The 19th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is a hybrid event taking place in-person February 18-27, 2022 in venues across Missoula as well as online in our Virtual Cinema between February 21 and March 3. Each of the 2022 official selections will screen in-person at one of our three theater venues, and the majority of 2022 selections will also be available watch online. Our priority is to keep everyone comfortable and safe and share exceptional documentary films with our audiences!
From February 18-27 Big Sky will host screenings, DocShop conference events, special events, and bring the festival back to downtown Missoula! Visit the Plan Your Trip page for hotel discounts and information on visiting Missoula during the fest. Passes are on sale now for in-person and virtual access, visit the ticketing page to purchase now! Film selections and festival schedule are now public and tickets to individual screenings go on sale January 31st.
In-person screenings will take place at The Wilma, The Roxy, the ZACC Showroom and the Missoula Community Theater (MCT). The DocShop conference will take place at the Missoula Public Library. The Festival Headquarters, your one-stop-shop for passes, tickets, merchandise and festival information, will be located at the ZACC, open daily during the run of the festival. Find detailed venue information here.
We are taking the health and safety of our guests and community very seriously so please take a moment to review the festival's Community Guidelines & COVID Protocols.
The safest possible scenario for Big Sky Doc Fest 2022 is an event where the vast majority of attendees are fully vaccinated. Please go here to find vaccine clinic locations near you.
Masks will be required for all members of the public, staff and volunteers, regardless of vaccination status, at all film screenings and conference events. Advance ticket reservations are highly recommended as seats will be limited and rush lines discouraged. Due to concerns of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and in accordance with CDC recommendations, the festival will require contact information for individuals attending festival gatherings. No tickets can be purchased for any screening without providing your full name and contact details. Check the Festival Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more information on how to attend!
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The online festival program will be available in the Big Sky Virtual Cinema, powered by Eventive, from February 21 through March 3. In the virtual cinema you can browse the catalog, reserve films, and watch all in one easy-to-use place! Short films will be available to stream on-demand February 21- March 3. Features will release on our streaming platform the day after their in-person screening and be available to view for 4 days. Read on to learn how the virtual festival works, and visit the Virtual Festival FAQ for detailed information on enjoying the festival program online.
HOW TO WATCH ONLINE:
The virtual version of BSDFF will be available online with the purchase of a pass or individual tickets to a single film or shorts program.
1) DISCOVER FILMS
Browse the Selections page (launching mid-January!) to discover films available to watch during the festival.
When you find a film you're interested in, click more info to read a synopsis, watch trailers and more. To buy a ticket to watch the film, or reserve a ticket with your festival pass, simply click WATCH ONLINE and you'll be taken to the Eventive screening page.
2) ORDER FILMS
Order a Film to stream online! Click "Pre-Order Now" on the Eventive screening page.
You will be prompted to log in or create an Eventive account. Enter your email and password of choice, then follow the prompts to enter payment information and complete your order. Have a pass? Just log in to Eventive and pre-order films to reserve tickets under your pass! Check your email for confirmations and a reminder to watch when the film is available during the festival.
3) WATCH FILMS
When films are available to view click WATCH NOW on the screening page to enjoy.
You can watch films on your TV using the Eventive TV App on your Apple TV or Roku device, or use Chromecast to view from your Chrome browser on your Android phone or tablet. Films can be enjoyed on your computer, but we highly recommend you set up your home theater to enjoy films that were made for a cinema experience!
If you have an Apple TV or Roku device, you can use Eventive TV apps for these platforms:
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If you have a Chromecast, you can cast it from Chrome on your computer or Android phone or tablet. At this time, streaming the festival using Amazon products (FireStick, FireCube, Kindle, etc.) is not available. Please note: live events are unavailable to watch via the TV apps, and you must unlock films in your web browser before they will be available in the TV apps. Roku’s app does not allow for captions. Additionally, you can connect your computer to your TV or another external monitor via HDMI cable. Visit the Eventive FAQ for more information.
Visit the Virtual Festival Frequently Asked Questions page for more information on how to tune in, avaialbility windows, geographic restrictions and much more.
VIRTUAL SCHEDULE Short films will be available to stream on demand February 21- March 3. Features will release on the streaming platform at 10:00am MST the day following their in-person screening and be available to stream for a 4-day run. The in-person schedule will be announced in late January and availability windows will appear on all film listings on our website.
Many of the films in the virtual will be available to watch from anywhere in the world, but there are a select few that have geographic restrictions. Please click below to reference a list of films with restricted geographic availability:
Visit the Virtual Festival Frequently Asked Questions page for lots of helpful information on how to tune in online.
Call our helpline at (406) 541-FILM to speak with a customer service volunteer or leave a message for festival staff.
Visit the Eventive Help Page to find answers or launch a live chat.