer: Julie King

April 14 @ 1:30PM – Buy Tickets – Squeamish Shorts Block

A mafia war is brewing on Africa’s savannah. Two dung beetle families go head-to-head in a fight for the savannah’s most valuable resource . . . poop. They need dung to eat, to find a lady, and to breed. In their struggle they must sidestep predators and fight off the competition. If they fail, their legacy dies with them.


Sponsored by Missoula Insectarium 

EPIC YELLOWSTONE: Return of the Predators

Directors: Thomas Winston, Eric Bendick, Shasta Winston
Producers: Thomas Winston, Tria Thalman, Eric Bendick, Avela Grenier, Jeff Reed, Shasta Winston, Smithsonian Channel


April 19 @ 6:45PM

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?


Sponsored by The Nature Conservancy 


Director & Producer: Gail Kukula

April 14 @ 1:30PM – Buy Tickets – Squeamish Shorts Block

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?


Sponsored Kristen Fitzpatrick / Keller Williams 

Glacier's Bats: An Adventure in Bat Research

Director & Producer: Eddie Roqueta

April 16 @ 4:45PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block

April 18 @ 6:15PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block

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.

Great Bear Rainforest

Director: Ian McAllister
Producer: Byron Horner

April 13 @ 3:30PM- Buy Tickets

April 16 @ 3:15PM- Buy Tickets


GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST tells the story of one of the rarest animals on Earth—the all-white bear. Nestled in an ancient rainforest hidden from the outside world, these remarkable creatures live in the lush, temperate climate of Canada’s west coast. Shot exclusively for the big screen and narrated by Ryan Reynolds, GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST is an epic adventure three years in the making.


Sponsored by Orange Street Food Farm 


Director: Ben Moon
Producers: Shannon Ethridge, Annie Nyborg

April 14 @ 7:45PM – Buy Tickets – Change Makers Shorts Block

April 19 @ 12PM – Buy Tickets – Change Makers Shorts Block

April 16 @ 6PM – @ The Dennison Theater – 32 Campus Drive – As Part of An Evening with Doug Peacock

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

Director & Producer: Tom Mustill

April 15 @ 2:45PM- Buy Tickets

April 18 @ 4PM- Buy Tickets

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.

Into the Deep Unknown

Directors: Lincoln Else, Bligh Gillies
Producers: Stephanie Stone, Steven Bedard, Novus Select

April 15 @ 3:45PM- Buy Tickets

April 19 @ 12:45PM- Buy Tickets

In 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, describes what it’s like to venture into a dark, unknown world more than 3,000 feet below the surface—and why this type of research is key to understanding and protecting our oceans.


Sponsored by DA Davidson 

Keeper of the Call

Director & Producer: Billy Clapham

April 14 @ 7:45PM – Buy Tickets – Change Makers Shorts Block

April 19 @ 12PM – Buy Tickets – Change Makers Shorts Block

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?


Sponsored by Five Valleys Audobon Society

Gʷidəq (Geoduck)

Director & Producer: Tracy Rector

April 14 @ 7:45PM – Buy Tickets – Change Makers Shorts Block

April 19 @ 12PM – Buy Tickets – Change Makers Shorts Block

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.

In the Spirit of Atatice

Director: Daniel Glick
Producers: Roy Bigcrane, Shane Morigeau, Brian Upton

April 15 @ 4:15PM – Buy Tickets

April 16 @ 6PM – Buy Tickets

The extraordinary story of the National Bison Range, told from the Tribal perspective.

Sponsored by The Buffalo Play + The National Wildlife FederationThe Wilderness Society


Director & Producer: Ken O’Sullivan

April 13 @ 4:30PM- Buy Tickets

April 15 @ 7:30PM- Buy Tickets

Underwater cameraman Ken O’Sullivan sets out on a series of voyages from Ireland’s coast into the deep waters of the North Atlantic to find blue and sperm whales and map their migration routes. His journeys take him out to the edge of the continental shelf and 3,000 meters down into dark Atlantic waters in search of cold water coral reefs to see how life in the surface waters is affected by what happens on the deep sea bed.


Director: David Hambridge
Producers: Andrew Harrison Brown, David Hambridge

April 13 @ 5:15PM- Buy Tickets

April 17 @ 6:30PM- Buy Tickets

KIFARU (Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award, Slamdance 2019) follows the lives of two young Kenyan recruits that join Ol Pejeta Conservancy’s rhino caretaker unit, a small group of rangers that care for and protect Sudan, the last male northern white rhino or, in Swahili, “kifaru.” Spanning the caretakers’ first four years on the job, KIFARU allows viewers to experience the joys and pitfalls of conservation firsthand through the eyes of these men.

L’orchestre D’hibernation Animaux (How Animals Hibernate)

Director: Tom McNamara
Producers: Joe Brown and Amy Schellenbaum, Popular Science

April 13 @ 3:30PM- Buy Tickets

April 14 @ 3:30PM- Buy Tickets – For Bigger Kids Shorts Block

April 19 @ 5:30PM – Buy Tickets – For Bigger Kids Shorts Block

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.

Looking for the Wild: Unai's Journey

Director: Andoni Canela

April 13 @ 3PM- Buy Tickets

April 14 @ 1PM- Buy Tickets

Unai is a 10-year-old boy who travels with his family on an extraordinary journey around the world. His father, a nature photographer, has a mission: to search for seven emblematic animals to photograph in the hopes of communicating the delicate situation in which they find themselves. Wolves, elephants, lions, bison, penguins, hornbills, and crocodiles are the protagonists of this exciting journey across all seven continents.

Sponsored by Rocky Mountain School of Photography & Lake Missoula Tea Co.

Otters: River Masters of Yellowstone

Director: Bob Landis

April 16 @ 4PM- Buy Tickets

OTTERS: RIVER MASTERS OF YELLOWSTONE is a collage of the lives of several otter families in Yellowstone. The story is told through the eyes of a female and her two pups. As she travels the park’s rivers and lakes, the female is joined by other otter families to hunt fish and fend off coyotes together, social behavior is not often seen in wild otters. Ample intimate behavior includes play, both above and below the water, surfing, and searching for a lost pup.


Sponsored by Ink Realty Group 

Monkey Menace

Director: Javier Douglas

April 13 @ 7:15PM- Buy Tickets

April 16 @ 6:30PM- Buy Tickets

MONKEY MENACE explores the escalating conflict that exists between Delhi’s rhesus macaques and its human citizens. Javier Douglas’s keen observational camerawork shows what it’s like to be a rhesus macaque living in one of the most polluted and populous megacities in the world.


Sponsored by Ecostreamz 

Lens of Time: Secrets of Schooling

Director: Amy Miller, Josh Rosen
Producer: Stephanie Stone, Steven Bedard, Spine Films

April 14 @ 3:30PM – Buy Tickets – For Bigger Kids Shorts Block

April 19 @ 5:30PM – Buy Tickets – For Bigger Kids Shorts Block

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.

Lost Kings of Bioko

Director: Oliver Goetzl
Producers: Gulo Film Productions for NDR Naturfilm / Doclights. Co-produced by NDR, WDR, ARTE, ORF, SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL, SVT.

April 18 @ 7:30PM- Buy Tickets

April 19 @ 2:15PM- Buy Tickets

Off the coast of Central Africa lies an isolated island, covered by primeval rainforest and inhabited by a greater variety of species than nearly any other place on Earth: Bioko. The rulers of this realm are one of the least known primates on the planet–drills. This film will reveal the secrets of these shy and endangered monkeys.


Sponsored by Great Burn Brewing

namanu rruni | Albatross Island

Director: Matthew Newton
Producer: Catherine Pettman

April 17 @ 5:30 – Buy Tickets – Rhythms in Nature Shorts Block 

April 19 @ 12:15PM- Buy Tickets & 2PM- Buy Tickets – Rhythms in Nature Shorts Block

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.

Peacock's War

Producer: Earthrise Entertainment

April 16 @ 6PM

FREE Screening! Show up early for a seat!

@ The Dennison Theater – 32 Campus Drive – As part of An Evening with Doug Peacock 

Doug Peacock, the model for Hayduke in Edward Abbey’s The Monkey Wrench Gang served in Vietnam as a Green Beret medic and came home an emotional and spiritual wreck. Running for refuge into uninhabited wilderness Peacock discovered a fellow creature who had also been driven back to the same mountain sanctuary – the endangered grizzly bear. Living on the hunting grounds of this beast led Peacock back to a sense of his own humanity, and humility before nature.


Director: Katie Falkenberg

April 16 @ 4:45PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block

April 18 @ 6:15PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block

Decades ago, poachers would set off explosives in the cool waters of the North Umpqua River, killing steelhead by the dozens. That was before Lee Spencer settled in to watch over and protect the wild steelhead. At a time when environmental protections are being lifted and scientific research budgets slashed, one man’s study of the world in front of him is a throwback to conservation work, rooted in bearing witness to simple truths in nature.


Sponsored by Western Montana Clinic 

Return of the Desert Bighorn

Directors: Ben Masters, Charles Post

April 16 @ 4:45PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block

April 18 @ 6:15PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block

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.

Sand of Time

Director & Producer: Tim Visser

April 17 @ 3PM – Buy Tickets – Our Impact Shorts Block

April 18 @ 3PM – Buy Tickets – Our Impact Shorts Block

Everybody’s time is running out, like sand in a hourglass. During this film we follow the last struggles of an ant whose time seems to be coming to an end. Will he survive against the mighty jaws of the antlion?


Sponsored by Diana Six and the Six Lab 

Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

Director: Ami Vitale
Producer: Katy-Robin Garton

April 14 @ 7:45PM – Buy Tickets – Change Makers Shorts Block

April 19 @ 12PM – Buy Tickets – Change Makers Shorts Block

Reteti Elephant Sanctuary is the first ever community-owned and run elephant sanctuary in Africa, an oasis where orphans grow up safely, learning to be wild so that one day they can rejoin their herds. The sanctuary’s story is a powerful one, as much about people as it is the elephants they protect.


Sponsored by Portico Real Estate 


Directors: Colin Arisman, Connor Gallagher
Producers: Produced by Wild Confluence Media & Nomad Island Supported by Patagonia, Peak Design and Southeast Alaska Conservation Council

April 16 @ 4:45PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block

April 18 @ 6:15PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block

ROCK-PAPER-FISH takes audiences deep into the rainforest of Southeast Alaska, where life is inseparable from the age-old rhythms of the Chilkat River. The salmon define life for two communities: the ancient Tlingit village of Klukwan, and a scrappy commercial fishing town, Haines. ROCK-PAPER-FISH offers a vivid look into the lives of Alaskans grappling with questions as immense as the place they call home.


Sponsored by Sushi Hana

Saving ‘Ōhi’a -- Hawaii's Sacred Tree

Director: Annie Sullivan Kopcsó, Liza Sullivan
Producers: Christy Martin, Annie Sullivan Kopcsó. Produced by CLUB SULLIVAN for the University of Hawai’i / Hawai’i Invasive Species Council

April 13 @ 7:30PM- Buy Tickets

April 16 @ 3PM- Buy Tickets

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.


Sponsored by UM International Forestry Student Association 

Sea of Shadows

Director: Richard Ladkani
Producers: A Terra Mater Factual Studios production in association with Appian Way, Malaika Pictures, The Wildlens Collective Produced by Walter Köhler and Wolfgang Knöpfler

April 13 @ 7PM- Buy Tickets

April 19 @ 3:45PM- Buy Tickets

A looming disaster in one of the most spectacular environments on Earth sparks a rescue mission unlike any other in Sea of Shadows, 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.

Sons of Enkai

Director: Nacho Ruiz
Producers: Nacho Ruiz, Alberto Saiz, Jorge Alesanco, Mariola Liberal, Into the Wild Productions, Vince Turmo

April 14 @ 1:45PM- Buy Tickets

April 16 @ 7:45PM- Buy Tickets

An intimate look at the relationship between man and nature in one of the most iconic wild places on Earth: the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. A Maasai warrior guides us through the epic natural events and spectacular wildlife with which he shares his land, reflecting on our deep connection to the natural world.

STROOP - journey into the rhino horn war

Director: Susan Scott
Producer: Bonné de Bod

April 14 @ 5:15PM – Buy Tickets

April 15 @ 5:15PM – Buy Tickets

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.

Sides of a Horn

Director: Toby Wosskow
Producers: Toby Wosskow, Emmanuel Castis, Charlie Hicks, Erika Klopper

April 17 @ 3PM – Buy Tickets – Our Impact Shorts Block

April 18 @ 3PM – Buy Tickets – Our Impact Shorts Block

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.

Sounds of Survival

Director: Katie Garrett
Producers: bioGraphic Stephanie Stone, Steven Bedard, Katie Garrett

April 17 @ 3PM – Buy Tickets – Our Impact Shorts Block

April 18 @ 3PM – Buy Tickets – Our Impact Shorts Block

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.


Director: Alex Lowther
Producer: Emily Grant

April 13 @ 7:30 – Buy Tickets

April 16 @ 3PM – Buy Tickets

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.


Sponsored by Domo Designs 

Take Back the Harbor

Director: Kristi Jacobson, Roger Ross Williams
Producers: Christopher Clements, Julie Goldman, Carolyn Hepburn, Kristi Jacobson

April 14 @ 3:45PM – Buy Tickets

April 17 @ 8:15PM – Buy Tickets

On New York’s Governor’s Island there is an ambitious goal: to restore oysters to New York Harbor. The foot soldiers of this environmental movement are an unlikely group–high school students at a public school which teaches waterways stewardship alongside math and English. TAKE BACK THE HARBOR highlights these students and their teachers as they persevere to turn the tide on decades of neglect and bring back the health of their city’s waterways.


Sponsored by Discovery

The Anomalies: Venom Race

Directors & Producers: Nathan Dappen, Morgan Heim

April 14 @ 1:30PM – Buy Tickets – Squeamish Shorts Block

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.

The Great Pretender

Director & Producer: Nardine Groch

April 14 @ 3:30PM – Buy Tickets – For Bigger Kids Shorts Block 

April 19 @ 5:30PM – Buy Tickets – For Bigger Kids Shorts Block 

After the loss of an important display feather a famous lyrebird named “The Pretender” struggles to win a mate during the most competitive song-and-dance competition in Australia.

The Ancient Woods

Director: Mindaugas Survila
Producers: Gintė Žulytė, Mindaugas Survila, Radvilė Šumilė

April 17 @ 4:15PM – Buy Tickets

Filmed in one of the oldest forests in Lithuania, THE ANCIENT WOODS describes a place where boundaries of time melt and everything that exists does not wither or age but “grows into” eternity. This poetic and atypical nature film takes its viewers on a journey from the forest thickets to the wolves’ caves and up to the black stork’s nest, and down to the depths of the underwater forest – and, finally, to the human beings on the wood’s edge. There is no commentary, only the rich, almost palpable sounds of the forest and the magical situations captured by the camera.

The Blue Sanctuary

Director & Producer: Colin Ruggiero

April 15 @ 6PM – Buy Tickets – Out of the Blue Shorts Block 

April 18 @ 5:30PM – Buy Tickets – Out of the Blue Shorts Block 

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.


Sponsored by Missoula Bone and Joint 

The Human Element

Director: Matthew Testa
Producer: Olivia Ahnemann & Daniel Wright. Concept by James Balog.

April 17 @ 5PM – Buy Tickets 

April 18 @ 5PM – Buy Tickets 

Renowned photographer James Balog (CHASING ICE) creates stunning images that reveal how environmental problems are damaging the lives of all Americans. Using the four elements – air, earth, fire and water – to frame his journey, Balog documents fishermen, firefighters, coal miners and children on the front lines of climate change, inspiring us to re-evaluate our relationship with the natural world.


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The Last Green Thread

Directors & Producers: Danny Schmidt, Eric Bendick

April 17 @ 3PM – Buy Tickets – Our Impact Shorts Block 

April 18 @ 3PM – Buy Tickets – Our Impact Shorts Block 

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.


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The Return

Director: Christopher Kitchen
Producer: Sam Pope

April 16 @ 4:45PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block

April 18 @ 6:15PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block

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.


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The Serengeti Rules

Director: Nicolas Brown
Producer: David Allen

April 15 @ 3:30PM – Buy Tickets

April 17 @ 8:30PM – Buy Tickets

In the 1960s, a band of young scientists headed out into the wilderness, driven by an insatiable curiosity about how nature works. Immersed in some of the most remote places on Earth—the Serengeti to the Arctic Ocean and through the Amazon jungle—they discovered a single set of rules that govern all life. Now in their twilight, these five unsung heroes of modern ecology share the stories of their adventures and reveal how their pioneering work flipped our view of nature on its head.


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The Last Pig

Director: Allison Argo
Producers: Allison Argo, Joseph Brunette

April 17 @ 5:30PM – Buy Tickets – Rhythms In Nature Shorts Block 

April 19 @ 12:15 – Buy Tickets – Rhythms in Nature Shorts Block 

THE LAST PIG is an achingly beautiful meditation on what it means to be a sentient creature with the power to kill. Deeply immersive and experiential, the film follows a pig farmer through his final year of slaughtering pigs. The bucolic life of the pigs on the farm is ruptured by weekly trips to the slaughterhouse. Through sparse, intimate musings, the farmer reveals his growing conflict of a life spent “peddling in death.”

The River and The Wall

Director: Ben Masters
Producer: Hillary Pierce

April 14 @ 7PM – Buy Tickets 

April 16 @ 7:30PM – Buy Tickets

Five friends venture into the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands to document the Rio Grande before a wall is built. They set out to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a border wall on the natural environment, but 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.


Sponsored by Jeanette Rankin Peace Center 

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

Director & Producer: Elisabeth Tova Bailey

April 17 @ 5:30PM – Buy Tickets – Rhythms in Nature Shorts Block 

April 19 @ 12:15PM – Buy Tickets – Rhythms in Nature Shorts Block 

When a woman is bedridden by a mysterious pathogen, a forest snail unexpectedly takes up residence on her nightstand. Together, the woman and snail share an intimate journey of survival and resilience. A surprising live action story, adapted from the award-winning nonfiction memoir of the same title.


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We Are In The Field

Director & Producer: Gabriel Diamond

April 14 @ 7:45PM – Buy Tickets – Change Makers Shorts Block

April 19 @ 12PM – Buy Tickets – Change Makers Shorts Block

This documentary follows Nepalese animal rights activist Manoj Gautam on an epic 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

Directors: Marshall Ritzel and Jon Fahey
Producers: Kathy Young, Alicia Chang, Marshall Ritzel, Jon Fahey and the AP Health & Science Department

April 17 @ 3PM – Buy Tickets – Our Impact Shorts Block

April 18 @ 3PM – Buy Tickets – Our Impact Shorts Block 

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?

When the Dogs are Gone: THE RACE "SUKKANIUNNEQ"

Director: Frederik Wolff
Producer: Anders Drud Jordan

April 14 @ 3:45PM – Buy Tickets

April 19 @ 5:30 – Buy Tickets – For Bigger Kids Shorts Block

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.


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Whale Wisdom

Director: Rick Rosenthal
Producer: Katya Shirokow

April 15 @ 3:45PM – Buy Tickets

April 19 @ 12:45PM – Buy Tickets

Whales live in a world so removed from our own that we can barely imagine their lives. Marine biologist and filmmaker Rick Rosenthal has filmed whales for much of his long career. Now he is on a quest to probe deeper into their lives, to compare scientists’ observations against his own experience, and just maybe, to get a glimpse of the world as it must seem to these ocean giants.

When the Dogs are Gone: THE HUNTER "PINIARTOQ"

Director: Frederik Wolff
Producer: Anders Drud Jordan

April 14 @ 6PM – Buy Tickets

April 19 @ 2:30PM – Buy Tickets

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.


Sponsored by Julie Gardner Realty 

Wild Edens Russia

Director: Andrew Zikking
Producers: Bracken Hollings, Karen Meehan, Allison Bean

April 17 @ 8PM – Buy Tickets

April 18 @ 3:30PM – Buy Tickets

WILD EDENS features some of the least explored parts of Russia – Altai, Amur, Kamchatka, Yamal, and the Arctic. In each region, species have adapted to Russia’s challenging terrain: from polar bears hunting on melting ice caps, and musk oxen coping with punishing Arctic conditions, to the toad-headed agama lizards attempting to survive in the desert near the Caspian Sea. The film captures the incredible diversity of this immense wilderness, and will lead you to ponder what might be done to mitigate such potential destruction.


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Wild Korea: Voices of Nature

Director & Producer: James Reed

April 17 @ 8PM – Buy Tickets

April 18 @ 3:30PM – Buy Tickets 

For thousands of years Korea was known for its staggering natural beauty. Now it is better known for its decades of conflict. Beyond the battle scars and the fortifications, there is another side to this troubled peninsula. South Korea boasts areas of great wilderness with intriguing animals, some of which share extraordinary relationships with humankind. It is in these connections, rather than in political division, that we can truly see Korea.


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A Natural History Of Missoula

April 14 @ 3PM – Buy Tickets

The entire Meadow Hill 7th grade class and the Roxy Film Academy joined forces with the science community of Missoula to create a documentary all about Missoula’s natural history. Entirely directed, shot and created by the students this film combines field footage, interviews and stop motion to the tell the story of the nmesuletkw (Salish ‘place of frozen water’) from Glacial Lake Missoula through current times.

This documentary made possible by SPARK! A big thanks to them for being our partner and executive producer for the film.


All proceeds from this screening go to the Roxy Film Academy + IWFF Education Programs.

Film screening sponsored by Blackfoot 

Wild_Life: Resurrection Island

Directors: Bertie Gregory, Muriel Soenens

April 14 @ 5:30PM – Buy Tickets 

April 16 @ 5:45PM – Buy Tickets 

National Geographic wildlife filmmaker Bertie Gregory takes audiences on an adventure to the iconic South Georgia Island. Sailing through some of the roughest seas on the planet in a 50-foot sailboat, the team’s target is the sub-Antarctic island renowned for its glaciated mountains that erupt straight up out of the ocean. Along with its breathtaking scenery, this island now claims one of the highest concentration of wildlife on the planet.