Now playing in cinemas in the UK!  For information on UK screenings see here.

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Best of Fest  & Best Theatrical Documentary, International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula, Montana 2016

Nominated for Best Cinematography in a Feature Documentary, Canadian Screen Awards 2016

Special Jury Award –  2016 “Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature” Environmental Film Festival

Nominated for Best Editing in Feature Documentary, Canadian Cinema Editors Award 2016

Winner Pariscience.  Biodiversity Award.  Prix Grand Buffon   2016  

Winner:  Rotterdam Wildlife Film Festival, WFFR Awareness Award 2016

Favourite Feature Documentary, North Bay Film Festival 2016 Best Conservation Film, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, 2015

Top Ten Audience Award, Hot Docs 2015 (3rd place in 210 films)

Special Mention for Best Documentary, CinemAmbiente, Italy 2015

Carl Nunn Media and Conservation Award – Ontario Nature 2016

Whistleblower Award – Cinema Verde Film Festival 2016

Dutch International Science Film Festival . Nominated for NTR Audience Award and the Youth Jury Award, 2016



More cinema and festival screenings planned for 2018!  We’re bringing The Messenger to cinemas in Scotland, London, Sheffield, North Yorkshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and screening at a festival in County Kerry! Further details will be added below, please check back or head to Facebook and Twitter for announcements. Watch for more dates in the UK this winters and spring.   To check out UK screening events click here.
Leyburn Arts and Community Centre, Leyburn, North Yorkshire
Tuesday 6 February, 7pm
Tickets: Buy online or call 01969 624510
Regather Cooperative, Sheffield
Thursday 1 March, 7.30pm
With an introduction from Dr John Rose, Sheffield Hallam University and Dr Nicky Rivers, Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust
Ticket: Buy online
The Cube Cinema, Bristol
Wednesday 7 March, 8pm
With introduction and Q&A from Tim Scoones and Stephen Moss (former Executive Producers of BBC Springwatch).
Tickets: Buy online
Grassmarket Community Project, Edinburgh
Monday 12 March, 7.30pm
With special guests to be announced
Free screening: More info
Cinema City, Norwich
Saturday 17 March
With special guests to be announced
Tickets: info and booking link coming soon
Eden Court, Inverness
Saturday 17 March at 2pm & Sunday 18 March at 5.15pm
With intro and Q&A from Scottish Wildlife Trust (Saturday screening)
Tickets: Buy online or call 01463 234 234
Previous UK screenings:
  • Purbeck Film Festival @ The Rex Cinema, Wareham
  • Broadway Cinema, Nottingham – with Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
  • Kino Kulture, Oswestry
  • Picturehouse @ FACT, Liverpool – with RSPB Liverpool
  • Aldeburgh Cinema, Suffolk – with the Suffolk Ornithologists’ Group and Suffolk Wildlife Trust
  • HOME, Manchester – with Sally Blake, co-writer and co-producer of The Messenger

To check out Canadian screening events click here.


If you would like to book a UK screening please contact  Pipoca Pictures.    

Our friends at Bird & Wild will be providing goodie bags at select screenings.  Bird & Wild coffee is on a mission to help protect migrating birds, support the RSPB, and give you a great tasting Bird Friendly Fairtrade Organic coffee one cup at a time. For every bag of Bird & Wild sold, you are helping the RSPB, the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and the Fairtrade Foundation. Bird & Wild only roasts seasonal coffee certified as Bird Friendly and Shade-Grown by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Centre and contributes to support their research and conservation programs. Visit the Bird & Wild website for further information and the online shop.

To find out more about Bird Friendly coffee check out our coffee primer video. 




November 9, 2017 – Vera Cruz, Mexico

Hosted by Pronatura Veracruz
Theater: Cinepolis Plaza Américas,  Time: TBA


October 26, 2017, Brooklyn, NY
Hosted by Kings County Brewers Collective and the New York City Audubon

Location: 381 Troutman St, Brooklyn, NY 11237-2613, United States.
Time:  7  PM
Full event details on this page on Facebook. 


OCTOBER  21  Borneo Eco Film Festival
Co-hosted by BEFF and Borneo Bird Festival

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo
web:  facebook:, twitter: @BEFFSUARA


June 4 – The Halton Hills Eco Film Festival 
Acton, ON
Venue: Trinity United Church, 70 Mill Street East
Time: 1 pm

May 17 – The Halton Hills Eco Film Festival
Georgetown, ON
Venue: John Elliott Theatre, 9 Church Street
Time: 7:30 – 9:30

May 2-7, 2017  Cinema Planeta – International Film and Environmental Festival of Mexico, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
May 6th | 20:15pm | CINE MORELOS
May 7th | 16:45pm |   Cinemex PLAZA CUERNAVACA
Facebook and contact info:


March 15-19,  Festival du film verte, Voltaire, France
Date: Sunday March 19, 2017.  check for times here
Lieu : cinéma Voltaire ‐ Zone commerciale Poterie ‐ 01210 Ferney‐Voltaire, arrêt “Brunette” ‐ lignes de bus F et Y




November  11-14    Glimmerglass Film Days
Fenimore Art Museum
5798 NY-80
Cooperstown, New York

Note: The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Avian Migration Researcher  and film participant Bill Evans. 


November  2-6  Dutch International Science Film Festival
Nominated for  NTR Audience Award and the Youth Jury Award, November 6
Screening time: Thursday Nov. 3 – see the timetable on the link above.


October 31 – Festival international du film ornithologique de Ménigoute
16 Rue de Saint-Maixent, 79340,  Ménigoute, France
Lundi 31 octobre après-midi.


October 27 – October 30  The Rotterdam Wildlife Film Festival   Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Cinerama Film Theatre
Rotterdam 3012 KL Netherlands, Westblacck 8
Friday Oct. 28, 20:15 pm/Sat. Oct. 29,  18:40 pm


October 21-23 and 28-30 American Conservation Film Festival
Byrd Center for Legislative Studies the Shepherd University Campus
213 North King Street

Shepherdstown, West Virginia, USA
Dates & Times – Sunday Oct. 23, 6 pm. Byrd Centre for Legislative Studies, 213 North King St. (on the University Campus), Shepherdstown, WV, 25443
Please note:  The Messenger’s Director Su Rynard is the keynote speaker on Sunday Oct. 23, at the Festival’s  Filmmakers Workshops  lunchtime presentation.


October 21-23  – International Environmental and Arts Festival @ the Corzon Cinema & Cafe
36 Granada St. St. Augustine, FL
Times : Sat. Oct. 22  at  7:00 pm  and Sun. October 23 at 1:00 pm. 

October 22 – Antigonish Film Festival
Cineplex Theatre
291 Main Street,  Antigonish,  NS,  B2G 2C3
Time: 4:45 pm


October 19   DOCs+ at Oundle Cinema   (FILM SOCIETY PREVIEW) 
Fletton House, Fletton Way, Oundle PE8 4 JAPeterborough,  United Kingdom 
Time: 7:45 pm


October 9  Pariscience Film Festival    Winner: Prix Buffon. 
Paris, France
Times: Sunday Oct, 9, 10:15 am
WINNER Buffon Award, The Messenger was a finalist in 2 categories. “Gran Ecran and “Biodiversité


September 29 – October 2, North Bay Film Festival 
North Bay, Ontario
Time: Sunday Oct.2, 11 am
Location: The Capital Theatre
Producer Joanne Jackson will be in attendance, along with local conservation experts.


Sept 10-18 Asolo Art Film Festival
Asolo,  Italy.
For screening times, download printed programme here:


September 13-18 Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Dates and Times:
Director Su Rynard will be in attendance.


September 14-Sept. 17 – Hebrides, International Film Festival.
Rural Nations, Scotland.
Please check the on-line programme for dates/times on 4 different islands.


August 19-21 The UK Birdfair
Egleton, Rutland
Friday August 19, 5:45 pm
The Authors Tent
Special sneak-peak before theatrical release in the UK!


June 6 Le Museum National d’Histoire naturelle
Paris, France
10 am – Auditorium de la Grande Galerie de l’Evolution


June 2-5 Mendocino Film Festival
Saturday June 4,  10 am
Mendocino Festival Tent (largest venue) and
2 pm, Noyo Theater in Willits (this is an hour’s drive from Mendocino)


May 6-12 The 13th Green Film Festival in Seoul
Seoul, South Korea


May 1-8   The UK Green Film Festival
Confirmed cities and venues include:
Sunday May 1, Birmingham.  Mac ARTS CENTRE  (UK Premiere)
Thursday  May 5,  Lancaster  THE DUKES 6:30pm
Thursday May 5, Glasgow GLASGOW FILM THEATRE 8:00pm
Friday May 6, Exeter  PHOENIX 7:00pm
Saturday May 7, London, BARBICAN (Q and A with Director Su Rynard) 2:00pm
Sunday May 8, Cardiff  CHAPTER CINEMA 6:30pm
May 2-5,  Welwyn Garden City GARDEN CITY CINEMA 4  shows link here.


April 9-17 Festival de l’oiseau et de la nature,  Winner – Best Environmental Film
Abbeville, France
Tues. April 12
Get tickets here.
In Attendance: Producer Sally Blake and Jean-Philippe Siblet (Directeur du Service du Patrimoine Naturel, INPN)


April 20 – 24 The Thunder Bay Environmental Film Festival
Saturday April 23,  1 pm screening


April 5-12 FIFE – Festival international du film d’environnement 
Paris, France. April 7 – Cinéma des Cinéastes at 8:30pm



April 1-10  Crossroads Festival for Documentary Film and Discourse
Graz, Austria Wed. April 6  – Forum Stadtpark
Q&A with film participant Martin Wikelski, Director at the Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology in Radolfzell, Germany, and Professor of Ornithology at the University of Konstanz.



April 1- 3 Ecuadorian Green Film Festival,  Quito- Ecuador
Friday April 1  6:30 pm
Saturday April 2  5:00 pm
Ocho y Medio, Valladolid, N24-353  & Vizcaya,  Quito- Ecuador



March 30-April 3  Sonoma International Film Festival
Sonoma, CA, USA, Phone: (707) 933-2600
Buy tickets here. Friday April 1,  2:3o pm Andrews Hall at SCC,
Producer Joanne Jackson in attendance for Q and A, with Ivan Samuels, March Conservation Fund
Sunday April 3,  9:30 am Vintage House, Q and A with Joanne Jackson



March 31-April 3 Detroit Free Times – Freep Film Festival
Detroit, MI, USA
Saturday, April 2, 5:30 pm , at Emagine Theatres, Royal Oak
Director Su Rynard in attendance
Buy tickets soon.




white thumbnail 150x50March 11-13  Haida Gwaii Film Festival
Queen Charlotte, BC
In attendance:  Director Su RynardMarch 11-13  



March 4-6  Salt Spring Film Festival
Salt Spring Island, BC
Phone: (613) 849-1976
Buy tickets here!


March 4  Belleville Downtown DocFest 
Belleville, ON
Friday, March 4 – 12:30pm    Phone: (250) 537-1116, Buy tickets here.


White Thumbnail 150x200Feb. 25-28  Kingston Canadian Film Festival
Kingston, ON, Canada
Sat. Feb. 27  –   3:50pm  Baby Grand
Sun. Feb. 28 –  3:50pm  Screening Room 2
Phone: (613) 777-0161
Buy tickets
Saturday Q & A – In attendance: Director Su Rynard, Film Editor Eamonn O’Connor and Mike Burrell from Bird Studies Canada. Sunday Q & A – In attendance: Eamonn O’Connor, Film Editor


Feb. 20-21 Visions of Nature Environmental Film Festival Eckerd College, 4200 54th Avenue South St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
Saturday Feb. 20,  7:00 pm
Phone: 800-456-9009
Buy tickets here.
Q & A – In attendance: Director Su Rynard



Feb. 20-21 Wakefield International Film Festival
Wakefield, QC, Canada
Feb. 20, 4pm and Feb 21, 7:30pm – Wakefield Center 38 Ch. Valley, Wakefield
Buy tickets here.
Saturday 4 pm screening followed by a panel discussion moderated by CBC Radio’s Giacomo Panico. Special guests: Joanne Jackson, Producer; Michael Runtz, Carleton University professor; Anouk Hoedeman, Safe Wings Ottawa; and Ted Cheskey, Nature Canada Senior Conservation Manager. View the panel here.


Feb. 11-13  Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Art
Gainsville, Florida, USA
Friday Feb. 12,  7:30 pm – the Hippodrome Theater,  25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville, FL 32601
Phone:(352) 327-356-0705  
Buy tickets here.


Jan. 29-31 ReFrame Peterborough International Film Festival
Peterborough, Ontario
Sat. Jan. 29,  7:30 pm – Showplace


Western University – Western Film
London, Ontario (Special event-preview screening)

Thurs. Nov. 26,  7 :00pm Western Film Theatre 
 Presented by Western Science and Western Social Science.


white thumbnail 150x50Nov. 7  Guelph Film Festival
Guelph, Ontario
Sat. Nov. 7,  3 pm Bookshelf Cinema


Nov. 8 and 10  East Lansing Film Society
1999 Central Park Drive, Okemos, Michigan
Sunday November 8,  4 :00  PM, Studio C
Tuesday November 10, 4:00 PM, Studio C



Oct. 17 -18  We Love Docs Festival
Penticton, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada
Oct. 17, 3 pm – Shatford Centre




 Oct. 20  Pajareros
an SEOBirdlife and  
La Casa Encendida Bird Film Presentation
Madrid, Spain




Oct. 22-26  BIFED Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary, Finalist
Bozcaada, Turkey



mvff38_laurels_medOct. 11 -12  Mill Valley Film Festival – US Premiere
Marin County, California, USA
Oct. 11, 8:00 PM   Venue: Sequoia 2
Oct. 12, 11:45 AM   Venue: Sequoia 2
Co-presented by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Marin Audubon & the San Francisco Green Festival. In attendance: Director Su Rynard & Brian Sullivan (Cornell Lab of Ornithology).


SPECIALMENTIONOct. 7  CinemAmbiente – Environmental Film Festival – Special  Mention
Turin, Italy
In attendance: Film Participant Andrea Rutigliano (CABS).


Jackson Hole winner laurels


October 1, 2015  Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, Awards Ceremony
Jackson, Wyoming
2015 Winner Best Conservation Program 





Oct. 2-3  CIFF-Calgary International Film Festival
Calgary, Alberta CANADA
Oct. 2, 7:15 PM Venue: Cineplex Eau Claire 4
Oct. 3, 12:00 PM Venue: Cineplex Eau Claire 3
In attendance: Film Participant Erin Bayne (Biologist, University of Alberta) & Director Su Rynard.



Basic CMYKOct. 4-6  VIFF-Vancouver International Film Festival
Vancouver, BC  CANADA

Oct 04, 6:30 PM The Cinematheque

Oct. 06, 1:15 PM International Village #8
In Attendance: Bird Studies Canada biologist David Bradley & Director Su Rynard.


biff_laurels_official_selection-screeningsSept 28-Sept.30  BIFF-Bergen International Film Festival
Bergen, NORWAY
In competition:

Sept. 29 17:00 & Sept. 30 18:30.  Venue: Bergen Kino Theatre: MB1
In attendance: Director Su Rynard (festival &  panel discussion)

Sept. 30. Su Rynard presented in this Industry master class.


riff_2015-screeningsSept 24 – 27  RIFF-Reykjavik International Film Festival
International Premiere
In attendance: Director Su Rynard.
 25.09, 18.00 – Q & A,  27.09  Q&A 17.30 – Q & A,  30.09  13.30  BÍÓ PARADÍS 


DR Film Festival Laurel Screenings

Sept 25  Durham Region Film Festival – Opening Night Gala Presentation

Appearances by film participant Michael Mesure, FLAP, Bird Studies Canada
President Price & Producer Joanne Jackson.



April 28, 2015   World Premiere, Hot Docs
Toronto, ON  CANADA
3 sold out screenings and ranked 3rd of 210 films in the Audience
Choice Awards.


If you have questions about any of the above screenings or wish to invite the film to a festival please contact the producers at