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Annual Wildlife Film Festivals – ‘Must attends’ for aspiring wildlife filmmakers

Attending wildlife film festivals are an invaluable experience for all aspiring wildlife filmmakers. At a film festival you have a chance to attend seminar by industry experts as well as listen to the latest film trends from commissioners. In addition, you can build your professional network and pitch your wildlife film ideas. Below is a list of the most significant wildlife film festivals in the world.

JACKSONHOLE FILM FESTIVAL

Join 650+ media professionals this fall in the shadow of the Tetons. Celebrate excellence, exchange ideas and be inspired by the landscape and each other.

Date: September

Frequency: Biannual

Location: United States

WILDSCREEN FILM FESTIVAL

This festival’s goal is to convene the best photographers, filmmakers and creative professionals with the most committed conservationists to create compelling stories about the natural world.

Date: October

Frequency: Biannual

Location: United Kingdom

INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE FILM FESTIVAL

The vision of the International Wildlife Film Festival is an engaged community that finds itself through cinema and helps the planet to heal.

Date: April

Frequency: Annual

Location: United States

BLUE OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL

This festival was founded on the belief the films are the most powerful tool that we have to engage a broad global audience in a direct way. Through this, you can educate them about the world’s oceans.

Date: Variable

Frequency: Biannual

Location: United States

INTERNATIONAL OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL

The  International Ocean Film Festival (IOFF) is the biggest festival of its kind in North America. They feature dozens of ocean-themed films by independent filmmakers from around our Blue Planet.

Date: March

Frequency: Annual

Location: United States

SAN FRANCISCO GREEN FILM FESTIVAL

Launched in 2011, San Francisco Green Film Festival is the West Coast’s leading organization for films and conversations about people and the planet.

Date: September

Frequency: Annual

Location: United States

CMS VATAVARAN FILM FESTIVAL

India’s only International Environment & Wildlife Film Festival and Forum is a unique initiative of Centre for Media Studies (CMS). Based on extensive research, this festival was initiated for encouraging environment films and forums that result in perception, practice and policy change.

Date: November

Frequency: Biannual

Location: India

GREEN SCREEN FILM FESTIVAL

Since 2007, the idyllic town of Eckernförde on the Baltic coast hosts the International Wildlife Film Festival GREEN SCREEN each year in September.

Date: September

Frequency: Annual

Location: Germany

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION FILM FESTIVAL

Their mission is to inform, engage and inspire audiences about the importance of protecting global biodiversity.

Date: October

Frequency: Annual

Location: United States

Ryan Johnson

Ryan is founder of Africa Media. He is a regular host on wildlife documentaries for broadcasters including National Geographic and Discovery Channel.