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Big Sky Opening Night with SUBJECT and Films In Competition announced

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'SUBJECT' OPENS BIG SKY 2023, Free Admission
 
Join us for the triumphant return of free opening night at Big Sky Doc Fest featuring SUBJECT from directors Jennifer Tiexiera and Camilla Hall.
 

SUBJECT explores the life-altering experience of sharing one's life on screen, through the lens of participants of five acclaimed documentaries. As tens of millions of people consume documentaries in an unprecedented "golden era," the film urges audiences to consider the impacts on documentary participants — the good, the bad, and the complicated.

 

Friday, February 17  |  7:00 pm  |  The Wilma  |  Free Admission

In attendance will be Executive Producer Dr. Kameelah Mu'min Rashad and participants Mukunda Angulo (THE WOLFPACK) and Susanne Reisenbichler (THE WOLFPACK) for a Q&A following the film.

 

Free opening night made possible by support from Destination Missoula

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ANNOUNCING THE 2023 FILMS IN COMPETITION
 
The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is pleased to announce 34 films in competition at the 20th annual festival. Four award categories spotlight superior works in documentary filmmaking, including two Academy Award qualifying categories for short films. Selected by a jury of filmmakers and documentary industry professionals, winners will be announced at a special ceremony at the festival on Thursday, February 23, 2023. Congratulations to the finalists!
FILMS IN COMPETITION
Feature Competition
Films over 40 minutes in length

HOLLYWOOD'S FINEST - Claire Hannah Collins

ISRAELISM - Eric Axelman, Sam Eilertsen

JESSZILLA - Emily Sheskin

MATTER OF MIND: MY ALS - Anna Moot-Levin, Laura Green

MISSISSIPPI RIVER STYX - Andy McMillan, Tim Grant

MUSEUM OF THE REVOLUTION - Srđan Keča

SEX WITH SUE - Lisa Rideout

TOLYATTI ADRIFT - Laura Sister

 
Big Sky Award Competition
Films that artistically honor the character, history, tradition and imagination of the American West
AITAMAAKO'TAMISSKAPI NATOSI: BEFORE THE SUN - Banchi Hanuse

COWBOY POETS - Mike Day

EBULLIENT - Autie Carlisle

LILY GLADSTONE: FAR OUT THERE - Brooke Pepion Swaney

RETURN - Peter Tolton, Stan Parker

SAGEBRUSH GOLD - Marcus Widger

 
Best Short Competition
Films under 40 minutes in length

BLACK RIVER - Max Retik

BETWEEN EARTH & SKY - Andrew Nadkarni

CHICKEN STORIES - Jonathan Pickett

THE DREAM OF A HORSE - Marjan Khosravi

SUNFLOWERS - Chloe White, Soraya Umewaka

IF TURTLES COULD TALK - Juma Adero

JOY - Aner Etxebarria Moral

STILL WATERS - Kevin Koch

WHEN THE DUST BLOWS THROUGH - Yuxuan Ethan Wu

WHEN THE MOUNTAIN RUMBLES - Alba Bresolí

 
Best Mini-Doc Competition
Films under 15 minutes in length

DIRECCIONES (ADDRESSES) - María Luisa Santos, Carlo Nasisse

AGONY - Arnaud Beaudoux

ART OF MAINTENANCE:

TRANSCENDENCE, RECOVERY & MY GRANDPARENTS' GOODNESS - Ian Frank

BLUE - Guénola Bally

CARPENTER - Xelîl Sehragerd

CONTINUUM - Sruti Visweswaran, Rowan Ings

HERE, HOPEFULLY - Hao Zhou

JADE HELM - Debi Cornwall

PARKER - Sharon Liese, Catherine Hoffman

SHADOW OF A DOG - Sean Paulsen, Brad Wickham

 

 

Special thanks to our esteemed competition jury members for their thoughtful consideration of films in competition. Click below to meet the jury members and learn more about the slate!
MEET THE JURY
 
 
 
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IN THE MAKING ARTIST SHORTS
 
Big Sky 2023 is pleased to showcase Season 2 of IN THE MAKING, a documentary short series following the lives and journeys of emerging cultural icons who bring insight and originality to their artistic craft, presented by Firelight Media and American Masters. Featuring artists such as actress Lily Gladstone, opera singer J'Nai Bridges, Anishinaabe artist Jonathan Thunder, visual artist Senghor Reid, African American country singer Rissi Palmer, slam poetry champion Alejandro Jiménez, chef Ethan Lim, painter and visual artist Sydney G. James, and Grammy Award-nominated producer Walshy Fire, each film in the series makes its world premiere at Big Sky. Screening Sunday Feb. 19 and Monday Feb. 20. 
 
THE FILMS
 
 
 
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Announcing In-Person Screening Times and Virtual Availability
 
In-person screenings at BSDFF 2023 will take place February 17-26 at The Wilma, the ZACC and the Missoula Community Theater. Click below to peruse the daily in-person screenig schedule by selecting a date from the drop down menu! 
IN-PERSON SCHEDULE
The 2023 online festival program will be available February 20 through March 1 in Big Sky's virtual cinema, Eventive. Short films will be available to stream on-demand for the full virtual run. Features streaming online will each be available for a 6-day run. Streaming dates for films in the virtual festival can be found on individual film listings! Visit the selections page to find streaming dates for films to plan your at-home viewing schedule at BSDFF 2023.
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