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International Wildlife Film Festival 2016

International Wildlife Film Festival

The 39th Annual International Wildlife Film Festival happens at Roxy Theater at 718 S. Higgins Avenue in Missoula, Montana starting on Saturday April 16 through Saturday 23, 2016.

The WildWalk Parade (which is free to the public) happens Sunday April 17 starting at noon.  Dance, crawl, swing, and slither through downtown Missoula as the wildlife parade roars down Higgins ending at Caras Park for WildFest!

The International Wildlife Film Festival’s mission is to promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of wildlife, habitat, people and nature through excellence in film, television and other media. Their mission is fulfilled through outreach and education, and includes the following programs:

  • IWFF, our annual wildlife and conservation themed film festival

  • The Roxy’s community cinema program, a year round calendar of community-centric films and events

Throughout the year they serve a diverse, all-ages population – their constituency ranges from grade school children to elders. Their programming offers a rich variety of possibilities, from wildlife and environmental film and new and classic fiction and documentaries, to live music, poetry, performance and other cultural offerings.

The IWFF began in 1977 at the University of Montana. They have produced an annual wildlife themed film festival each year since 1977, making them the first and longest running event of its kind. In 2002, they purchased the historic Roxy Theater to act as the anchor/home for the festival.

While IWFF presented their annual event each year, and some occasional programming, the true potential for the venue was not realized until the summer of 2013 when we launched their year-round screening series and began extensive collaboration with universities, businesses and the local Missoula community.

IWFF is a non-profit that serves other non-profits by providing a venue and a gateway for the community. The Roxy is a unique venue with incredible resources including three cinema screens with HD projection, state-of-the-art sound systems, two stages and amenities ideal for conferences, film festivals and educational events.

When you visit Missoula to attend the International Wildlife Film Festival, be sure to stay at the peaceful Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  Hosts Brady and Elaine offer wonderful hospitality and luxurious accommodations.  Wake up to savor their gourmet breakfasts made fresh each morning.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

A River Runs Through Missoula

Clark Fork River Trail

Livability named their top 100 Picks for the best places to live in 2015! Missoula, Montana came in at #8 for the 100 best places to live in America.  More than 2,000 cities were looked at during the ranking so every city in the list is part of the Top 5% in the country.   Livability described the town of Missoula: “Nearby mountain ranges, three rivers and more than 400 acres of city parkland make Missoula an outdoor lover’s dream come true. Home to the University of Montana, Missoula’s breweries, coffee houses, cafes and restaurants create a unique, cool vibe. Independent bookstores, a symphony and music venues provide more entertainment options.”

On Tuesday August 12 of 2014, Outside Magazine published an article called, “The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America” they ranked Missoula, Montana as #9 on the list of great greatest places to live in America. Missoula received 40,530 votes.  “Best towns ever” had to have access to adventure, healthy eating options, bike lanes, and green spaces.  Missoula has all this and more!  The University of Montana, the town’s largest employer, cultivates youthful energy, but most activity revolves around the downtown stretch of the Clark Fork River. Brennan’s Wave attracts paddleboarders and kayakers.

Missoula Mount Sentinel Trail

Of course, residents love this town best for what lies just beyond. “Trail access here is ridiculous,” says Wolfe. “I live downtown, and I can run out my front door, be on singletrack in two minutes, and go six hours without crossing a road.”  Wolfe’s favorites include the 1.8-mile Mount Sentinel Trail, which climbs 2,000 vertical feet to views of the valley.  The University of Montana is in the foreground.

Learn to Fly Fish

It wouldn’t be a trip to Missoula, or Montana, without a fishing adventure.   Fishing is absolutely central to this community. At the convergence of the Clark Fork, Blackfoot, and Bitterroot Rivers, Missoula lives up to its name. Whether you prefer to fish from the banks of the river right in the middle of town or prefer to hire a river guide to make a whole day of your fishing expeditions, you will not be disappointed with your catch. Missoula is famous for its blue ribbon fishing, with an almost endless selection of stretches to explore. The angling is so good here, that Forbes Magazine named Missoula one of North America’s top ten trout fishing towns.  Fishing licenses are available through Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.

The three rivers that run through the town of Missoula, Montana is the setting for the 1976 fly-fishing novella by Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It.  A River Runs Through It is a story of two boys growing up in Montana with a love for fly-fishing. The book was made into an American film in 1992 directed by Robert Redford starring Brad Pitt, Craig Sheffer, and Tom Skerritt.

For those who enjoy wildlife watching, it requires vigilant eye in Missoula as well as a good pair of binoculars for optimal viewing. Wildlife watchers keep their eyes out for deer, bighorn sheep, bison, and other amazing wildlife in Missoula and the surrounding wilderness. Birdwatchers love birding in Missoula because the town offers fantastic birding-watching sites and opportunities.  The types of birds people might see in Missoula include woodpeckers, blue herons, flycatchers, bald eagles, and osprey just to name a few.

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When visitors come to Missoula, they should stay at the lovely Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  Innkeepers Brady and Elaine have glowing guest reviews. With gorgeous views, plenty to do and see, peaceful time to relax, and great food to enjoy, Brady and Elaine look forward to hosting guests who always end up as friends.

The picture just above is the beautiful mountain view guests see from the deck at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  The photo is by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography.  This blog post was written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging.

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