The Inaugural Wild and Working Lands Film Festival, hosted by the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, will be held in Laramie, Wyoming and online in May 2022. The festival explores the intricate connections between humans and the landscapes where we dwell, work, and play.

We are especially interested in films that inspire audiences to better understand our current world and work toward a future where people and natural environments prosper together by:
- Communicating innovative research,
- Highlighting ground-breaking solutions,
- Arguing for paradigm shifts in our framing of environmental issues,
- Presenting portraits of people, places, and relationships between them,
- Raising awareness of emerging issues, or
- Sharing indigenous and local ways of knowing.

We value diversity, justice, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, sound information, and real-world solutions. From our home at the University of Wyoming, we embrace films set in our surrounding ecoregion, including wild, rural, and urban areas of the Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, and high desert sagebrush steppe as well as stories from afar that can inform our experience in the American West.

We invite submissions of short films (max 15 min) that will be shown in person during the festival and eligible for awards. We may also select a couple of longer films for virtual screening only during the online portion of the festival. Mostly we are looking for short films to consider for the in-person festival.

Grand Prize (selected by festival judges)
People’s Choice (selected by audience vote at end of festival)
Best Film by an Indigenous Director or Showcasing an Indigenous Worldview
Best Film About Wyoming
Biodiversity Institute Conservation Award
Wyoming Migration Initiative Award

• We will consider films up to 30 minutes in length for the festival. We will offer a virtual screening option for longer selected films following the in-person festival.
• The submitter must have received permission (licenses) to use any non-original audio (i.e., music) or video content. Films should be made up of mostly (>90%) original video content.
• Film submissions must not promote a specific product or brand. We are more interested in documentary storytelling than marketing.
• Film submissions must be based on accurate information and should not encourage an idea or viewpoint reflecting a bias or misleading viewpoint.
• Non-English films must include subtitles.
• We reserve the right to use your film and still images for future festival outreach activities.