Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is coming soon!  It has become the largest cinema event in Montana and the premiere venue for non-fiction film in the American West.

In 2012, the festival drew an audience of 20,000 and received nearly 1000 film entries from every corner of the globe.  This is where you want to be for the newest upcoming documentary films and artists this season!

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is run by Big Sky Film Institute.  The mission of the Big Sky Film Institute is to celebrate and promote the art of non-fiction filmmaking, and to encourage media literacy by fostering public understanding and appreciation of documentary film.

Recent Award winners at the festival have included This Way Of Life (Thomas Burstyn) Steam of Life (Joonas Berghäll & Mika Hotakainen) Last Train Home (Lixin Fan), Sweetgrass (Ilisa Barbash & Lucien Castaing-Taylor), Gasland (Josh Fox), Rough Aunties (Kim Longinotto), Ashes of American Flags (Brendan Canty & Christoph Green) In A Dream (Jeremiah Zagar), and Bronx Princess (Yoni Brook & Musa Syeed).

In it's 11th year the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival has so many films this year that they will be screening them in 3 different locations.    The films will be screened at The Wilma Theater, The Top Hat and The Crystal Theater.  All of which, are in downtown Missoula.  To find out more about this years films check out the 2014 Film Selections, with areas of interest such as Made in Montana and The Best Medicine.

 2014 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival:

This years festival will be held from February 15th - 23rd.  The theme this year is The Best Medicine.  With documentary films featuring funny people, comedies and a special live performance by Tig Notaro and Chris Fairbanks.

In addition to screenings, public events include panel discussions, workshops, pitch sessions, parties and receptions. The full schedule of events, films and locations has not been published yet, but will be updated soon.

For more information on the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, lodging, or events in Missoula, Montana please visit

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