EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival is the premier global venue for award-winning equine films.  These include documentaries, features, narrative and non-fiction, news, even music videos with a great story, and new media focused on all things equine. 

EQUUS INTERNATIONAL, founded in 2011, was the first international equine film festival, launched as an outreach and education project of Horse Haven Montana, an equine rescue adoption, and education organization, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

EQUUS INTERNATIONAL, through media, strives to educate, inspire and advance equine welfare and well-being.  The event, which this year is part of an international conference at the Montana Center for Horsemanship in Dillon, Montana, features dynamic panels, speakers, special presentations, and workshops and events that bring greater awareness and understanding to the unique and powerful, life-changing relationship between horse and human.

The Upcoming Conference:
September 9-11, 2021

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OF HORSE, HUMAN and NATURE, is the first public conference of its kind, merging traditional horsemanship with 21st century Natural Horsemanship methods, presented by the Montana Center for Horsemanship and the University of Montana Western in the historic western town of Dillon, Montana.  Dillon, set in the foothills of the Blacktail Mountain Range in southwestern Montana, is often called “the horse capital of the Northwest.”  If you want to live, feel, see and breathe how the west really was and still is today in many ways, Dillon is about as close as you’ll come.  It’s a place where there may be more horses and cows than people, offering as much charm and western hospitality as you’ll find anywhere.  This is the setting for this unique Conference, merging traditional, natural horsemanship with 21st century new equine and horse-human research, education, and horse experiences. Attendees will meet the experts on the front-lines of ground-breaking initiatives to foster and promote the unique relationship between horse and human. Among them, Dr. Temple Grandin, a renowned animal behaviorist and Dr. Barbara Baker, President & CEO of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, the only zoological institution in the world, incorporating natural horsemanship into wildlife management.

OF HORSE, HUMAN & NATURE will bring together leading voices and experts in equine and other animal behavior, natural horsemanship, ranching, outfitting, wilderness and backcountry use, equine and human initiatives that advance well-being, horse-and-rider demonstrations, hands-on experiences with horses, and compelling storytellers, award-winning equine films and filmmakers as well as the latest research and science of the horse-human relationship which features Dr. Temple Grandin, and the EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival, among many other inspiring events and speakers. 


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EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival is the only international event of its kind, headquartered in the heart of the American West, but we bring the event and all of its wonderful and important elements to other towns and cities around the nation.

EIFF strives to spur international awareness, appreciation and knowledge of the world of the horse (and other equines) by recognizing and celebrating the talent, ideas and creativity of film, television and multi-media artists.  We promote, celebrate and highlight the significance of the equine-human bond; and give a voice to worldwide efforts to improve the welfare and well-being of our equine partners. The horse-human relationship contributes to our well-being.

*In order to spread this message worldwide, EIFF partners with organizations and other entities, helping them to bring these magnificent and important equine films and issues to audiences worldwide.  We accomplish this through the EIFF “On the Trail” Post-Festival Tours.  Please contact us to learn more or to arrange a tour in your hometown.

The EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival features a wide range of media programming on stories, topics and issues that bring awareness and understanding to the equine world.  EIFF celebrates the magnificence of the horse and the people who value and treasure the world of equus and devote their lives to giving a voice to horses and other equines on a global scale.

For more information, please contact Janet Rose at jrt@montana.com or janet.rose@williamkriegelfoundation.org
Mobile: 406.880.0683 or 406.925.3270 – We’d love to connect!