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2021 Festival Awards

Downlaod Press Release NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  April 30, 20201   Contact: Carrie Richer   Artistic Director 406-728-9380 [email protected]    International Wildlife Film Festival April 17-May 15 MISSOULA, MT —   IWFF Announces Award Winners for the 2021 International Wildlife Film Festival The 2021 IWFF Awards announcement took place on Friday, April 30 during a … Read more

Interview with Entangled’s Director, David Abel

MISSOULA, MT – It’s no accident that Earth Day overlaps with the International Wildlife Film festival each year in Missoula.  Conservation and the environment as common themes.  One of the films nominated for an award in the feature category is “Entangled” the story of how the North Atlantic right whale is being driven to extinction … Read more

Interview with Luke Massey from The Last Song of the Nightengale


Wildlife Film Fest goes online, outside for a month

“Kingdoms of Fire, Ice and Fairy Tales” takes viewers from the Arctic Circle to Yellowstone’s geologic features. Cory Walsh The International Wildlife Film Festival is expanding its habitat this year, with movies streaming online and at outdoor screens around town for a full month. Between April 17 and May 15, the 44th annual festival will … Read more

International Wildlife Film Festival goes digital

KPAX Article Here Connor McCauley Posted at 4:45 PM, Apr 26, 2020 and last updated 5:43 PM, Apr 26, 2020 MISSOULA — Ingenuity and flexibility saved this years Wildlife International Film Festival after stay at home orders closed the original venue for the event. The International Wildlife Film Festival is normally held at the Roxy once a year … Read more

Episode 4: International Wildlife Film Festival

Listen Here on KBGA May 2, 2020 The International Wildlife Film Festival ran completely online from April 18-25. Host, Madeline Broom, sat down with IWFF’s art director Carrie Richer to learn more about the difficulties and rewards of moving the festival online for the first time ever. To learn more about the festival and to … Read more

International Wildlife Film Festival Kicks off — Virtually

View Article at U.S. News The 43rd annual International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, Montana, kicks off this weekend in a virtual format that brings the wonders of animals from around the world to the viewer at home. By Associated Press, Wire Service Content April 18, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. BY LAURA SCHEER, Missoulian MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — … Read more

The International Wildlife Film Festival Moves Online

Montan Kaimin Clint Connors / Apr 18, 2020 The International Wildlife Film Festival’s artistic director, Carrie Richer, had a few weeks to move 75 films from the Roxy Theatre to online streaming. She and the rest of the team had heard of the damage the novel coronavirus was doing in Italy. They decided to completely … Read more

International Wildlife Film Festival Kicks Off — Virtually

Flathead Beacon This year’s lineup features more than 80 films from around the world BY ASSOCIATED PRESS // APR 20, 2020 MISSOULA — With a plethora of free films and educational resources galore, Missoula’s 43rd annual International Wildlife Film Festival kicks off this weekend in a virtual format that brings the wonders of animals from around … Read more

The Missoula Tempo

What’s Happening in the Wild?

Saturday, May 4 at the IWFF   * Best of Fest Film Screenings * Join us at the Roxy for an amazing day of wildlife films. Click here for the full screening schedule, and here for film synopses. 11:00 a.m. – An Original DUCKumentary (55 min.) w/ The Silver of the Sea (29 min.)  Theater … Read more

What’s Happening in the Wild?

Friday, May 3 at the IWFF   * Industry Workshop * 10:00 a.m., The Roxy Theater .   * Industry Panel – Ethical Dilemmas in Wildlife Film * 1:00 p.m., The Roxy Theater Moderator Michael Parfit talks with this panel about the ethical issues facing today’s wildlife filmmakers.   * Festival Film Screenings * Join … Read more

What’s Happening in the Wild?

Thursday, May 2 at the IWFF * Special Seminar – Making Film in a Spiritual Way * 10:00 a.m., The Roxy Theater . Speakers Silas Hagerty & Jim Miller share their experience of making an award winning documentary about the execution of 38 Dakota warriors, ordered by Abraham Lincoln on December 26, 1862. Their journey … Read more

What’s Happening in the Wild?

Wednesday, May 1 at the IWFF * Tarkio Retreat * 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., open to registered delegates (with a limited number of one-day passes available). Learn from and collaborate with other passionate wildlife filmmakers, producers, conservationists, and scientists, as well as special guests Mateus Mutemba and John Hemingway.   * Festival Film Screenings … Read more

What’s Happening in the Wild?

Tuesday, April 30 at the IWFF   * Networking/Connectivity Workshop * 10:00 – 10:45 a.m., The Roxy Theater . A workshop designed to make you think about who you know and how you connect.   * Opening Presentation * 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., The Roxy Theater . Ted Turner is known as one of … Read more

What’s Happening in the Wild?

Monday, April 29 at the IWFF * Festival Film Screenings * Join us at the Roxy for an amazing day of wildlife films. Click here for the full screening schedule, and here for film synopses. 3:00 p.m. – Killer in the Caves  (52 min.)  Theater 1 3:15 p.m. – Return of the Hoopoe  (52 min.)  … Read more

What’s Happening in the Wild?

 Sunday, April 28 at the IWFF * WildWalk Face Painting * 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., Zootown Arts Community Center , free and open to the public. Kick off the festival in style with the WildWalk parade! Rise and shine early for wild animal face painting at the ZACC. We’ll be there with face paint, inspiration … Read more

Opening Night at the International Wildlife Film Festival!

What’s Happening in the Wild? – – – Saturday, April 27 at the IWFF Join us for popcorn and a great evening of film and conversation! Here’s today’s IWFF schedule: * Melissa Kwasny reading * 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Shakespeare & Co. , free and open to the public. Join us for a reading with acclaimed … Read more

Come Back to the Wild! Check Out the IWFF 2013 Trailer

Register for the 36th Annual IWFF! April 27 – May 4, 2013

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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