Wildlife Vaasa International Nature film festival is located on the West Coast of Finland, and it was held in the city of Vaasa every second year, since 2002. Since its conception, it has grown in stature receiving commendation from participants, delegates, media and the public world-wide. The upcoming 11th biennial edition will celebrate the festival's 20 years and will host the 10th biennial international nature film competition, which was postponed in 2020, due to the corona pandemic. The film competition aims to raise public awareness, as well as to participate in a global dialogue about Nature and The Environment. Therefore, we welcome Nature and Science documentaries produced after 2019, to submit their entries to our competition.

The festival calls especially for films related to CLIMATE CHANGE, SUSTAINABILITY, ENERGY and HUMAN HEALTH related films.

Vaasa Wildlife Festival is organized by Vaasa city’s Culture and Library services in close collaboration with schools and organizations from the region of Ostrobothnia. On an important year like this, our hope is to be able to celebrate our 20 years LIVE as before. The festival will take place in Vaasa, Finland from 28th September - 2nd October 2022

Trophies and Diplomas, publicity on a global level, media promotion, festival distribution


Who can enter?
Film companies, TV companies, production companies, independent producers, filmmakers, festivals, TV- broadcasters and journalists, newcomers and established professionals, are all welcome to participate in Vaasa Wildlife Festival 2022 festival.

Entry fees?
No entry fees or delegate fees are required for Vaasa Wildlife festival.

Which films qualify?
Entries produced after January 2019 may qualify in the competition:
These productions must have NATURE AS A MAIN THEME in their content. Interaction between human and nature, natural science related films, are also welcome to participate. Ethnographic documentaries without Nature and Environment as their main theme, are not qualified for this film competition.

Film Entries must have been produced/co-produced or commissioned by the submitting organisation.

Non-English productions have to be narrated or subtitled in English. Films nominated as finalists of the competition, may send the festival an English script (time-coded) for possible subtitling purposes.

A synopsis for each program submitted is required (100 words maximum). The festival organisers reserve the right to edit these synopses.

Award Category
Participants may indicate the award category in which they wish their film to compete. However, it is up to the festival Juries to decide for which award category the entry might qualify.

Format - Film/Video
Each entry must be accompanied with a preview copy of the film, which can be sent via file transfer in HD file-format (.mov, .avi .mp4) or by post in DVD-R (PAL) format. Preview material is non-returnable. Finalists and Special award nominees will be required to submit a screening digital copy or a BluRay Disc of their qualified program for public screening purposes.

While sponsorship maybe acknowledged, deliberate advertising is not permitted.

The award-winner
If a production company wins an award it is up to the company to determine who will be the recipient.

Copyright related issues

Submitting to Wildlife Vaasa 2022 you are simultaneously agreed to:

-PERMIT entries to be shown publicly at the screening venues in conjunction with the festival, without any charge to the festival organizers. All screenings will have a free entrance.

-PERMIT the closed circuit playback of entries for delegates, potential buyers, journalists, experts or other persons welcomed by the festival; All entries shall be available for free viewing at the festival’s video library.

-PERMIT the festival to keep a copy of each programme for archive and educational non-profit purposes during the school-screening periods. From 2021, Vaasa Wildlife Festival’s, printed material is also preserved and available to the public, at the library of the Finnish National Audio-visual Institute (KAVI) in Helsinki.

- PERMIT the use of a max. 3 min excerpt of the qualified programs for publicity and promotion purposes through social media and potential TV-broadcasting purposes during the festival days.

Overall Rating

    it's a wonderful experience... thanks all team, VAASA

    May 2023
  • hojat edalatpanah

    I am very happy that my film was accepted and welcomed in your festival and was able to win the honorary award( honorable mention) of your festival.
    This festival was one of the most professional and accurate festivals that I participated in. And I really enjoyed the detailed information about its steps.
    And I was very sad that I was not able to come to the beautiful country of Finland to attend the festival.
    We hope that I will be able to win this honor with other films in the future.
    Director of the documentary film Trawl
    from Iran

    May 2023
  • I am delighted that my work was well received at Wildlife Vaasa Festival. I am honored that "Fire In The Lake" was awarded a trophy as a Second Runner Up for Experimental Video Art. I am sorry that I was not able to be there in person and meet the organizers which were so gracious in every sense. My experience with Vaasa Film Festival has been very rewarding.

    February 2023
  • Phil De Witte

    Such a conviviality reigned within the Festival, that today, we are all still in contact, as much the directors, as the participants or as Ilias, the director of the festival. Rather unusual... Amazing communication. Illias did an amazing Job. So much humanity. A Great Festival that conveys strong Messages.

    December 2022
  • Marx Braga

    It was a great honor to be part of the selection of the Wildlife Vaasa Festival-International Nature Film Festival.

    November 2022