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.

Regular Deadline: June 1

Extended Deadline (with price increase): June 15

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival is dedicated to promoting public awareness and stewardship of wildlife and wildlife habitat through the innovative use of media. 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.

Our 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.

 

2017 JACKSON HOLE WILDLIFE FILM FESTIVAL FILM ENTRY OPENS ! 

 

REGULAR FILM DEADLINE: JUNE 1

EXTENDEAD DEADLINE: JUNE 15

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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