15th Annual

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

February 16, 2018 to February 25, 2018


Category

Documentary Films & Videos

 

Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
June 30, 2017
Regular Discounted
MiniDoc (15 min. or under) 25.00 *
Documentary Feature (40 min. or over) 40.00 35.00
Documentary Short (15 - 39 min.) 30.00 *
Montana Made (takes place in Montana or made by Montana residents) 5.00 *
Regular Deadline
September 1, 2017
Regular Discounted
MiniDoc (15 min. or under) 30.00 *
Documentary Feature (40 min. or over) 50.00 45.00
Documentary Short (15 - 39 min.) 40.00 35.00
Montana Made (takes place in Montana or made by Montana residents) 5.00 *
Late Deadline
October 6, 2017
Regular Discounted
MiniDoc (15 min. or under) 40.00 35.00
Documentary Feature (40 min. or over) 60.00 55.00
Documentary Short (15 - 39 min.) 50.00 45.00
Montana Made (takes place in Montana or made by Montana residents) 5.00 *
WAB Extended Deadline
October 13, 2017
Regular Discounted
MiniDoc (15 min. or under) 60.00 55.00
Documentary Feature (40 min. or over) 80.00 75.00
Documentary Short (15 - 39 min.) 70.00 65.00
Montana Made (takes place in Montana or made by Montana residents) 5.00 *

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.


Category Details

NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately January 5, 2018

RUNTIME
A runtime of any length is permitted

COMPLETION DATE
No requirement for completed by date

PLACE OF ORIGIN
Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

PREMIERE STATUS
No premiere requirement

DISTRIBUTION STATUS
Projects may have distribution


Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

SUBMISSION COPY FORMATS
Online
  Secure Online Screener

SUBMISSION COPY LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English

EXHIBITION FORMATS
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Media Files
  .MOV (Quicktime)
  .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)

EXHIBITION LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English


Press Kit Requirements

Do not submit a press kit.

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Best Feature Documentary
Cash and prizes TBA. Given to one film or video 50 minutes or more in length.
Sponsor:TBA

Big Sky Award
Cash and prizes TBA. Given to one film or video about the American West.
Sponsor:Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Best Short Documentary
Cash and prizes TBA. Given to one film or video between 15 and 49 minutes in length. Winning film automatically qualifies to compete for the Best Documentary Short Academy Award the following year.
Sponsor:TBA

Best Mini-Doc
Cash and prizes TBA. Given to one film or video under 15 minutes in length. Winning film automatically qualifies to compete for the Best Documentary Short Academy Award the following year.
Sponsor:TBA

Category Rules

The competitive event is open to nonfiction films and videos of all styles, subjects, and lengths. All films selected for screening will be notified of their status by approximately January 5, 2018. The filmmaker agrees to be responsible for all shipping and insurance costs for shipping materials to the festival office. All submitting filmmakers will be notified of the official selections prior to the festival.

Films of any completion date are eligible for submission. However, accepted films must not have been shown in anywhere in Montana prior to the festival.

Big Sky does not pay screening fees.

Preview screeners and exhibition prints must either be in English or have English subtitles.

Rough cuts are accepted for entry at the final deadline only. If you submit a rough cut, we cannot guarantee that the programmers will be able to review an updated cut at a later date. If you are submitting a rough cut, make sure it is indicated as such. Include intended final running time and work remaining to be completed with your entry. Big Sky does not exhibit works-in-progress at the festival. Films must be completed by January 21, 2018 in order to be screened.

Entering filmmakers must have one of the following formats available by January 9, 2018, if accepted, for screening at the festival.

HIGH DEFINITION - Blu-Ray or h.264 (.mp4) file.
STANDARD DEFINITION - DVD or h.264 (.mp4) file.

DCP is NOT an accepted screening format.

You are responsible for updating Big Sky directly regarding any change to your contact information and ensuring that emails from programming@bigskyfilmfest.org are not blocked by spam filters.

Big Sky requires an online screener to be uploaded to Vimeo (password protected private link), Youtube (unlisted link), or the Withoutabox video player. If you absolutely cannot upload your film please email coordinator@bigskyfilmfest.org for instructions on mailing a physical screener.

All entry deadlines are postmark deadlines. Entries postmarked after the final deadline may not be considered. Submission fees are non-refundable.