BSDFF honored with third selection for MovieMaker Magazine’s “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee”
For the second year in a row Big Sky Documentary Film Festival has been selected by MovieMaker Magazine for the coveted list of Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee. The list, created annually to help guide filmmakers contemplating their festival strategy, spotlights the benefits of screening at festivals outside the mainstream festival circuit. MovieMaker also points out the unique merits each event offers to help a film find their next pitch session or distribution deal, and navigate career trajectory. This is the third time BSDFF has received this recognition, with previous selections in 2014 and 2017.
MovieMaker's 2018 selections focused on helping filmmakers weigh the opportunites offered by a variey of festivals. "We hope that for every long and short-term goal you identify—be it finding your film’s proper audience, garnering tricks to be a better collaborator, or announcing your official “arrival” with an awards sweep—we’ve also identified a place where you can make it all happen," wrote Associate Editor, now Managing Editor Max Weinstein. Rising to the top were festivals that prioritize programming, networking, dynamic interpretations of New Media and access to meaningful interactions with distributors.
"Industry recognition from this particular publication, independently created and curated by filmmakers, is especially meaningful to us," noted Rachel Gregg, Executive Director of the Big Sky Film Institute. "At their roots, festivals are a series of events and programs, but impact is created in the moments in between, where filmmakers meet their next collaborator or interact with an audience that invigorates their artistic amibitions. Landing on the MovieMaker list for a third time is further proof that Big Sky is not just another forum for exhibition, we're fostering a community for documentary filmmakers."
Big Sky selects over 90% of it's festival program from open call submissions, with discounted entry fees for students, Native filmmakers and Montana-made content. Submissions for the 2019 festival open Monday, May 14th with an early bird entry fee for films submitted by June 30, 2018.