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Community Guidelines: COVID Protocols

Big Sky cares about the health and wellness of our staff, volunteers, artists, and audience members. The safest possible scenario for Big Sky Doc Fest is an event where the vast majority of attendees are fully vaccinated. Please go here to find vaccine clinic locations near you. Our current state law prohibits vaccine mandates, so masks will be required to be worn by all persons, including staff, volunteers and attendees, at all indoor screening and conference events regardless of vaccination status, and distancing options provided whenever possible. 


The following precautions will be taken during the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival for the safety of our community:

1. Masks will be required for all members of the public, staff and volunteers, regardless of vaccine status, at all indoor film screenings and conference events. Attendees who arrive at screenings or conference sessions without a mask will be provided one by BSDFF staff or volunteers. BSDFF retains the right to decline entry into a film screening or event, without a refund, for anyone who refuses to comply with these safety guidelines, including wearing a mask.

2. Official festival guests will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no earlier than 72 hours before their arrival in Missoula. This includes the approximately 200 filmmakers and industry delegates traveling to the festival from outside Montana. Should you develop symptoms of COVID-19 during your visit to Missoula, Big Sky will provide official guests free access to rapid testing. Any guests that test positive will be asked to quarantine. Note: Travel is at your own risk. While Big Sky will honor coverage of any existing accommodations, the festival is unable to cover additional accommodations required for quarantine. Find instructions on testing options and submitting results here>>

3. To enable adequate information for contact tracing, the festival will require contact information for individuals attending in-person festival gatherings including screening events, DocShop sessions, the Big Sky Pitch and all special events. No tickets can be purchased or entry allowed without providing your full name and contact details. 

4. All transactions will be contactless via credit or debit card. Cash and checks will not be not be accepted.

5. VIP parties and special events will take place in both outdoor spaces and highly-ventilated indoor spaces. Although masks will not be mandated at these events, they are always strongly encouraged. Please use discretion as to whether these events feel safe and appropriate based on your individual health needs.

Big Sky will monitor City of Missoula COVID Restrictions and CDC public health guidelines; any changes to our practices and protocols will be communicated on our website and by email to ticket and passholders. 


For those who are unable to join us in person, the Big Sky Virtual Cinema (February 21-March 3) offers the opportunity to screen a selection of feature and short films from the comfort of your own home during BSDFF. As a virtual attendee, 15% of your virtual pass or ticket purchase will go directly to filmmakers through our Filmmaker Support Fund.