The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival attracts an international representation of film, filmakers, 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.

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

The WCFF takes place in New York the third week in October for 10 days, three of which are a filed trip for visiting film producers and scientists and seven days of film screenings, receptions, workships and parties. In addition the WCFF hosts a monthly film screening series in the city to screen films accepted into the film festival but not part of the October schedule.

Film Producers receive:
- The ability to market your film with the WCFF official selection and, if selected for an award, an award logo.
- Two (2) Festival Passes.
- 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
- Present at the biodiversity conference

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)
Virtual Reality
Wildlife Activism

Request film entry application with rules and terms to

* Acceptance into the WCFF means your film may be screened at our flagship event in New York, NY in October. However if your film cannot be screened during this time it will be scheduled for another date as the WCFF hosts screenings in New York and other cities. In 2018 the film festival will also include Los Angeles, CA.

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
  • Alan Lacy

    The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival is a unique film festival hosted in the heart of New York City. Although I was on a tight schedule with other events on both sides of my screening, the festival was a great place to unwind and enjoy the true essence of wildlife filmmaking. It also presented great opportunities to meet and network with other filmmakers in the industry. This is a great festival for any budding wildlife filmmakers as well!

    November 2017
  • Claudia Schmitt

    The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in New York is an amazing festival with a great selection of wildlife, environmental and conservation films from all over the world and taking place in one of the most amazing cities in the U.S.! With a diverse program and lots of lectures, networking was a big aspect of the 2015 festival and we made lots of valuable contacts. We hope to be part of WCFF again in the future!

    July 2016
    Response from festival:

    Hello Claudia. Thank you for the endorsement. It was a pleasure to meet talented film producers like you and Hendrik. I hope to see you both at an upcoming WCFF in New York or future venue.