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International Wildlife Film Festival higlights

The 28th International Wildlife Film Festival
April 30 - May 7, 2005

The 28th Annual International Wildlife Film Festival and The Tarkio Retreat - Bridging the Gaps in Media, Science & Conservation

Events Schedule:
Saturday, April 30
WildWalk Parade (FREE) Higgins Ave., Downtown Missoula
New Parade time! - 12:30pm
Theme: Wild, Wooly and Wiggly
Wildlife Costume Parade for all ages! This event is free and open to all. Paraders meet at Circle Square at the Red XXXs in Downtown Missoula beginning at Noon.
WildFest Family Day (FREE)
12pm-3pm, Caras Park in Downtown Missoula
Family Day of Special Entertainment and Activities, Workshops and Art Projects
Co-sponsored by the Missoula Downtown Association
Public Film Screenings, Wilma Theatre - 131 S. Higgins
2:30pm /5pm/7:30pm

Sunday, May 1
Public Film Screenings, Wilma Theatre
Horseback Riding
Explore Missoula
Visit historic downtown; Western shops and ranch outfitters, charming cafes & shops, Art Museum, Children’s Museum, the Missoula Carousel, historic sites, Traveler’s Rest featuring Lewis & Clark memorabilia & history; hike the nearby Rattlesnake Wilderness, learn about wildlife of the Northern Rockies at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and much, much more!
Stop by Roxy Theater 9am – 12pm for maps & helpful advice/guidance

Monday, May 2
Viewing Library
9am – 4pm, Roxy Theater
Public Film Screenings, Wilma Theatre
9:30am (Films appropriate for grades K-5)
12:30pm (Films appropriate for grades 6-12)
Fly-Fishing with the World Class Pros

Welcome to Missoula Party
6:00pm – 8:00pm, ,Missoula Carousel in Caras Park

Tuesday, May 3
Viewing Library
9am – 4pm, Roxy Theater
Public Film Screenings, Wilma Theatre
9:30am (Films appropriate for grades K-5)
12:30pm (Films appropriate for grades 6-12)
Kodak Workshop: Super 16mm Motion Picture Film Training
9am – 11am & 2pm – 4pm, Holiday Inn Parkside, 200 S. Pattee

Seminar/Panel Discussion: Bridging the Gaps in Science, Media & Conservation
9am – 10:30am, Roxy Theater An in-depth exploration using concrete examples of effective collaborations and successful ventures blending media, conservation and science. Hear from leading scientists, media specialists and conservation leaders who've successfully bridged the gap between all three disciplines. This session sets the tone and theme for the 28th IWFF which will be more deeply explored throughout festival week.

Chair: Tom Veltre, Manager, Media Services – Wildlife Conservation Society
Panelists: Dr. Rick Rosenthal, Award-winning Filmmaker/Marviva Foundation, Justine Schmidt, Filmmakers For Conservation; Dr. Diane Reiss, research scientist, WCS; others TBA
Seminar/Panel Discussion: Ask the Gurus
10:45am – 12:15pm, Roxy Theater
Freeform Q&A with experts in all disciplines of film and television programming
Chair: Janet Rose, International Wildlife Film Festival/Media Center
“Gurus”: Janet Hess, Series Editor-Nature/WNET – Thirteen NY, Susan Nanus, Award-winning Screenwriter for Television Films; Emil Gallina, Graphics & Special Effects; Kim Wolhulter, Night Photography & Lighting; Adam Ravetch, Underwater Photography & Presenter/host
Field Trip (Bring Your Own Lunch): Hike the “M” - One of Missoula’s Outdoor Landmarks
12:30pm – 2:30pm, Meet at Roxy Theater
Explore and learn about the history/geology/ecology of the Missoula Valley w/ Bob Clark of the
Workshop: Listen Up!
1:00pm – 2:30pm, Roxy Theater
A hands-on Sound Workshop & Roundtable with leading sound recordists Chair: Kathy Turco Panelists: Pam Voth, Sound Recordist; Tim Barksdale, Ornithologist & Filmmaker
Seminar/Panel Discussion: High Definition In-Depth Part 1
2:45pm – 4:30pm, Roxy Theater
Filmmaker Tom Campbell moderates an in-depth discussion where successful HD cinematographers and technicians share their insights about the current state and future of high definition production. The panel will address issues concerning equipment, operation, and production for both topside and underwater HD filmmaking. This is your chance to ask those HD questions you’ve been wanting answered!
Featuring: Tom Campbell, Wes Skiles, Dennis Coffman, Michael Bravin
Chili Feed at Holt Heritage Museum in Lolo, Montana

Wednesday, May 4
1st Annual Retreat & Conference!
The Tarkio Retreat: Forging New Partnerships in Media & Conservation
Buses start loading at 8:30am at Roxy Theater – For Registered Delegates
(ALL DAY conference/retreat in one of the most beautiful settings of western Montana)
Featuring special presentations from international conservation organizations, foundations, filmmakers, broadcasters, political, corporate and policy representatives.
Special address by Dr. Shane Mahoney: A Blueprint for Wildlife & Habitat Preservation
Public Film Screenings Wilma Theatre
9:30am (Films appropriate for grades K-5)
12:30pm (Films appropriate for grades 6-12)
Thursday, May 5
Viewing Library
9am – 4pm, Roxy Theater
Public Film Screenings Wilma Theatre
9:30am (Films appropriate for grades K-5)
12:30pm (Films appropriate for grades 6-12)
Kodak Workshop: Super 16mm Motion Picture Film Training
9am – 11am & 2pm – 4pm, Holiday Inn Parkside
Pre-registration required - visit to register. Class size is limited. Kodak reserves the right to select candidates from the list of people requesting the class.
Seminar/Panel Discussion: High Definition In-Depth Part 2
9:00am – 10:30am, Roxy Theater – See Tuesday description
Seminar/Panel Discussion: Navigating the (Funding) Waters - Part 1
10:30am – 12:00pm, Roxy Theater
Hear from filmmakers, producers and distributors as they share insights and success models for getting and funding projects.
Chair: Rob Whitehair Panelists: Nick Upton, Steve Slocomb, Ken Furrow, Others TBA
Seminar/Panel Discussion:
Navigating the Waters Part 2 – Partnerships & Co-productions: Recipes for Success?
1:30pm – 3:00 pm, Roxy Theater
Chair: Vyv Simson, BBC (Tentative) Panelists: Keenan Smart, National Geographic Televison & Film; Katya Shirokow, Wild Logic; others TBA
Workshop: Pitch to the Commissioners
3:00pm – 4:45pm, Roxy Theater -
IWFF Missoula is known as the Filmmakers Festival for the networking opportunities and the intimate way in which filmmakers and producers have a chance to connect. While we don’t offer any guarantees, this is an opportunity to pitch your proposal to people who can make it happen. Come away with great advice and insights on how to improve your pitch next time or simply get attention for your projects.
Commissioners: Vyv Simson, BBC; Kathy Pasternak, NGT&F, Janet Hess, Nature Others TBA
Western Barn Dance at the Paws Up Ranch in the Blackfoot Valley
Friday, May 3
7:30-8:45am: PANASONIC Breakfast - Raven Café – E. Broadway off Higgins
Viewing Library
9am – 4pm, Roxy Theater
Public Film Screenings, Wilma Theatre
9:30am (Films appropriate for grades K-5)
12:30pm (Films appropriate for grades 6-12)
Seminar/Panel Discussion: Panel #2 SOS Foundation Seeks Marine Film Projects to Fund
9:00am – 10:30am, Roxy Theater
(Advance sign-up is required – please contact IWFF for details)
Funding will be available to selected projects!
Point/Counterpoint – Dynamic Special Session
Losing Ground? The Future of Wildlife, Natural History and Environmental Programming
Can Audience Ratings, Healthy Budgets, Ethics & Purpose Co-exist
10:30am – 12:15pm, Roxy Theater
Kathryn Pasternak, National Geographic Television and Film
Maureen Lemire, Discovery Channel (Tentative) Keenan Smart, National Geographic Television & Film (Tentative)
Robert Silvestri, Environmental Media Fund
Robert Anderson, Attorney-US Justice Department; wildlife specialist
”Jury” Foreman: Daniel Dauterive, MontanaPBS Dan Breton, Independent Filmmaker; Lea Lewis, Radio Broadcaster & Preliminary Judge; Colin Ruggierio, Student Filmmaker & Wildlife Biologist; Others TBA
FFC Members’ Luncheon
12:30pm – 2:00pm, The Bridge Bistro

Seminar/Workshop: Finish Your Film! Showcase Your Works in Progress
2:30pm – 4:30pm, Roxy Theater
Input, critiques and more, plus audience feedback with some of the best in the business. Please bring clips in VHS, DVD or Beta formats.
Awards Gala
6pm, Marianne’s Café in the Historic Wilma Building

Saturday, May 7
Viewing Library
9am – 4pm, Roxy Theater
Public Film Screenings, Wilma Theatre
Field Trip: 1/2-day Raft Trip on the Alberton Gorge with Lewis & Clark Trail Adventures (LCTA)
Round Table Discussion: Open Forum
9:30am – 11:00am, Roxy Theater
Theaters will be available for screenings and critiques; sign up available during the week.
Seminar/Panel Discussion: Anatomy of Award-winning Films
11:00am – 1:00pm, Roxy Theater
The Anatomy Series is an annual and popular tradition at IWFF, where award-winning filmmakers share their insights and thoughts on Best of Festival and Best of Category Award Winners. Every year, a grueling judging process is undertaken by IWFF judges to choose the very best of the best in wildlife and natural history films and television programming. Each year, the films that emerge are creative, unique and special. They often set the trend for new directions in filmmaking. Understanding what gives them that edge is key to our mission, to making great films and, ultimately, to survival of the field.
Scheduled: Satayama; A Boy Among Polar Bears; Monkey War and Peace, Others TBA
Farewell Missoula for Delegates – Wrap Party and Reception
7:00pm – 9:00pm, Art Museum of Missoula and the Florence Building Lobby
World Fusion music by Nathan Zavalney and Doug Murray


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