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
  • Incredible platform to showcase wildlife conservation work. We were honoured to have a world premiere of our film and showcase the short film on an international platform. Thank you to Chris and his dedicated team. Kind Regards, Anthony George Kirkwood

    January 2021
  • Luca Antonio Marino

    A wonderful festival with an important message and a great selection of high-quality films! It's a shame the festival couldn't be held in person this year due to the health emergency but the WCFF did a great job at organizing a virtual platform with all the contents. Christopher is very welcoming and friendly. I was delighted to be part of this prestigious festival and honoured to win an award.

    December 2020
  • Joe Barajas

    There was no need for hospitality this year due to everything being Virtual thanks to COVID. With that said, the WCFF was fantastic in their communication, their concern to make sure we felt comfortable with the way our film was being premiered and completely professional on every level. The San Marcos River Project team was already honored to be apart of it but the WCFF team made even more proud with their quality people and great festival.

    December 2020
  • Mauricio de la Maza-Benignos

    ¡Excelente festival de cine! La muestra tiene una calidad excepcional. La atención a los cieneastas excelente. Lo recomiendo ampliamente.

    December 2020
  • The 2020 Wildlife Conservation Film Festival was a great experience. With the festival online, I could access films around my current work and school schedules. The variety and number of films available to stream were of high quality and a great scope of different focuses. My film was chosen for this year's festival, and I received great feedback and interest in my work, and will definitely enter my future films for consideration.

    December 2020