IWFF exists to champion wildlife filmmakers and inspire a new generation to challenge conventional expectations about how we conserve wildlife and habitat. Every spring, this annual event draws filmmakers, scientists, conservationists, and audiences to the heart of the Rockies for this long-standing Missoula tradition.
This 44-year-old festival is a beloved Springtime tradition in Missoula celebrating wildlife films and excellent storytelling. IWFF has sharp audiences that are well-versed cinephiles who frequent our home theater, The Roxy often. Our long legacy of playing film matinees for students at the Dennison Theatre, packing the Roxy theaters to the brim, parading down Higgins Avenue in costume contribute to the unique and warm film festival. IWFF's charm managed to transcend the virtual platforms and challenges of COVID and are still deeply embedded in every festival decision.
The 2021 festival will include an online catalog powered by Eventive where our 65 selections will be available online and often followed by a special virtuals session. The hybrid festival also will host outdoor screenings at Ogren Park and the Roxy Garden on Thursdays & Friday evenings. Special PopUp installations are planned throughout Missoula offering ways to celebrate wildlife film with our unique community albeit - safely.
Save the date: April 17-May 15
The Roxy Theater
Recently Renovated, the fun and funky Roxy Theater is Missoula's Community Cinema
A non-profit arthouse venue, the Roxy hosts regular weekly screenings of award-winning new and classic films from around the world, and celebrated live events. Wednesday & Thursday nights are devoted to special one-off screenings, community programs, and oddball events. In addition, The Roxy hosts exclusive cultural programming, including The Met: Live in HD and National Theater Live, presented by Morris Productions.
In addition to an ever-changing line up of exciting programs, The Roxy is also the host venue for many annual events, including our own much celebrated International Wildlife Film Festival, the oldest and longest running wildlife media event in the world.
Founded by bear biologist, Chuck Jonkel in 1977 at the University of Montana, IWFF is the longest-running film festival of its kind. In 2002, the festival purchased the historic Roxy Theater as its home. In 2013 the Roxy launched its year-round screening series and began an extensive collaboration with the university, businesses, and community, serving a diverse, all-ages population with broad programming. A unique historic venue with incredible resources, The Roxy houses three cinema screens with HD projection, 35 mm projection, state-of-the-art sound systems, two stages, a micro-cinema 'The Annex', and the Roxy Move Garden - an outdoor space that seats 24 socially distanced audience members. IWFF embraces its home inside The Roxy Theater and as the heart of community cinema in Missoula, MT.
“We want this to be the children’s film festival, we want to be the first-putter’s film festival, we want to be the down-home film festival, we want to be the scientifically accurate film festival.”
– Chuck Jonkel, IWFF Founder
The Roxy has three screens all with HD Projection and 7.1 Dolby® Surround Sound. The Largest room has 102 seats, the second screen has 90 seats and a 25x10' stage; the third stage, The Empress, named after Bessie Smith, “The Empress of the Blues”, who died the same day The Roxy opened, September 26, 1937, seats 66 and is also equipped with a 25x10' stage. Post-COVD, the theater has been closed to the public since March 2020. The Roxy Garden was built behind the Roxy to support outdoor, socially-distant screenings, capacity is 24.
Please contact us for more information or if you have questions about our year-round programs, facilities, annual festivals or would like to get involved!
International Wildlife Film Festival
718 S. Higgins Ave.
Missoula, Montana 59801
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