40th Annual

International Wildlife Film Festival

April 15, 2017 to April 22, 2017

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Roxy Theater
Missoula MT 59801
Phone: 406-728-9380
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Human-Wildlife Interactions
Program that emphasizes social, cultural, economic or spiritual aspects of people and their relationship with wildlife.
Children & Young Adults
Program produced specifically for broadcast to a youth audience. Information and presentation should be based on a young person's comprehension level. This category accepts programs designed to inform about non-domesticated species, but may use tame or captive animals.
Government Agency
Program produced by any government agency to educate or inform the public or a special audience on a particular wildlife issue, topic or species.
Program produced by a person or team newly established as a producer in the professional film or television field and no longer considered amateur. This category will accept films made with support from a major broadcaster.
Theatrical Feature
Films produced for the purpose of being theatrically released.
Program made by an independent producer or production house - not by or on contract to any major broadcaster.
Broadcast Feature
A television program produced specifically for broadcast on commercial or public television or Internet. Program can be one-off production or part of an ongoing television series.
Broadcast Series
Up to two episodes which represent a Limited Television Series. These programs constitute a single entry. Please submit no more than two hours total running time.
Short Film
Films designed for exhibition in a theatrical setting, Television or Internet broadcast, that run less than 50 minutes in length.
Program produced by a student while attending an accredited university. A copy of the filmmaker's student ID and at least one faculty reference must be provided. Films in this category should operate with the festival mission an/or primary categories.
Environment relates to people & cultures, the habitat or the environment where humans co-exist with wildlife; it's also about where we live, work and interface with wildlife and the broader environment.
Conservation relates to any program that features or emphasizes wildlife conservation. What are we doing, what is happening, how is the future of a species or group of species being impacted or being saved? The program entered must have a clear and well-defined wildlife conservation message.


To promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of wildlife, habitat, people and nature through excellence in film, television and other media. Films eligible for the International Wilfelife Film Festival's juried competition must have a focus on non-domesticated wildlife species and habitats. Content must relate either singly or in combination with wildlife, habitat, conservation, ecology, research management, the environment, environmental or conservation issues, plants and/or people's interactions with wildlife.


The International Wildlife Film Festival was the first juried wildlife film festival in the world and is today, the premier festival and conference for wildlife film and media. Wildlife conservation is a key component and the focus of the annual IWFF. Our expanded programming recognizes excellence in films about the natural world, from environmental and conservation films, to issue driven explorations of earth and it's inhabitants.

The longest running wildlife film festival in the world, IWFF was founded in Missoula, Montana as a watchdog and "guardian" of scientific and factual accuracy, ethical film practices and creative excellence in the craft of the wildlife film genre.

Known as the Filmmakers? Festival for its central focus on film and filmmakers, the IWFF celebrates emerging filmmakers and the future of wildlife & environmental filmmaking.

An annual, week-long film festival held every spring in the heart of the magnificent Northern Rockies, IWFF is both a major international event that brings people to Missoula from around the world, as well as a community event, with public film screenings that provide filmmakers with a unique opportunity for immediate feedback and audience reaction.

In addition, seminars, workshops, field trips, technology sessions evening parties and dynamic social events take place throughout the week.

Attended by filmmakers, broadcasters, government agencies, non-governmental organizations including major conservation organizations, foundations and corporations it is aimed at developing vital, proactive projects that will impact the fate and future of our planet, with the use of media.

Festival week wraps up with an awards ceremony that recognizes and celebrates film and filmmakers and the people who are making a difference. This includes recognition of leading international scientists and conservationists who become recipients of Lifetime Achievement Awards for Media, Ocean & Marine Conservation, Wildlife Conservation and our annual IWFF Hero of the Year Award.


Jeri Rafter (Festival Director/Executive Director); Mike Steinberg (Executive Director)


Films eligible for the International Wildlife Film Festival's juried competition must have a central focus on non-domesticated wildlife species and natural habitats. Content must relate either singly or in combination with wildlife, habitat, conservation, ecology, research management, the environment, environmental, cultural or conservation issues, the role of hunting in conservation, plants and/or people's interactions with wildlife and/or the natural world.

Film entries must also match the following criteria:

Entries must have a release date, copyright date or air date after 2012.

For public screenings during the festival, HDCAM*, NTSC or PAL tapes; or Blu-ray Disc, (NTSC) or will be requested.

If you would like your films returned to you following the festival, you must provide a postage paid, shipping form and all postage must be paid in advance by the sender.


Filmmakers must submit two (2) or more viewing copies per entry.

PAL DVD's will only be accepted for hardship situations.

Non-English language productions must include an English voiceover or subtitles.

Festival dates are April 15-22, 2017.

Please preview your entries before shipping. Programs with time code or other defects may be disqualified. No refunds.

Late Deadline: January 30, 2017
WITHOUTABOX extended deadline: January 31, 2017


Please note - Once your submission is received, you will be contacted via email regarding the IWFF Post Festival Tour. You will be asked for permission to screen your film in cities and communities nationwide and worldwide. Festival winning films are available to non-profit groups, schools, organizations for viewing. If this program is selected, may we include it in a Festival World Tour - Yes, No or Possibly.