Should any COVID-19 restrictions impede the planned holding of the Sondrio Festival, the 34th edition of our festival will take place entirely via streaming on a dedicated channel.

In the case that we need to observe such restrictions, we will ask the directors and producers of the documentaries which are selected for the festival, to grant permission to screen their films on the purposely created Sondrio Festival channel.

Wild Australia – Koala Forest by Thoralf Grospitz e Jens Westphalen

"Our film about the koala forest is one part of a five part Australia series which we produced for NDR Naturfilm DocLights, Arte, Terra Mater and National Geographic. Each part shows a different, typical wildlife habitat and its inhabitants, with one special species as the recurrent theme in each film. For the eucalypt forest our choice was the popular but widely unknown koala. All in all, we and another film team spent more than three years to film the whole Australia series. The koala film took us about one year. Koalas spend a lot of time way up in high trees.

Alaska’s Yukon Delta Wildlife Refuge by Eric Liner

Very few people are familiar with the YKD Wildlife Refuge in large part because it is so remote and difficult to access.  It is a vast rugged wilderness that supports an incredible diversity of wildlife and represents one of the world's most important breeding locations for migratory shorebirds and waterfowl.  This makes it makes it important on an international scale.  But despite its importance for migratory birds, its remoteness has allowed it to remain a hidden gem of the US Refuge system.

Sondrio Festival 2014 - Call for documentary film entries

Film entries are now open for Sondrio Festival 2014 – International Documentary Film Festival on Parks (Sondrio, Italy, 6 – 12 October 2014).

All the winners of Sondrio Festival 2013

The list of all the prizes awarded by the international jury, the audience jury and the students jury.


Welcome to Sondrio Festival

Sondrio Festival is a unique international film festival, mainly dedicated to nature films, of high scientific and cinematographic level, made in nature parks and protected areas worldwide. It takes place every year since 1987 in Sondrio, Italy, in October, during a week.

The works presented in the competition are selected from the best productions worldwide: among the past festivals winners are film-makers from all over the world and famous personalities in the field of nature documentary.

Further film sections may be set up for documentaries made in natural areas, highlighting problems concerning the environment, its conservation, human activities, agriculture and sustainable development.

The Festival International Jury is composed by film-makers, producers, naturalists, park managers and journalists.

The aims of the Festival are the diffusion of the culture of nature parks, protected areas and environmental protection, environmental education and the promotion of nature films.

In the course of a week, the Festival attracts a large audience and the local school children and students who have the opportunity to meet, learn and interact with filmmakers, naturalists and parks managers.

As well as the film screenings (the evening films are shown again on the following day, in the morning for schools and in the afternoon for the general public) the Festival week hosts conferences, exhibitions, shows, meetings with the film-makers and on environmental education for the schools.