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Wild Rivers Film Tour

Wild Rivers Film Tour 2018

Call for Film Submissions


The Wild Rivers Film Tour returns in 2018 as a celebration of wild rivers and a call to action for protecting more of the rivers we all cherish. The made-in-Montana film tour was born out of a partnership between American Rivers and Greater Yellowstone Coalition, two non-profit organizations committed to protecting and enhancing ecosystems that depend on clean and free-flowing rivers.

The Wild Rivers Film Tour operates with a “mom and pop” business style. Our goal is to share the love of Montana’s awe-inspiring rivers and engage more people in the fight to protect them. At the end of the day we need to cover our costs; we aren’t hosting this film tour to get rich. The Wild Rivers Film Tour is fiscally sponsored by American Rivers and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, both 501(c)3 nonprofit conservation organizations.

2018 happens to be the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, which is one of the most effective tools we have to ensure that our favorite rivers are protected now and for future generations. Although Montana boasts over 171,000 miles of rivers, only 368 miles are permanently protected as free flowing and clean under the act. We consider this milestone another worthy reason to celebrate our rivers and advocate for more of them to be designated as Wild and Scenic.

Last year, the Wild Rivers Film Tour had seven stops in Montana: Billings, Bozeman, Big Sky, Emigrant, Livingston, Missoula, Montana State University and Whitefish. Approximately 800 people attended the various showings and thousands were reached through our social media, radio and other local marketing outlets.

We hope to grow our audience sizes and add more stops on the tour in 2018, hosting our shows during the months of March, April and May. However, we are always open to showing our films for a last minute request at a brewery or for a college class. No audience is too small or insignificant!

Film Requirements and Preferences:

  • Thematically, films that in some way celebrate and/or highlight a story or challenge related to wild rivers.
  • Films do not have to focus on an officially designated wild and scenic river, but a wild river in spirit.
  • Films can come from any location in the world.
  • Film length(s): Shorts approximately 5-20 minutes or features approximately 30-45 minutes.
  • Submissions should include links to films via Vimeo with an associated password.
  • Film versions should be of high definition, high resolution quality.
  • Entry deadline is February 15, 2018. Entry can be rough or incomplete. We are flexible and can work with you depending upon where you are in the process. In addition, filmmakers should provide a short film narrative, two screenshots or stills from their film,a logo in jpg format (if applicable), and your desired production credits.

Should your film be selected for the tour, we will need a completed version ready for audience viewing no later than March 15, 2018. This should be a ProRes version, downloadable from either Vimeo or Dropbox.

Past film examples and running times:

  • The Wild President (6:25) – Will Stauffer-Norris
  • Every Bend (7:54) – The Noble Lab
  • Convergence (12:30) – Jeremy Roberts, Conservation Media
  • Milk and Honey (14:02) – Justin Clifton
  • The Shape of a River (12:01) – Ocean Media Institute
  • Avanyu (8:09) – Dana Romanoff and Amy Marquis
  • The Super Salmon (25:02) – Ryan Peterson
  • Our Local Epic (47:23) – Will Taggart and Aaron Pruzan

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Questions, concerns, ideas? Please include all three of us in any correspondence.

Charles Drimal –

Mike Fiebig –

Kascie Herron –