Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Every February the lights in Missoula theater lights are turned down and the curtains go up on the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Showcasing over 150 documentaries every year, the event is a celebration of non-fiction filmmaking. Film entries come from all around the globe, highlighting families, events, and cultures that aren't often depicted in Hollywood movies.

Along with the screenings, the festival hosts industry events that give enthusiasts and burgeoning documentary filmmakers the chance to work with industry veterans. A five-day DocShop filmmaker's forum includes panel discussions, workshops, and The Big Sky Pitch Session where unknowns get the chance air their ideas for studios such as HBO Documentary Films and Participant Media.

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is a program of the Big Sky Film Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Rooted in the heart of the mountain west, BSFI nurtures and elevates non- fiction films that have the power to transform our world, our culture, our youth and ourselves.



The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is the premier venue for non-fiction film in the American West. Big Sky offers an ideal setting for filmmakers to premiere new work and develop lasting relationships with fellow filmmakers and industry. 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 a local Montana flavor.

The festival hosts over 200 visiting artists, presents an average of 150 non-fiction films, and offers a variety of exciting events at historic theater The Wilma, The Roxy Theater, the MCT Center for the Performing Arts, and the Hellgate Elks Lodge in downtown Missoula, Montana.

All Screening pass includes entry to all films in the BSDFF 2018 program. Special holiday price available 11/24/17 through 12/31/2017!

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