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The Fish and Wildlife Film Festival launched in 2017 as part of our department’s 75th anniversary celebration.

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Our mission

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.

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Upcoming showings of the 2017 Film Festival highlight reel:

  • Borah Theatre
    U of I campus
    April 12th | 6:00 p.m.

Submission deadline for the 2019 Film Festival:

  • December 15th, 2018

Next Film Festival Event:

  • March 28th, 2019

Winners of the 2017 Fish and Wildlife Film Festival

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

Additional details

For additional information on film festival categories, submission guidelines, rules, and awards see the Film Fest Website.

Our team

Sophie Gilbert, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management

CNR 104D


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Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences

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Lisette Waits, Ph.D.

Department Head and Distinguished Professor

CNR 103D


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Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences

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Contact us

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



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


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