Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
SINCE: 2004
WHERE: Missoula, Montana, USA
WEBSITE: www.bigskyfilmfest.org
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: “The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 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. The BSDFF offers a unique setting for filmmakers to premiere new work and for audiences to see innovative new films, as well as classics in the genre. The festival hosts over seventy-five visiting artists, and presents an average of 125 non-fiction films annually at the historic Wilma Theater and Crystal Theater in downtown Missoula.”

More Than 200 films To Screen at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

More Than 200 films To Screen at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

More than 200 films have been selected to screen at the 13th Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (BSDFF), which takes place February 19-28, 2016, in downtown Missoula, Montana. Continuing a 10-year tradition, the festival kicks off on Friday, February 19th with a free public screening of an upcoming feature from HBO Documentary Films. This year’s opener is MAVIS!, an intimate look at the life of gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and […]

A WORLD NOT OURS, URANIUM DRIVE-IN Lead Winners of 2014 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

A WORLD NOT OURS, URANIUM DRIVE-IN Lead Winners of 2014 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

A WORLD NOT OURSA WORLD NOT OURS

The winners of the 2014 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival’s Feature, Big Sky, Short and Mini-Doc categories were announced before an energized and packed house last night at the Top Hat Lounge in downtown Missoula.  The Best Feature award went to A WORLD NOT OURS, described as an intimate and funny portrait of three generations of exile in the refugee camp of Ain el-Helweh, in southern Lebanon.  “Through his unique sensibility and keenly perceptive eye, filmmaker Mahdi Fleifel gives us a fascinating glimpse into the world of the Palestinian refugee camp where he grew up,” read the judges’ statement. “In so doing, he creates a remarkable cinematic journey that is both highly personal and strikingly universal.”

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Unveils 2014 Lineup; Opens with PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF KATRINA GILBERT

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Unveils 2014 Lineup; Opens with PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF KATRINA GILBERT

PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF KATRINA GILBERTPAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF KATRINA GILBERT

More than 130 non-fiction films are announced as the official selections for the 11th Annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, which takes place February 15-23 in Missoula, Montana. Continuing a tradition with HBO Documentary Films, the festival’s opening night will once again center on an early look at an upcoming film from the network’s documentary film division. PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF KATRINA GILBERT is described as a searing and heartfelt portrayal of a single mom who struggles under the poverty line despite working a full-time job. Paycheck is executive-produced by Maria Shriver, and is part of the Emmy-winning journalist’s series “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink.”

Blood Brother Wins Top Prize at 2013 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Blood Brother Wins Top Prize at 2013 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Blood Brother

A film about a young man who set aside his comfortable life to help children at an AIDS orphanage in India won the top prize at the 2013 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.  The film, “Blood Brother,” a 93-minute film directed by Steve Hoover, was named Best Feature Documentary.

Not Yet Begun to Fight

“Not Yet Begun to Fight,” by Sabrina Lee and Shasta Grenier, won the 2013 Big Sky Award, given each year to the best documentary film about the American West. The 60-minute film tells the story of a retired Marine colonel who brings five traumatically wounded military veterans to Montana to learn to fly fish. Notably, that film’s director of photography, Justin Lubke, himself won the Big Sky Award in 2008 for his film, “Class C.”

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in downtown Missoula, Missouri Kicks Off On Friday

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in downtown Missoula, Missouri Kicks Off On Friday

First Comes Love

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival takes place February 15-24, 2013 at the Crystal Theatre and the historic Wilma Theatre in downtown Missoula, Missouri.

This year’s festival kicks off February 15 with a free screening of “First Comes Love” sponsored by HBO Documentary Films. Described as “A wry autobiographical story of a single woman choosing to have a baby on her own,” “First Comes Love” premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Announces 2013 Film Lineup, Opens With Nina Davenport’s First Comes Love

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Announces 2013 Film Lineup, Opens With Nina Davenport’s First Comes Love

First Comes Love

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival announced the official selections for the 10th annual festival, being held February 15-24, 2013 at the Historic Wilma and Crystal Theaters in downtown Missoula, Montana.  The 2013 program was curated from more than 1000 entries from around the globe.  The opening night film, Nina Davenport’s “First Comes Love,” will be free and open to the public, courtesy of HBO Documentary Films.

In addition to special programming events and the competitive selections, the 10th Big Sky Documentary Film Festival will celebrate a decade of non-fiction movie programming with a “Best 10 of 10” series, re-screening some of the greatest films ever shown at Big Sky.  This special “Best of” screening series is sponsored by Humanities Montana.  Additionally, the 2013 Retrospective Series will feature MacArthur Fellow, Stanley Nelson.  Nelson’s films have aired on the prestigious PBS series’ American Experience, American Masters, and Independent Lens.  In 2006 his film “Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple” was shortlisted for the Academy Awards in the Documentary Feature category.

The Big Sky Doc Shop, an industry-focused four-day event that offers documentary filmmakers opportunities for networking, discussion, and professional development, through workshops, panels, and the annual Big Sky Documentary Pitch session will begin Monday, February 18th. The Documentary Pitch Session panelists include some of the top non-fiction commissioning editors in television representing BBC Storyville, POV/The American Documentary, CNN, ITVS, and the Sundance Documentary Fund.

2013 OFFICAL SELECTIONS

Brian Bolsters film THE LOOKOUT and Jeff Orlowsskis CHASING ICE Win Top Awards at 2012 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Brian Bolsters film THE LOOKOUT and Jeff Orlowsskis CHASING ICE Win Top Awards at 2012 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

The 9th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival announced this year’s award winning films in the four competitive categories: Best Feature, Big Sky Award, Best Short Film and Best Mini Doc (under 15 minutes) on Thursday evening at a ceremony at The Loft in downtown Missoula. Each category winner will receive $500, courtesy of The Documentary Channel. FEATURE FILM COMPETITION  The Best Feature prize was awarded to Jeff Orlowsskis CHASING ICE,  about National Geographic environmental […]

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Announces Official Selections for 2012 Festival

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Announces Official Selections for 2012 Festival

Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival has announced the official selections for their ninth annual event to be held in Missoula, Montana February 17-26, 2012, at the Historic Wilma Theatre.  The 144 film program, culled from nearly 1000 entries from all over the world will feature a free opening night screening of Matthew Akers’s new film Marina Abramovi  The Artist is Present .

The Festival will feature three venues this year – two screens at the Wilma and a third at the Crystal Theater, 515 South Higgins on the Hip Strip.  “This is going to be an incredibly exciting year,” said Festival Director, Mike Steinberg. “The energy and joy inherent in this year’s line-up is a reflection of the enormous support we have seen from our community and our national and local sponsors”.

The Official Selections for the 2012 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival:

OPENING NIGHT FILM
Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present (Director: Matthew Akers)
Free Screening sponsored by HBO Documentary Films
(Filmmakers in Attendance)

CLOSING NIGHT FILM
Under African Skies    (Director: Joe Berlinger)

FEATURE FILM COMPETITION
Andrew Bird: Fever Year (Director: Xan Aranda)
Battle For Brooklyn (Directors: Suki Hawley & Michael Galinsky)
Calvet (Director: Dominic Allan)
The Carrier (Director: Margaret Betts)
Chasing Ice (Director: Jeff Orlowski)
Faceless (Director: Jason Lapeyre)
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8th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Competition Awards

8th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Competition Awards

The judges of the 8th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival have announced this year’s award winning films in the four competitive categories: Best Feature, Big Sky Award, Best Short Film and Best Mini Doc (under 15 minutes). The awards were announced Thursday evening at a ceremony at The Loft in downtown Missoula. The Feature Category winner will receive $1000, while the films in the other three categories will receive a cash prize of $500, […]

Big Sky 2011 Opens Friday with Free Screening of How To Die In Oregon

Big Sky 2011 Opens Friday with Free Screening of How To Die In Oregon

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival kicks off its 8th year this Friday at the historic Wilma Theatre in downtown Missoula with a FREE screening of Peter D. Richardson’s film, HOW TO DIE IN OREGON, sponsored by HBO Documentary Films. Making its Montana premiere in the festival’s American Spectrum strand, HOW TO DIE IN OREGON tells the stories of terminally ill Oregonians as they decide whether to end their life under the state’s Death with Dignity […]

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Announces Official Selections for 2011 Festival

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Announces Official Selections for 2011 Festival

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival has announced the official selections for their eighth annual event to be held in Missoula, Montana February 11-20, at the Historic Wilma Theatre.  The 140 film program, culled from nearly 1000 entries from all over the world will feature a live performance by indy rock band Yo La Tengo, a free opening night screening of Peter D. Richardsons How To Die In Oregon (sponsored by HBO Documentary Films), a retrospective […]