COMPLETION DATE‭: ‬Films of any completion date are‭ ‬eligible for submission‭. ‬Big Sky does not have any premiere requirements‭. ‬However‭, ‬the festival does take previous screenings and broadcasts into consideration when making its official selections‭, ‬particularly when films have already screened in Montana‭.  ‬

LANGUAGE‭: ‬DVD preview screeners and exhibition prints must either be in English or have English subtitles‭.‬

ROUGH CUTS‭: ‬Rough cuts are accepted for entry‭. ‬If you submit a rough cut‭, ‬we cannot guarantee that the‭ ‬programmers will be able to review an updated cut at a later date‭. ‬If you are submitting a rough cut‭, ‬make sure it is indicated‭ ‬as such on your submission copy‭. ‬Include intended final running time and work remaining to be completed with your entry‭. ‬Big Sky‭ ‬does not exhibit works-in-progress at the festival‭. ‬Films must be completed by January 15‭, ‬2016‭ ‬in order to be screened‭.‬

EXHIBITION FORMATS‭: ‬You must have one of the following formats available by January 15‭, ‬2016‭, ‬if accepted‭, ‬for screening at the‭ ‬festival‭.  ‬

HIGH DEFINITION‭ - ‬35mm‭, ‬Blu-Ray‭, ‬or Quicktime‭ (.‬mov‭) ‬file‭. ‬

STANDARD DEFINITION‭ - ‬DVD or Quicktime‭ (.‬mov‭) ‬file‭. ‬

FESTIVAL NOTIFICATION‭: ‬Notification will be sent by email or phone to the contact listed on the entry form by mid-December 2015‭.‬‭ ‬You are responsible for updating Big Sky directly regarding any change to your contact information and ensuring that emails from‭ are not blocked by spam filters‭.  ‬

SUBMISSION FORMAT‭: ‬Big Sky requires ONE‭ (‬1‭) ‬DVD or Blu-Ray NTSC‭ (‬Region 1‭ ‬or 0‭) ‬or PAL format disc‭. ‬Include the film title‭, ‬running time‭, ‬and format‭ (‬NTSC or PAL‭) ‬on your disc‭.  ‬Quicktime‭ (.‬mov‭) ‬files are also acceptable for entry on a USB device or data disc‭ (‬DVD‭, ‬CD‭, ‬or Blu-Ray‭). ‬Submission materials will NOT be returned‭. ‬

Online screeners must include a link to the film and the password in this form‭. ‬

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival takes the "Terms and Conditions" below very seriously.  If you are not prepared to have your film screened at the event in February 2016, DO NOT ENTER.  Please read the "Terms and Conditions" carefully.  If you have questions or concerns, please email them to <>.  

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Ends on 1/1/2016

Big Sky Documentary International Pitch Session - February 25, 2016

Deadline to Enter: December 31, 2015

Pitch your documentary work-in-progress to some of the top commissioning editors and funders for documentary film in North America.  All documentary forms and all subjects are eligible to submit. The session will be held Thursday, February 25TH, 2016 at the UC Theater in Missoula, Montana with a live audience of filmmakers, industry representatives, and students. Commissioning editors will have the opportunity to critique and comment on each pitch. A maximum of 15 projects will be accepted to pitch in this session. Selected projects will have 8 minutes to pitch their project and show a sample, if available, for the panel. Selected projects will be required to pay an additional $100 to participate, and will be notified of their acceptance by January 8, 2016.

Please submit the following:

  • A brief (500 words maximum) project summary and synopsis. The summary should concisely describe the focus of the film, the intended length, shooting format, and any other relevant technical details.
  • A one-paragraph status report, including stage of production, production credits, and any current partners and funding sources and amounts.
  • Total production budget and secured funding to date.
  • A brief resume and filmography from the director or producer of the film.

Please note: A short (5 minutes maximum) sample reel of the work-in-progress may be submitted in addition to the written application. Work-in-progress reels may be submitted online only via vimeo, youtube,, etc. Do not send DVD screeners as part of your application.

The International Pitch is part of the DocShop portion of BSDFF, sponsored by The University of Montana