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The University of Idaho Fish & Wildlife Film Festival connects people with nature through film.

Kenworthy Theatre

2021 Festival

We are now in the submissions phase for the 2021 festival.

Submission start is October 1, entry deadline is December 11, notification date is January 31.

We invite novice and professional filmmakers, K-12 students, and university students to submit short films (1-10 minutes) that span a broad array of subjects, in the following categories:

  • Animal behavior and ecology
  • Science and research
  • Wildlife-human connections
  • “Wild Side" submissions (fun, creative, and unusual formats such as music videos)

Contact us

Fish & Wildlife Film Festival
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 1136
Moscow, ID, 83844


2020 U of I Fish & Wildlife Film Festival Preview

2020 Festival

The 2020 Virtual Fish and Wildlife Film Fest showing
was Nov. 6 and Nov. 13, 6-8:00 p.m. PDT.

This year we partnered with The Wildlife Society(TWS) to share our film festival as part of the TWS conference from Sept. 28 - Oct. 1 and featured some of our film makers in a panel discussion.

Renewal: Think Like a Scientist - Jessica Plumb
A Kind of Common Thread - Cella Wright
Poachers and Protectors: The Story of Scarlet Macaws in Honduras - Christi Lowe
The Human - Harko Wubs
Masters of Camouflage - Grant Callegari
Horse Rich and Dirt Poor - Ben Masters and Charles Post
Helping 6 Species Adapt to Climate Change - Lacy Robinson
Ferret Town - Virginia Moore
Birds in Their Hands - Olivia Belluck, Olivia Coleman, and Noah Kane
The Hart - Henry Lin
Smart Slime? - Juliette Martineau
The Last Green Thread - Danny Schmidt and Eric Bendick
Nutz & Bolts - Sam Avery
Pangolin - Katie Schuler

Where Life Begins - Katie Schuler
Noor- Queen of Ranthambore - Porus Khareghat
The Catch - Sam Avery
Markets for Conservation: Reining in the Wild Horse Crisis - Holly Fretwell
Anegada- Land of the Iguanas - Madeleine Westwood
Beauty and the Bees - James Bateman
When Roads Meet Wildlife Migration Paths - Katrina Bellefeuille
Golden - Charles Post
To BOLDly Go - Josh Silberg and Katrina Pyne
The Bee Rescuer - Bidit Roy
The Sixth Extinction - Klopas Oey
The Puddle - Rob Tiffin
(Re)Connecting Wild - Jake Willers
Reef Revolution - Rebecca Pratt
Flying With Spider Monkeys - Luis Palomino Benítez and Molly Ferrill

  • All submissions should be 1-10 minutes long, unless submitting as a "feature film", and should be primarily original footage taken by the submitter or their team members (i.e., little or no stock footage). The submitter must have received permission to use any non-original audio (i.e., music) or video content. Video quality should be HD to facilitate in-theatre screening.
  • All submissions should be based on scientifically-accurate information, and with the exception of "wild side" submissions, must include at least some verbal communication, which should be in English (or subtitled).
  • Film makers should indicate which category they think their submission should fall under (although we reserve the right to change submission categories as needed).
  • All submissions may be used in our film festival outreach activities during subsequent years.
  • Each film maker may only submit 2 films total, and each film must be in a separate category.

  • Top entries will be determined by a panel of judges from the wildlife and creative professions.
  • The top 2 entries and the best student film from each of the 4 categories will be screened at our festival along with other official selections as screen time allows, plus one longer (10-15 minutes) feature film.

The Fish & Wildlife Film Festival at the University of Idaho is dedicated to enhancing knowledge and stewardship of wild nature, including fish and wildlife, the wild landscapes they depend on, and the communities that they sustain.

Through our film festival, we challenge filmmakers at all levels, from K-12 students to university students and professionals, to develop and share dynamic films that excite and engage for the benefit of nature and natural resources.

Below are our winners in each category, as well as official selections.

Decision  Category  Filmmaker  Project Title
1st Animal Behavior and Ecology Kori Price The Anomalies: Venom Race
1st Feature Length (10-16min) Scott Dobson Fix And Release
1st Science and Research Ben Masters & Charles Post Return of the Texas Bighorn 
1st Wild Side Carol Chambers Six Mile Stretch
1st Wildlife-Human Connections  Adam Cole The Hopeful Tale Of A Doomed Fox
2nd Animal Behavior and Ecology Chris Orr The Flow of Life
2nd Feature Length (10-16min) Jane Fugate Messengers: The Owls of Mescalero
Science and Research David Garrison 1000s of Bugs, 100 Islands, 1 Happy Entomologist
2nd Wild Side Erin Anfinson In the Tallgrass
2nd Wildlife-Human Connections Kori Price Forgotten But Not Gone: The Pacific Fisher
Grad Student Winner Animal Behavior and Ecology Tiffany Deater Life of the Sengi
Grad Student Winner Feature Length (10-16min) Brian Gersten Caviar Dreams
Grad Student Winner Science and Research Ashley Siana Yellowstone Invader
Grad Student Winner Wild Side Nicolas De oliveira
Grad Student Winner Wildlife-Human Connections Yegane Moghaddam
On the Cover
Official Selection Wildlife-Human Connections Brita Olson Roots: Bringing back the Bull River
Official Selection Feature Length (10-16min) Emily Bergstrom Time for the Grizzly?
Official Selection Feature Length (10-16min) Dimitri Martin Genaudeau
The Bark Beetle of Šumava
Official Selection Feature Length (10-16min) Gunjan Menon
The Firefox Guardian
Official Selection Feature Length (10-16min) Nardine Groch
The Great Pretender
Official Selection Science and research Michael Lucid
Multi-species Baseline Initiative: Winter Bait Stations
Official Selection Science and research Danny Copeland
Tracking Snow
Official Selection Wild Side Alexis Morisson
Official Selection Wildlife-Human Connections Kori Price The Path Back

We received over 120 submissions from more than 30 countries around the world. Below are our winners in each category, as well as official selections.

Decision  Category  Filmmaker  Project Title
1st Science and research Meigan Henry Mexican Fishing Bats
1st Ecology and behavior Mike Johnson Oceanic Aliens
1st Science and research Tracy Graziano Ruffed Grouse
1st Wildlife-human connections Daniel Schmidt Running Wild 
1st Wild side Mark Burchick The Local Oyster Stout
1st Feature-length film George Olah The Macaw Project - Biologists, Ecotourists and Local Communities for the Amazonian Rainforest
K12 1st K-12 Student Tia Vierling The Fin of the Shark: A Cautionary Tale
K12 2nd
K-12 Student Avery Caudill Return to the River
K12 3rd K-12 Student David Benjamin The Bird Painter
Runner up Ecology and behavior David Garrison Beauty and the Feast: When Herring Come to Spawn
Runner up Wildlife-human connections Shaktiraj Jadeja HOME
Runner up Wild side Victoria Osborn Stream That I Call Home
University student 1st University Student Robert Glowacky Bringing Back Bodrik
University student 2nd University Student Itai Hagage Below 0¡
University student 3rd University Student Cody Dey The Birds and the Bears
Official Selection Science and research Meigan Henry  Auditing the Blue Blood Bank
Official Selection Wildlife-human connections Scott Rulander Clark Fork River Delta "Restoring Wildlife Habitat for Future Generations"
Official Selection Wildlife-human connections James Gregg Climate Change PSA
Official Selection Wildlife-human connections Jeremy Roberts Cold Waters (short)
Official Selection Wild Side James Gregg Fun Facts About Goats
Official Selection Wild Side Nadasdy Film Habitat
Official Selection Science and research Meigan Henry Here Be Tiny Dragons (and Other Micro Beasts)
Official Selection Science and research Jeremy Roberts Saving Ferrets with Peanut Butter and Drones
Official Selection Science and research Nick Brown The Kodiak Brown Bear Project

Sophie Gilbert, Lisette Waits

Planning Committee:
Faculty - Kerri Vierling, Chris Caudill, David Roon, Russell Meeuf

Graduate Students:
Ian Smith, Nicole Bilodeau

Contact Us

Fish and Wildlife Sciences

Physical Address:
975 W. 6th Street
Moscow, Idaho

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1136
Moscow, ID 83844-1136

Phone: 208-885-6434

Fax: 208-885-5534


Web: College of Natural Resources

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