Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

SINCE: 2004

WHERE: Missoula, Montana, USA

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

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.

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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.