International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula

International Wildlife Film Festival

News from the International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula:

Today at 3:00PM for Power of the River with director Greg Hamilton and subject Bryant Dunn at the UC Theater. Free event sponsored by the Bhutan Foundation, UM’s Office of the President and The Department of Wildlife Biology.

Then at 7:00PM join us for Four Montana Short Films: Shaped by Fire, The High Divide, The Shape of a River, Elk River with Directors Bobby Jahrig, Nick Triolo, Nick Littman, Gianna Savoie, Jeff Reed and Eric Bendick at the UC Theater. FREE event at the University of Montana sponsored by the Montana State Parks, UM’s Office of the President and The Department of Wildlife Biology.
Also today we'll host a reading of Glorious Times: Adventures of the Craighead Naturalists at Fact & Fiction at 10:00am.
At 1:30pm join us for a workshop, Tall Order Short Story led by Ocean Media Institute’s award-winning filmmakers, Gianna Savoie and Jeff Reed. Explore how to make creative choices about structure, point of view, style, and more in order to create short, potent narratives that punch through.
And at 2:00pm there will be a coffee tasting with Hunter Bay Roasters of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe the first in the SOLO Series (Single Origin Limited Offering) In conjunction with the screening of ETHIOPIA RISING.

Showing Today

2:30 pm: Ethiopia Rising: Red Terror to Green Revolution
2:45 pm: Wolf Hunter (GRAPHIC WARNING - ANIMAL VIOLENCE) & Grey Area: Wolves of the Southwest
3:00 pm: Power of the River - FREE at the UC Theater
4:00 pm: Lumos & Jungle Animal Hospital
4:00 pm: The Story of Cats
5:45 pm: Yasuni Man
6:30pm: Short Film Program: Science Matters
7:00pm: Four Montana Short Films - FREE at the UC Theater
8:30pm: Chasing Coral

Ethiopia Rising: Red Terror to Green Revolution

Ethiopia is rarely on our TV screens unless it’s news of drought and famine. This film tells a different story - a story of restored life and renewed hope. Using dramatic reconstruction and documentary footage it shows what is possible when the people from a remote village in the far north of the country decide to stay on and transform their land.


Located in the far north east of Russia, Yakutia is by far the largest non-nation state in the world and home to the coldest city on the planet with temperatures in winter regularly dipping below 50 degrees celsius. In 2013 the state’s president, Yegor Borisov, announced a ‘state of emergency’, calling for international support and setting into motion a bounty system, which has since grown into the largest organized wolf hunt in history.

Grey Area: Wolves of the Southwest

A unique species of wolf, unlike any other, is making a comeback in the American Southwest. Little known, the Mexican gray wolf has slowly bounced back from the very brink of extinction—only to face extinction yet again, from within: it’s genetics.

Power of the River

An adventure documentary from the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. This little Buddhist nation, home to the world’s most ambitious commitment to protect nature, faces urgent pressure to dam every last river. A man named "Good Karma" guides an expedition into the unknown to keep his country’s mightiest river wild and free. His trek features a first-ever fishing descent onto virtually unexplored whitewater, including Class IV+ rapids.


Get lost in the wilderness with a storyteller as she describes her first encounter with the magical lights of glowworms.

Jungle Animal Hospital

In the day-to-day drama taking place at one of the world’s wildest hospitals, a jungle veterinarian named Alejandro Morales, his zoologist girlfriend Anna Bryant, and their team of dedicated staff and volunteers take on dangerous and exciting challenges as they care for a cast of iconic endangered animals.

Story of Cats

Cats are among the most feared and revered creatures on the planet. Their power, strength, and enigmatic nature have fascinated us for centuries. They are one of the most studied mammals in the world yet only now is their real identity being understood – from their incredible hunting abilities, to their unique physiology and remarkable behaviors.

Yasuni Man

A documentary feature about the Yasuni Biosphere of Amazonian Ecuador, the worlds most biodiverse forest, and the Waorani, an indigenous Amazonian tribe plagued by deception, exploitation and murder. It's a real-life Avatar story: Once under siege by missionaries seeking to civilize them, the Waorani now battling industry operatives and their own government in a fight to survive.

Shorts: Science Matters

A Special Selection of Short Films

Four Montana Short Films

Shaped by Fire, The High Divide, The Shape of a River, Elk River with Directors Bobby Jahrig, Nick Triolo, Nick Littman, Gianna Savoie, Jeff Reed and Eric Bendick at the UC Theater.

Chasing Coral

Opening night Feature Film! Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of idvers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

Coming up this week:

Thursday, April 20th at 4:00pm
Join us as we honor our founder Chuck Jonkel with a special afternoon gathering. Poetry by Vic Charlo and an unveiling of a permanent memorial inside the Roxy Theater followed by a premiere of the documentary Chuck Jonkel: Standing Bear Comes Home at 5:00pm.
Friday, April 21st at 5:00pm
A presentation of Conservation International and Dr. M Sanjayan’s Under the Canopy at the Natural History Center. Open to the Public and sponsored by the Montana Film Office.
Saturday, April 22
12:00PM – Earth Day Marathon Screening of 5 episodes of Planet Earth 2. FREE & Open to the Public

5:00PM – Award Winner Screenings – Check for films and showtimes

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