IWFF seeks Volunteers


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2016 IWFF Film Selection Under Way

A huge thank you to everyone who submitted films for the 2016 International Wildlife Film Festival! We are reviewing all of the submissions and will post the official selections list soon! We are so excited to share the amazing work of these filmmakers at our 39th festival in Missoula, MT April 16-23.

What’s Happening in the Wild – Saturday, April 25

Congratulations to our 2015 IWFF Award Winners!

After viewing, deliberating and debating, the IWFFl’s competition jury has reached consensus on our awards categories. The winners are:

Best of Festival – Poached
Best Broadcast Feature – Africa’s Giant Killers
Best Theatrical Feature – Enchanted Kingdom
Best Student Film – The Wild Wet
Best Environmental Film – Chuitna: More than Salmon on the Line
Best Short Film – Portrait of an Urban Beekeeper
Best Cinematography – Enchanted Kingdom
Visionary Award – Walking Under Water
Best Broadcast Series – Life Story
Best Human-Wildlife Interactions – EARTH A New Wild
Best Children and Young Adult Program – Marvelous Musical Report
Advocacy Award – Chuitna: More Than Salmon on the Line
Individual Achievement Award – Silencing the Thunder
Best Storytelling –  Return of the River
Best Conservation Message – Return of the River
Best Government Production – The Last Dragons: Protecting Appalachia’s Hellbenders
Chuck Jonkel Founder’s Award – Chris Palmer

Award screenings of select winners will show Saturday at the Roxy Theater. The lineup is:

5:00 pm: Silencing the Thunder & Africa’s Giant Killers
5:15 pm: The Wild Wet & Walking Under Water
6:00 pm: The Last Dragons: 
Protecting Appalachia’s Hellbenders & Enchanted Kingdom
7:00 pm: Portrait of an Urban Beekeeper & Poached
7:15 pm: Life Story Ep01 & EARTH A New Wild: Plains

Showing Today

11:00 am: Wild Hawaii: Land of Fire Beak and Brain: Genius Birds from Down Under
11:15 am: Rara Avis: John James Audubon and the Birds of America
1:00 pm: Walking in Two Worlds & Chuitna: More Than Salmon on the Line
1:15 pm: Madagascar: Beyond Africa & Saving Africa’s Giants with Yao Ming
1:30 pm: It’s a Wild Life
3:00 pm: Urban Beekeeper & Love Thy Nature
3:15 pm: Tigress Blood & Mine Detection Rats
3:30 pm: Monarchs & Milkweed, The Realm of the Snow Leopard & Mapping the Blue
Starting at 5 pm: Screenings of the award winning films
8:00 pm:
Merchants of Doubt

Today’s Events

Wrap Party @ The Roxy Theater – 8:00 pm

Beak and Brain: Genius Birds from Down Under


Volker Arzt & Angelika Sigl, 52 minutes, 2013

The new prodigies in the world of animals sport feathers and beaks. And they are highly talented. The documentary investigates two of the most clever creatures in animal kingdom. The film’s essence is the contrast between the humorous and agile keas and the rather steadfast and patient crows, but also the contrast of wild, untouched nature and a number of challenging and amusing intelligence tests. Whichever species comes out on top, either the keas of New Zealand, who are crazy about mental exercises and puzzles, or the crows of New Caledonia, who build and use tools depending on their needs, it’s impossible not to love these birds.

Chuitna: More Than Salmon on the Line


Trip Jennings, 30 minutes, 2014

“Chuitna” chronicles the journey of conservation-minded fly fishermen who travel to Alaska’s unspoiled Chuitna Watershed to wade waist-deep into its salmon-rich waters and the fight to defeat the proposed Chuitna Coal Mine. With every cast and every conversation with the frontier Alaskans fighting to protect their homeland, the travelers obtain a deeper understanding of the mine’s devastating impact.

It’s a Wild Life

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Kennan & Karen Ward, 88 minutes, 2015

This picturesque snapshot of the Northern California coast captures the beauty of Big Sur through its magnificent wildlife; Condors, Bobcats, marine life and the stories of a long-term caretaker of the land.

Love Thy Nature

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Sylvie Rokab, 76 minutes, 2015

Narrated by Liam Neeson, Love Thy Nature is a cinematic immersion into the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world. And while our environmental crisis threatens the survival of our species, a renewed connection with nature holds the key to a highly advanced new era.

Madagascar: Beyond Africa

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ZDF, 43 minutes, 2013

The African island Madagascar doesn’t seem to be similar to its big brother, Africa. There are no elephants, giraffes or lions and also the people, plants and landscapes seem to be from another world. Dirk Steffens starts to search for reasons for this strangeness and discovers fascinating traces and common features from destinations that are from a world far away. Madagascar shows itself as a very mysterious country – beyond Africa. But some scientific studies provide clues as to how this island’s animal and human population evolved, leading to an intriguing variety of species today.

Mapping the Blue

Alison Barrat, 29 minutes, 2014

In 2012 the Cook Islands announced the largest Marine Park on Earth. In stunning 4K imagery this film tells the story of how Kevin Iro, founder of the park, and his team use a high tech GIS system to designate multi-use areas inside the pristine park.

Mine Detection Rats


Axel Gomille, 30 minutes, 2014

In Mozambique, African Giant Pouch Rat are trained to detect land mines. They have extremely sensitive noses, that enable them to find explosives when buried underground. Thus, they can play a vital role on Mozambique’s way to freedom by getting rid of the huge number of land mines that still endanger people, even after the war has ended.

Monarchs and Milkweed

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Steven Bumgardner, 8 minutes

Take a microcosmic safari through a field of milkweed and discover a whole world of life, from bees to wasps to hummingbirds to butterflies. The charismatic Monarch butterfly is completely dependent on milkweed for its survival, and places like Yosemite National Park offer protection for this often overlooked plant.

Rara Avis: John James Audubon and the Birds of America

Al Reinert, 93 minutes, 2014

He was one of the most remarkable men in early America. A self-taught painter and ornithologist, he pursued a dream that made him famous in his lifetime and left a legacy in art and science that endures to this day. His portrait hangs in the White House and his statue stands over the entrance to the American Museum of Natural History. Yet the story of John James Audubon has never been told on movie screens.

The Realm of the Snow Leopard

Axel Gomille, 45 minutes, 2014

The snow leopard is highly endangered, but its habitat still exists, since men can barely cope with the harsh conditions of icy high mountain ranges. Thus, every effort is justified to save these cats. “The Realm of the Snow Leopard” shows how people of different cultural background, education and age join forces to save wild places and endangered species, and how much a few dedicated individuals can achieve.

Saving Africa’s Giants with Yao Ming


WildAid, 42 minutes, 2014

Basketball star Yao Ming journeys to Africa to see for himself the brutal consequences of the illegal ivory and rhino horn trade.

Portrait of an Urban Beekeeper


Steve Ellington, 20 minutes, 2014

This project is a short portrait documentary about the Pittsburgh-based urban beekeeper, Stephen Repasky

Tigress Blood

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Akanksha Sood Singh & Praveen Singh, 42 minutes, 2014

Tigress Blood is a coming-of-age story as four sister tigers battle each other for dominance over their homeland. But they struggle to survive independently. Desperate and starving, they make a startling choice – join forces to hunt as a pack.

Walking In Two Worlds

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Bo Boudart, 63 minutes, 2014

Worlds collide in the Tongass Forest, when the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act turns tribes into corporations and sparks a lengthy logging frenzy. A story of division and redemption plays out between a Tlingit brother and sister, showing the possibility of healing both the forest and the native community.

Wild Hawaii: Land of Fire


Kevin Bachar, 48 minutes, 2013

Wild Hawaii shows you the other side of Hawaii–the WILD side. From red hot lava to icy peaks and massive waves; we’ll take a look as the way sea turtles, cliff-climbing fish, hawks and others have adapted to thrive in this incredible, unique place.

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What’s Happening in the Wild – Friday, April 24

Awards Ceremony Tonight, 7pm

Attendees to the Award Ceremony receive a complimentary pass to see Merchants of Doubt which will screen at the Roxy through April 30th.

Showing Today

5:00 pm: Tiny Giants & Galapagos
5:15 pm: The Russian River: All Rivers – The Value of An American Watershed
7:00 pm: Awards Ceremony
8:00 pm:
 Merchants of Doubt
8:15 pm: Poached Fungiphilia Rising

Today’s Events

Life on Terra Brunch ~ Join the creative team at Life on Terra, the successful environmental podcast. Sponsored by MSU. 9:00-11:00 am

Ocean Media Institute – Learn about the newly founded global media collective, OMI and ways to collaborate on some of their initiatives to create, educate, and advocate for the protection of the ocean. Discussion led by Gianna Savoie, Jeff Reed, and Colin Ruggiero 12:00 – 1:00pm

Rhino Hair Today – A launch of a global plan to destroy the market for rhino horns. Presentation and discussion led by Adrian Caddy – 1:00 – 2:00pm

Case Studies – Filmmakers discuss their process, from concept to release. Participants include Rob Whitehair (Tree & Sky), Timothy Wheeler (Poached) and Eddie Roqueta (Silencing The Thunder). 2:00-4:00 pm

IWFF Awards – 7:00 pm. Attendees to the Award Ceremony receive a complimentary pass to see Merchants of Doubt.

Awards After Party at SpectrUM 9pm

Fungiphilia Rising


Madison McClintock, 13 minutes, 2015

Fungiphilia Rising is an invitation to explore the fascinating world of mushrooms throughout the American West. In addition to revealing the multifaceted role mushrooms play in our culture, the film aims to bring awareness to the important ecological functions they perform in our world’s ecosystems and built environments.


Tilda Swinton, 50 minutes, 2014

Follow the filmmakers from the Smithsonian Institute on a visual journey through the lush Pacific Ocean paradise that is home to some of the most precious flora and fauna on the planet. Scattered across the equator, this largely unexplored series of volcanic islands is host to a stunning array of endangered species that remain virtually unknown outside of the archipelago.

Merchants of Doubt


Robert Kenner, 96 minutes, 2014

A documentary that looks at pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities as they speak about topics like toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and climate change.



Timothy Wheeler, 91 minutes, 2015

Poached exposes an obsession that can wipe out a species of birds: illegal egg collecting.

The Russian River: All Rivers – The Value of an American Watershed

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William F. Sorenson, 123 minutes, 2014

The Russian River: All Rivers – The Value of An American Watershed, explores the diverse forces influencing the health of California’s legendary Russian River and its watershed.

Tiny Giants

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Mark Brownlow, 44 minutes, 2014

Tiny Giants 3D is an innovative, dramatised, natural history film focusing on the extraordinary lives of some of our planet’s smallest animals. Illustrating biologically accurate behaviour, the film uses the latest technology and a ground-breaking approach to immerse the viewer in this unique, action-packed miniature world.

What’s Happening in the Wild – Thursday, April 23

The Plow That Broke The Plains & The River with LIVE musical score by NextDoorPrisonHotel.


The most influential documentary filmmaker of the Great Depression, Pare Lorentz was a leading US advocate for government-sponsored documentary films. Lorentz explored the devastation caused by the Dust Bowl in The Plow That Broke the Plains, a film FDR was so impressed by he asked the filmmaker to make a film about one of the President’s favorite subjects – conservation. That film would be The River, which celebrates the achievements of the Tennessee Valley Authority. We will present both films with a live score performed by NextDoorPrisonHotel (The Roxy’s resident silent film duo, John Sporman & Travis Yost).

Showing Today

3:00 pm: Saving my Tomorrows
5:00 pm: Life Story Ep 1 & 2 
5:15 pm: Antarctic Edge: 70 Degrees South
6:00 pm: Wasteland
8:00 pm: The Plow That Broke The Plains & The River with LIVE musical score by NextDoorPrisonHotel. 

Today’s Events

Musically Speaking – A harmonious discuss with musicians, composers and filmmakers. Panelists include Mark Orton (Poached), Cody Westheimer (True Wolf) and Travis Yost (NextDoorPrisonHotel). 10:30 – 12:00 pm

Tiny Giants & Beyond – BBC Natural History Creative Director & Executive Producer Mike Gunton explores the expansive world of story in this informative session. 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Creating Positive Conservation Messages (with Humor) – What does research say about how people become active citizens? We use a positive approach to reach people on different levels, that gives them a chance to love the earth before they must save it. How do you use comedy wisely? Presentation and discussion led by Laura and Robert Sams (Sisbro) and Roshan Patel. 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Screening of The Plow That Broke The Plains & The River with LIVE musical score by NextDoorPrisonHotel. 8:00 pm

After Party: Le Petit Outre, 9:00 pm

Antarctic Edge: 70 Degrees South


Dena Seidel,

In 2014, scientists declared West Antarctic ice sheet melt unstoppable, threatening the lives of millions of people over the next century. In the wake of devastating climate events such as Hurricane Sandy and Typhoon Haiyan, Antarctic Edge: 70º South follows a team of scientists who choose to live a life at sea in a race to understand climate change in the fastest winter-warming place in the world. While trekking through the dangerous and uncharted landscape of the West Antarctic Peninsula, these scientists push the limits of their research and come to terms with the sacrifices necessary to understand this rapidly changing world.

Life Story: Ep01 – First Steps

Tom Hugh-Jones, 60 minutes, 2014

An animal’s first steps are the foundation upon which their future success depends.

Life Story: Ep02 – Growing Up

Tom Hugh-Jones, 60 minutes, 2014

On reaching adulthood animals strike out on their own to find their place in the world.

Saving My Tomorrow


Amy Schatz, 5 minutes, 2014

In this family series produced and directed by Amy Schatz, kids share their thoughts on a range of environmental issues from endangered animals and pollution to climate change. Scenes with scientists from the American Museum of Natural History explore how plants and animals are affected by a changing earth. Through a lyrical mix of science, animation and music, Saving My Tomorrow urges children to take action, providing them with profiles of young activists who are trying to make a difference, while highlighting ways in which kids can do their part.


|| Artists on Nature ||


Karen Harley, João Jardim, Lucy Walker, 1h 40m, 2010

Located just outside Rio de Janeiro, Jardim Gramacho, Brazil, is the world’s largest garbage landfill. Modern artist Vik Muniz works with the so-called catadores, the men and women who pick through the refuse, to create art out of recycled materials. Muniz selects six of the garbage pickers to pose as subjects in a series of photographs mimicking famous paintings. In his desire to assist the catadores and change their lives, Muniz finds himself changed as well.

What’s Happening in the WIld – Wednesday, April 22

Special Earth Day Screening of PLANETARY, 7pm followed by a panel discussion.


PLANETARY is a provocative and breathtaking wakeup call – a cross continental, cinematic journey, that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species. It is a poetic and humbling reminder that now is the time to shift our perspective. PLANETARY asks us to rethink who we really are, to reconsider our relationship with ourselves, each other and the world around us – to remember that we are PLANETARY.

Showing Today

3:00 pm: Saving my Tomorrows
5:00 pm: Earth-A New Wild: Water, Shark Migration, & The Last Dragon: Protecting Appalachia’s Hellbenders
5:15 pm: Chances of the World Changing
7:00 pm: Special Earth Day Screening: Planetary
7:15 pm: Africa’s Giant Killers & The Ultimate Honey Badger

Today’s Events

MPG Ranch Field Trip: A daylong field-trip to the MPG Ranch in the breathtaking Bitterroot Mountain Range, featuring a hands-on demo by the amazing folks at Quadrocopter. 9:30 am -3:30 pm

Cocktails & Tour – Montgomery Distillery – 6:30- 8:00pm

Special Earth Day Screening of Planetary followed by a panel discussion – 7:00 pm.

Africa’s Giant Killers


Brad Bestelink, 60 minutes, 2014

Africa’s largest herd of elephants and a fearless pride of young lions come face to face in an epic fight for survival. Rarely do their worlds collide, until now.

Chances of the World Changing

|| Artists on Nature ||


Eric Daniel Metzgar, 1h 26m, 2006

A man’s ever-growing collection of live turtles and tortoises makes his own life difficult to manage.

Earth A New Wild: Water

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Nicolas Brown, 55 minutes, 2014

A fresh look at humankind’s relationship with water in the wildest places on planet earth. Unravelling dramatic connections between fresh water and the health of the planet, Dr M. Sanjayan discovers spectacular wildlife stories that center around how we manage the natural pulse of the planet’s water.

The Last Dragons: Protecting Appalachia’s Hellbenders


Jeremy Monroe, 10 minutes, 2014

An intimate glimpse at North America’s largest salamander, the Eastern Hellbender, an ancient creature that lives as much in myth as in reality…. and in many waters, myths are all that remain of these stream-dwelling sentinels.

Shark Migration

Carol McGrath, 5 minutes, 2014

When you swim in the warm ocean waters down south you are probably sharing the water with some big predators…like sharks. But maybe you assume there aren’t that many or that they don’t come too close to shore. If that is the case then you’d be shocked to find out that actually every year thousands of black tipped sharks appear off the coast of Florida. It’s become the mission of shark expert Stephen Kajiura to find out why so many are swimming in these waters and what is attracting them to the area. In this story we fly out with Stephen over the thousands of sharks and take a boat out to capture some so he can get a better picture of what draws them to the area in such huge numbers.

Saving My Tomorrow


Amy Schatz, 5 minutes, 2014

In this family series produced and directed by Amy Schatz, kids share their thoughts on a range of environmental issues from endangered animals and pollution to climate change. Scenes with scientists from the American Museum of Natural History explore how plants and animals are affected by a changing earth. Through a lyrical mix of science, animation and music, Saving My Tomorrow urges children to take action, providing them with profiles of young activists who are trying to make a difference, while highlighting ways in which kids can do their part.

Ultimate Honey Badger


Graeme Duane, 50 minutes, 2013

An orphaned Honey Badger’s journey to become the toughest hunter on the African Savannah.