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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 for the 2023 festival are now closed. Official selections will be announced in January! Check back here for the full list of Native Voices Programming selections in the 20th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.