IWFF Youth Matinee Program

Every year, 3000+ students from the Western Montana area participate in the International Wildlife Film Festival Youth Matinee Program. Films from IWFF47 program are screened based on age appropriateness, and programs are complemented with presentations from filmmakers, scientists, and even special animal guests. The matinee screenings are FREE of charge to attend. In addition, limited funding is available to cover transportation costs associated with traveling to the matinees.


IWFF Coordinator, Lizzie Archer, is available to advise how best to get your student, classroom, or organization involved.

Email Lizzie at [email protected] for more information regarding the IWFF Youth Matinee Program. We love connecting with our community educators and hope to hear from you soon. 

What are the IWFF Youth Matinee screenings?

These two-hour blocks consist of breathtaking international wildlife films, as well as presentations from community organizations and filmmakers dedicated to education and conservation.

When are the IWFF Youth Matinee screenings?

This year’s matinee dates at the UC Theater are Monday, April 22nd – Thursday, April 25th. 

Morning screenings are from 9:30 to 11:30 AM and afternoon screenings are from 12:30 to 2:30 PM. We have updated our screening audience suggestions, and this information is clearly described on the registration form. There are ten screening blocks available, and teachers may register for their first and second choices.

This year’s School Screenings are Monday, April 15th – Friday, April 18th. This offering will have ten slots and teachers may sign-up on the registration form. Space is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis.

When can I register for the IWFF Youth Matinee Program?

Registration for this year’s program is NOW OPEN to teachers and faculty. Registration closes April 1st. Sign up early to reserve your desired screenings. You may access the link for registration here.

Where do the matinees take place?

Screenings are held at the University Theater on the University of Montana campus in Missoula OR at your school community space.

How can I apply for transportation funding assistance?

If your group is in need of assistance with transportation costs, a limited number of scholarships are available. Final decisions will be based on need. To be considered, please apply by answering the relevant questions on the main application (see below). Applicants will be notified of scholarship decisions on a rolling basis but no later than March 1st.

What kind of material will be shown?

Film selections are currently being reviewed. A screening schedule will be sent to registered teachers at the end of February and will be available online. IWFF selections go through a rigorous juried process. IWFF Youth Matinee screenings are always age-appropriate, dynamic, accurate and exceptionally well-told stories.

Are you interested in attending the youth matinees but travel costs might be getting in the way?

Please take a look at our scholarship application. By filling out this form the IWFF team will have a better idea of how we can financially support you and your students attending our program at the UC Theater.

Scholarship Application Form

Transportation support is generously provided by local sponsors.