by NBC Montana Staff | Monday, March 28th 2022
MISSOULA, Mont. — The Roxy Theater in Missoula will host the 45th International Wildlife Film Festival, live and in-person.
This year, 74 films will be featured, and screenings will take place over a week from April 23 to May 1.
The theater released the following:
Join the International Wildlife Film Festival as it celebrates its 45th year back live and in-person. Seven days of live screenings and events will be followed up with virtual screenings to continue to share the festival with an international audience. Tickets and passes go on sale on April 4, with tickets starting at $9.
This year's 74 film selections share stories of resilience and triumph in the wild from the microscopic to the epic. Screenings will take place daily at The Roxy Theater and special events and screenings will take place in and around Missoula. On April 30th, a roadshow selection of the festival films will play in Bozeman at The Rialto Theater. Beginning May 1 the IWFF virtual program will go live for worldwide audiences.
All-Access Passes to all events and the entire virtual catalog are $250. All Screening Passes to live events are $100 and Virtual-only passes are $150. Five punch passes are available for $40, virtual screening single events cost $10 and single live event tickets are $9. Discounts are available to Roxy Theater Members, students and seniors.
Saturday, April 23
- 30th WildWalk Parade invites all wild ones big & small to dress up as their favorite flora or fauna and then walk, hop, and slither down Higgins Avenue, free
- Opening night screening at The Roxy theater of Fire of Love. The Sundance award-winning documentary follows intrepid scientists and lovers Katia and Maurice Krafft who died in a volcanic explosion doing the very thing that brought them together: unraveling the mysteries of volcanoes by capturing some of nature's most explosive imagery.
Sunday, April 24
- A Tribute to the late Dr. Richard Leakey and screening of The Elephant & The Termite with an introduction by writer & filmmaker John Heminway at the Roxy Theater
- The Year The Earth Changed at The Roxy Garden
Monday, April 25
- Western Wildlands shorts program including films American Horses, Yellowstone 88: Song of Fire and Life in the Land: The Big Hole Valley with filmmaker Q&A at The Roxy Theater
Tuesday, April 26
- The film EO Wilson: Of Ants and Men with introduction and tribute to the late Dr. Wilson by Glenn Marangelo from the Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium and visit by the Friendly Bug Ambassadors at UC Theater, UM Campus, free
Wednesday, April 27
- Shorts My Neighbour is a Bear and Valley of the Bears followed by “On Living with Bears” panel with filmmakers and local experts at UC Theater, UM Campus, free
Thursday, April 28
- IWFF Awards Presentation and the premiere of 2022 IWFF LABS films followed by The Arctic: Our Last Great Wilderness at The Wilma Theater, free
Friday, April 29
- Wildly Drawn Shorts with filmmaker Q&A at The Roxy Garden
Saturday, April 30
- Second-chance Best of Festival screenings at The Roxy Theater
- IWFF Roadshow screenings at The Rialto in Bozeman, MT, more information here.
Sunday, May 1
- IWFF Virtual Program goes live worldwide
About International Wildlife Film Festival: Founded in 1977 at the University of Montana, IWFF is the first and longest-running event of its kind. The Mission of IWFF is to promote awareness, knowledge, and understanding of wildlife, habitat, people, and nature through excellence in film. The festival champions wildlife filmmakers and challenges conventional expectations about how we conserve wildlife and habitat. For full event listings and times visit the Wildlife Films website.