This fellowship is a five month long mentorship program giving up to 4 MCPS high school students the opportunity to make a short documentary film (10 minutes or under) which will screen at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in February. Students will meet once a month for a two-hour group session with a Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (BSDFF) employee and filmmaker. These sessions will give the students knowledge of the historical background of documentary film, basic filmmaking techniques and time for group work shopping. Students participating in the program will be encouraged to work in groups of two or three. Each student or group will be able to meet with his or her BSDFF mentor once a month to get individual feedback and advice.
Once the films are completed, students will receive an All-Access Pass to the festival, which will allow them to attend all films, panels and workshops. Additionally, during the festival participants will have the opportunity to discuss their work with industry professionals in group meetings with visiting filmmakers. This is a sizable time commitment for students, which should end up being around 3-4 hours of work each week. It is also advised that students have some experience using editing software and a video camera, though if they do not we will still consider them for the program.
This program is only offered to High School Students in Missoula and the surrounding area.