Film Series Panel Event with Climate Scientists and Educators

Join us for the season finale of the 2017 Big Sky Film Series featuring documentary film BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY, a behind-the-scenes portrait of Nye as he takes off his Science Guy lab coat and takes on those who deny climate change, evolution, and a science-based world view. The film shows Thursday, November 9th at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts at 7:00pm.

Following the film we are thrilled to host a panel with climate scientists and educators from spectrUM Discovery Area, Ecology Project International, Climate Smart Missoula and The University of Montana. The panel will unpack ideas from the film including the changing landscape of science education and advocacy, shifting narratives around climate change and science-based world view, and emerging strategies for science education in the digital age. Special thanks to spectrUM Discovery Area for bringing this special panel togther in parntership with the Big Sky Film Institute - it's sure to be an exciting conversation!

Panelists

Amy Cilimburg - Climate Smart Missoula

Amy loves putting her passions to work leading Climate Smart Missoula, strengthening connections, initiating new programs, and building a resilient community.  She was part of the team that launched this organization and has been at the helm since its inception. Amy has worked on climate and energy policy for the past decade, encouraging solutions at the local, state and federal levels. She did much of this through her work at Montana Audubon and by volunteering locally to help develop Missoula's Climate Action Plans. Amy has a Masters degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana. She lives in Missoula with her husband, teenage daughter, and dog. 

Scott Mills - University of Montana

Dr. L. Scott Mills is Associate Vice President of Research for Global Change and Sustainability, and a Wildlife Biology Professor, at the University of Montana. Scott spends part of his time synergizing cross-cutting, interdisciplinary, international research projects related to global change and sustainability.  The rest of his job focuses on conducting his research around the world and enjoying his international group of smart, dedicated, and competent students and research collaborators. The two biggest current research projects in the Mills lab focus on a scope for adaptation by animals to global change and charismatic big animals that cross international boundaries. Scott has received numerous teaching awards, mentored 26 graduate and 34 undergraduate research projects, and been awarded funding from a wide range of sources; these include an NSF Early Career Award and a  John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.

Kallie Moore - University of Montana and PBS Digital Studios

Kallie Moore is the Collections Manager of the University of Montana Paleontology Center.  Her job is best described as a "Fossil Librarian".  Along with keeping the collection organized and accessible, Kallile also supervises volunteers, participates in science communication (both on and off campus), and facilitates research by sending fossils all over the world for scientist to study.  As of June 2017, Kallie is also a co-host on the PBS Digital Studios show Eons, where she discusses the fossil record and natural history of our planet.

Julie Osborn - Ecology Project International

Julie is the Advancement Director & Co-founder of Missoula-based non-profit, Ecology Project International (EPI).  Through her work, she strives to build collaboration between scientists and local communities to promote effective conservation. Julie’s background as an ecologist and analyst has always focused on global change. During her graduate studies at Stanford, she spent time in the mangroves of north Queensland, Australia, and the grasslands of California. She’s lived in the cloud forests of Costa Rica, researched raptors and wind turbines, contributed to national policy on energy efficiency and renewable energy at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and advised a University of Montana graduate candidate – which led her to co-teach EPI’s first program in 2000. When not directing organizational development and fundraising, Julie enjoys adventures with her two beautiful children and husband, preferably near or on a river.

Nick Wethington - SpectrUM and Western Montana Astronomical Association

Nick Wethington is the Museum Manager at the spectrUM Discovery Area, the University of Montana's hands-on science museum.  Nick is passionate about sharing his knowledge of science with everyone. For the last two years, Nick has brought his knack for making and tinkering to spectrUM and schools in the Bitterroot Valley and Flathead Reservation.  Nick has even made his own telescope, and he serves as the president of the Western Montana Astronomical Association.

Huge thanks to Big Sky Film Series sponsor Missoula Federal Credit Union! Doors for the event open at 6pm, with a no-host bar and popcorn available, and as alway, admission is FREE. 

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Now Hiring: Print Traffic Coordinator

Update 10/4/17 - This position is closed for application

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Montana is seeking a Print Traffic Coordinator to join our 2018 festival staff. Under the supervision of the Programming Directors, the Print Traffic coordinator will manage print traffic for the 15th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival which takes place February 16-25, 2018. The Coordinator will work with filmmakers and other parties to secure on –time receipt of festival films, videos, and promotional deliverables and arrange timely return shipping of prints. The Print Traffic Coordinator will also work with the Technical Director and Education Director to organize screening schedules, playlists and distribution of prints and backups to appropriate venues.

Download the full position description HERE.

This position begins in November 2017 and runs through March 2018. Compensation DOE. 

TO APPLY

Please email a resume and cover letter to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Native Filmmaker Fellows Application Now Open

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival has opened applications for the  2018 Native Filmmaker Fellowship program. The fellowship offers four filmmakers the opportunity to attend the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, DocShop filmmaker's forum, and a private seminar with leaders in the Indigenous filmmaking community and the film industry at large.

The program will be open to American Indian, Alaska Native and Hawaiian Native applicants who are US residents. The selected fellows will receive:

- One All Access pass to BSDFF (February 16-25, 2018) including all screenings, DocShop sessions, VIP events and special performances

- Five nights of accommodations during the festival

- One round trip ticket to Missoula, ground transportation arranged

- A cash stipend for meals and incidentals in Missoula

In addition to attending Big Sky, fellows will automatically qualify to participate in the 4th World Media Lab at the Seattle International Film Festival. Produced by Longhouse Media in partnership with the Seattle International Film Festival, the 4th World Media Lab is a professional development and community-building opportunity for emerging filmmakers. Created to support Native filmmakers by increasing access to classes and equipment, 4th World fellows take part in a 3-day filmmaking intensive during SIFF in Seattle Center. The lab will welcome Big Sky Native Filmmaker fellows to join the 4th World cohort, all expenses paid, for the lab’s fourth edition in May 2018.

The Big Sky Fellows program is part of an all-new Native Filmmaker Initiative, supported in part by a FilmWatch grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, to bring more Indigenous stories to the festival, support and engage the American Indian media arts community and have a greater impact on community youth.

The Native Filmmaker Fellows application is open now through November 10, 2017. Click below to apply!

Questions regarding eligibility, the fellows seminar and other program details? Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Sep 06, 2017 | permalink


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Open Call for Audio Documentaries

Submissions for the most prolific documentary event in the American West are now open to another documentary form. The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival has issued an open call for audio documentaries for consideration in an all-new AudioDocs program to be presented at the 15th annual festival in Missoula, Montana, February 16-25, 2018.

The open call seeks sound-rich, true stories told creatively as audio documentaries, running between 3 minutes and 25 minutes. Entries may be submitted online through the Submittable platform, open now through Sunday, November 5, 2017. Selections will be made by a panel of radio broadcasters and audio producers working in partnership with the festival. AudioDocs is presented in partnership with National Public Radio affiliate Montana Public Radio (MTPR).

A program of the Big Sky Film Institute, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival has grown to become the premier venue for non-fiction film in the American West. The festival draws an audience of 20,000 and film entries from every corner of the globe to a uniquely intimate mountain town setting with local Montana flavor. For 15 years, Big Sky has continued to engage vibrant conversations evolving in the industry, pushing the definition of documentary to discover what lies at its boundaries. While Big Sky will always be a film festival, the audio documentary has recently been the fastest growing medium in the documentary field, with radio and podcasts enjoying a proverbial 21st century renaissance. At the 2017 festival, Big Sky dipped its toe in the audio pool, hosting a “Listen Lounge” where individuals could don a pair of headphones and indulge in locally produced audio documentaries.

“The Listen Lounge in 2017 exposed a desire for a more interactive and shared festival experience with the audio documentary medium,” says Big Sky Executive Director Rachel Gregg. “Audio stories and podcasts are often consumed independently, so we’re excited to explore the impact of audio documentary in a collective setting.” 

Selections in the AudioDocs program will play in front of feature films at the festival, as well as at collective listening events where audiences can participate in a variety of activities, or simply kick back while taking in the audio doc. Big Sky will also include a deeper dive into audio documentary producing as part of the 2018 DocShop conference. Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, DocShop is a 5-day forum that will spotlight the intersection of film and technology. Sound recording, audio editing and audio effects are all integral parts of producing a compelling documentary film. A panel of audio producers and film audio experts will discuss trends in audio doc that have implications for documentary film as well as the future of the audio documentary as a storytelling form.

More information on the AudioDocs program and submissions can be found at bigskyfilmfest.org/festival/audio_documentaries

Sep 05, 2017 | permalink


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CALL FOR ENTRIES NOW OPEN FOR THE 15TH ANNUAL BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

Submissions for the most prolific documentary event in the American West are open! Now accepting entries of non-fiction films of all forms, genres, subject matter and lengths for consideration in another world-class lineup in the 15th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

Selected by Movie Maker Magazine's 2017 Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, BSDFF is an Oscar-qualifying event for short documentaries and showcases a variety of world, US and Northwest premieres. A competitive event, Big Sky offers cash awards for Best Documentary Feature, the Big Sky Award to the best film about the American West, Best Documentary Short and Best Mini Doc. The DocShop Filmmaker's Forum, a 5-day conference during BSDFF, features industry influencers exploring the trends and ideas shaping the field of documentary filmmaking, and hosts the Big Sky Pitch for works in progress. 

The following 2018 submission deadlines apply:
Earlybird Deadline - June 30, 2017
Regular Deadline - September 1, 2017
Late Deadline - October 6, 2017

Programming over 90% of selections from the open call, the 10-day annual festival presents over 150 films from around the world to an audience of 20,000 in the beautiful mountain town of Missoula, Montana. Featuring a variety of public screenings, live events, VIP parties and special performances, BSDFF is an ideal setting for filmmakers to premiere new work and develop lasting relationships with fellow filmmakers and industry. The 15th annual festival takes place February 16-25, 2018.

Learn more and submit your film for consideration at www.bigskyfilmfest.org/submissions.

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Big Sky Receives FilmWatch Grant from Academy for Native Filmmaker Intiative

The Big Sky Film Institute is proud to announce the launch of a Native Filmmaker Initiative made possible in part by FilmWatch grant funding from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Designed to bring more Indigenous stories to Missoula and engage the Native Filmmaking community across the Northwest, the initiative includes a Native Filmmakers Fellowship program, an Educational Outreach arm and special programming of Indigenous films at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

The Academy's FilmWatch and FilmCraft grant programs were established to identify and empower future filmmakers from nontraditional backgrounds, cultivate new and diverse talent, promote motion pictures as an art form and provide a platform for underrepresented artists. Announced April 21st, grants were awarded to 44 organizations including the American Film Institute, International Documentary Association and the Sundance Institute, among many other prestigious film festivals, educational institutions and film scholars.

Honored to be selected by The Academy alongside so many distinguished programs, BSFI is thrilled to expand our capacity for Native content and partnerships. The Native Filmmaker Initiative will launch in the Fall of 2017. Programming and recruitment begin soon, stay tuned for more announcements!

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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.

Read the full article from MovieMaker Magazine here >>

Apr 17, 2017 | permalink


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2017 Award Winners

Announcing the 2017 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Award Winners

The festival, which wraps up 10 days of the best in documentary filmmaking from around the world this Sunday (Feb. 26), awards four major prizes, two of which are Oscar-qualifying. A selection of award-winning films will screen on Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Roxy Theater at 10am and 12:30pm.

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is just about to wrap 10 days of eye-opening, thought-provoking, and diverse nonfiction filmmaking. With over 200 films in the festival, the following competition films have been given awards in our four categories.

Four BSDFF competitions shine a spotlight on superior works in documentary filmmaking. One prize winner in each category was selected by the festival jury in each of the following categories, and considerations were made for artistic vision. Winners in each category receive a $500 cash prize, and winners of the Short Documentary and Mini-Doc competitions automatically qualify for Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oscar consideration in the Documentary Short category for 2017. 

Says Festival Director Rachel Gregg: "We're extremely proud to have been able to share these incredibly accomplished films with the people of Montana and all our visiting guests. We're thrilled to provide an opportunity for these movies to find an even larger audience thanks to the reach of these prestigious awards. Thanks to our juries for making the hard decisions!"

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BIG SKY AWARD

Presented to one film that artistically honors the character, history, tradition and imagination of the American West

Sponsored by First Interstate Bank

Jury: Sean O’Brien (University of Montana), Tenzin Phuntsog (Montana State University), and Bryan Bello (Filmmaker).

WINNER: 100 YEARS: ONE WOMAN’S FIGHT FOR JUSTICE 

Melinda Janko, 2016, USA, 76 minutes / Montana Premiere

100 Years is the David vs. Goliath story of Elouise Cobell’s courageous fight for justice for 300,000 Native Americans whose mineral rich lands were mismanaged by the United States Government.  For 30 years Elouise Cobell fought “the good fight.” This is the compelling true story of how she prevailed and made history.

Big Sky Artistic Vision Award

WINNER: OYATE 

Dan Grimus , 2016, USA, 73 minutes / World Premiere

OYATE is a film about life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota. It follows two families as they go about their daily activities over the course of a single summer. They attend rodeos, shoot clay pigeons, and participate in pow wows. Family members get married, have children, and celebrate the 4th of July. All the while, the difficult, often intractable realities of modern reservation life threaten to encroach upon them.

Jury statement: In recognition of the film’s artistic merit, approach and cinematography, the jury presents Dan Grimus’s OYATE the Artistic Vision Award for its cinematic eye, observational gaze, and ability to capture the beauty in the everyday.

 

MINI DOC COMPETITION

Films 15 minutes and under

Jury members: Daniel Junge (Filmmaker), Gianna Savoie (Ocean Media Institute), and Mark Vargo (Cinematographer).

WINNER: THE FOURTH KINGDOM

Alex Lora, Adan Aliaga, 2017, Spain, USA, 14 minutes / World Premiere

The Fourth Kingdom is the kingdom of plastics, a redemption center in NY for immigrants and underdogs where the American Dream becomes possible indeed.

 

SHORT COMPETITION

Films between 15 and 40 minutes in length

Jury: Daniel Cross (Filmmaker), Deia Schlosberg (Filmmaker), and Joy Dietrich (MSU)

WINNER: KAYAYO: THE LIVING SHOPPING BASKETS

Mari Bakke Riise, 2016, Norway, 32 minutes / North American Premiere

In the capital of Ghana, 10,000 girls from the ages of 6 work as real life shopping baskets - called Kayayo, carrying heavy loads on their head (from 130 to 220 pounds), earning very little and some end up in prostitution to make ends meet. This documentary is about Bamunu, an 8-year old girl who hasn’t seen her family since she was sent away from home two years ago to work as a Kayayo to support her family.  We follow her incessant longing to get away from the harsh markets, her journey back home and what awaits there.

Shorts Competition Artistic Vision Award

WINNER: THE RAIN WILL FOLLOW

Eugene Richards, 2016, USA — 15 minutes / Northwest Premiere

Though confined to a nursing home, 90-year-old Melvin Wisdahl lives an interior life, filled with images of the war he fought in, the struggles of the early Norwegian settlers of North Dakota, his ghost town of a home, his love of the ever-evolving and threatened land.

Jury Statement: The jury presents an Artistic Vision Award to THE RAIN WILL FOLLOW, which beautifully marries internal and external landscape imagery in a way that infuses the whole film with a third complete and powerful through line.   

 

FEATURE COMPETITION

Films over 40 minutes in length

Jury: Nadine Ajaka (The Atlantic), Anne Devereaux (Filmmaker), and Bryan Glick (The Film Collaborative)

WINNER: CRADLE OF CHAMPIONS

Bartle B Bull, 2017, USA, 100 minutes / Northwest Premiere

Fighting for your life in the city of dreams. Three extraordinary young people battle to change their lives through the three-month odyssey of the New York Daily News Golden Gloves—the biggest, oldest, most important amateur boxing tournament in the world.

Feature Competition Artistic Vision Award 

WINNER: LET THERE BE LIGHT

Mila Aung-Thwin, 2017, Canada, 100 minutes / World Premiere

LET THERE BE LIGHT follows the story of dedicated scientists working to build a small sun on Earth, which would unleash perpetual, cheap, clean energy for mankind. After decades of failed attempts, a massive push is now underway to crack the holy grail of energy.

Jury Statement - In recognition of the film’s artistic merit and educational value, the jury presents LET THERE BE LIGHT with an Artistic Vision Award for its cinematic eye, innovative animation, and engaging (passionate) investigation into the future of fusion (clean energy).

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Spotlight on Sponsors: Montana Film Office

The Montana Film Office is an award-winning office of film and PR professionals.  Established in 1974, the Film Office is a component of the Montana Department of Commerce dedicating themselves to promoting the state of Montana as a filming location to the film/TV/ print industries and inviting those productions into Montana for the overall economic benefit of the state, assisting producers in finding locations to fit their scripts and acting as a liaison through every phase of production, and nurturing and supporting the development of their resident crew base, as well as resident Montana filmmakers.  

The Montana Film Office will be sponsoring 2017's BSDFF filmmaker reception on Saturday, February 25th at the Dana Gallery, and will also be assisting in travel costs to bring filmmakers to the festival, continuing to foster the development of the film industry in Montana.  

Learn more about the Montana Film Office here

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival lights up downtown Missoula for 10 days every February, bring stories from across the globe to our beautiful and eclectic mountain town, create a vibrant, quality event that gathers our engaged community, and expand the knowledge and conversation around issues that matter. The success of the festival is defined by the marvelous support and enthusiasm of Missoula businesses, organizations, non-profits, theaters and dedicated patrons. THANK YOU.

 

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Spotlight on Sponsors: S & K Technologies

As part of an economic development plan established by tribal leadership, S & K Technologies has a commitment to providing gainful education, employment and training for the tribal community, and strive to provide a yearly shareholder dividend that is directly invested in social and economic programs for their people. 

S & K Technologies will be a sponsor for this year's BSDFF film strand titled, Indigenous Visions, staying true to their commitment to the inclusion of the tribal community and continuing the education and conversations around indigenous cultures. 

More information about S & K Technologies at http://www.sktcorp.com/

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival lights up downtown Missoula for 10 days every February, bring stories from across the globe to our beautiful and eclectic mountain town, create a vibrant, quality event that gathers our engaged community and expand the knowledge and conversation around the issues that matter.  The success of the festival is defined by the marvelous support and enthusiasm of Missoula businesses, organizations, non-profits, theaters and dedicated patrons.  THANK YOU.  

Jan 30, 2017 | permalink


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Spotlight on Sponsors: Tribeca Film Institute

The Tribeca Film Institute is a year-round non-profit organization rooted in the energetic locale of New York City.  Founded in the wake of September 11th, 2001 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, Tribeca connects filmmakers to audiences to continue conversations brought to the table by socially-relevant documentary and scripted films.  Each year, Tribeca Film Institute identifies a diverse group of exceptional filmmakers and media artists to provide funding for their work, giving them the resources to fully realize their stories.  Tribeca also offers a number of educational programs to empower students through hands-on training, encouraging creativity and global engagement for young people across the nation.  

Tribeca Film Institute is a sponsor of BSDFF 2017's DocShop, bringing expertise and creative visions to panels and workshops throughout the week and supporting BSDFF's aspirations to inspire filmmakers, innovators, students and media industry leaders to continue exploring the cutting-edge ideas in the field of documentary film.  

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival lights up downtown Missoula for 10 days every February, bring stories from across the globe to our beautiful and eclectic mountain town, create a vibrant, quality event that gathers our engaged community, and expand the knowledge and conversation around issues that matter.  The success of the festival is defined by the marvelous support and enthusiasm of Missoula businesses, organizations, non-profits, theaters and dedicated patrons.  THANK YOU.   

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Spotlight on Sponsors: Community Medical Center

Community Medical Center is a widely recognized hospital, known for providing the longest standing obstetrical and newborn care in Missoula, as well as the longest standing, largest and most comprehensive Rehabilitation Center of its kind in Western Montana.  In addition, it is the only hospital in Western Montana that has a separate Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for kids.  With top-notch medical programs offered, Community Medical Center remains true to their promise- "your care, our committment, from day one."

Every year, BSDFF looks to jump off the screen and share a multimedia performance which intersects with other art forms.  Community Medical Center is proud to sponsor a special screening and performance of Pasadena-based dace company Lineage Dance's Healing Blue, an innovative dance/film piece that provides an intimate glimpse into the strength, struggles and diversity of women in their fight against breast cancer.  

Healing Blue: A Multimedia Dance Performance will take place on February 22nd at the Missoula Children's Theater at 7PM.

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival lights up downtown Missoula for 10 days every February, bring stories from across the globe to our beautiful and eclectic mountain town, create a vibrant, quality event that gathers our engaged community, and expand the knowledge and conversation around issues that matter.  The success of the festival is defined by the marvelous support and enthusiasm of Missoula businesses, organizations, non-profits, theaters and dedicated patrons.  THANK YOU.

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Spotlight on Sponsors: Missoula Federal Credit Union

Voted Best of Missoula for 20 years running and Missoula’s Choice for 15 years running, Missoula Federal Credit Union provides exceptional financial partnerships for its members. MFCU believes in helping people, educating youth, and environmental sustainability and offers a variety of services ranging from loans, educational seminars, low interest credit cards and a surcharge-free ATM network.  

As an advocate for local educational opportunities, MFCU has sponsored past BSDFF Schoolhouse Docs programs, featuring after school movies for kids and families during the film festival. This year MFCU will be our partner for the Big Sky Film Series, helping BSFI bring documentary film programming to Missoula even after the festival is over. Taking place in the Spring and Fall months in 2017, Big Sky Film Series screenings are FREE events highlighting traditional and innovative non-fiction film. An engaged organization committed to community, MFCU helps us bring FREE entertainment to Missoula – all year long.

Learn more about MFCU at https://missoulafcu.org/

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival lights up downtown Missoula for 10 days every February, bring stories from across the globe to our beautiful and eclectic mountain town, create a vibrant, quality event that gathers our engaged community, and expand the knowledge and conversation around issues that matter. The success of the festival is defined by the marvelous support and enthusiasm of Missoula businesses, organizations, non-profits, theaters and dedicated patrons. THANK YOU.

Jan 06, 2017 | permalink


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Spotlight on Sponsors: The Missoula Independent

The Missoula Independent, Western Montana's Weekly Journal of People, Politics, and Culture, offers an in-depth perspective on our uniique life here in the "Last Best Place." The Independent is Missoula's largest weekly newspaper, with a distribution of about 20,000 readers all across the region.  Promoting a host of local events, restaurants, and community news stories, the Independent provides insight to forces that affect readers' cultural landscape in order to help them understand the true nature of their community.  

Telling true stories is at the heart of the work of both the Missoula Independent and the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.  Our partner in entertainment and journalism, the Indy helps get our festival schedule into the hands of attendees in their mid-February edition every year and provides sneak peeks into BSFI film events all year with regular film reviews, keeping the community connected throughout the festival week and beyond.  Find out what's current at the Missoula Independent at http://missoulanews.bigskypress.com/, or pick up a hard copy at one of your favorite Missoula shops. 

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival lights up downtown Missoula for 10 days every February, bring stories from across the globe to our beautiful and eclectic mountain town, create a vibrant, quality event that gathers our engaged community, and expand the knowledge and conversation around issues that matter.  The success of the festival is defined by the marvelous support and enthusiasm of Missoula businesses,organizations, non-profits, theaters and dedicated patrons.  THANK YOU.  

Dec 26, 2016 | permalink


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Spotlight on Sponsors: HBO

With an audience reach of approximately 127 million subscribers worldwide, HBO (Home Box Office) is the leading television programming and distribution platform providing viewers with groundbreaking series, films, documentaries and sports.  The expansive visions of HBO have helped BSDFF come alive each opening night for years; HBO is a sustaining opening night sponsor, helping us kick off the festival with a free screening, a packed house buzzing with anticipation and excitement for the stories waiting to be told during BSDFF’s Festival Week.

This year’s opening night BSDFF and HBO will present “Bright Lights,” featuring Carrie Fischer and Debbie Reynolds. "Bright Lights"  is an intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty, in all its eccentricity. At 83 years old, grand dame Debbie Reynolds (star of “Singing in the Rain,”) still performs a Las Vegas act, dressed in gold lamé. But performing takes its toll, and Debbie’s health suffers. This devastates her daughter, “Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher, whose response is both hilarious and heart-rending. Carrie is helpless in the face of her mother’s determination that “the show must go on.” Through vintage family films, iconic old-world Hollywood history comes to life. Rich cinema verité also takes us to into the heart of Beverly Hills today, where Carrie and Debbie live together. This is a film about show business, and bittersweet family love. HBO Debut: March 2017; 95 minutes

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival lights up downtown Missoula for 10 days every February, bring stories from across the globe to our beautiful and eclectic mountain town, create a vibrant, quality event that gathers our engaged community, and expand the knowledge and conversation around issues that matter. The success of the festival is defined by the marvelous support and enthusiasm of film industry partners and Missoula businesses, organizations, non-profits, theaters and dedicated patrons. THANK YOU.

 

Dec 05, 2016 | permalink


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The Missoula Independent reviews IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE

Screening at the Big Sky Film Series, December 1st, 7PM @ The Silver Theatre (2023 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59801)

"Watch the film with an open heart and you'll see that it makes a valid case for why we might sometimes need to go out of our way to reach a place of quiet, and why that effort matters."

MISSOULA INDEPENDENT REVIEW

Nov 28, 2016 | permalink


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Spotlight on Sponsors: Holiday Inn Downtown

Located on the scenic Clark Fork River in the heart of downtown Missoula, the Holiday Inn Downtown Missoula is the perfect place to stay when visiting for BSDFF.  The Holiday Inn is within walking distance of the business district and all of BSDFF's venues, and even has a block of discounted rates for BSDFF attendees.  The host hotel for the 2017 Festival, Holiday Inn provides visiting filmmakers, industry professionals, and out-of-town attendees with affordable, convenient, and comfortable travel and lodging options.  

For more information about the Holiday Inn Downtown Missoula, please visit their website at http://bit.ly/HolidayInnDowntownMissoula

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival lights up downtown Missoula for 10 days every February, bring stories from all across the globe to our beautiful and eclectic mountain town, create a vibrant, quality event that gathers our engaged community, and expand the knowledge and conversation around issues that matter.  The success of the Festival is defined by the marvelous support and enthusiasm from film industry partners and Missoula businesses, organizations, non-profits, theaters and dedicated patrons.  THANK YOU. 

Nov 23, 2016 | permalink


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Spotlight on Sponsors: The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation

The mission of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation is to "hold fast to our sense of place and are actively involved in the communities where we live and work.  We believe in the individual spirit, but at the same time we know how important a strong support network is to the enhancement of all our lives.  The Washington Foundation strives to better the human condition by supporting programs and services that give people the tools to enhance the qualities of their lives and benefit society as a whole."

Dedication to bringing film education opportunities to Montanans and visiting filmmakers alike is what BSDFF strives to do.  The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation knows how important a strong netowork system is to the enhancement of all our lives.  That's why they help BSDFF by providing funding for our diverse selection of educational programs for all ages to create, learn and enjoy documentary film, including Schoolhouse Docs, the Big Sky Youth Fellowship and Teen Mentor Days.  

For more information about the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, please visit their website at https://www.dpwfoundation.org/

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival lights up downtown Missoula every year for 10 days in February, bring stories from across the globe to our beautiful and eclectic mountain town, create a vibrant, quality event that gathers our engaged community, and expand the knowledge and conversation around issues that matter.  The success of the festival is defined by the marvelous support and enthusiasm of industry partners and Missoula businesses, organizations, non-profits, theaters and dedicated patrons.  THANK YOU.  

Nov 23, 2016 | permalink


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Spotlight on Sponsors: Consumer Direct Care Network

Consumer Direct Care Network is a proud supporter of people receiving personal assistance services.  Their vision is to expand the choices and control the lives of people with disabilities, the elderly and their families.  They rely on support, engagement, respect, innovation, integrity, compassion and excellence to provide outstanding service to their members.  Consumer Direct Care is a strand sponsor for the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, bringing a series of "All Abilities Films" to Missoula.  These films highlight the stories of people living with disabilities, and the communities around them.   

For more information about Consumer Care Direct Network, please visit their website at http://consumerdirectcare.com/

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival lights up downtown Missoula for 10 days every February, bring stories from across the globe to our beautiful and eclectic mountain town, create a vibrant, quality event that gathers our engaged community, and expand the knowledge and conversation around issues that matter. The success of the festival is defined by the marvelous support and enthusiasm of Missoula businesses, organizations, non-profits, theaters and dedicated patrons. THANK YOU.

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Spotlight on Sponsors: Rocky Mountain School of Photography

Rocky Mountain School of Photography (RMSP) is a family owned school of photography based out of Missoula, Montana.  RMSP has an intimate Career Training program that ensures every student is provided with the tools necessary for understanding and mastering the trade of photography.  RMSP’s hands-on approach to education extends to a wide range of courses including a lecture series, weekend/summer intensives and workshops.  Located in the heart of downtown Missoula, RMSP offers a unique backdrop for aspiring photographers to explore the craft.  

This year BSFI partnered with RMSP on a filmmaking workshop, teaching filmmakers of all levels how to make movies using a DSLR camera. Rocky Mountain School of Photography is a sustaining sponsor of the Big Sky Documentary Film Fest and will be the host venue for the 2017 BSDFF DocShop filmmaker’s forum. We’re also excited to announce that RMSP will be the home of the BSDFF 2017 Festival Headquarters where you can buy tickets, passes and festival merchandise and get info on all things Big Sky Doc Fest!

For more information on RMSP, please visit their website at https://rmsp.com/

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival lights up downtown Missoula for 10 days every February, bring stories from across the globe to our beautiful and eclectic mountain town, create a vibrant, quality event that gathers our engaged community, and expand the knowledge and conversation around issues that matter. The success of the festival is defined by the marvelous support and enthusiasm of film industry partners and Missoula businesses, organizations, non-profits, theaters and dedicated patrons. THANK YOU.

 

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