IWFF SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN
Films eligible for the International Wildlife Film Festival's juried competition must demonstrate exemplary film craft. They must also have a central focus on non-domesticated wildlife species, natural habitats, or conservation. The jury prioritizes scientific accuracy, ethical decision-making made during production, and demonstrated efforts toward the betterment of our natural world. IWFF highlights both the best of this long-lasting genre as well as alternative approaches to storytelling within the wildlife film genre.
November 1: Submissions Open
December 1: Regular Deadline
January 1: Late Deadline
February 1: Final Deadline
April 23-30: IWFF 2022 Dates
May 1-7: IWFF Virtual Viewing Dates
FILM COMPETITION FINALISTS
3 films are selected in each category as Finalist Films. The program consists of 60-75 films - some being outside of categories and included as festivals selections.
The winner in each category is chosen by a Final Jury and announced at the festival’s Award Ceremony. Winners are selected for each category, plus Best of Festival, the Audience Award, and the Chuck Jonkel Legacy Award.
IWFF FILM CAMP
This year - IWFF launches a new opportunity open to selected filmmakers. Selected filmmakers (those who held a key role within one of the 2022 selections) are invited to be one of the eight-hosted filmmaker guests who participate in making a short-short together. IWFF Film Camp is a 9-day filmmaker residency. Filmmakers are Special Guests of the Festival and fly in early to collaborate on a short film while enjoying some unique Montana wild encounters, and fresh mountain air. The hosted residency extends through the festival and includes the filmmakers' screenings, Q&A discussions, and festival events.