A wide range of exciting social events and activities are planned during the Festival week. tickets for the evening social events are included with your festival registration. additional tickets for guests may be purchased in the festival office.

Jackson Hole is renowned for its western fair and down-home atmosphere, so you'll feel right at home in casual, comfortable clothing – including cowboy or hiking boots and lots of layers! the Gala awards ceremony is a little more formal, and a few men have been spotted in neckties and ladies in dresses.

Monday, September 28
opening night Reception & keynote event

6:00 - 8:30 PM, Grand Lobby & Forum Room
Renew old acquaintances and meet new friends at the opening reception beginning at 6:00 PM. Then join National Geographic and NOVA/WGBH for a premiere screening of Darwin's Greatest Challenge at 7:00 PM, as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of his seminal work, On the Origin of the Species. The drama unfolds over the course of roughly two weeks in June and early July of 1858. During this time, Darwin's world seems to disintegrate: his life's work, what he called "his abominable volume",is in danger of being scooped by an unknown; at the same time, one of his children is stricken by scarlet fever and one with diphtheria. Darwin is reeling, with his career and home in tumult. Never before has a more personal nor more accurate account of Darwin's life at this critical juncture been explored.

Tuesday, September 29
new Comers Breakfast

7:30 - 9:00 AM, East Mural Room
Animal Planet and The Discovery Channel will host their special Newcomers Breakfast on Tuesday morning. This is a wonderful opportunity for emerging filmmakers to meet with some of the industry's most experienced veterans for conversation, advice and insight. This event is by invitation only. Please contact the Festival Office if you are interested in participation.

sunset on the terrace and keynote event

5:30 - 8:30 PM, Terrace & Forum Room
Tuesday evening, watch the sun set behind the Tetons while you enjoy a reception on the View Terrace at Jackson Lake Lodge. The event begins at 5:30 PM and includes tasty appetizers, beverages and an unsurpassed view of one of the world's youngest mountain ranges. At 6:30 PM join Jean-Francois Camilleri and the Disneynature Team for a sneak preview of their upcoming projects. Disneynature will then present the U.S. premiere screening of Mathew Aeberhard and Leander Ward's, The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingo. Against a dramatic backdrop of never-before filmed landscapes, these secretive birds struggle to survive and prevail over danger and fate. This inspiring story, set in the extraordinary world of Lake Natron in northern Tanzania, the cradle of humankind, reminds us: Here on Earth is a universe waiting to be discovered.

Wednesday, September 30
finalist filmmakers Breakfast

7:30 - 9:00 AM, East Mural Room
Amphibico invites Festival Film Competition Finalists to celebrate their achievement at a special breakfast slated for Wednesday morning in the East Mural Room from 7:30 - 9:00 AM. This event is by invitation only. Please contact the Festival Office for your invitation board & sponsor reception.
5:30 - 7:00 PM (by invitation only)
Bus departs Jackson Lake Lodge at 5:15 PM traditional western BBQ.

7:00 - 11:00 PM, Luton Ranch
Kick up your heels and enjoy a twilight view of the Tetons during the all-time favorite traditional Western Barbeque hosted by National Geographic. From 7:00 to 11:00 PM enjoy live music and western dancing or a quiet conversation by the bonfire. This is a party that cannot be missed! Bus transportation to the Luton Ranch will begin at 6:30 PM. The last bus will return to the Lodge at 11:00 PM, but diehards can gather in the Heron Bar and on the Terrace at the Lodge for an after-party celebration.

Thursday, October 1
filmmakers for conservation Breakfast

7:30 - 9:00 AM, East Mural Room
Filmmakers for Conservation was born at Jackson Hole ten years ago. Enjoy a light breakfast and join the Annual General Meeting as we reflect on a decade of good work and look towards a new and exciting future.
JHWff Board meeting & Breakfast 8:00 - 9:30 AM, Blue Heron Lounge

2009 festival awards ceremony

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Grand Lobby & Forum Room
Join us for a drink in the Lobby at 5:30 PM to kick off the evening's celebration. Doors to the Forum Room will open at 6:00 PM, with the Awards Ceremony beginning promptly at 6:30 PM.

awards Gala celebration

8:30 - 10:30 PM, Forum Room, Grand Lobby & Mural Room
Following the Awards Ceremony, the celebration continues with a late-evening buffet dinner and music sponsored by Panasonic Broadcast.

Friday, October 2
closing night keynote event With Dr. Richard Leakey

5:30 - 8:30 PM, Grand Lobby & Forum Room
In an appropriate conclusion to a week filled with insight, inspiration and challenge, we close the Festival with an evening celebrating Lifetime Award Winner, Dr. Richard Leakey. Join us for a reception in the Grand Lobby of Jackson Lake Lodge at 5:30 PM. Doors to the Forum Room will open at 6:30 PM.

Saturday, October 3

Sunday, October 4
community festival filmmaker screenings

Join Jackson Hole locals for filmmaker screenings of selected finalists at the Center for the Arts in downtown Jackson. The lineup of films is in the schedule section of this book. Transportation from the Lodge is available but limited, so carpooling is encouraged. Check the Festival Office or Front Desk for details.