The International Wildlife Film Festival announces hybrid festival featuring virtual and outdoor screenings. The International Wildlife Film Festival returns for its 44th year with the theme, “Rising from the Depths.” IWFF runs April 17 - May 15, showcasing a catalog of 65 films, most of which are available to an international audience. New films are added to the virtual catalog every week of the festival and online discussions, offering viewers access to intimate conversations with filmmakers following select screenings. Outdoor screenings allow viewers to celebrate the festival safely under the Big Sky at popular locations such as the Roxy Garden, Ogren Park, and pop-up media installations throughout Missoula. Single tickets, punch passes, and full festival passes are available on April 1. Roxy Members receive discounts on tickets and passes. All sales support the IWFF and its home, the Roxy Theater. Out of the sixty-five films selected, thirty-four films are nominated as finalists in twelve categories, films featuring the talents of Jeff Bridges, Sigourney Weaver, and Sir David Attenborough. During the festival, a panel of three final judges will select a winning film in each category, the Best of Festival award, while audience members will vote on an Audience Award Winner. The IWFF Award Ceremony will be held in Missoula on Friday, April 30. “We wanted to anchor the 2021 festival in the community that has been so supportive of us and also protect that festival-family. Including our virtual catalog and the many outdoor options - the hybrid festival includes something for everyone in Missoula and far beyond. I am excited about the outdoor options we’ve planned, offering a way to celebrate warmer weather, a new chapter for us all, the filmmaker's extraordinary work, and this very unique 44th IWFF.” - IWFF Artistic Director Carrie Richer. The festival kicks off on Saturday, April 17, with a Roxy popcorn-pickup and WildWalk tribute. Outdoor screenings at the Roxy Garden will begin Thursday, April 22, and will continue every Thursday and Friday of the festival, Thursday, April 22 - Friday, May 7. Roxy Garden’s lineup includes 2040, Beast of Our Time, The Coyote: Yellowstone’s Underdog, Secrets of the Whales: Orca Dynasty, and 2021 Best of Festival Winner. Celebrate Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, at the UM Wildlife Biology’s 85th Anniversary party that will include a pop-up installation of the film Lichen. On Friday, April 30, Epic Yellowstone, A Winter Hunt, will be projected on First Montana Bank downtown, along with the 2021 Awards Ceremony. On Thursday, May 8, there will be a screening of Kingdoms of Fire, Ice, and Fairy Tales, a film that takes its viewers from the unforgiving environment of the Arctic Circle to the scalding thermal vents of Yellowstone’s super-volcano. This family-friendly event will include a costume contest, prizes, and more. Finally, the festival closes out under the Caras Park tent with Whales, the festival’s final pop-up installation on Friday, May 14. Founded in 1977 at the University of Montana, IWFF is the first and longest-running event of its kind. The vision of the IWFF is grounded in exceptional filmmaking that extends an understanding and appreciation for all wildlife species and the natural world. For full event listings and ticket information, visit wildlifefilms.org. IWFF Mission The International Wildlife Film Festival exists to champion wildlife filmmakers and inspires a new generation to challenge conventional expectations about how we conserve wildlife and habitat. This 44-year old film festival resides in the Roxy Theater in Missoula, Montana, and celebrates community cinema.
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