The Ivory Game

The Ivory Game

WORLD PREMIERE, 2016 Telluride Film Festival

2016 Toronto International Film Festival

2016 Double Exposure: Investigative Film Festival and Symposium – Opening Night Film

2016 Hamptons International Film Festival

2016 Wildscreen Festival – WWF Golden Panda Award Winner (Best of Fest) & Theatrical Jury Award

2016 Savannah Film Festival – Docs to Watch Showcase

2016 DOC NYC – Short List Section

Long Shot’s Involvement:

Consulting on Academy Campaign

Release Date:

November 4, 2016


From executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio, The Ivory Game is an epic documentary thriller that goes undercover into the dark and sinister underbelly of ivory trafficking. Award-winning director Richard Ladkani and Academy Award®–nominated director Kief Davidson filmed undercover for 16 months in China and Africa with a crack team of intelligence operatives, undercover activists, passionate frontline rangers and tough-as-nails conservationists, to infiltrate the corrupt global network of ivory trafficking. A production from Terra Mater Film Studios and Vulcan Productions, this stunningly photographed exposé follows poachers in pursuit of the ‘white gold’ of ivory. Ultimately, the film becomes an urgent wake-up call that proves time is running out for the African elephants, dangerously nearing closer and closer to extinction.

“Sweeping, thoughtful and often wrenching, this elegy for one of the world’s most majestic animals deserves the attention that it is sure to receive.”
– The Hollywood Reporter

“A real-life ecological thriller in the mold of ‘The Cove’ and ‘Virunga.'”
– indieWIRE

“Suspenseful and heart-pounding.”
– Deadline