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 option to have their film(s) participate in the virtual edition. There is also opportunity to interact with filmmakers and scientists during live Zoom sessions. The virtual event takes place one month after the live event in New York.

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

WCFF plans to have a onsite, film festival in our theaters with a live audience in New York for 2023. 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
  • Diego Bilbao

    Nice people and very good films

    February 2023
  • Molly Dennis

    Lovely staff who communicated well throughout!

    November 2022
  • Natasha Phillips

    5 stars for everything! Brilliant festival, lovely people, really inspiring and encouraging

    October 2022
  • I love this festival! The theme is more urgent and necessary than ever. Highly recommended!

    October 2022
  • 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