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21st Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Missoula, United States, February 16 to 25, 2024


(Documentaries, all lengths) 

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is currently accepting entries for its 2024 edition. 


  • Competitive: Yes
  • Entry fees: Yes ($40 – $60 USD)
  • Please note that all films must be submitted directly to the festival via FilmFreeway.



The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival draws an audience of 20,000 and presents an average of 150 non-fiction films. Selected for 7 years running by MovieMaker Magazine’s 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, the festival is a competitive event with three award categories: Best Feature (films over 40 min), Best Short, Best Mini-Doc (films under 15 min). The festival is also an Academy Award qualifying festival for short documentaries. 

In 2023, Canadian feature documentary Aitamaako’tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun (dir. Bianchi Hanuse) won the Big Sky Award. 

In addition to screenings, the Big Sky DocShop is a five-day industry event that includes panels, master classes, workshops, and the Big Sky Pitch session. DocShop’s participants have included key broadcasters and funding institutions, namely: HBO Documentary Films, Showtime Documentary Films, Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance Doc Fund, The New York Times Op-Docs, ESPN Films, BBC Storyville, CNN Films, ITVS, POV, PBS, AJ+, Al Jazeera Witness.  

Telefilm Canada recognizes selection to this Festival and may assist financially through the International Promotion Program

Promotion and Communications 
Telefilm Canada, Montréal