Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Now entering its seventeenth year, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (BSDFF) is the largest documentary film festival in the American West and established as Montana’s premier cinema event. A program of the non-profit Big Sky Film Institute, the ambition of BSDFF is to bring stories from around the world to our beautiful mountain town, create a vibrant, quality event that gathers our engaged community, and expand the knowledge and conversation around issues that matter.
A prolific 10-day event held every February in Missoula’s historic theater The Wilma and neighboring venues, BSDFF lights up western Montana with over 150 extraordinary films from across the globe. Hundreds of filmmakers, industry professionals, and 20,000 highly engaged filmgoers attend screenings, live events, educational programs and film industry forums. Big Sky is an Academy Award qualifying festival in the Short and Mini-Doc categories, and has been selected four times for MovieMaker Magazine’s 50 Best Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.
In addition to screenings, the Big Sky DocShop is a five-day industry event that includes panels, master classes, workshops, and The Big Sky Pitch Session. DocShop’s participants have included: HBO Documentary Films, Showtime Documentary Films, Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance Doc Fund, New York Times Op-Docs, ESPN Films, CNN Films, ITVS, POV, PBS, Chicken and Egg Pictures, The Fledgling Fund, Catapult Film Fund, Gravitas Ventures, FilmRise, Vimeo and many other leading film industry voices.
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