Festival Dates: April 23-30 2022
IWFF is centered around stories that promote awareness, knowledge and an understanding of science, wildlife, and the humans that impact our world every day. The festival champions wildlife filmmakers and inspires a new generation to challenge conventional expectations about how we conserve wildlife and habitat. Founded in 1977 at the University of Montana IWFF is the first and longest-running event of its kind. In 2002, the festival purchased the historic Roxy Theater, now a year-round art-house theater. The Roxy serves as Missoula’s community cinema and IWFF is one of its many programs and film festivals.

Filmmakers can expect lively Q&A’s after every screening, engaging daytime programming including panels, dialogues, and networking opportunities with top-notch filmmakers, fresh media makers, and scientists working on the brink of discovery. The festival staff is well-known for lifting every individual filmmaker up out of the crowd resulting in an incredibly satisfying festival experience where the filmmakers are truly celebrated. IWFF’s collaborative spirit offers opportunities for many national conservation partners to be involved in post-film screening discussions and field trips in western Montana.

Films screen to packed theaters full of sharp audiences that want to learn more about themselves and the world we live in. Due to the success of the virtual programs in 2020 & 2021 the festival will continue to offer its program to international audiences through virtual screenings and programs. It is our hope that the traditional in-theater programs and robust networking that have historically made this festival will return while being enhanced with a virtual catalog following the physical festival.

Semifinalists will be announced for each category when the full lineup is announced.

Finalist films for each category are selected by the final jury during the festival. Finalists will receive awards at the close of the festival or in the mail. Best of Festival, an Audience Award, and the Chuck Jonkel Legacy Award will also be honored annually.

Films eligible for the International Wildlife Film Festival's juried competition must have a central focus on non-domesticated wildlife species, natural habitats, or conservation. The jury’s chief concerns are scientific accuracy, ethical decisions made during production, and demonstrated efforts toward the betterment of our natural world. IWFF’s judging process prioritizes a robust representation of perspectives in every category. IWFF highlights both the best of this long-lasting genre as well as alternative approaches to storytelling.

Film entries must also match the following criteria:
Entries must have a release date, copyright date, or air date after 2019.
Entries must be permitted to stream virtually - at the very least to a Montana audience, audience caps are negotiable.

Please be prepared to submit a file for streaming and possibly a separate file for appropriate projection. Our Technical Director will be in touch.

Filmmakers must submit 1 viewing copy per entry, preferably online.

Non-English language productions must include an English voiceover or subtitles.

The 45th International Wildlife Film Festival will be April 23-30, 2022.

Please preview your entries before submitting them. Programs with time code, broken links, or other defects may be disqualified. No refunds.

Overall Rating
  • Selket Kaufman

    Wonderful Event! So inspiring so proud to have been selected.

    June 2021
  • Maddy Brennan

    Great festival to be a part of! Loved it and will happily submit future films.

    June 2021
  • Marina Dodis

    I was so happy to have my short film The Return to be part for this wonderful festival. I had an excellent Q+A with Carrie, the artistic director, which is such an important addition of a film festival. The experience was very personal and professional. Good work to all those involved!

    May 2021
  • It was such a joy to screen Under Review: Katahdin at IWFF. The crew was incredibly enthusiastic about making the online and in person events as special as possible, even during these crazy pandemic times. Communication was always quick and consistent. I will definitely be submitting again with future films.

    May 2021
  • Sonam Choekyi Lama

    A festival that gets together all the conversation on conservation by showing all the amazing conservation films from around the world which is important today.

    May 2021