Featured Event | 4.22

Earth Day Extras include a social media celebration of #climatestrikes around the world. Join Earth Day Missoula to participate in our local climate strike!

This collection of Earth-friendly shorts will be topped off with a Q&A with Tom Mustill of Gripping Films. Tom will talk about remote filmmaking processes and #NatureNow's zero carbon footprint with IWFF Artistic Director, Carrie Richer. Watch Now.

Visit the Nature Conservancy's Earth Day website for ways to volunteer and help nature near you.



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Earth Day Short Films

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with these short films from IWFF past and present

  • #NatureNow

    Directed by Tom Mustill and produced by Andrea Walji

    #NatureNow is a personal and passionate call to arms from Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot to use nature to heal our broken climate. Made with no flights, recycled footage, and zero net carbon. Given away for free. Viewed over 54 Million times and counting.  2020 IWFF

  • My Haggan Dream

    Directed by Robert and Laura Sams and produced by Stephani Gordon

    On the island of Saipan, a young girl's mysterious dream about a haggan, or green sea turtle, leads her to investigate the sea turtles that live around her home. Join her adventure to find turtles, which leads to a wonderful birthday wish.  2017 IWFF

  • Every Nine Minutes

    Directed by DJ O'neil and Oliver Hamilton

    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, the Monterey Bay Aquarium built a life-sized replica of a blue whale made of single-use, locally sourced plastic trash. Certified by Guinness World Records, the whale is the largest sculpture of its kind ever built.  2019 IWFF

  • Shaped by Fire

    Directed by Bobby Jahrig

    Two friends run 52 miles along the MT-ID state line in a campaign to push the proposed Great Burn Wilderness closer to designation.  2017 IWFF

  • A Film About Animals (for my children to watch when they are older)

    Directed by Eric Daniel Metzgar

    This harrowing film follows a team of armed Cambodian government soldiers charged with investigating illegal wildlife trade and enforcing national policy prohibiting animals from being taken from the wild. The director chronicles the experience in a “filmed letter” to his children to hear for themselves when they’re old enough to understand it.  2018 IWFF

  • Meet the Real Wolf

    Directed by Thomas Winston

    What happens when fairy tales and reality collide? Throughout history, myths about the “big bad wolf” have generated fear and concern that has crept out of our storybooks and into the real world. Meet the Real Wolf introduces a new chapter where the apex predator becomes the protagonist, changing the narrative of the ecosystems they are rebuilding.  2018 IWFF

  • Cowboys & Scientists

    Directed by Eric Bendick and produced by Tom Winston

    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.  2019 IWFF

  • A life in the Day

    Directed by Colin Scott

    The life of a mayfly in an allegory of our own -- you're born, you struggle, mate, reproduce, and die -- except it all happens over the course of a single day. A Life in the Day is a four-minute animated short that reminds us that life is brief, beautiful, and meant to be enjoyed.  2016 IWFF

  • A Letter to Congress

    Directed by Christopher Newman

    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.  2019 IWFF