The International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula is the oldest and longest running nature and wildlife film festival in the world. Festival Producer Jeri Rafter explains some of the fun things associated with this event.

“The first day is April 15, we kick it off with WildWalk at 11:30 down at the X’s on Higgins and have a parade down Higgins,” said Rafter. “Then we flow right into WildFest from 12-3 down in Caras Park. It is a great event for kids. WildWalk is super fun because you can dress up as your favorite animal. Come on down and kick off our 25th WildWalk this year.”

According to Rafter, Planet Earth 2 is their headliner film, but one film in particular has some local ties to Missoula.

“Another big film is Yasuni Man,” Rafter said. “It is about a tribe in the Amazon and oil companies starting to encroach on their land and where they live. It is made by Ryan Killackey and he is a former grad out of UM who studied Wildlife Biology. He spent seven years making this film.”

This event will take place from April 15-22, with a majority of the films being shown at The Roxy Theater. The Festival is offering many different ticket options including an all access pass for $250.