JHWFF
240 S. Glenwood, Suite 112
PO Box 3940
Jackson, WY 83001
307-200-3286

2017 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

Widely considered the most prestigious honor in natural history filmmaking, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival celebrates the world's most innovative wildlife, nature and science storytelling.

The JHWFF encourages the production of natural history programming around the world by providing non-fiction media industry stakeholders with an international film forum in which to conduct business, test new equipment, refine production techniques and celebrate the world's finest nature and science programming.

JHWFF's Vision: "We inhabit a place of transcendent beauty, in a world facing unprecedented global environmental threats. We believe in the power of ideas and the power of media to inspire wonder and catalyze change through personal action."

About the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival’s (JHWFF’s) programs promote public awareness and stewardship of wildlife and wildlife habitat through the innovative use of media. Since 1991, its annual conferences draw together international leaders in science, conservation, broadcasting and media. For three days this year, committed cat advocates will convene for the Jackson Hole Conservation Summit: Cats (Sept. 24-26), to share resources and strategies, address critical challenges and brainstorm innovative approaches for collaboration. They will join 650+ of the world’s most influential filmmakers and commissioners at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival to celebrate the world’s finest nature programming and explore innovative ways to integrate media centrally into the battle against global wildlife crime.

Conservation Summit: Cats - September 24 - 26 2017
Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival - September 25 - 29 2017

Important Dates

March 1: Film Competition Opens
May 1: Festival & Summit early-bird registration opens
June 1: Film Competition Closes
June 15: Late Film Entry Deadline (additional fees)
August 1: Finalists announced
September 24 - 26: Conservation Summit (Theme: Cats)
September 25 - 29: Wildlife Film Festival
September 28: Grand Teton Awards Gala & Film Competition Winners Announced 

News

 

FESTIVAL & SUMMIT PROGRAMMING

3 August 2017

2017 FANTASTIC FINALISTS ANNOUNCED ......see them here ...

29 June 2017

This year Jackson Hole is offering 20+ Commissioners sessions and 50+ finalist film screenings. To find our more, follow this link: http://www.jhfestival.org/programming.html. Please note that sessions are not "locked" and are subject to change.

All Festival & Summit programming will take place at the Jackson Lake Lodge, with the exception of a few social events!

Festival & Summit Programming Highlights include:
Sunday: Cat Summit Day
Monday & Tuesday: Sunset Happy Hours 
Wednesday: Nat Geo BBQ (transportation provided)
Thursday: Grand Teton Awards Gala (transportation provided)
Friday: In-the-field excursions and workshops (transportation provided)

Carbon Offset Programme - Jackson Hole is offering the addition of a modest Carbon Offset Fee of $25, added to your cart and registration cost if you choose, in an effort to counterbalance carbon emissions from attendees' travel. Donations will be put towards a Gold Standard Offset program. We greatly appreciate your participation.

 

2017 Volunteer Program - Apply Now!

Jackson Hole Festival is looking for fun, energetic individuals to assist with the 2017 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival & Conservation Summit. Volunteers are appreciated for a variety of skills including tech support, venue operations, special events and registration. There are many perks, including Festival passes and lodging - for more information, click here.

Application Deadline: June 1

26 April 2017

 

REGULAR FILM DEADLINE: 1 JUNE 2017

The first round of Festival & Summit programming is now LIVE! Click here to see what's in store for 2017. Final deadline for 2017 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival is June 15. Enter today at jhfestival.org. We are looking for fun, energetic individuals to assist with the 2017 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival & Conservation Summit. Apply today at to be a volunteer!

24 May 2017

 

EXTENDEAD DEADLINE (with price increase): 15 JUNE 2017

Looking for Preliminary Judges - PLEASE GET IN TOUCH !

 

LEGACY AWARDS WINNERS

Each year, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival & Conservation Summit recognizes notable achievement in natural history science, media and conservation. This year the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival honors two outstanding conservation projects with Legacy Awards: Greg Carr, the Gorongosa Restoration Project and Kris Tompkins, Tompkins Conservation.

This year’s honorees, Gorongosa National Restoration Project and Tompkins Conservation, will accept their Legacy Awards at a gala event slated for September 28, during the biannual Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival & Conservation Summit (September 25-29) [...]

13 April 2017

 

The team at JH are in the preliminary stages of programming for the 2017 Festival, and want to know what you want to attend. What workshops are you most interested in? Click here and take this two-minute survey. Thank you! 

Award Categories

CONTENT CATEGORIES

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR - Awarded to the program that most effectively explores animal behavior in a new, fresh, imaginative or authoritative way. ($180)

ECOSYSTEM - Awarded to the program that most effectively explores a unique habitat and its wildlife. ($180)  

CONSERVATION - Awarded to the program that most effectively contributes to an awareness of timely and relevant conservation issues and/or solutions. ($180) 

PEOPLE & NATURE - Awarded to the program that most effectively explores the interdependent relationship between humans and animals or the environment.  ($180)

CLIMATE - Awarded for the best examination of our changing planet, including human impact, the environment, sustainability and climate change. ($180)

SCIENCE IN NATURE - Awarded to the program that most effectively incorporates science, the scientific method and scientific discovery into an understanding of some aspect of the natural world.  ($180)

IMPACT - Awarded to the film that most effectively celebrates the impact of individuals, groups, organizations or movements committed to the protection, awareness or understanding of a species, ecosystem or some other aspect of the natural world. ($180)

PROGRAM CATEGORIES

EDUCATIONAL / INSTITUTIONAL - Awarded to the non-broadcast or commercially distributed program that most successfully educates its audience on some aspect of the natural world. This includes projects created by government agencies, NGOs, universities and other institutions. ($90)

LIMITED SERIES - LONG - Awarded to the mini-series with episodes longer than 20 minutes in length, that most effectively advances a natural history theme. Individual episodes may be entered into other categories. Submit three episodes that best represent the series. CLICK HERE for special entry requirements for this category.  ($240)

LLIMITED SERIES - SHORT - Awarded to the mini-series with episodes shorter than 20 minutes in length, that most effectively advances a natural history theme of any length may enter. Individual episodes may be entered into other categories. Submit three episodes that best represent the series. CLICK HERE for special entry requirements for this category. ($120)

ENGAGING YOUTH - Awarded to the program that most effectively inspires an appreciation of the natural world, or issues associated with animals and the environment to young people 6-12 years of age. ($60)

HOST / PRESENTER-LED - Awarded to the program that makes the most effective use of a host or presenter in communicating an appreciation and understanding of the natural world. ($120)

SHORT - Awarded to the program, between five and 20 minutes in length (including PSAs, music videos, and campaigns), that best advances an appreciation or understanding of the natural world. ($90)

MICRO-MOVIE - Awarded to the most effective and compelling project under five minutes in length (including PSAs, music videos, and campaigns), that best advances an appreciation or understanding of the natural world. ($60)

THEATRICAL -Awarded to the program created for commercial distribution that best advances an appreciation or understanding of the natural world. This category includes programs distributed in theaters, BluRay/DVD or streamed via the internet. ($120)

STUDENT & EMERGING - Presented in recognition of the best program produced by either a first-time filmmaker in the field of natural history production, or a student currently enrolled or no more than 2 years out of an academic program. All entering filmmakers will need to provide proof they are eligible for this category in the form of a student I.D. or statement and resume. CLICK HERE for special entry requirements for this category.  ($60)

INTERACTIVE - Awarded to the project that best integrates the interactive potential of digital media to engage awareness and understanding of the natural world, including apps, games, web-based, mobile, and downloadable personal media. CLICK HERE for special entry requirements for this category.  ($60)

360 STORYTELLING - Awarded to the best natural history program created for the immersive platform of Virtual Reality. CLICK HERE for special entry requirements for this category. ($90)

CRAFT CATEGORIES

AUDIOSCAPE - Awarded for the combined contribution of sound editing, musical score, production mixing and post-production mixing that most enhances the natural history program of which it is a part. Sponsored and judged by Dolby Laboratories. CLICK HERE for special entry requirements for this category. ($120)

VISUALIZATION - Awarded for the live or computer generated visual imaging, modeling and other visual storytelling that most enhances the natural history program of which it is a part. If sufficient entries are submitted, organizers/judges may create separate categories. ($120)

EDITING - Awarded for the editing that most enhances the natural history program of which it is a part. ($120)

ORIGINAL MUSICAL SCORE - Awarded for the original musical score that most enhances the natural history program of which it is a part.  Judging committee to include producers, musicians and composers. ($120)

WRITING - Awarded for the writing that most enhances the natural history program of which it is a part through the union of imagery, storyline, dialog and narration. CLICK HERE for special entry requirements for this category.  ($120)

 

 

Senior Team​

​Lisa Samford, Executive Director; Christie Quinn, Operations Director; Dana Grant: Film Competition; Kathryn Jeffords: Marketing; Melanie Judd: Development

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FILM ENTRY AND FESTIVAL CLICK HERE 

 

   

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