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Each year, BSDFF screens a selection of impactful documentaries made by and about Indigenous peoples. Our primary goal is to bring stories from across the globe to our beautiful mountain town, create a vibrant, quality event that gathers our engaged community and expand conversation around ideas that matter. Indigenous stories and storytellers are paramount to this conversation, and the Native Filmmaker Initiative seeks to elevate the role of Indigenous documentary filmmakers, their perspectives and artistic expressions, in this dialogue. To achieve this, BSDFF will program a strand of films exclusively directed or produced by Indigenous filmmakers.

The Big Sky open call seeks documentary films directed or produced by Native American, Alaska Native, Kanaka Maoli, First Nations, Métis and Inuit of Canada filmmakers, and those of Indigenous heritage from south of the US border and of Pasifika heritage living in North America. There is no submission fee for entries from eligible filmmakers.

Submissions to the 2024 festival are now open! Enter films under the Indigenous Filmmaker category on Big Sky's FilmFreeway page. Waiver code required to enter, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to request the code.



Support for the Native Filmmaker Initiative and Native Voices Programming generously provided by: