QR Codes 101

I just returned from a workshop on QR codes. These are the black and white square codes that are popping up everywhere. You may have even seen them on business cards while at Jackson. The codes are an instant way to access websites, movie trailers, download v-cards, access online profiles, etc via a mobile device with a camera. Many exciting current and future uses of QR codes were thrown around during the session. If you want to learn more about v-cards, here’s a funny video that explains what they are and how they can be used.

You can make you own customizable QR code online for free. There are dozens of sites, just google “QR code generator”. To be able to read QR codes, you need to download a QR scanner application on your iphone, droid, blackberry, etc. Happy Trails!

The Big Screen Project hosts JHWFF Films!

As part of our Earth Day celebrations, the Wildlife Film Festival has partnered with the Big Screen  Project to present several short films on the 30x 16.5 foot HD LED screen they have installed in a public plaza on Sixth Ave (between 29th & 30th Streets) in New York City. On April 22nd and 23rd we will screen five short projects to propel the power and meaning of Earth Day and stimulate a connection between people, media and culture.

For a full schedule of films, times and directions, click here.


Calling all Volunteers!

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival is looking for fun, energetic individuals to assist with the 2011 Festival.

Volunteers are always appreciated for a variety of skills including tech support, venue operations, special events, registration, set-up and pre-production. Full-time, part-time, one day, multiple days… the needs are varied and flexible. The work is demanding, but the rewards are many. In the months leading up to the 2011 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival & 2012 Symposium, volunteers can earn discounted or complimentary passes. We are also looking for support throughout the year within the office, setting up digital media workshops and on field expeditions.

Full-time volunteers will be needed September 29–October 8, 2011.

Volunteers who donate hours prior to and throughout the Festival and/or Symposium gain access to seminars, panel discussions, and film viewings subject to the schedule.

Full-time and part-time volunteer opportunities are available throughout the summer.

Volunteer Qualifications

Ideal volunteers may possess any or all of the following qualifications:

• Ability to coordinate the flow of information among people.

• Possess an excellent manner & can-do attitude.

• Superior organizational skills.

• Confidence.

• Fearlessness in the face of temperamental office equipment.

• Ability to anticipate change and simply love to facilitate others.

• Computer skills.

• Experience in set design or set building.

• Technical skills associated with sound, lighting and multi-format video projections.

• Stamina and staying power.

To learn more, call the Festival Office, 307-733-7016,

Email: kori@jhfestival.org

or visit: http://www.jhfestival.org

Call for Entries is Now Open!

Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival plays host to an unparalleled film competition celebrating the world’s best nature and environmental media!  Programs completed between June 1, 2009 and May 31, 2011 are eligible for entry. Finalists will be screened at the Festival (Oct 3-7) and finalist films will be screened publicly in Jackson Hole throughout the weekend following the industry conference.



Our very own speaks at the United Nations

Lisa Samford, Executive Director of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival participated in the launch of the International Forest Film Festival at the United Nations Headquarters early this month.  To see more photos of this event and video clips of the different speakers, please visit The International Year of Forests website.

Lisa Samford speaks at the United Nations

Read more news about the Festival’s global reach in the Casper Start Tribune.

WINNERS Announced for the 2011 International Forest Film Festival

Winning films will be showcased at the United Nations’ global launch of the International Year of Forests, on February 2 in conjunction with the High-Level Segment of the ninth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests. The Forum has universal membership, and is composed of all 192 Member States of the United Nations. The launch of Forests 2011 will be streamed live from UN Headquarters, and feature a program of high level speakers, including Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai and Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom, as well as the premiere of Forest, a short film directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand as well as clips from the winning films of the International Forest Film Festival.

The International Forest Film Festival is a key part of the outreach efforts of Forests 2011is an initiative to provide compelling content to organizations and schools throughout the world to raise awareness on the importance of forests, their relationship with people and the planet we share, and consequently, to inspire a sense of personal responsibility/stewardship for a greener, more equitable, sustainable future.

Best of Festival

The Queen of Trees

Deeble & Stone Productions, NHK, Thirteen/WNET, BBC, Granada International, ZDF in association with Kenya Wildlife Service

This is My Forest: Awarded to the film that tells the most moving personal expression or story of the forest.

Conflict Tiger

Sasha Snow Film Production

Living Forests: Awarded to the film that most effectively showcases the rich diversity (including forest biodiversity) and complexity of the forest ecosystem.

Kingdom of the Forest

Parthenon Entertainment, Ltd.

Issues & Solutions: Awarded to the film that most effectively communicates solutions to environmental and sustainability issues facing forests and their inhabitants, including people.

Hope in a Changing Climate

Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP)


Forest Hero: Awarded to the film that most effectively celebrates the work of individuals or groups committed to forest research and sustainability.

Climbing Redwood Giants

National Geographic Television

360º All Things Forest: Awarded to the film that best communicates humanity’s social, cultural, economicor spiritual interconnectivity to forests.


Tawak Pictures


Shorts: Awarded to the best forest film of less than 15 minutes in length.

Nom Tew (Man of the Soil)

Deschamps Corporation


Special Jury Awards: Awarded for unique and effective communication through short-form PSAs.

Switch Today

Arjun Rihan

The Ancient Forests

Greenpeace UK

Awarded to recognize the inspiration and impact an individual can make on the world.

The Man Who Stopped the Desert

1080 Film & TV, Ltd.

Awarded to recognize an outstanding integration of the historical, biological and cultural elements of the Amazon Basin rainforest.

Amazon Alive: Jungle of the Mind

Light & Shadow, GmbH