The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival attracts an international representation of film, filmmakers, advocates and scientists dedicated to the preservation of global biodiversity. Visitors come to New York from across the globe to attend this unique film festival. Opportunity for the filmmaker and visitors exist to interact and engage is discussion.

Representatives from multiple distribution companies are invited to review films in the festival for television listings on their respected networks.

The WCFF annual event is in New York, NY the third week in October for 10 days with film screenings, panel discussions, networking and receptions. Two days are field trip for visiting film producers and scientists.

WCFF host a virtual edition of the festival as not every film can fit into the New York schedule, nor can all filmmakers or attendees travel to our great city. The virtual edition gives filmmakers a greater exposure to a more diverse, global audience. Attendees that cannot travel to New York have the opportunity to watch films and interact with filmmakers and scientists during live Zoom sessions.

In 2022 WCFF plans to launch an event in Cannes, France in May to coincide with the Cannes Film Festival. Filmmakers that accepted in 2022 may also participate in this event. Films must in French or subtitled.

Film Producers receive:
- The ability to market your film with the WCFF official selection and, if selected for an award, an award logo.
- All access festival pass.
- You will be introduced at your film's screening, participate in Panel Discussion/Q&As to talk about your work
- Free admission to all festival related events.
- Sell copies of your film(s) and books at the festival

** 2021 COVID-19 UPDATE
WCFF plans to have a onsite, film festival in our theaters with a live audience in New York and Los Angeles for 2021. However we are at the mercy of the state and municipal government regarding the re-opening of theaters. In the event social distancing rules prevent a live audience, WCFF will host a online film festival, with both screenings and panel discussions. This will enable filmmakers to have their production seen by an even larger global audience.

* All films entered via FilmFreeway have the option to participate in the WCFF Channel. This is an online streaming service that brings the festival to a larger global audience. The WCFF Channel shares revenue with the filmmakers, giving you opportunity to generate income.

Entry & Judging Categories:
Endangered Species
Endangered Ecosystem/Habitat
Foreign (Must be subtitled in English)
Humans & Nature
Music & Nature
Short (Under 20 minutes)
Student (Ages 21 and under)
Video Art and Experimental
Virtual Reality
Wildlife Activism

Request film entry application with rules and terms to

* Acceptance into the WCFF means your film may be screened in New York, NY. Films that cannot fit into the schedule have the option to participate in the virtual edition.. All filmmakers have the option to include their production as part of the WCFF Channel, an online film festival that reaches a larger global audience.

The WCFF does NOT provide for airfare, accommodations or any other expenses incurred to attend the festival, unless otherwise arranged and agreed upon.

Overall Rating
  • A great festival focused on conservation. It was great to attend and see the film on big screen and meet other filmmakers. Highly recommend the festival if you have a conservation lead film.

    November 2021
  • Ran Levy-Yamamori

    The festival was really long and interesting. Over 100 films, meetings with other film makers, and during the screening of "Bridging Troubled Waters" - my documentary, the hall was almost full (which as an almost impossible task during Covid-19 times).
    Overall, my experience was very positive, well organized and the festival is really important for any film maker who is focusing on wildlife conservation. I think that it is a fantastic film festival! Probably will submit another film to this festival, hopefully.

    November 2021
  • Isaac Pingree

    Really great festival, full of people who care about wildlife and environmental causes. Christopher Gervais takes great care to make the filmmakers feel welcome and appreciated, and is eager to introduce you to other filmmakers and supporters of the festival. Brings together a diverse slate of films, both in terms of content and topics, and creators from across the globe. Going to this festival was a really wonderful experience.

    October 2021
  • Wildlife Conservation Film Festival was a great experience. If your film topic covers the issues surrounding wildlife conservation then submitting to this festival is a must. While most other Wildlife film festivals refused to select out film due to it’s complex and uncomfortable story line, this Festival stood strong. It was great to screen in NYC and win the award fir best humans & Wildlife film.

    October 2021
  • Dave Taylor

    This is a very well run festival that focuses on independent filmmakers who work in the wildlife conservation field. A must for anyone wanting to showcase their work in an extremely relevant and professionally run festival in New York City as well as its satellite festivals all over the world.

    October 2021