The silver screen is lighting up in Missoula with the 16th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Every February, while thousands of viewers travel from out-of-state for the event, Missoula Montana property owners are in a unique position to get the most out of this 10-day film marathon, which features more than 100 moving pictures.
Hosted by the Big Sky Film Institute, which is headquartered in Missoula, this festival boosts the non-profit’s mission to nurture and elevate non- fiction films “with power to transform our world, our culture, our youth and ourselves.” The festival includes four competitions, with categories for best feature-length film, best short-length film, best mini-doc (under 15 minutes in length), and the coveted Big Sky Award, which recognizes films that “artistically honor the character, history, tradition and imagination of the American West.” Find information about the finalists here.
Another major element of the festival is DocShop, a five-day filmmaker’s forum and industry conference that’s supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. The conference welcomes established filmmakers, students, and leaders in media to explore “cutting-edge ideas that are shaping the field of documentary film today.” This year’s conversation is focused around the theme “Documentary Filmmaking in the Age of Information.”
In addition to the cultural experience, local business-owners also appreciate the buzz this festival creates around town.
“When those kind of film festivals show what Montana life is like, that’s what people really want to come here and experience it. So of course they’re staying here and going out to eat, but they also want to have those experiences for themselves, as well,” Clint Burson, with the Missoula Chamber of Commerce, told NBC Montana.
The schedule of films is jam-packed, and available here online. If you’re in the area—and especially if you’re a Missoula Montana property owner—you’ll want to put this on your to-do list. If you’re not located in the region, but are interested in property here, contact our local office! Or browse online for Missoula real estate and nearby Hamilton Montana real estate.
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