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Animal Behavior Society
Animal Behavior Society

Working towards a better understanding of animal behavior

ABS Film Committee

Film Festival

The annual Film Festival will be a part of the Behaviour 2019 meeting at the University of Illinois at Chicago on July 23-27, 2019. There is no cost to attend, but we ask that you RSVP by adding the event to your ABS conference registration.

The Film Festival's date and time will be posted here soon, and the movie schedule will be available closer to the conference dates.

Animal Behavior Society (ABS) Film Festival
The ABS Film Festival features outstanding films that portray important concepts in animal behavior research and education. Categories include both professional (commercial) and amateur (non-commercial) films produced in the preceding five years. In this way, the Film Festival promotes the Animal Behavior Society’s goals of research, teaching, and conservation at the university level. In addition, ABS members are encouraged to bring short video clips of their own to share in an informal film event

The festival is attended by several hundred scientists, professors, applied practitioners, and students from across the globe.

Film Festival Categories

  • Commercial: Films made by professional photographers with the express purpose of earning a profit from the endeavor. Scientists may or may not be used as consulting experts, but typically scientists are not the individuals initiating production of the film. Films in this category are ordinary promoted through advertising, and are suitable for broadcast.
  • Non-Commercial: Films made by persons largely associated with animal behavior from a teaching, research, and/or applied perspective. The assistance of professional photographers or a university media/photography department is allowed. However, the film must be made primarily for educational/research purposes, and not with the major goal of obtaining an income for the individual or the professional photographers.
  • Informal Film Clips: Short, unedited film clips made by Animal Behavior Society members that depict unique and interesting aspects of animal behavior. Presented in a peer-to-peer informal atmosphere, these clips are narrated in person by the videographer/scientist in an effort to educate, share perspectives and stimulate discussion.


Option One: The Animal Behavior Society Film Committee accepts online entries submitted via (which provides cost-saving, paperless submission to film festivals around the world). Withoutabox's internet submission platform features applications via one master entry form. It is an economical, eco-friendly, and secure process. Entries are due by May 31, 2018. Click below to submit your film.

Option Two: Mail submission forms and films directly to festival chair, Dr. Barbara Clucas (address below), postmarked before: May 31, 2018. Under this option, each submission package must include a DVD copy (NTSC format only and playable on Windows Media Player) or Bluray disk, and a signed copy of the ABS FILM ENTRY FORM.

Submissions for the informal film clip event should be communicated directly to Barbara Clucas via email.

Barbara Clucas
Animal Behavior Society Film Festival Chair
Department of Wildlife
Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA 95521, USA.
Phone: (707) 826-5651

Catalog of Past Film Awards
We maintain a catalog of film awards from previous ABS Meetings.