Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and Montana Journalism partner for education

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival LogoThe School of Journalism is partnering with the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival to sponsor “Doc Shop,” the educational branch of the festival dedicated to engaging young filmmakers and students. The festival runs February 6-16, 2015 in venues around Missoula.

The theme of this year’s Doc Shop offerings is distribution with a variety of panels and presentations offering advice to up-and-coming filmmakers. Many of the sessions will take place on the UM campus with journalism students and professors working with the presenters. All the sessions are free and open to the public. The school also hosts “Mentor Day” which teams high school students from around the region with college seniors studying documentary filmmaking at the School of Journalism.

The sessions include panels on do-it-yourself distribution, the legal considerations when distributing a film, how to negotiate a distribution deal and finding grant money.

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. In 2012, the festival drew an audience of 20,000 and received nearly 1000 film entries from every corner of the globe. The 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. The festival hosts over seventy-five visiting artists, and presents an average of 125 non-fiction films annually at the historic Wilma Theater, The Top Hat, and Crystal Theater in downtown Missoula.

This is the second year in a row the School of Journalism has partnered with the BSDFF. Festival Executive Director Gita Saedi Kiely said, “The impact of the partnership with the School of Journalism has been immeasurable, and a total win-win. We connect with an amazing institution that sees the big picture in the world of changing media, and UM SOJ connects the University and its students to the professional film world-at-large through the festival and the community we bring into Missoula.”

- posted on 02/02/15 -