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MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Bozeman Film Celebration is dedicated to understanding diverse points of view and is in the vanguard in restoring media literacy among our youth. The BZN vision is to highlight movies that make a positive impact on audiences—stories that showcase the best of the human spirit while inviting a call to action. We champion films that educate and enrich while they entertain: documentaries, indies, comedies, features and shorts that make our cut must be intelligent and thought-provoking, inspire curiosity, and encourage community and global awareness. Above all, they should stimulate conversation—a lost art we’re determined to help restore.
The 2nd Annual Bozeman Film Celebration event, the BZN International Film Festival, will run June 6-9, 2019, and spotlights women filmmakers, directors, actors and producers who are ready to take the helm, pioneering projects to change current statistics and elevate women’s visions and voices. We are seeking submissions that define strong women who respect themselves and know their worth. These characters - fictional and real - may choose to be intrepid adventurers as well as strong partners, mothers, friends and businesswomen and along the way they inspire, energize and embolden people of all ages regardless of their sex or ethnicity.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
BZN is an International Film Festival spotlighting women June 6-9, 2019 located in the beautiful mountain-west town of Bozeman, MT. We are thrilled to launch the inaugural event this summer, and look forward to welcoming filmmakers, speakers and leaders in the film industry to Bozeman, ranked as one of the 20 most beautiful towns in America by Conde Nast Traveller!
BZN offers a platform for independent filmmaking and creative expression, BZN supports emerging and established voices. Submissions for BZN 2019 must be directed, co-directed, written, co-written OR centered on a female experience. BZN is screening full length and short films: dramas, comedies, documentaries, animations and silent films.
Screenings, seminars and workshops will be held in over seven venues in downtown Bozeman and moments away on the campus of Montana State University.
**$5000 AWARD | NEW TO THE 2019 FESTIVAL**
Film is a powerful medium for educating, encouraging and inspiring audiences to get involved and take action to protect our planet, and BZN is committed to fostering intelligent filmmaking that supports humanity to live in harmony with the environment and be at peace with one another. We acknowledge that conservation is complex and requires involvement from many different perspectives. Through this cash award of $5,000, to be given at the end of the 2019 BZN International Film Festival in Bozeman, we are seeking a film that authentically encourages environmental stewardship or details innovative solutions to global dilemmas.
This award, along with the five Audience Awards and the BZN Spirit Award, will be presented on Sunday, June 9 at the Awards Ceremony — the last event of the festival.
The Bozeman Film Celebration is devoted to nurturing a collaborative and non-competitive atmosphere, and as such does not present juried awards. Rather, BZN looks to our audience for the winners, and will present an Audience Award for each genre and length.
Every film that screens will be considered for the following:
Audience Award - Narrative Short
Audience Award - Narrative Feature
Audience Award - Documentary Short
Audience Award - Documentary Feature
Audience Award - Experiemental Short
The BZN Spirit Award - Given to the film, short or feature, that most honors the BZN Mission
• If any portion of your film was produced in Montana, BZN would appreciate your contacting BethAnn@BozemanFilmCelebration.com
• If the filmmaker has an affiliation with Montana State University, BZN would appreciate your contacting BethAnn@BozemanFilmCelebration.com
Nestled within six mountain ranges, Bozeman, Montana is a shining jewel in the beautiful mountain west. Though rapidly growing, this iconic western town is preserving its heritage while embracing progress and innovation. High tech firms are taking notice, while organic farmers are dedicated to nourishing the land as well as its inhabitants. Residents are committed to keeping Main Street unique and vibrant: It boasts independent bookstores, locally owned boutiques, numerous art galleries, wine bars, fine restaurants featuring Farm To Table fare, and two recently restored Art Deco Theatres. Known for its extraordinarily high percentage of writers, artists and musicians, this gem of a community provides the perfect ambiance for a fresh, inclusive and uplifting international film festival.
Spring in Montana is a perfect time for a cinematic odyssey. Most of the films we show are regional debuts, many of which might not otherwise be available to local audiences. Among BZN’s seven venues are the recently restored Rialto and Ellen Theatres, the Wilson Auditorium and the acoustically outstanding Reynolds Hall on the campus of Montana State University, home to an internationally recognized music, film and theater program—a natural fit for BZN’s educational seminars and workshops.
Attendees will also enjoy the Museum of the Rockies or the Children’s Museum of Bozeman, as well as hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, or mountain biking through truly magnificent landscapes. Fly fish, raft or tube the Gallatin or Yellowstone rivers, gloriously depicted in A River Runs Through It. Less than an hour away, Big Sky Resort offers ziplining, downhill mountain biking, golf, skeet shooting, Adventure Mountain and a scenic tram ride to the highest outlook in the state. And did we mention Yellowstone National Park? Choosing to enter via the hamlet of Gardiner through the unparalleled beauty of Paradise Valley could include a stop at the renowned Chico Hot Springs—even a camel ride!
Come see why Montana is known as The Last Best Place; immerse yourself in astounding grandeur, where the glamour and glitter is just overhead; carve out an extraordinary long weekend, connect with industry professionals, propel a budding career, build genuine contacts, or turn the festival experience into an unforgettable family vacation!
Beth Ann Kennedy (Artistic Managing Director); Beth Ann Kennedy (Artistic Managing Director); Beth Kennedy (Artistic Managing Director); Emily Hook; Phoebe Lewis (Operations & Press Coordinator )
Rules & Terms
• Films being accepted will be:
o Narrative Features – drama or comedy based on original or adapted fiction screenplays with a run time of 40 – 120 minutes.
o Documentary Features – with run time of 40 – 120 minutes to qualify.
o Animation / Experimental Features - with run time of 40 – 120 minutes in length.
o Narrative, Documentary, Animation or Experimental Shorts – 2 – 39 minutes in length
• Filmmaker has all necessary legal authority and rights required to submit this film to the BZN.
• BZN is not a “premiere” festival meaning that your film does not have to be a premiere to be accepted.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
If a feature film is accepted, we ask that one female filmmaker attend the festival to represent the film during the audience Q&A and participate in the festival experience.
• Non-English language films must be subtitled in English.
Questions regarding submissions to BZN may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
• If accepted, the filmmaker will assume all responsibility for shipping and insurance costs to / from the Festival Office. Please include all relevant return addresses & instructions in the packaging.
• All filmmakers will be notified by May 1 of their status.
• All filmmakers must be able to provide BOTH a BluRay AND a DCP. In certain cases the Festival may request a QuickTime file, and will contact the filmmaker directly if so. Materials must be postmarked by May 8. The Festival does not accept H264 files. (Please read this handy guide if you're having any issues with prepping your screening materials: bit.ly/2m10Qkn)