The International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF), created
and based in Missoula, Montana, hosts a wide-ranging line-up
of special events, public screenings, seminars and panel discussions
and evening receptions.
Festival is not a trade show or marketplace; it is a forum
for people to teach and learn about the natural history filmmaking
business and wildlife issues.
Our Festival is an eclectic
collection of people who have a great concern for wildlife
and wildlands, and how television, film and video play important
roles in understanding and protecting creatures and habitat
The mission of the International Wildlife Film Festival is
to foster knowledge and understanding of wildlife and habitat
through excellent, honest wildlife films and other media.
The IWFF was the first juried wildlife film competition in
The 44th International Wildlife Film Festival will be April 17 - May 15, 2021.
The 44th IWFF will be virtual, we hope to include hybrid screening opportunities like outdoor installations, IWFF at The Roxy's Centerfield Cinema (the ballfield), intimate screenings in The Roxy's Movie Garden, and maybe something else? Never fear - our team is creative and fearless and this festival will be unique.
Our 2021 Thematic Category: Rising From the Depths
Whales are the guardians of the oceans and, as they navigate the tumultuous currents, they serve as a steadfast symbol for all of us as we navigate the currents of life and the climate crisis. This year, IWFF celebrates the voices, stories, and work that penetrate the depths of these unprecedented times. This 2021 thematic category seeks films that investigate the countless creatures that dwell far from the surface and encourages responses that vary in their interpretation of the theme "rising from the depths", whether that be environmental, socio-political, species-specific, or metaphorically-focused.
Films eligible for the juried competition must have a central focus on non-domesticated wildlife species, natural habitats, or conservation. The jury’s chief concerns are scientific accuracy, ethical decisions made during production, and demonstrated efforts toward the betterment of our natural world. IWFF’s judging process prioritizes a robust representation of perspectives in every category. IWFF highlights both the best of this long-lasting genre as well as alternative approaches to storytelling.
See the 2021 winners here: wildlife-film.com/features/IWFF-2021-Award-Winners-Announced.html
See ANNOUNCING The 2021 Film Selections: Wildlife-film.com/features/IWFF-ANNOUNCING-The-2021-Film-Selections.html
See the 2020 winners here: wildlife-film.com/features/IWFF-2020-Award-Winners-Announced.html
See the 2019 winners here: wildlife-film.com/features/IWFF-2019-Award-Winners-Announced.html
See the 2018 winners here: wildlife-film.com/features/IWFF-2018-Award-Winners-Announced.html