“We want this to be the children’s film festival, we want to be the first-putter’s film festival, we want to be the down-home film festival, we want to be the scientifically accurate film festival.” - Chuck Jonkel, IWFF Founder
Every spring, this annual event draws industry, filmmakers, scientists, conservationists, and audiences to the heart of the Rockies for this long-standing Missoula tradition. Through diverse programming and community events IWFF celebrates ethical wildlife and environmental filmmaking as well as emerging filmmakers.
Filmmakers can expect lively Q&A’s after every screening, engaging day-time programming including panels, dialogues and networking opportunities with top-notch filmmakers, fresh media makers and scientists working on the brink of discovery. The festival also hosts IWFF Labs, a highly competitive science-driven filmmaking intensive.
Films screen to packed theaters full of sharp audiences that want to learn more about themselves and the world we live in. IWFF is centered around stories that promote awareness, knowledge and an understanding of science, wildlife and the humans that impact our world every day and reach audiences in every way imaginable.
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 as its home. In 2013 The Roxy launched its year-round screening series and began extensive collaboration with the university, businesses and community, serving a diverse, all-ages population with broad programming. A unique historic venue with incredible resources, The Roxy houses three cinema screens with HD projection, 35mm projection, state-of-the-art sound systems, two stages and amenities ideal for conferences, film festivals and educational events. IWFF embraces its home inside The Roxy Theater and as the heart of the Missoula community.
All Categories plus Best of Festival.
Films eligible for the International Wildlife Film Festival's juried competition must have a central focus on non-domesticated wildlife species and natural habitats. Content must relate either singly or in combination with wildlife, habitat, conservation, ecology, research management, the environment, environmental, cultural or conservation issues, the role of hunting in conservation, plants and/or people's interactions with wildlife and/or the natural world.
Film entries must also match the following criteria:
Entries must have a release date, copyright date or air date after 2016.
For public screenings during the festival, please be prepared to submit a Blu-ray Disc, H264 or .mov file.
If you would like your films returned to you following the festival, you must provide a postage paid, shipping form and all postage must be paid in advance by the sender.
HD SUBMISSIONS MUST BE IN INTERLACE FORMATS 1080p
WE CANNOT ACCOMMODATE ANY PROGRESSIVE or HDCAM-SR FORMATS AT THIS TIME.
Filmmakers must submit 1 viewing copy per entry.
PAL DVD's will only be accepted for hardship situations.
Non-English language productions must include an English voiceover or subtitles.
Festival dates are April 13-19, 2019.
Please preview your entries before shipping. Programs with time code or other defects may be disqualified. No refunds.