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22-Apr-2014 11:55pm PDT  


Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Annual February 14, 2014 to February 23, 2014

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113 West Front Street, Suite 203
Missoula MT 59802
Phone: (406) 541-3456

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Documentary Films & Videos
This festival is open to non-fiction films and videos from any production date and from anywhere in the world that will not be broadcast or exhibited in Montana prior to February 23, 2014.

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival celebrates the art of non-fiction filmmaking and promotes media literacy by establishing a forum for documentary film in the American West.

Our competitive event screens world and U.S. premieres back to back with documentary classics at multiple venues in downtown Missoula, including Montana's largest screen at the historic Wilma Theater. More than 100 films screen to enthusiastic audiences over ten days. The event also includes VIP parties and receptions, awards celebrations, and the Big Sky Doc Shop, a 3-day industry event with pitch sessions, panels, workshops and more. Awards are given in four categories - Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short, Best MiniDoc, and the Big Sky Award. The Big Sky Award is given to one film about the American West. Artistic Vision Awards are also given in each category.

Distinguished judges from around the country chose the winners during the ten day festival. Special guests of the festival have included Barbara Kopple, Steve James, Les Blank, Robert Drew, Joe Berlinger, Doug Pray, Cazeh Zahedi, Hart & Dana Perry, Ron Mann, Brendan Canty, and many many more.

Travis Morss (Director of Programming)

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 January 1, 2014. Films screening in one of the four competition categories will be announced by February 1, 2013. The filmmaker agrees to be responsible for all shipping and insurance costs for shipping materials to the festival office. The festival will cover return shipping of the film or video master of entries selected for screening. All submitting filmmakers and distributors will be notified of the official selections prior to the festival. PREVIEW DISCS WILL NOT BE RETURNED.

Works-in-progress are accepted at the LATE or WAB EXTENDED DEADLINES ONLY and should be intended for completion before February 14, 2014.

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival takes the "Terms and Conditions" below very seriously. If you are not prepared to have your film screened at the event in February 2014, DO NOT ENTER. Please read the "Terms and Conditions" carefully. If you have questions or concerns, please email them to <>.


By submitting this documentary, I understand that I am agreeing to the following: I own or control the copyright in and to, and am duly authorized to submit this documentary film to the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (Big Sky) and to the best of my knowledge, all statements on this document are true; This documentary contains no material which could result in tort claims, royalty claims, claims for breach of contract, or claims of any sort whatsoever; If this documentary is selected for screening at Big Sky, I grant Big Sky the right to screen this film in Missoula, Montana, February 2014; I understand and agree that this film entry, if selected for the Festival, may be used for promotional purposes for the Festival, Big Sky and/or its partners and I grant Big Sky and its partners the rights to use up to one minute of footage, photographic stills and/or titles and information from the film for promotional purposes; I fully indemnify and hold Big Sky and its partners harmless from: a) damage to or loss of the film print or videotapes en route to or from Big Sky or during the course of Big Sky's possession of the entry; and b) from an claims which may arise in connection with this documentary film. If a claim arises in connection with this film, I will bear all the costs of defense incurred by Big Sky and pay any award of damages which may ensue. I also agree to reimburse Big Sky for any attorney fees incurred in connection with the defense of such a claim. I understand that Big Sky Documentary Film Festival reserves the right to place my film in the appropriate programming category and chose final competition films. By signing below, I am indicating that I understand, comply with and agree to the Terms of Entry and the eligibility requirements.