MovieMaker Magazine selects Big Sky for 2017 “50 Best Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee”
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is honored to be selected one of the “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker Magazine for the second time in just four years. 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 impact in niche markets and expand collaboration networks.
MovieMaker’s 2017 selections focused on festivals that prioritize submissions (as opposed to special invitation or other means). Responding to feedback from a survey of online readers, MovieMaker also sought festivals that provided a venue to “forge a genuine connection with audiences who are truly engaged.”
“To receive this honor from MovieMaker on the heels of our 14th festival is a cherry on top of a huge year for Big Sky,” says BSDFF director Rachel Gregg. “We screened in more venues than ever before and welcomed more filmmakers and industry to Montana than ever before, but success for us is not really about getting bigger. We aim to cultivate value and impact for the documentary filmmaking community and nurture the art form for both creators and consumers of the medium. It's exciting to be listed among a host of incredible festivals helping elevate independent film and auteurs. We owe it to the overwhelming support of the Missoula community, our filmmaker alum, and the industry for making Big Sky something really special.”
News of this selection comes just weeks before Big Sky’s call for entries for the 2018 festival. Submissions open May 15 with a discounted early bird entry fee for films submitted by June 30, 2017.