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Saturday, April 19

10:45 a.m. - WildWalk Parade: Theme is "Creatures of the Night." Meet at Circle Square (next to the red "Xs" sculpture in downtown Missoula)

Noon-2 p.m., Caras Park (next to the Clark Fork River) - WildFest, activities for the whole family including live demonstrations by Raptors of the Rockies, track-making, face-painting, hands-on arts and crafts activities, booths, demos, food and music.

Co-sponsored by the Missoula Downtown Association.

2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Wilma Theater. Film screenings of award-winning films. Tickets are $5/adults, $4/students, $3/youth (12 and under).

Sunday, April 20

2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Wilma Theater. Film screenings of award-winning films.

Monday, April 21

10 a.m.-4 p.m. - Roxy Theater and festival headquarters, 718 S. Higgins Ave. Delegate registration opens at IWFF headquarters.

All Day: Half- and full-day fly fishing trips led by Montana fishing outfitters; contact IWFF for schedules and fees. Fishing guides by Kesel's 4-Rivers.

9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m. - Wilma Theater. Film screenings (Monday-Friday.)

Tuesday, April 22

9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m. - Wilma Theater. Film screenings (Monday-Friday.)

10 a.m.-4 p.m. - Roxy Theater and IWFF Headquarters. Delegate registration.

5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. - "Welcome to Missoula Party," sponsored by the Discovery Channel, hosted by the Art Museum of Missoula. Wine, appetizers with Mexican flavor.

Wednesday, April 23

9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m. - Wilma Theater. Film screenings (Monday-Friday.)

9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. - Roxy Headquarters. Opening seminar of the 26th IWFF: "Wildlife in Focus: Then and Now."

Role and effect of wildlife films over the past 25 years on species and habitat. Using clips from the IWFF film library and other broadcast sources, panel will examine the impact of natural history films on sensitive species and critical regions of the world, how these areas have changed and the influence of natural history programming.

Panelists: Chair-Janet Rose, executive director, IWFF; Larry Curtis, Filmmakers for Conservation; Maureen Lemire, executive director, Natural History Unit, Discovery Channel; Doug Hawes-Davis, filmmaker, High Plains Films (independent); Kristen Berry, National Audubon Society; Bob Anderson, U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor specializing in illegal wildlife trade issues.

11a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Roxy Headquarters. Seminar - "Working in the Wider World: Impact of Global Events on Natural History Film."

A poor economy and wider global issues have a tremendous impact on available air time as well as financing for wildlife films. What are the effects and results when the world is in tumult and how can filmmakers respond?

Panelists: Chair, Justine Schmidt Discovery; Mark Johnson, former ambassador, director, World Affairs Council; Jafaar Hussein, television director, Kuwait Television/Sciences Division; Maureen Lemire - Discovery Channel; Cindy Shiner - Freedom House, formerly for the United Nations.

Noon -2 p.m. - Seminar at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (bus transport provided, pick up at Roxy Theatre, 11:30 a.m.) - "Hunting & Conservation - Finding Common Ground"

Any discussion of hunting and its relationship with conservation brings about vocal reactions and differing, often hotly debated viewpoints. For filmmakers, understanding these views and the impact and influence of hunting on species is critical. Buffet lunch provided.

Panelists: Chair: Jon Fossel, interim president and CEO, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation; Lex Hames, Wildlife Filmmaker, formerly with Ducks Unlimited Video and Film Unit; Jay Gore, retired, USFS National grizzly bear habitat coordinator; George Bettas, Boone and Crockett Club; Doug Hawes-Davis, filmmaker, High Plains Films.

2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Roxy - Workshop: "SONY Showcase - HD & DV."

Sony technology experts will be on hand all week with the latest technology, cameras and equipment for hands-on demos and practice sessions that will be offered in studio later in the week, in the field. SONY cameras and equipment will be on display and available for tryout throughout the week. Sony's Bill Everett, cameraman Randy Wimberg, Craig Beardsley and others will be your technology guides.

2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Roxy - Seminar: "The Jungle is Fraught With Danger: The Role of Narrative in Natural History Film."

Story has become one of the primary concerns for a filmmaker. But no one is talking about how well science and natural history lend themselves to the idea of traditional narrative. How compatible is science to traditional methods of storytelling? Is it possible to make an objective wildlife film?

Panelists: Chair: Ronald Tobias, MSU graduate program in NH Film, film producer/Discovery, president of Black Dog Films; Walter Metz, School of Media and Theater Arts, MSU; Gregg Mittman, professor of history of science, medical history, and science and technology studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison.; Annick Smith, award-winning writer and film producer.

6 p.m.-10 p.m., Fire Creek Ranch, Nine Mile Valley (bus pickup at Holiday Inn Parkside, 5:30 p.m.) - SONY-sponsored party: "Moon Over Montana/Night Under the Stars." Western attire; dining and dancing in heated arena; fly fishing at the ranch; rodeo demonstrations; other events. Critical Martini is the guest entertainment; western buffet style dinner of ribs, chicken, corn bread, hot huckleberry bread pudding.

Bus transportation will be provided for the evening.

Thursday, April 24

9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m. - Wilma Theater. Film screenings (Monday-Friday.)

8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Field trip to National Bison Range, limited to 35 participants; advance sign up required. Bus transportation: $20/person. Wildlife biologist Erick Greene is guide.

9 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Roxy - Seminar: "Rising Expectations/Falling Budgets."

Tips from broadcasters, filmmakers and distributors on how to get more bang for your buck, covering best way to make your deal and spend dollars for maximum effect.

Panelists: Chair, Maureen Lemire, Discovery Channel; Larry Zetlin, television producer, Gulliver Media, Australia; Mike Gunton, editor, BBC; Hans Rosenwinkel, independent producer and assistant professor of video/TV/digital media production, University of Idaho; Kathryn Pasternak, supervising producer, National Geographic television and film.

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Roxy - Workshop: "Alternative Financing: Fund-raising For Your Film."

Fund-raiser and filmmaker Chris Palmer of the National Wildlife Federation leads the workshop. He is executive producer of IMAX wildlife films and will give tips and hands-on information for financing projects. Workshop looks at nontraditional fund-raising avenues and alternative sources of funding.

1 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Grizzly Pool, University of Montana campus - Advance sign up required; limited to approximately 20 participants. Bus transportation provided w/pick up at Roxy theater at 12:45 p.m.

Workshop: "Underwater Filmmaking Part 1: Into the Pool."

Try underwater camera equipment led by award-winning filmmaker, diver and cameraman Rick Rosenthal. Joining him during the week is award-winning Titanic producer and director of photography Al Giddings. Workshop allows tryouts of cameras, housing, lighting rigs and more.

1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Roxy - Seminar: " 'Live' Pitching" (advance sign up required.)

Pitch an idea to the commissioners. Audience participation welcome without sign up.

Panelists: Phil Fairclough, Discovery Channel; Mike Gunton, BBC's Kathryn Pasternak; supervising producer, National Geographic television and film.

4 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Wilma Theater - Keynote address by William Weber, director of the WCS North America Program. "In the Kingdom of Gorillas: Telling Stories with Popular Appeal and Conservation Content."

Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation and Chris Palmer, president and CEO of National Wildlife Productions. Reception and book signing will follow the keynote at Marianne's Café at the Wilma.

Public invited by advance ticket ($15), which includes evening films. Free for registered delegates.

Bill Weber is director of the internationally renowned Wildlife Conservation Society's North America program. Headquartered in New York City, WCS has conservation projects in more than 50 countries. Weber and his wife, wildlife biologist Amy Vedder, have spent much of their lives in Rwanda, dedicated to protecting the endangered mountain gorilla. Many films and television programs have been made about their work and their recent book about their experiences, "In the Kingdom of Gorillas," was selected as one of the top science and nature books of 2001. The talk will blend first-hand experiences among the mountain gorillas with lessons from a successful conservation effort that continues to this day, despite civil war, AIDS, and a host of related trials. Weber draws on 30 years of conservation experience to assess the potential for wildlife filmmaking that informs, entertains and advances the cause of global conservation.

6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Red Room/Green Light Bar, downstairs at the Wilma Theater - "Wild-life" Party, compliments of the Graduate Program in Science and Natural History Filmmaking, Department of Media and Theatre Arts, Montana State University and Ronald Tobias, chairman. Jazz; appetizers; pool games.

Friday, April 25

9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m. - Wilma Theater. Film screenings (Monday-Friday.)

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Raptors of the Rockies field trip. Limited to about 30 people; $10/person; advance sign ups required. Transport pick up at Roxy at 8:30 a.m.

Raptors of the Rockies is dedicated to the rehabilitation of injured raptors. Visitors will see the center and a raptor demonstration with founder and director, Kate Davis.

9:30a.m.-11:30 p.m., Roxy - Workshop: "Script-writing for Contemporary Television and Film." Led by National Geographic Award-winning writer, John Goodman.

Putting a script together in the current style is an art that can be honed and learned. This workshop is designed to help you master it.

Panelists: Chair: Michael Parfit, award-winning scriptwriter, contributor for National Geographic Today and magazine; Annick Smith, award-winning writer and film producer; Janet Hess, award-winning writer and producer on PBS' "Nature."

10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Roxy - Seminar: "Wolves: An American Saga - How Filmmakers Tell This Story and Their Impact on an Amazing Species."

As the eyes of the camera are focused on this species, what impact are filmmakers having on this animal's fate?

Panelists: Chair, Chris Palmer, National Wildlife Federation; Bob Landis, wildlife filmmaker; Vanessa Schulz, filmmaker; Isaac Babcock, wolf biologist and beginning filmmaker; Dr. Mark Johnson, veterinarian and director of Global Veterinary Resources; Janet Rose, IWMC-IWFF executive director, former investigative journalist.

12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m., Roxy - "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" with buffet lunch.

Special presentation of slides and talk with premier mountain climber and guide Skip Horner, foremost explorer, adventurer and mountain climber, having guided all seven summits of the world.

1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Roxy - Workshop: "Introduction to Sound Recording"

Hone skills for expert sound recording in the field. A hands-on workshop, sound recordists will show you the most important tips and tricks for capturing the best in natural sound.

Panel: William Marcus, director, Broadcast Media Center, University of Montana; Pam Voth, president, Pavement Ends Productions.

1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Roxy - Workshop: "Underwater Workshop - Part 2."

Critiques of what participants did in Part 1.

1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m., Roxy - Workshop: "The Final Score - Music Workshop."

Hosted by Charles Denler, Little River Music. Workshop focuses on current scoring/orchestration techniques and will include live demonstrations of thematic composition and indigenous instrumentation. Film scoring samples from NGT, Nova, IMAX and PBS will be used throughout the workshop.

4 p.m.-5 p.m., Roxy - Seminar: "Alternative Distribution - Internet and Broadband"

Alternative sources, including the sale of stock footage to Internet and broadband.

Panelist: Hardy Jones.

6 p.m. - Western barn dance, Trotting Horse Stables. Bus pickup at Holiday Inn, 5.30 p.m. Sponsored by National Geographic Television & Film. Western attire; western music by one of Montana's own leading western stars, Rob Quist and his band, Great Northern; team penning, calf roping, western and English western riding demonstrations; heated arena for a western buffet; wines, Montana-brewed Kettle House beer; old-time western auction led by cattleman and professional auctioneer Bill Holt, with a chance to bid on some great western art or artifacts.

Saturday, April 26

2 p.m., 4.30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Wilma Theater - Film screenings.

9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Smurfit-Stone Paper Mill (pickup at Roxy Theater) - limited to 25-30 delegates. Field trip and workshop: "Camera-HD/DV Field Workshop"

Stone Container, a paper pulp mill and home to marsh bird habitat in Frenchtown, 20 miles west of Missoula. Participants will be able to take along the latest SONY HD/DV technology to try out, making this hands-on workshop for filmmakers wanting to try out the latest equipment or simply see some unique marsh birds. Birder Larry Weeks of Five Valleys Audubon takes participants on a tour of the habitat restoration efforts going on at this rural paper mill.

9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. - Raft field trip, hosted by 10,000 Waves.

Outfitter Deb Moravec takes participants along the Alberton Gorge, with a sack lunch. For all skill levels. Fee is $54, with 10 percent donated to IWFF. Contact 10,000 Waves directly for information or to register and sign up for this event: (800) 537-8315.

10 a.m.-11:30a.m., Roxy - Seminar and workshop: "Children's Programming Gets Wild: What to Look Forward to in Programming for Young Audiences."

Discussion and workshop, open to teachers and students, will focus on the kinds of programs that work for young people with clips of some of the newest programs coming off the production pike. Requested donation: $5 for nonregistered delegates.

Panelists: Chair, Jeannie Vink, executive producer, Animal Planet; Chris Palmer, National Wildlife Federation, National Wildlife Productions; Dr. Charles Jonkel, Great Bear Foundation and bear biologist; Sheila Laffey, children's program producer and filmmaker.

12:30 p.m.-1 p.m., Roxy - Special presentation in high definition by award-winning producer and underwater director of photography, Al Giddings.

1 p.m.-3 p.m., Roxy - Workshop: "Making the Most of Yourself - as a Wildlife Filmmaker, Educator and Communicator." Advance sign up suggested; general public must register, $25/person.

In a radically changing economy and society in a state of political uncertainty, we may need to reexamine our approach to work, the natural environment and our personal lives. How we focus on our professional and personal goals is critical to our success and effectiveness as filmmakers. For those involved in communications - as educators, filmmakers, writers and related fields, the opportunities that lie ahead are uncertain. How we adjust to these changes and succeed in the face of these, is the focus of this workshop. Open to registered delegates and general public by advance registration. Led by Chris Palmer of the National Wildlife Federation Films, president and CEO of National Wildlife Productions and executive producer of IMAX wildlife films. Buffet luncheon precedes the workshop and is included in the registration fee. Registration fee for the general public and nonregistered delegates is $25/person. Free for registered delegates. For information or to register, contact IWFF at 728-9380.

1 p.m.-3 p.m., Roxy - Seminar: "Graphics Make the Movie."

Using graphics and special effects to improve films. Are we being truthful when we use CGI to create an animal from the past, future or other imaginary sources? Is there any harm in animating a deep ocean trench that could otherwise not be filmed? Does CGI give us the scope to really show the planet's wonders or are we taking inappropriate liberties?

Panelists: Chair, David Evans, Spirit Creative; Mike Gunton, BBC (tentative); Randy Ramsey, Spirit Creative; Jeanie Vink, executive producer, Animal Planet.

3:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m., Roxy - Workshop: "Underwater Workshop, Part 3."

For those who did not attend parts one and two: a discussion about the future of underwater camerawork, techniques of aquatic filming and where this part of wildlife filmmaking is going. HD special presentation by award-winning producer Al Giddings.

Panelists: Rick Rosenthal, John Brooks, Al Giddings, Roy O'Connor.

5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Roxy - Awards Ceremony

Merit Award certificates and Best of Category awards given out; after ceremony and reception, award-winners take the stage at the Wilma Theater, where they will be introduced publicly and will meet the general public. Each filmmaker will be introduced by name and company during this dramatic ceremony. Sponsored by the Missoula Independent.

7:30 p.m., Wilma Theater - Award winners take the stage.

8 p.m.-10 p.m. Red Room/Green Light Bar, downstairs, Wilma - Wrap party and farewell event. Music by Latin/salsa band, Cocinanda.

Sunday, April 27

2 p.m. - Farewell barbecue at Smoke Elser's, hosted by Chuck Jonkel.

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