International Wildlife Film Festival

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The International Wildlife Film Festival is a film festival held annually at the Roxy Theater in Missoula, Montana.

The International Wildlife Film Festival was "the first regular ongoing festival devoted solely to wildlife films" and this "signaled that wildlife films had arrived as a motion picture genre distinct from others".[1] It is a juried event that lasts eight days and "involves the world's top wildlife filmmakers, producers, scientists and conservation leaders", and up to 12,000 people attend.[2] The festival, which was "founded by internationally known bear biologist Dr. Charles Jonkel in 1977, recognizes scientific accuracy, artistic appeal, and technical excellence".[3] Jonkel was described in 1989 as "an appropriately grizzled wildlife biologist acclaimed for his work with bears." He teaches at the University of Montana and "also heads up the Rocky Mountain Film Institute, a project of the non-profit Institute of the Rockies."[4]

Board of Directors[edit]

Occupation Name
President Janice Givler[5]
Vice President Jerry Fetz
Secretary/Treasurer Roy O'Connor
Board Member Cooper Burchenal
Board Member Chris Palmer
Board Member Dan Pletscher
Board Member Jim McKay


  • Executive Director/ Festival Director- Mike Steinberg
  • Director of Marketing- Chris Sand
  • Director of Operations and Development- Ingrid Lovitt


  1. ^ Bousé, Derek (2000). Wildlife films. University of Pennsylvania Press. p. 38. ISBN 978-0-8122-1728-5. 
  2. ^ Editors of Chase's Calendar of Events (2010). Chase's Calendar of Events, 2011 Edition. McGraw-Hill. pp. 261–262. ISBN 978-0-07-174026-5. 
  3. ^ Peterson, Eric (2010). Frommer's Montana & Wyoming. Frommer's. p. 93. ISBN 978-0-470-59150-5. 
  4. ^ "Film Festival Founder: Just The Right Guy". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. May 5, 1989. Retrieved May 13, 2011. 
  5. ^ "About Us". Wildlife Film Festival.

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