Corona virus update:

The 2020 Fish and Wildlife Film Festival has been postponed until sometime this coming fall (2020), and we look forward to sharing our festival with you at that time.

The University of Idaho Fish & Wildlife Film Festival connects people with nature through film.

Films span a broad array of subjects, in the following categories:

+ Animal behavior and ecology
+ Science and research
+ Wildlife-human connections
+ "Wild Side" submissions (fun, creative, and unusual formats such as music videos, but should still be about wildlife)

The top 3 entries from each of the 4 categories will be awarded prizes, and the top entry, along with the best student (K-graduate school) entries from each category, will be screened at our festival, along with 1 or more longer (10-15 minutes) feature films from professional wildlife film makers (which should be entered as "feature films" when selecting an appropriate category during submission). Top entries will be determined by a panel of judges from the wildlife and creative professions.

Submissions guidelines:

1. All submissions should be 1-10 minutes long, unless submitting as a "feature film" (10-15 min), and should be primarily original footage taken by the submitter or their team members (i.e., little or no stock footage). The submitter must have received permission to use any non-original audio (i.e., music) or video content. Video quality should be HD to facilitate in-theatre screening.

2. All submissions should be based on scientifically-accurate information, and with the exception of "wild side" submissions, must include at least some verbal communication, which should be in english (or subtitled).

3. Film makers should indicate which category they think their submission should fall under (although we reserve the right to change submission categories as needed).

4. All submissions may be used in our film festival outreach activities during subsequent years.

5. Each film maker may only submit 2 films total, and each film must be in a separate category.

Overall Rating
  • Mike Johnson

    For a first year film festival, the University of Idaho Fish & Wildlife Film Festival was amazing! There is a lot of opportunity for this to become a major stop for anyone with a wildlife documentary or film.

    October 2017
  • Mark Burchick

    Great experience for a festival in its first year. Despite being unable to attend, communication was fairly consistent and kept us on track for everything we needed to know.

    October 2017