Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2016

Missoula Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2016

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Fri Feb 19 2016 – Sun Feb 28 2016, All Day

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival has become the largest cinema event in Montana and the premiere venue for non-fiction film in the American West. The festival draws an audience of 20,000 and receives over 1400 film entries from every corner of the globe.

BSDFF offers a unique setting for filmmakers to premiere new work and for audiences to see innovative new films, as well as classics in the genre. BSDFF hosts over 100 visiting artists, and screens an average of 140 nonfiction films annually at the historic Wilma Theater, The Top Hat, The Roxy Theater, and Crystal Theatre in downtown Missoula.

In addition to documentary screenings, public events include panel discussions, workshops, pitch sessions, parties and receptions. Special retrospective programs have included the films of Academy Award® winning director Barbara Kopple, The Maysles Brothers, Frederick Wiseman, Joe Berlinger, Doug Pray,  Kartemquin Films, and Les Blank.

Special guests have included Indy Rock legends Yo La Tengo, Comedian Tig Notaro, Academy Award® winning director Steve James (Hoop Dreams), Les Blank (Burden of Dreams), Greg Barker (Sergio), Joe Berlinger (Crude), Ron Mann (Grass), Brendan Canty & Christoph Green (the Burn To Shine series) Chuck Workman (The Life & Times of Andy Warhol) Hart & Dana Heinz Perry (Sex: The Revolution).

Recent Award winners at the festival have included Siblings are Forever (Frode Fimland), A World Not Ours (Mahdi Fleifel), This Way Of Life (Thomas Burstyn), Steam of Life (Joonas Berghäll & Mika Hotakainen), Blood Brother (Steve Hoover), Chasing Ice (Jeff Orlowski), Last Train Home (Lixin Fan), Sweetgrass (Ilisa Barbash & Lucien Castaing-Taylor), Gasland (Josh Fox), Rough Aunties (Kim Longinotto), Ashes of American Flags (Brendan Canty & Christoph Green), In A Dream (Jeremiah Zagar), and Bronx Princess (Yoni Brook & Musa Syeed).

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast of Missoula, Montana welcomes you to stay at their mountain retreat.  Film lovers across the globe will be visiting Missoula, Montana to see the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.  Choose a beautiful and restful setting with mountain vistas and Bitterroot River views.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Documentaries Under a Big Sky

Nearly 100 documentaries were submitted to the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. They came from all over the world. They were made by well known film makers and unknowns. They were feature length films and shorts.

The best were selected for viewing at the upcoming Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival -  Where Reality Plays Itself

Missoula prepares to welcome film makers and viewers to the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

Some will make us laugh and some will make us cry. Some will fill us with wonder, and others will make us angry. We will be compelled to act. We will be amused. We will be upset.

We will feel alive.

The best films conjure these types of responses, whether they are truth or fiction.

Come to the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, February 17-26, 2012. Stay at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast while you’re here.

Learn more about the festival at Big Sky Film Fest.

2012 Big Sky Film Documentary Festival

The 2012 Big Sky Film Documentary Festival starts in less than two weeks. Opening night takes place February 17, and the festival concludes on February 26. That means there will be ten days of outstanding documentary film screenings in Missoula.

This is the largest cinematic event in Montana; that’s quite a feat for a festival only 9 years old. It features some 125 non-fiction films and more than 50 artists. Screenings at the historic Wilma Theatre are augmented with workshops, panel discussions, and pitch sessions. And of course, it wouldn’t be a film festival without artist receptions and parties.

Wilma Theatre entrance

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival takes place at the Wilma Theatre, in Missoula.

Each year, it’s films that draw thousands of people to Wilma Theatre. Highlights this include:

Up in Smoke. Can a maverick scientist revolutionize agriculture?

Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing. See them do what they do best.

Finding Fidel. The story of Erik Durschmied, a camerman who first met with Fidel Castro when he was a rebel leader in the Sierra Maestra mountains.

Tanglewood. How a non-verbal connection with horses can be healing.

Man on a Mission. The son of an astronaut realizes his dream and goes to space.

Ecstasy of Order. What is required to enter the highest levels of Tetris?

The documentaries explore the natural world, musicians, teenagers, and city symphonies. Both shorts and full features, they’re from all over the world and reflect a variety of sensibilities.

This may be your one chance to see many of the films screened in the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Don’t miss this opportunity. Reserve your room in our Missoula Bed and Breakfast soon.

For more information about the festival, please see Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.