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 an equine rescue and adoption organization, Horse Haven Montana. Our mission 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 now being made with an equine focus.

EQUUS International is now, as of 2021, integrated into an annual conference to foster and promote welfare and well-being of equines worldwide.

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. This annual award recognizes an individual who has had a dramatic impact on the equine/human bond.

Our Post Festival Touring Program, EIFF On the Trail, brings the best of EIFF to communities, towns and organizations worldwide.

A nonprofit organization, EIFF is an education and outreach project of Horse Haven Montana. Our focus is on equine well being, welfare, education, and development and enhancement of the equine/human bond.

EIFF fills a niche in international and national film and media programming with an exclusive focus on the world of the horse, and all things equine. EIFF strives to be a tool for change, for promoting adoption, for raising awareness of critical issues in the equine arena, celebrating the magnificence of the horse and its global influence as well as those who tell their stories, embrace their spirit, and those whose lives are dedicated to all things equine.

EIFF was launched in 2011 to give a voice to, to provide a venue and a platform for equine films and equine programming. The EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival celebrates, chronicle, and features films and other media that are equine-focused.

It is our goal to bring this programming into the public arena, to public audiences, to schools, to organizations, to government agencies, and to audiences worldwide who are interested in, who care about, who 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 Post Festival Tours aim to reach around the U.S. and beyond. We strive to recognize, feature, and celebrate excellent equine films whose views may differ from our own but whose films are well made, who present a view, a subject, a topic or an issue, that may differ from others, but that are honest, accurate and inspire discussion and raise awareness.

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, 2022. 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.

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  • 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