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International Wildlife Film Festival returns for 42nd year in Missoula

MISSOULA – Lions, tigers, and bears took over the streets of Missoula for the “Wild Walk” over the weekend to celebrate the annual International Wildlife Film festival in Missoula.

MTN News caught up with some filmmakers to hear about their experiences so far in Missoula.

The International Wildlife Film Festival began its 42nd year on April 13 at the Roxy Theater featuring works about climate change, endangered species and more.

Before the screenings began people participated in the Wild Walk to celebrate their love of nature — and of the historic theater.

The community comes out and likes shows up so so, and such a huge way. And we kind of ride the wave that the Roxy has carved out for us,” Roxy Art Director Carrie Richer said.

One group of filmmakers came all the way from Greenland to have their film shown and said they were impressed with the cities excitement for education.

The whole idea of having a festival that is slowly introducing or telling stories about wildlife is quite wonderful,” filmmaker Pipaluk Iykke observed.

“And we were so lucky that we were here on the first day of the festival with the wild walk and we saw how children and youth and families celebrated wildlife.”

The crew produced a film about the rich culture of sled dog racing.

“Slow dogging is so much about being with the environment and I think that’s…I hope that it inspires people to both go into nature and of course try and do what they can to tell about the experiences we all have when we go into nature,” Iykke told MTN News.

Click here for more information about the International Wildlife Film Festival.

Lauren Heiser

Lauren Heiser

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