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Native Voices Programming

Each year, BSDFF screens a selection of impactful documentaries made by and about Indigenous peoples. Our mission 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. Submissions for this program are currently closed. Films selected for the 2022 slate will be announced in January. 

Native Voices Speaker Series

In 2022 we are pleased to present a speaker series alongside the Native Voices programming in partnership with Humanities Montana and the National Endowment for the Humanities. This program is part of A More Perfect Union, exploring America’s story and commemorating Its 250th anniversary. A series of screening and panel events will explore and reflect on Indigenous stories as told through filmmaking including how Indigenous voices are central to our quest for a more just, inclusive, and sustainable society throughout our history. The panel will bring humanities perspectives to questions of racial justice, the evolution of the American landscape, and/or other themes found in the selected Indigenous films for the film festival. Speaker lineup and more information coming soon!

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Support for the 2022 Native Voices program is provided by Humanities Montana and the National Endowment for the Humanities.