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 45th International Wildlife Film Festival will be April 23-30 2022 &
May 1-7: IWFF Virtual Viewing Dates
Due to the success of the virtual programs in 2020 & 2021, the festival will continue to offer our international audience the chance to view films.
An IWFF virtual catalog will be offered for one week, May 1-7, 2021.
The traditional festival will happen at the Roxy Theater and will kick off by parading down Higgins avenue in the 30th WildWalk.
There are new opportunities for selected filmmakers like Film Camp! More details are on our submissions page or on FilmFreeway.
November 1: Submissions Open
December 1: Regular Deadline
January 1: Late Deadline
February 1: Final Deadline
April 23-30: IWFF 2022 Dates
May 1-7: IWFF Virtual Viewing Dates
Films eligible for the International Wildlife Film Festival's juried competition must demonstrate exemplary film craft. They must also have a central focus on non-domesticated wildlife species, natural habitats, or conservation. The jury prioritizes scientific accuracy, ethical decision-making made during production, and demonstrated efforts toward the betterment of our natural world. IWFF highlights both the best of this long-lasting genre as well as alternative approaches to storytelling within the wildlife film genre.
Apply through FilmFreeway: filmfreeway.com/InternationalWildlifeFilmFestival
2022 THEMATIC CATEGORY:
Each year, IWFF adopts a festival theme that is reflected within an annual thematic submissions category. The jury will seek varied interpretations on this theme to share with audiences as a Resilience in The Wild collection.
For the 2022 festival thematic submission category, IWFF seeks films that demonstrate resilience within the wild. In nature, beings push themselves to the limit to survive. Survival requires skill, ingenuity, and resilience, especially today. In our 45th year, IWFF has its own story of survival - a story that involves a clear mission, continued grit, and a loyal pack. This year's festival selections will share stories of inspiring triumphs in the wild whether they are microscopic or epic. Each film has the capacity to create a cascade of positive impulses in its wake. We look forward to sharing heartfelt stories of triumph on our screens, behind the camera, and through science.
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