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Wild and Working Lands Film Festival

Haub School of Environment & Natural Resources

Wild and working lands Film festival

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The Inaugural Wild and Working Lands Film Festival, hosted by the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, will be held in Laramie, Wyoming, at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm) on May 5th, 2022. The festival explores the intricate connections between humans and the landscapes where we dwell, work, and play.

The Festival values diversity, justice, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, sound information, and real-world solutions. From our home at the University of Wyoming, we highlight films set in our surrounding ecoregion, including wild and rural areas of the Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, and high desert sagebrush steppe as well as stories from afar that inform our experience in the American West.



What are we interested in?

What is featured in the festival?

The Festival features films that inspire audiences to better understand our current world and work toward a future where people and natural environments prosper together by:

  • Communicating innovative research, 
  • Highlighting ground-breaking solutions,  
  • Arguing for paradigm shifts in our framing of environmental issues, 
  • Presenting portraits of people, places, environments, and relationships between them, 
  • Raising awareness of emerging issues, or  
  • Sharing indigenous and local ways of knowing. 

2022 Festival

2022 Festival

Festival Details

  • Location: Gryphon Theatre 
  • When: May 5th at 7pm Mountain Time, Doors Open at 6:30pm
  • Individuals that need sign language interpreter services at the event please contact Grace Carr at or (307)-766-5059 by Monday May 2nd


 Awards and Prizes

  • Top entries will be determined by the film festival committee of judges and will be announced and shown at the festival.
  • Two additional awards will be given by the Wyoming Migration Initiative and the Biodiversity Institute.


May 5, Program (No Specific Order | Film title - Film Director(s))

  • The Last Last Hike - Céline François
  • Cracked - MAHMUT TAŞ
  • High Plains Wild - Mariah Lundgren
  • Creating Miracles in the desert - Carol Evans
  • The Fish & the Flame - Day's Edge Productions
  • A Flyfishing Refugee - Brian Kelley
  • Denizens of the Steep - Zach Montes & Dan Gibeau
  • (RE)CONNECTING WILD - Jake Willers
  • Elk in Paradise: Rancher, Ecologist, Hunter - Holly Fretwell
  • Returning Fire to the Land - Lara Tomov
  • Horse Rich Dirt Poor - Ben Masters & Charles Post
  • Backcountry Bear Poles - Jeremy Roberts
  • If We Take Care of the Land - Alyssa Acosta
  • Game and Fish Presents-Martin Hicks - Chris Martin

Submission Details

Submissions for the 2022 Festival are now closed! Please stay tuned for updates on when submissions will open for 2023!

Wild and Working Lands Film Festival proudly accepts entries on FilmFreeway, the world's #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests.


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Rules and Terms

Rules and Terms

  • We will consider films up to 15 minutes in length for the festival. We will offer a virtual screening option for longer selected films following the in-person festival.
  • The submitter must have received permission (licenses) to use any non-original audio (i.e., music) or video content. Films should be made up of mostly (>90%) original video content.
  • Film submissions must not promote a specific product or brand. We are more interested in documentary storytelling than marketing.
  • Film submissions must be based on accurate information and should not encourage an idea or viewpoint reflecting a bias or misleading viewpoint.
  • Non-English films must include subtitles.
  • We reserve the right to use your film and still images for future festival outreach activities.

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Contacts and callouts

Haub School of ENR

University of Wyoming
Bim Kendall House
804 E Fremont St
Laramie, WY 82072

Phone: (307) 766-5080
Fax: (307) 766-5099

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