KILLING GAMES has been selected for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Center for Animal Protection and Education Animal Film Festival and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

On any given weekend, some of America’s most iconic wild animals are massacred in wildlife killing contests. Bloodied bodies are weighed and stacked like cords of wood, and prizes are awarded to the “hunters” who kill the largest or the most of a targeted species. Coyotes, bobcats, wolves and foxes are common victims of these contests; children as young as 10 are encouraged to participate. Fueled by anti-predator bias, these legally sanctioned but relatively unknown contests are cruel and foster ignorance about the critical role apex predators play in maintaining healthy ecosystems. These contests occur on both public and private lands in almost every state except California — where killing predators for prizes has been outlawed. In KILLING GAMES, a groundbreaking exposé, actor, conservationist and Project Coyote Advisory Board Member Peter Coyote — with environmentalists, ranchers, public officials and Native Americans — brings these shadowy contests to light and speaks out against this hidden war on wildlife. Project Coyote’s KILLING GAMES inspires viewers to call on their state and local legislators to bring an end to these brutal contests where wild animals become living targets.

Film Screenings:

Jan. 11-15, 2018, Nevada City, CA:
Wild & Scenic Film Festival – Global premiere

Friday Feb. 2, 2018 (4pm), and Sunday Feb. 4, 2018 (4pm), Santa Barbara, CA:
Santa Barbara Film Festival

Feb. 17, 2018, Grass Valley, CA:
Animal Film Festival (KILLING GAMES receives Best Short 1st Place Award). See film schedule and purchase tickets here.

Mar. 8, 2018, Flagstaff, AZ:
Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Details to be confirmed.

Apr. 14, 2018, Flagstaff, AZ:
Wild & Scenic Film Festival, sponsored by Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project. Introduction and a question & answer session with Project Coyote Science Advisory Board Member David Parsons. Visit Project Coyote’s table, pick up some free literature, and meet Linda Bolon, Project Coyote Arizona Program Associate. More details here.

May 17, 2018 (3:00 pm and 7:00 pm), Sedona, AZ:
Wild & Scenic Film Festival, in collaboration with the Sedona International Film Festival. Screenings at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm. More details coming soon.


Related Programs:

Jan. 13, 2018 (9:30-11am), Nevada City, CA – Dan Flores – Project Coyote Ambassador and author of New York Times best-seller Coyote America ~ A Natural and Supernatural History and Camilla Fox of Project Coyote will do a joint program as part of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

Film Tours:

2018-2019: Wild & Scenic On Tour 2018-2019: Jackson Hole WILD On Tour

“We have an idea of the integrity of nature. We ask people to be mindful of the relationship between humans and wild animals. Both have a job to do.”

Camilla H. Fox

Director and Producer Camilla H. Fox is the founder and executive director of Project Coyote- a national non-profit organization based in northern California that promotes coexistence between people and wildlife and compassionate conservation through education, science, and advocacy. With more than 25 years of experience working on behalf of wildlife and wildlands and a master’s degree in wildlife ecology, policy, and conservation, Camilla’s work has been featured in several films, books and national media outlets. A frequent speaker on these issues, Camilla has authored more than 70 publications and is co-author of Coyotes in Our Midst, co-editor and lead author of the book, Cull of the Wild, producer of the award-winning documentary Cull of the Wild ~ The Truth Behind Trapping and most recently, producer and director of the film KILLING GAMES: Wildlife in the Crosshairs. Camilla has served as an appointed member on the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture’s National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee and currently serves on several national non-profit advisory boards. In 2006, Camilla received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Marin Humane Society and the Christine Stevens Wildlife Award from the Animal Welfare Institute. She was named one of the 100 Guardian Angels of the Planet in 2013 and the 2014 Conservationist of the Year Award by the John Muir Association. In 2015 she was honored with the Grassroots Activist of the Year Award by the Fund for Wild Nature. Read more here.

Caroline Kraus

Cinematographer and Editor Caroline Kraus is a writer, photographer and documentary filmmaker with a passion for storytelling and devotion to animal protection and welfare. Along with Project Coyote, her work has served the Independent Television Service, Sun Magazine, and The Wild Horse Preservation Campaign. She is the author of Borderlines: a Memoir and founder of The Moments Of Truth Project, a multimedia documentary series.

Sarah Gorsline

Editor Sarah is a freelance video editor, assistant editor and post production consultant working throughout the Bay Area. She studied filmmaking in college, but primarily learned the craft in the field, working under experienced mentors. After completing college in 2006 with a BA focused on creative writing, visual art and filmmaking, Sarah worked for 8 years for director, producer and writer Deborah Koons Garcia, and assisted editor Vivien Hillgrove as post production coordinator on the feature-length documentary directed by Garcia, Symphony of the Soil (2012). In 2013, Sarah started her own business and began freelancing as an editor, assistant editor and post production consultant, and refreshed her skill set with a Post Production Certificate Program at the Bay Area Video Coalition in San Francisco. Currently Sarah is enjoying editing and assistant editing for several talented filmmakers and teams around the Bay Area on documentary and some commercial projects, focused primarily on the environment, wildlife, social justice, community development and health issues.

Tatiana Freitas

Honorary Executive Producer

Bev Spector and Ken Lipson

Honorary Associate Producers

Music Composed by

Richard Lewis

Music Performed by

The Melanthium Ensemble

Featuring ~ In Order of Appearance

Film Media

The Hidden War on Wildlife Film: Ending Killing Contests

Most Americans are shocked to learn that each year thousands of coyotes, foxes, bobcats, prairie dogs, crows, and even wolves are targeted in “wildlife killing contests” where contestants win prizes and awards for killing the most or largest of a given species. These contests, largely unmonitored by state and federal wildlife agencies, are legal throughout the United States and often occur on our public lands.

To expose this barbaric practice, Project Coyote is producing a film to raise awareness and to inspire action to end this cruel and senseless slaughter of America’s native wildlife.

This important film exposes a practice most Americans are surprised still exists: The killing of wildlife for entertainment and profit. Such contests are an anachronism that has no place in modern wildlife management. Most ethical hunters condemn this outdated practice. I’m proud that California was among the first states to ban prizes and awards for wildlife killing contests.

~Michael Sutton, former President, California Fish & Game Commission

KILLING GAMES is a passionate and thought-provoking film that gives voice to wild animals. Our world is changing, and whether it is orcas in captivity or coyote killing contests, these are exploitative activities that progressive societies should no longer sanction. There is no doubt that this revealing film will affect all who watch it and inspire and motivate them to action.

~Richard Wiese President Emeritus, The Explorers Club Host and Executive Producer of Born to Explore

Killing one, ten, twenty or more wild animals is most assuredly not a game—all animals deserve our deepest respect, regard, and compassion. KILLING GAMES ~ Wildlife In The Crosshairs exposes the barbaric practice of slaughtering coyotes, bobcats, wolves and other wild animals for prizes and “fun.” Thank you, Project Coyote, for bringing to the forefront this cruel and ineffective “wildlife management” method. We at Born Free, who work to conserve and protect wild animals and to end their exploitation, encourage everyone to watch this groundbreaking film, and to take action to end these shameful killing contests.

~Will Travers & Virginia McKenna Born Free

I’ve had some tell me that parts of Coyote America were difficult for them to read. Sadly, that’s unavoidable in the coyote’s biography, not because of anything intrinsic to coyotes, but because of what we’ve done to them. As beautiful a film as KILLING GAMES is, the subject is not easy to confront, and that of course speaks volumes. If we instinctively recoil at the idea of a highly intelligent, social mammal serving as live target practice for prizes and bets, that’s a certain indication that the practice is abhorrent. For the sake of moral decency, then, watch KILLING GAMES and let it move you.

~Dan Flores Author of Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History

KILLING GAMES is a most important and timely documentary that not only is a clarion call to action that exposes the cruelty and wanton waste behind wildlife killing contests, but also is a film that inspires action and hope that together we can end this barbaric practice. Watch it, share it and help ensure this is seen by the masses. It is that powerful.

~Marc Bekoff, PhD University of Colorado, co-author of The Animals’ Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age

KILLING GAMES, the film is not a game at all. It is a most important documentary bringing to light the horrific pastime of competitive coyote killing contests. Wonderfully produced, this film exposes the unethical and repugnant aspect of coyote killing contests and the impacts they have on entire ecosystems. The KILLING GAMES is a must-watch film and provides a road map for concerned citizens to stop these amoral killing contests.

~Franz Camenzind, PhD Environmental consultant, wildlife biologist, cinematographer and film producer (ABC, Turner Broadcasting and National Geographic and PBS-Nature) Former Executive Director of the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance

KILLING GAMES exposes the cruelty and ecological havoc wrought by wildlife killing contests. These barbaric tournaments encourage and reward wanton killing of highly intelligent and social species as entertainment. The film also inspires action and hope that together we can end this barbaric practice. I encourage everyone to watch and share this important film and to support the efforts of Project Coyote, a powerful voice for America’s wildlife.

~Steve Wells Executive Director, Animal Legal Defense Fund

From the very first frame this visually beautiful film grabs your attention and never lets go. KILLING GAMES lays bare the stunning void in which so many humans place themselves today. That void is the belief that humanity somehow exists separate and apart from nature, a belief which leads to the wanton killing of wildlife as told in this poignant film. This film exposes so much of what is wrong with a world where bloodlust masquerades as wildlife management.

~Azzedine Downes President and CEO, International Fund for Animal Welfare

KILLING GAMES throws the curtain back on a particularly despicable form of animal cruelty masquerading as hunting. Contest hunts reduce hunting to mass killing purely for entertainment, with the participants and contestants doing their best to amass the largest body counts. This film should compel every animal advocate and every hunter to take on the issue and work to end these grisly spectacles.

~Wayne Pacelle President and CEO, the Humane Society of the United States

KILLING GAMES sheds light on the appalling consequences of the repugnant wildlife killing contests that thrive on the massacre and cheap thrills of killing the defenseless coyotes that are necessary to balance our earth’s ecosystem. Before watching this short film I never knew that wildlife killing contests existed!!

~Sangita Iyer Executive Director & Producer of Gods in Shackles

KILLING GAMES: Wildlife in the Crosshairs, a new film produced and distributed by Project Coyote (with some support from AWI), serves as an overview of wildlife killing contests: what they are, why they need to be prohibited, and how humanitarians can take action to try to stop them. Ranchers, Native Americans, and scientists are among those providing details about this inhumane, indiscriminate, and unethical activity, in which predators such as coyotes, wolves, bobcats, and foxes are targeted, with an award going to those who shoot and kill the most animals. There is neither regard for the intrinsic value of the individual animals nor a concern about the important role predators play within ecosystems. The film contains striking panoramas and beautiful images of wildlife juxtaposed with innumerable bodies of animals that have been killed. Contest hunts, like bounties, should be shelved as an embarrassing relic of a barbaric period in American history when all predators were viewed as problems in need of extirpation.

~AWI Quarterly, Animal Welfare Institute Fall 2017

With gratitude to the following for their support: Animal Legal Defense Fund, Animal Welfare Institute, Cottonwood Foundation, Harriett Crosby, Andrew C. Currie, Tatiana Freitas (Honorary Executive Producer), Fund for Wild Nature, Patagonia, Pegasus Foundation, Pettus Crowe Foundation, Bev Spector and Ken Lipson (Honorary Associate Producers)

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