International Wildlife Film Festival 47

April 20-25, 2024

Week of Apr 20th

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
April 15, 2024
April 16, 2024
April 17, 2024
April 18, 2024
April 19, 2024
April 20, 2024(11 events)

11:00 am: WildWalk Parade & WildFest


April 20, 2024

People dressed up in animal costumes at the 2023 WildWalk festival in Missoula, Montana.

WildWalk Parade

You’re invited to join the pack: celebrate your connection to the WILD! Dress up as your favorite flora or fauna and walkhop, or crawl down Higgins Ave towards the XXXX’s!

Parade start 11:00am (staging begins 10:30am).

WildFest

WildFest picks up at 11:30am where the WildWalk parade ends at the XXXX’s and BN Plaza with live music, food trucks, and fun activities hosted by local organizations dedicated to sharing knowledge with our community about wildlife and conservation.

More information

2:00 pm: Safeguarding Nature Shorts Block


April 20, 2024

Small tree sappling

Grasping The Nettle

Nettles sting our bare legs, invade our gardens, and swamp our footpaths. Yet for filmmaker Mairi Eyres, there is something about this plant that captures her imagination. She embarks on a journey to learn more, meeting people who can show her a different side to the nettle. With beautiful imagery and touching characters, this film is a call to examine the way we view nature, and to appreciate the wonders right on our doorstep.


Faces of The Cloud Forest

In the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest of Uganda, growing conflict with people puts the local population of mountain gorillas at risk. In her struggle to protect them, one veterinarian discovers that it is the many similarities between the two communities that threaten to destroy them both.


Jaguar De Cielo

Jaguar Del Cielo follows field tech Felix Tafoya’s journey to better understand and conserve Mexico’s apex predator in the El Cielo Biosphere Reserve. By catching jaguars and fitting them with GPS collars, Felix and his co-workers can track the movement of jaguars and get insights into their mysterious lives. The information collected from the collars is crucial to better understand the species and to mitigate conflicts with humans.


Song of the Prairie: Restoring a Home on the Range for the Attwater’s Prairie Chicken

The coastal prairies of Texas once spanned more than 6 million acres, but today less than one percent of this habitat remains. Such a significant loss has devastated many wildlife populations, including the critically endangered Attwater’s prairie chicken (APC). The good news: after years of protection and conservation efforts, the APC population is higher than it has been in decades.


Under the Wire

Pronghorn make their home in the vast sagebrush sea of the American West, where their survival relies on the ability to roam freely. The rangelands in the North Platte River Valley make ideal habitat for pronghorn, however, the miles of fences used to keep cattle in pastures are often barriers to their movements. This is a story about a community of people working together to improve fence lines, so pronghorn can move freely. It also celebrates the wildlife that call the North Platte River Valley home.

2:00 pm: Sustainable Futures Shorts Block


April 20, 2024

Koala in tree

water ashes

How is it possible to find happiness while seeing the world around us falling apart so quickly? A music video about the hope of the “climate change” generation.


Burnt Country

Could Australia’s past help secure its future? 65,000 years in the making, Burnt Country is about fighting fire with fire. Exploring the profound knowledge and wisdom of First Nations, this film is an invitation to connect to country and community.


Island Zero

The mayor of an island off the coast of Virginia hopes to have his town saved from rising tides.


Joko & Putra

In an Indonesian village, Joko, a veteran fisherman, is struggling to catch fish. The contamination from local industry and the plastic pollution on the coast have contributed to reduce the fish population. Joko’s son Putra is constantly on his phone. He has decided to study to become a mechanical engineer. This decision puts the family's tradition at risk.


For You

For You' is a heartfelt letter from a father to his two-year-old son, capturing a summer day in the park, a world filled with wonders yet to be discovered and a looming danger. Set in Peckham, South East London, the director narrates the story in Italian, the language he has spoken to his son since birth. This project is deeply intimate and personal, yet carries a universal and resonating message: what lies ahead might be uncertain, but with love, courage, and imagination, we can create a better future.


Wild Hope: Vertical Meadows

As urban expansion quickly replaces natural habitats, façade engineer Alistair Law has created a radical new way to restore native ecosystems for pollinators and create natural spaces for us all within cities—by turning the walls of buildings and construction sites into meadows.


The Quest to Save Parasites

Scientists are on a mission to save parasites, not to kill them. Climate change is already doing an increasingly good job at the latter, and that could be a big problem for the world.


Toxic Art

Acidic mine drainage is a pervasive problem in Appalachia, poisoning streams and killing wildlife. The technology and funding to remove these pollutants and bring life back to streams just didn't exist until fine art painter and professor John Sabraw rallied a team to address the issue in their local stream and developed a breakthrough process to upcycle pollutants into paint pigments.

2:15 pm: Habitat's Brink Feature + Shorts


April 20, 2024

Landscape of snow covered mountains and blue water.

Wings of Oder

Growing up near the Oder in Poland, Piotr Chara spent most of his childhood in and around the river. Later, Piotr noticed that climate change had negatively impacted the wildlife of the once-thriving shores. Birds' habitats were compromised, making them easy prey for predators. Piotr researched solutions and started an organization that builds floating nests for the birds. Now, Piotr films the birds as part of his studies, reporting his findings to The Foundation of the Green Valley of the Oder.


Healy

Healy follows a crew of scientists and sailors through a two-month research mission seeking out to understand why the northern ice cap is melting faster than climate models have predicted – and how the transformation is altering life on Earth. We follow the crew of USCGC Healy from the Aleutian Islands through the Bering Strait and into the Beaufort Sea, where shipmates encounter the singular beauty of the frozen Arctic Ocean.


Arctic: Our Frozen Planet

At the top of the globe lies a spectacular frozen realm. But don’t be fooled by appearances...this place is not frozen in time. It’s a dynamic ecosystem and for thousands of years, its indigenous people and wildlife have found ways to survive and live in harmony with these extremes. As the planet’s climate is experiencing rapid changes, so is the Arctic. But the changes here are happening faster and more dramatically than anywhere else. Can it keep pace?

2:30 pm: The Eagle with the Sunlit Eye


April 20, 2024

Eagle looks up in forest

The white-tailed eagle is one of the largest birds of prey on the planet. Humans have long struck an uneasy relationship with this apex predator, persecuting it almost to extinction in Britain a century ago. The 1970s saw it brought back to our wild edges, but the return of this raptor sparked controversy, as accusations of livestock killings quickly surfaced from Scotland’s rural community. Pulling back the curtain on the reintroduction process, combining breathtaking visuals with heart-stopping action, this epic documentary ultimately asks--will we ever learn to live alongside the eagle with the sunlit eye? And what will we lose if we can’t?

More information

5:00 pm: A Call From the Wild


April 20, 2024

Image of waterfall from distance with clouds

Filmmaker and photographer Asgeir Helgestad documents the state of nature in his home country Norway. From the lives of bees at his farm, to wild reindeer on the high mountains, to puffins at the ocean’s edge, he shows the beauty of threatened nature and tracks down the human actions responsible for its decline. This is a personal story on our connection with the non-human world, the relations between the small and the big, and a reminder of nature’s strength and vulnerability.

More information

5:00 pm: Marine Preserve Feature + Shorts


April 20, 2024

Person holds map with plastics at a beach location

If You Give a Beach a Bottle

Inspired by a picture book, Max Romey heads to a remote beach on Alaska's coastline in search of marine debris. What he finds is a different story altogether.


Washed Ashore

An international team of marine biologists investigates the mysterious and sudden die-off of the Pacific gray whale since 2019. With every passing month, more whales are washing ashore on their migration from Mexico to Alaska. Determined to find a cause, this team of scientists is racing against the clock.


Rorqual

In the deep waters of the Mediterranean hides an animal of extraordinary dimensions. The second-largest living creature on the planet found refuge in these waters long ago. It is a pillar of the ecosystem, a symbol of the richness of our world. Come aboard WWF's iconic sailing boat, the Blue Panda, and sail to the Pelagos sanctuary alongside Denis Ody and his teams, where you'll meet the fin whale.

5:15 pm: Nocturnes


April 20, 2024

Grid of three images divided. Man on left in black and white, image of moths in middle and third image is of woman looking left.

In the dense forests of the Eastern Himalayas, moths communicate a mysterious message. Two curious observers delve into this hidden world, revealing the secrets whispered by these enigmatic creatures. Nocturnes, the 2024 Sundance World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award winner, showcases the work of moth researchers in India, providing an immersive auditory experience for audiences. This one-of-a-kind film offers a rare insight into the world of these fascinating creatures. Through stunning visuals and captivating sound, the film transports viewers to a rarely-seen environment, offering a perspective on time that transcends our usual perception.

More information

7:15 pm: Eco Experiments Shorts Block


April 20, 2024

View of mountains and water with kayaker

Losing Blue

What does it mean to lose a color? Losing Blue is a cinematic poem about losing the otherworldly blues of ancient mountain lakes, now fading due to climate change. With stunning cinematography, this short documentary immerses the viewer in the magnificence of these rare lakes, pulling us in to witness their power and understand what their loss would mean both for ourselves and for the Earth.


Pripyat Horse

"A sparrow flies swiftly in through one door of the hall, and out through another…. Even so, man appears on earth for a little while; but of what went before this life or of what follows, we know nothing." -- Bede

A moment for mourning, for a friend, for the earth.


Silent chirping of invisible Digits

Like a single film frame, insects flash for the fraction of a second, only to immediately withdraw from the field of vision again. In between their flickering body fragments, the film shows undefinable voids. What can be seen when familiar filters of vision and the narratives associated with them are missing?

WARNING: This film contains flashing lights which may not be suitable for photosensitive epilepsy.


Slow Shift

In Slow Shift, humans, animals, music, and rock are entangled in dialogue. The film is shot in Hampi, India, in the remains of a 14th century city. This city, strewn with ancient ruins and massive boulders, is also said to be the monkey kingdom of ancient lore. Currently, the site is overrun with langurs, a genus of monkeys native to the subcontinent. The film playfully interrogates various intersections between ancient and geological timescales, the real and mythic, the lived and preserved, the human and animal.


The Halcyon Days

The Halcyon Days follows the intimate lives of kingfishers as they struggle to raise a family. The film focuses on the journey of a female kingfisher as she must deal with the death of her chicks and raise another family before the season ends.


Modern Goose

Able to navigate by reading the Earth’s magnetic field, equally at home on land, air, and water, geese straddle the territory between ancient instincts and the contemporary world. Combining beauty, humor, and profound empathy, director Karsten Wall’s exquisitely observed film essay explores the daily life of these iconic animals to convey a deeper message of continuity and connection.

7:30 pm: Among the Wolves


April 20, 2024

Five wolves in a forested setting.

For years, Yves the painter and Olivier the photographer have traveled the world, meeting wildlife from one pole to the other, witnesses to the fragile beauty of the planet. But the two men share a common dream: to see a wolf pack live, grow, and spread out. One day, their search leads them to a hideout in no-man's-land between Finland and Russia. Over the seasons, they will stand in eight square meters of wood, silent amid an unchanging scenery, immersing themselves in the lives of the wolves.

More information

7:45 pm: A Note for Nature


April 20, 2024

Orchestra plays in forest

A Note for Nature is both a celebration of wild Ireland and a call to arms. Come meet the remarkable people dedicating their lives to protect Ireland’s disappearing nature. And, through music from the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and stunning location performances from stellar musicians, we showcase some of Ireland’s most fragile wild places and the beleaguered animals that, somehow, manage to survive there.

More information

April 21, 2024(14 events)

11:00 am: Queens Series


April 21, 2024

Bee on flower

Under the rainforest canopy of Central America is a secret world ruled by insects, where two tiny queens will give everything to build their empires. The ant queen will sacrifice her own body for the future of her growing colony, while the beautiful orchid bee will stop at nothing for success, betraying those closest to her.

More information

11:15 am: Giants Rising


April 21, 2024

A journey into the heart of America’s most iconic forests, Giants Rising reveals the secrets and the saga of the coastal redwoods, the tallest--and among the oldest--living beings on Earth. Living links to the past, redwoods also hold powers that may play a role in our future, including their ability to withstand fire and capture carbon. Through the voices of biologists, artists, and Native experts racing to understand and safeguard these trees, Giants Rising reveals the scientific wonders of redwoods, our cultural ties to them, and efforts to help these iconic forests overcome the legacy of logging.

More information

11:30 am: Flight of the Swans


April 21, 2024

Group of swans in water in wetland at sunset

A female conservationist takes to the skies in a paramotor to follow Bewick’s Swans on their annual migration in a bid to understand their dramatic decline. She crosses 7,000 kilometers and 11 countries from Russia to England, across tundra, forests, and industrial landscapes, where she encounters people just as passionate as she about saving and protecting these birds and their wetland homes. Narrated by Academy Award-nominee Sophie Okonedo.

More information

12:30 pm: Planet Shark Series


April 21, 2024

Shark in water

Sharks are one of the oldest and most successful hunters ever to have lived. With more than 500 species, they dominate every corner of our oceans. What is it about these extraordinary survivors that makes them so successful? For the first time, scientists are starting to unlock their secrets. Featuring newly discovered species, locations and behavior, Planet Shark combines stunning 4K footage with original content from the world’s leading shark scientists to take a timely and in-depth look at the greatest predator on earth.

More information

2:00 pm: Cactus Hotel & Animal Wonders


April 21, 2024

Looking up at group of cactus and sun

In the Sonoran Desert, a giant saguaro cactus towers into the skies. At first glance it is seemingly lifeless. But if you look closely, it serves as a luxury hotel to many desert dwellers. The wild guests all bring with them amazing survival skills and housing ideas. They're an unusual band of neighbors and they all have one thing in common: they will cross paths at the fabulous Cactus Hotel.

Featuring live animal presentation with Animal Wonders

More information

2:15 pm: Wings of Hope Shorts Block


April 21, 2024

Person looking with binoculars at forest

The Unseen

Timo the Kaua'i O'o is busy making his nest,when he hears a reply to his mating call. Desperate to find his mate, he takes flight, only to find the source of the reply is not what he had hoped.


Underbirds: The Fight to Save the Southern New Zealand Dotterel

Nestled in the rugged and remote mountains of Rakiura, Stewart Island, a remarkable story unfolds. With less than 126 birds remaining, a team of Department of Conservation Rangers are fighting to preserve the Southern New Zealand Dotterel, the country's most endangered bird.


Curlews & Cows

Curlews nest in grasslands, one of the fastest disappearing habitats in the West. Researchers track use satellite telemetry to track curlews as they migrate in order to understand how ranching helps maintain migrating and nesting habitat.


Bird-Window Collisions

Bird-window collisions often lead to avian injuries or fatalities. This documentary follows two graduate students, Hsieh Chi-heng and Kan Chia-yun, as they archive bird-window collisions and collect birds' remains. Their humble efforts have built a database for bird-window collisions in Taiwan. These students demonstrate respect and sympathy for life, and provide a roadmap for “greening cities" to follow.


Eye of the Hornbill

The Tenasserim mountains of South-East Asia appear quiet, but deep inside, adventures take place under the attentive eye of the hornbill. Today, a monsoon soaks the jungle, and the Black-naped monarch will have to be persistent if he wants to maintain his plumage.


Saving the Bone-Swallower

In the heart of northeast India, on a desolate landfill site, a bird once considered a troublesome pest and a carrier of disease, the endangered Greater Adjutant stork, scavenges to survive in an unlikely urban ecosystem. Saving the Bone-swallower explores the unique lives of these endangered storks, following the quest of a grassroots level conservationist, Purnima Devi Barman, to save the last remaining birds with the help of an army of rural Assamese women.


Looking Up

In Looking Up, the camera turns its lens on three troubled individuals whose lives intersect through a shared love for birdwatching. This short film doesn't sugarcoat life's challenges, but it gently reminds us that sometimes, the simple act of reconnecting with nature can be a powerful remedy.


Cafe Y Aves

Coffee farms in Colombia exist in some of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet. However, agriculture is putting pressure on that biodiversity that is causing catastrophic declines in migratory bird species. Farmers are working alongside scientists to find solutions that will be better for birds AND coffee.

2:30 pm: Lynx Man


April 21, 2024

Man lays on bed with lynx image projected on wall above him

A bearded Finnish hermit oscillates between sweating out his demons in a sauna, and crawling around the forest at night to document the endangered lynx.

More information

2:30 pm: Ocean Tales Feature + Shorts


April 21, 2024

Blue whale underwater

Blue Whales: Return of the Giants

Blue Whales: Return of the Giants, narrated by actor Andy Serkis, takes viewers on a journey to explore the world of the magnificent blue whale. The film follows two scientific expeditions: one, a high-risk mission to find a missing population of blue whales not seen in 50 years; and the other, to join Diane Gendron, the “Blue Whale Whisperer,” in the Gulf of California, where she and her team explore the role these remarkable animals play in the health of our oceans. The film provides an unforgettable window into these animals' lives—and the extremes scientists must endure to study them.


Metropolis - A Day in Reef City

Discover the hidden wonders of Reef City in "Metropolis," a mesmerizing short film by Luca Keller that takes you into the heart of a coral reef's daily life, showcasing intimate and illuminating wildlife scenes.

From the morning rituals of the Emperor Angelfish to the nocturnal hunts of the Wunderpus, witness and learn about the intricate balance of marine life.
"Metropolis" is a vivid reminder of our role in preserving this underwater world, a captivating journey into the depths of the ocean's most vibrant ecosystem.


Wild Hope: Coral Comeback

Corals around the world are threatened by rising ocean temperatures that bleach reefs and decimate entire marine ecosystems, but researchers in Hawaii are helping these marine architects beat the heat. With their help, coral reefs may have a better chance to survive — both now, and in the future.

5:00 pm: Marine Preserve Feature + Shorts.


April 21, 2024

Person holds map with plastics at a beach location

If You Give a Beach a Bottle

Inspired by a picture book, Max Romey heads to a remote beach on Alaska's coastline in search of marine debris. What he finds is a different story altogether.


Washed Ashore

An international team of marine biologists investigates the mysterious and sudden die-off of the Pacific gray whale since 2019. With every passing month, more whales are washing ashore on their migration from Mexico to Alaska. Determined to find a cause, this team of scientists is racing against the clock.


Rorqual

In the deep waters of the Mediterranean hides an animal of extraordinary dimensions. The second-largest living creature on the planet found refuge in these waters long ago. It is a pillar of the ecosystem, a symbol of the richness of our world. Come aboard WWF's iconic sailing boat, the Blue Panda, and sail to the Pelagos sanctuary alongside Denis Ody and his teams, where you'll meet the fin whale.

5:15 pm: Every Little Thing


April 21, 2024

Hummingbird and multicolored environment

In the heart of Hollywood, a woman embarks on a transformative journey as she tends to injured hummingbirds, unraveling a visually captivating tale of love, healing, and the delicate beauty found in tiny acts of charity. Every Little Thing is a film of joy and wonder that explores the meaning of caring for others and the profound impact that acts of altruism have on us. Viewers will be captivated by Terry Masear's dedication to her tiny creatures and may find themselves inspired to extend care not only to hummingbirds but also to other vulnerable species.

More information

5:30 pm: Nocturnes


April 21, 2024

Grid of three images divided. Man on left in black and white, image of moths in middle and third image is of woman looking left.

In the dense forests of the Eastern Himalayas, moths communicate a mysterious message. Two curious observers delve into this hidden world, revealing the secrets whispered by these enigmatic creatures. Nocturnes, the 2024 Sundance World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award winner, showcases the work of moth researchers in India, providing an immersive auditory experience for audiences. This one-of-a-kind film offers a rare insight into the world of these fascinating creatures. Through stunning visuals and captivating sound, the film transports viewers to a rarely-seen environment, offering a perspective on time that transcends our usual perception.

More information

7:30 pm: A Buffalo Story


April 21, 2024

Three buffalo stand on snowy ground.

A Buffalo Story follows the work of Jason Baldes, the Tribal Buffalo Manager on the Wind River Reservation, whose efforts to help people believe in buffalo again require him to confront his own trauma. Providing vital historical context and revealing the spectacular and intricate grassland ecosystems of buffalo country, A Buffalo Story examines the forces and mindsets which undermine humanity's ancient relationship to buffalo and how those ecosystems can be reimagined today.

More information

7:30 pm: Evolution Earth Series


April 21, 2024

Two monkeys sit in tree

Evolution Earth embarks on a global expedition to reveal the animals keeping pace with a planet changing at super speed. Heading out across the globe to distant wilds and modern urban environments, five episodes track how animals are moving, using ingenuity to adapt their behavior, and even evolving in unexpected ways.

More information

7:45 pm: Silvicola


April 21, 2024

Person walking on logs

Set amongst the rugged forests and shorelines of British Columbia, Silvicola examines the web of cultural and economic forces which direct modern forestry practices. A story told through an eclectic mix of characters whose lives and livelihoods are entangled with the forest, this film explores the tensions and dilemmas between commodification and conservation, embedding the viewer within remote spaces and worksites normally hidden from view. A study of both our connection and disconnection with the forest, Silvicola is a film which demands a rethink of the divisions between natural and industrial worlds.

More information

IWFF47 Sponsors

Visual Portfolio, Posts & Image Gallery for WordPress