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Regular Deadline - September 9, 2013
Late Deadline - October 20, 2013
Final Deadline - November 5, 2013 (WAB only)
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How Will I Know if My Film Is Selected for the Festival?
We will notify the contact person by January 1, 2014 at the latest via e-mail regarding the status of your film.
Does Big Sky Film Festival require premieres?
Except in rare cases, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival screenings must be Montana premieres.
I Submitted My Documentary Last Year and It Was Not Accepted. Can I Submit It Again?
Yes, you are welcome to re-submit, but we do not encourage re-submission unless the film has undergone significant re-working since it was entered previously.
My Film Has Aired on Television, Can I Still Submit?
If your film has been broadcast in the U.S. nation-wide or in Montana specifically, it is not eligible for screening. Films that have aired on television, outside the US, are eligible.
Can I Submit More Than One Film?
Yes. However you need to treat each film as a unique entry, and create a separate application for each.
Can I Submit a Rough Cut?
True rough cuts are accepted during our late and final deadlines ONLY. Cuts nearing completion with only minor changes (e.g. - color correction, titling, final audio mix, etc.) are accepted during at any deadline. Please be sure to indicate what is incomplete: temporary sound, no credits or titles, missing scenes, etc. Big Sky only screens completed films during the Festival, and unfortunately does not have a venue for works-in-progress.
Can I Submit an Updated Version of My Film?
Please send only ONE version of your film. If you have made significant changes since submission, you may email the Director of Programming about submitting a new cut, but we cannot guarantee that it will be considered.
How Recently Must My Film Have Been Completed to Be Eligible?
Films that meet the broadcast and screening requirements from any production date are eligible to enter.
How Can I Be Sure You Received My Submission?
We receive a high volume of film submissions, and consequently are unable to notify each individual submitter. If you have applied online through withoutabox.com, you can log into your online application and see if your film has been received by the Programming Department. You may also send us a self-addressed, stamped postcard, which we will mail back to you as confirmation of receipt.
What Submission Formats Do You Accept for Entry?
The format of your submission should be DVD (region-free or region 1, NTSC and PAL), or Blu-Ray disc.
What Kind of Films Do You Show?
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is an exclusively documentary film festival. We are open to all styles, forms, and content so long as they are basically non-fiction works. Genres include personal, political, historical, experimental, biography, animation, and many more.
If the Film Is in a Language Other Than English, Do You Require Subtitles?
Yes, we require subtitles (preferred) or dubbing on any film that is in a language other than English.
How Do I Alert You if My Contact Info Changes?
Can I Receive Feedback or Comments on My Film?
Unfortunately, because of the high volume of film submissions we are unable to provide feedback on your submission.
When and Where Is the Festival?
February 14-23, 2014 at several theaters and venues in downtown Missoula.