Special Events

Friday April 21

10:30A-2:30P PARTY:Dunrovin Ranch Flimmaker Wrap Party.  Horseback Riding, Streaming QAs, BBQ by Bitterroot Bison. Delegates and All Access Passholders Only.

5:30-8:30P SPECIAL EVENT & PARTY: Virtual Reality & Awards Show: Conservation International and Dr. M Sanjayan’s Under the Canopy. At Natural History Center. 120 Hickory St., Suite A. Open to the Public
Sponsored by the Montana Film Office

Saturday April 22nd

12P-5P SPECIAL SCREENING: Earth Day Marathon Screening – 5 Episodes of PLANET EARTH 2 Back-To-Back. FREE & Open to the Public.

5P-10P SPECIAL SCREENING: Award Winners Screenings TBA  – Check wildlifefilms.org for films and showtimes.


Jane Good Ale Beer Launch

Our friends at Imagine Nation brewed a beer just for us! Check out their IWFF Happy Hour everyday from 3-8. Get a $1 off a beer when you show a ticket stub or IWFF Pass!

Saturday, April 15th

WildWalk Parade and WildFest

Free and Open To the Public
Line Up at 11A at the Big Red XXXXs (100 Railroad St. W.)
Dance, crawl, swing and slither through downtown Missoula as our wildlife parade roars towards Caras Park and WildFest.

Live entertainment by The Whizpops!, face painting, kids activities and food vendors!

Opening Night Films at the Roxy

4PM PLANET EARTH 2 Episode 1- Islands – BBC Producer in attendance – Theater 1 – Sponsored Montana Legal Services

5PM PLANET EARTH 2 Episode 2 – Mountains – Montana Crew in attendance – Theater 1 – Sponsored Montana Legal Services

7PM CHASING CORAL – Flimmakers Zackery Rago and Stacey Picullel in Attendance –  Theater 2

Sunday, April 16th

RETROSPECTIVES! Alan Root and John Heminway Retrospectives Begin.

ART SHOW! David Miles Lusk At Clyde Coffee – 610 S. Higgins – Endangered Butterflies Woodcuts and Art – Up throughout the festival.

8A-3P FIELD TRIP: With YASUNI MAN director Ryan Kilacky and Montana Natural Heritage Biologists. We will be looking for frogs and other animals down in the Bitterroot! Open to All Access Passholders and Delegates Only.

5P SPECIAL SCREENING: YASUNI MAN – Director Ryan Kilacky, UM Wildlife Biology grad in attendance.

7P SPECIAL SCREENING:UNLOCKING THE CAGE – Steve Wise, Attorney Featured In Film in attendance.

1-2P SEMINAR: Saving Tigers One Map at a Time by Kevin McManigal – A unique partnership between the UM Department of Geography & Panthera large cat conservation organization, digitized maps are being utilized to aid patrol units in conserving one of earth’s most endangered species. Open to the Public.

6P IWFF LABS Short Doc Premiere: Watch the first ever series of documentaries made by IWFF LABS students, partnering with local scientists Diana Six and John McCutcheon and filmed over the course of 5 days here in Missoula. Open to the Public.

Tuesday April 18th

8A-9:30 ACTIVITY: Guided Naturalist Walk Along Clark Fork River Courtesy of the Natural History Center. All Access Passholders and Delegates Only.

10A-11A READING:Glorious Times: Adventures of the Craighead Naturalists. At Fact and Fiction. Open to the Public.

1:30P WORKSHOP: Tall Order Short Story – Led by Ocean Media Institute’s award-winning filmmakers, Gianna Savoie and Jeff Reed. Explore how to make creative choices about structure, point of view, style, and more in order to create short, potent narratives that punch through. Delegates and All Access Passholders Only.

2P COFFEE TASTING With Hunter Bay: Ethiopian Yirgacheffe the first in the SOLO Series (Single Origin Limited Offering) In conjunction with the screening of ETHIOPIA RISING. Open to the Public

3P FREE SCREENING AT UC THEATER ON CAMPUS: POWER OF THE RIVER.  Director Greg Hamilton and Subject Bryant Dunn In Attendance. Sponsored by the Bhutan Foundation, UM’s Office of the President and The Department of Wildlife Biology. Open to the Public.

7P FREE SCREENING AT UC THEATER ON CAMPUS – THREE MONTANA SHORT FILMS: SHAPED BY FIRE, THE HIGH DIVIDE, ELK RIVER Directors Bobby Jahrig, Nick Triolo, Nick Littman and Eric Bendick in Attendance. Sponsored by the Montana State Parks, UM’s Office of the President and The Department of Wildlife Biology. Open to the Public.

Wednesday April 19th

8A-5P FIELD TRIP: Experiencing Potomac – Head out early for a day of adventure to the Two Creek Ranch with appearances by Working Dogs for Conservation, Ornithologist Brooke Tanner, Animal Wonders, Montana’s bison and a final stop at Steel Toe Distillery. Open to Delegates and All Access Passholders Only.

6-7:30P SEMINAR & SCREENING:Threshold: The Anatomy of a Wildlife Podcast & screening Boyz-Shan Bi-Den (Buffalo Return) Join NPR’s Amy Martin as she talks us through her behind-the-scenes decisions as editor and producer of one of this year’s most exciting podcasts. Director Colin Ruggiero in Attendance. Open to the Public.

7:30-9P SEMINAR & SCREENING:National Wildlife Federation Presents An Evening of Backyard Bugs Panel To Follow.

Thursday April 20th

8A ACTIVITY: Guided Naturalist Walk: Pattee Canyon Courtesy of the Natural History Museum. Delegates and All Access Passholders Only.

11:30A WORKSHOP: Aim For the Haiku Not the Odyssey – MSU Students Sarah Lanier and Jason Roehrig from The Science and Natural History Filmmaking Program at Montana State University aim to deconstruct the short film and illuminate the tools and tricks to successful storytelling. Delegates and All Access Passholders Only.

3P WORKSHOP: Immersive Storytelling: The Power of Virtual Reality  Dr. M. Sanjayan, executive vice president and senior scientist of Conservation International, discusses the experience of creating 360-degree virtual reality films and what it’s like to work in this new immersive medium. What questions and challenges do storytellers in this medium face? What stories lend themselves best to this form? Will virtual reality indeed move viewers to contribute and to become more thoroughly engaged? Will this be the journalism of the future?

Session attendees will have the opportunity experience UNDER THE CANOPY the new VR Story from Dr. M. Sanjayan and Conservation International, virtually travelling to locations around the world.


4P SPECIAL EVENT: Chuck Jonkel IWFF Permanent Memorial Unveiling – Poetry by Vic Charlo.
Join us as we honor our founder Chuck Jonkel with a special afternoon gathering with poetry by Vic Charlo and an unveiling of a permanent memorial inside the Roxy Theater followed by a premiere of the documentary CHUCK JONKEL: WALKING BEAR COMES HOME at 5P.

7P-9:30P PARTY: After Party and Cidery Tour at Western Cider Co. Party, tour Missoula’s first cidery, try out the new Chuck Jonkel juice and munch some ‘za from Clove Cart Pizza Peddlers.
Western Cider Co. (501 N California St). Open To the Public.


Dunrovin Ranch is very excited to be collaborating with the International Wildlife Film Festival to broadcast twelve of their 2017 films. We have selected a broad range of subjects with a special emphasis on birds.

International Wildlife Film Festival Dunrovin Screening Schedule

Date Time Film Duration
Sunday, April 16 18:00-20:00 Lumus 00:07:57
Sunday, April 16 18:00-20:00 Shaped by Fire 00:10:00
Sunday, April 16 18:00-20:00 Archives of Extinction 00:12:00
Sunday, April 16 17:30-19:30 The High Divide 00:15:50
Sunday, April 16 18:00-20:00 Magical Moors 01:33:00
Tuesday, April 18 17:30-19:30 Namibia’s Desert Kingdom 00:53.09
Tuesday, April 18 17:30-19:30 Migrating Birds – Scouts of Distant Worlds 01:29:45
Wednesday, April 19 17:30-19:30 Return of the Kingfisher 00:50:00
Wednesday, April 19 17:30-19:30 Super Hummingbirds 01:01:00
Thursday, April 20 17:30-19:30 Melting Stars 00:15:00
Thursday, April 20 17:30-19:30 Grey Area 00:49:16
Thursday, April 20 17:30-19:30 Flying Rainbow 00:48:44
Friday, April 21 10:00-11:00 Mad About Birds 00:54:00
Friday, April 21 11:00-14:00 IWFF Event at Dunrovin – Interviews with Films Producers