Big Sky Doc Shop Receives National Endowment for the Arts Funding

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $20,000 to the Big Sky Film Institute for the 2019 Big Sky DocShop. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Through the work of organizations such as the Big Sky Film Institute in Missoula, Montana, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.”

"Big Sky is thrilled to receive NEA funding for DocShop for a second year running," added Big Sky Film Institute Executive Director Rachel Gregg. "This conference is a vital piece of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and a unique voice in the vibrant conversation evolving in the doc film industry. DocShop has become a premier event for career development and offers an ideal setting for filmmakers to forge collaborations and develop lasting relationships with fellow filmmakers and industry."

DocShop is a five-day filmmaker's forum and gathering place that takes place every year during the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. The conference is geared towards filmmakers, innovators, students, and media industry leaders to explore cutting-edge ideas that are shaping the field of documentary film today. The conference includes workshops, panels and master classes that cover diverse aspects of the filmmaking process, and culminates with the Big Sky Pitch, an opportunity for filmmakers to pitch works-in-progress to a panel of industry representatives and funders. The festival-conference energy creates a unique and fruitful experience for emerging and award-winning filmmakers alike.

The 2019 DocShop takes place February 18-22 during the 16th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Montana. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit

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