International Wildlife Film Festival

Posters from previous years of the IWFF cover the stairwell wall at Missoula's Roxy Theater on March 30, 2018. Now in its 41st year, the IWFF is expanding beyond films to spur community conversations about wildlife, conservation and science.
Olga Kreimer

The International Wildlife Film Festival kicks off its 41st year on April 14 with a wildlife costume parade in downtown Missoula, followed by nine days of film screenings, workshops and live events. 

New this year is a series called "Wild Sounds," featuring talks from audio storytellers and behind-the-scenes glimpses at five wildlife-related podcasts.

IWFF is an annual wildlife and conservation themed film festival held each April in Missoula, Montana. The event draws in hundreds of filmmakers, scientists, conservationists and enthusiasts.

The International Wildlife Film Festival is about "honest, ethical film-making," says Executive Director Mike Steinberg. "It's hard to tell a story about any species without maybe considering the ramifications of the impact that humans are making on the planet ... And we're interested in presenting beautiful, theatrical films."

Steinberg joins Michael Marsolek to preview some of the highlights at this week's festival and talk about the festival's vision and 40 year history.

Join Threshold podcast's Amy Martin at the International Wildlife Film Festival for a behind-the-scenes look at one of this year's most exciting podcasts. Amy will discuss some of her decisions as producer and editor of her podcast about the past, present and future of bison and people.

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Mike Steinberg

Missoula's Roxy Theater has served as the headquarters of the International Wildlife Film Festival for several years.