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IWFF 2016 Days Announced

Join us for the 39th International WIldlife Film Festival, April 16-23, 2016!

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 – … Read more

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: … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

What’s Happening in the WIld – Tuesday, April 21

Return of the River – Free Screening at the UC Theater Join us for a FREE screening of Return Of The River with filmmaker Jessica Plumb and Dean Jim Burchfield, College of Forestry and Conservation. Sponsored by The President’s Office at The University of Montana.  Screening will be held in the UC Theater at the University … Read more

What’s Happening in the Wild – Monday. April 20th

Showing Today 5:00 pm: Wild Australia & The Greater Caucasus 5:15 pm: Consider the Ant, The Wild Wet, & Hallowed Isles 7:00 pm: Leopards: 21st Century Cats & Silencing the Thunder 7:15 pm: Salmo Trutta Lacustris & Rivers and Tides Today’s Events IWFF Registration at The Roxy- 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Filmmaker’s Welcome Party – 6:00 pm Consider the Ant Emily Fraser, 11 minutes, 2014 … Read more

What’s Happening in the Wild – Sunday, April 19

Kick off the festival in style with the WildWalk parade! Join us at this fun and free community event, where children and families dress like their favorite wild animals to dance,crawl, swing and slither through downtown Missoula as our wildlife parade roars down Higgins Avenue. Parade Lineup begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Red X’s … Read more

Opening Night at the International Wildlife Film Festival

Welcome to the wild! The IWFF is back and begins today with two great films: The festival opens at tonight with Enchanted Kingdom (6pm) and How to Change the World (8pm). Enchanted Kingdom Enchanted Kingdom is the most spectacular 3D journey for all the family to experience nature at its most powerful and magical. Set in Africa, … Read more

Enchanted Kingdom – Opening the IWFF Don’t miss our opening night film: Enchanted Kingdom, Saturday April 18 at 6pm — An extraordinary, spell-binding journey through the realms of nature to discover that the natural world is stranger, more magical, more mystical than anything you could possibly imagine. You’ll be propelled from enchanted forests to the edge of the underworld, from … Read more

Film Reviews

Press Release April 8th, 2020

43rd International Wildlife Virtual Film Festival April 18–25, 2020

MISSOULA, MT— The International Wildlife Film Festival returns for a 43rd year, adapting to our changing world and offering a virtual festival to an online, international audience.

Due to the generosity and cooperation of many filmmakers, production teams, and sponsors, the International Wildlife Film Festival is excited to offer more than 60 films from the 2020 IWFF festival slate digitally! A majority of the film selections will be free to stream the week of the festival, and a virtual pass can be purchased to access featured events including seven special online events - one for every day of the fest. Featured events will be accompanied by live Q&A events, extra video resources, discussions, and more. Digital passes are available on a sliding scale starting at $5 and all sales support the IWFF and its home, The Roxy Theater.

As an online festival, all IWFF selections and passholder content will be available to students and classrooms. Educators are encouraged to visit the website and research films to use in their lesson plans. Many films are paired with educational activities, resources, articles and extras that will be available on the IWFF website beginning April 18. Specific recommendations for films appropriate for younger learners will be included. Educators with curriculum or accessibility questions may contact IWFF Education Coordinator Brit Garner at [email protected].

IWFF’s featured events for passholders offer greater depth into the featured films and subject matter as well as opportunities for collective viewing. On April 20th, take a look into all things mushrooms with viewings of Mushroom Hunters and The Kingdom and a visit from the Untamed Science team. There will be a selection of shorts celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22nd, as well as a live Q&A with director Tom Mustill whose film #NatureNow focuses on Greta Thunberg and her powerful vision for our future. The co-creator of Takaya: Lone Wolf, Cheryl Alexander will give updates and extras after the film about a lone wolf living on an island near Vancouver on April 23. On April 24th, the festival closes with a look into the national fascination with tiger conservation with a screening of Sundance selection Tigerland and a talk from PhD candidate and Wild Tiger Executive Director Sarika Khanwilkar on the state of captive tigers in the world today.

The free-to-everyone streaming shorts and films include a wide variety of topics that explore great heights: climb into a golden eagle nest with ecologist Caitlin Davis, learn how the Quinault Nation is protecting blueback salmon, and play matchmaker for two skywalker gibbons! Watch The Smithsonian’s America’s Prairie Reserve shorts tracking restoration efforts or National Geographic’s series of shorts depicting researchers demonstrating the scientific method in action. Max Lowe’s Bare Existence encourages viewers to track the fate of polar bears in the Arctic, and The Oregon Zoo’s Gajah Borneo follows the challenges of Borneo pygmy elephants in stop-motion. For the entire festival week, virtual filmgoers can enjoy films on wildfire’s impact on wildlife, the realities of pangolin trafficking, the endangered helmeted hornbill, wolverines and much, much more.

Founded in 1977 at the University of Montana, IWFF is the first and longest-running event of its kind. In these fast-changing times, the IWFF staff is thrilled to be able to offer the festival to audiences all over the world and hopes to spark joy and engagement with our natural world. The vision of the IWFF will always be to champion wildlife filmmakers, challenge conventional expectations about conserving wildlife and habitat, and to foster an engaged, enlightened community that finds itself through cinema, and helps the planet to heal. For full event listings and times visit