EQUUS International is the premier venue for equine film, television and alt-media. Established in 2011, EIFF was the world's first equine film festival, an outreach project of Horse Haven Montana, an equine rescue and adoption organization. Today, EQUUS International is part of the annual conference of the Montana Center for Horsemanship, an international equine education center, based in Montana and devoted exclusively to natural horsemanship.

The mission of EIFF is education and understanding to enhance the equine/human bond and to improve the welfare and well-being of all equines through excellence in film and television. EIFF celebrates filmmakers, storytellers, equestrians, and advocates for the horse and other equines. From documentaries to narrative features, music videos to animations, EIFF features a wide array of programming made with an equine focus.

An annual film festival and international conference, in 2017, EIFF featured renowned horse trainer, Monty Roberts who received the first annual Equine Icon Award. In 2021, Dr. Temple Grandin was recipient. In 2022, Buck Brannaman and Ty Murray and Dr. Robert Miller received annual awards and global recognition. The annual awards recognize individuals whose lives have had a dramatic impact on the equine/human bond.

EIFF and the Montana Center for Horsemanship are not for profit organizations.

It is our goal to bring this programming into the public arena, to public audiences, to communities, to schools, organizations, government agencies, and audiences worldwide who are interested in, care about, want to learn, and share the equine world.

Issues range from wild horses to homeless, abandoned animals, from equine genetics to our equine heritage, from the controversies that rage over issues in the equine arena, to ground-breaking advancements in equine science, health and veterinary medicine; from the therapeutic and health inspired roles that horses play, to governmental policies on equine issues; from the world-renowned mules of the US Forest Service, who have built parts of our nation to equestrian sports and performance, EIFF strives to be as diverse in its presentations, as the issues and topics that we face in the equine world.

Our EIFF mission is education & understanding to enhance the equine/human bond & to improve the welfare of the horse & other equines through excellence in film, television & other media. EIFF strives to brings films of diverse and differing viewpoints to the screen and to public audiences, here at home in Montana and around the nation and beyond.

Our sponsors and supporters, those who help to make this event possible, are those whom we feel present an ethical approach to the equine world; they understand and support our mission, though they may come from other fields and sectors --- commercial, nonprofit, for-profit, governmental, media, and others. These have includes guest ranches, private dude ranches, broadcasters, media organizations and many groups and organizations that support our mission and believe in our principles to promote education, responsible horse ownership and equine welfare. Please join us.

Awards and prizes including beautifully engraved hand-carved wood awards, merit certificates and honorable mentions including extensive recognition.

All entries must be entered and received no later than May 2nd, 2023. Late deadline is May 21.

Film and Television Programs may be from any production year and by submitting, you grant EIFF the right for the program to be shown publicly at any EIFF hosted event, post festival tour (EIFF On the Trail), EIFF Conference or other. Full name recognition and extensive visibility and publicity across all social media and other communications platforms, provided. Our focus is education and making the world a better place for horse and human.

Overall Rating
  • I was honored to be part of EQUUS International Film Festival this year! It is so great to acknowledge that my film "THE BREEDING SHED" was awarded there! Next time I am planning to be there physically & to be totally immersed in all the activities!
    Thank you so much for this great opportunity! I do appreciate it! Janet Rose was a great connection to the festival!

    September 2022
  • Jerry Thompson

    Wonderful experience with this group of folks. Very helpful. Very professional. Always easy to contact with questions. Dedicated team of people who genuinely care about their cause and mission. Hope to enter this festival again soon.

    September 2022
  • Cherin Spencer-Bower

    The festival staff were wonderful to work with. I had excellent communication and feedback through the process. Janet was exceptionally great. Thanks for screening my film, and thank you very much for the award of Best Montana Film!

    March 2019