Experience the land of the spirit bear

Journey to a land of grizzlies, coastal wolves, sea otters and the all-white spirit bear — the rarest bear on earth — in the film Great Bear Rainforest.Hidden from the outside world, the Great Bear Rainforest is one of the wildest places left on earth. Found on Canada’s remote Pacific coast, it is the last intact temperate rainforest in the world—a place protected by the region’s indigenous people for millennia. Now, for the first time ever, experience this magical world in IMAX and giant screen theatres, and discover the land of the spirit bear.

Great Bear Rainforest is a Spirit Bear Entertainment film presented by Seaspan in association with Destination British Columbia and directed by Ian McAllister, produced by Jeff Turner and executive produced by Kyle Washington and Byron Horner. Distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films.

Narrated by Ryan Reynolds

Main Title Theme composed by Hans Zimmer & Anže Rozman for Bleeding Fingers Music

Original Music composed by Anže Rozman for Bleeding Fingers Music

Release date: February 15, 2019

Run time: 40 minutes

Format: filmed in 15 perforation/70mm, DCI compliant digital, IMAX digital, Dome-customized 15/70, 2D and 3D

Photo credit: Ian McAllister/ PacificWild.org
Photo credit: Ian McAllister/ PacificWild.org
Honors and Reviews

“Breathtaking vistas of both land and sea put us in a submissive state. We’re rendered powerless against the awe-inspiring imagery. It’s virtually impossible not to feel enveloped by the sights the filmmakers capture on camera. Every frame impresses, with no time wasted on filler.”

“Having a bold-type name like Reynolds attached is a great way to get some butts in the movie theatre seats, but at the end of the day the stunning subject matter combined with the amazing larger-than-life IMAX format is truly the star… Films like Great Bear Rainforest are of paramount importance in educating the public.”
Vancouver Sun

“It’s an international awareness project meant to help save a breathtaking, fragile wilderness.”
-Times Colonist 

“It’s perfect for kids…What this film does well are the pictures and images…”
-Global News TV movie review

“The film scenes had me on the edge of my seat…. The film offers spectacular footage of other wildlife as well, revealing how interconnected all these species are…. One cannot help but feel tremendously hopeful while watching this film.”

  • Best Cinematography – 2019 GSCA Achievement Awards
  • Best Engaging Youth Film—2019 Jackson Wild Media Awards
  • Best Wildlife Conservation Film – 2021 Wildlife Conservation Film Festival
  • Winner Children’s Award – 2019 Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam
  • Official Selection – 2019 International Wildlife Film Festival
  • Gold Award, Environment & Ecology – 2020 New York Festivals TV & Film Awards
  • Finalist, My Forest category – 2021 Jackson Wild World Wildlife Day Film Showcase: Forests.
  • Honorary Mention, Student Jury Award – 2020 Academia Film Olomouc


For Educators

Invite your students to have a learning experience they won’t forget! Book a field trip to see Great Bear Rainforest and become immersed in the biology, geography, environmental sciences and other key school curriculum. Download the Educator Guide for hands-on activities aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core ELA and Social Studies. Schedule your field trip now by contacting your local IMAX theatre for information about special group programs.

Photo by Devin Card
Photo by Devin Card

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