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Flathead Valley Film Festival Expands to Three Days and Offers New Experiences

Bigfork, Montana (February 11, 2019) – The Bigfork Independent Film Festival (BIFF) today announced its third annual festival and call for submissions. This boutique film festival is being held April 5, 6 & 7, at the Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts in picturesque Bigfork, Montana. For 2019 the festival is once again open to filmmakers throughout Montana, or to any film that was made in Montana.

In addition to showing great Montana-made films over three days, BIFF is offering workshops on topics from “Ultra-Low Budget Filmmaking” to “Using Drones in Filmmaking” to “Enhancing your Film with Music”. Also new this year is an exclusive VIP lounge where filmmakers can meet in a quiet place away from the hustle and bustle of the theater.

Patrons have three different options for enjoying BIFF; they can purchase “VIP All Access” passes which allow them to attend any and all festival showings, they can purchase “One Day All Access” passes which allow them to attend any and all showings on a particular day, or they can purchase “Block Tickets” which allow them to attend a particular film block. The festival is divided into six 2 plus hour film blocks, that offers a different mix of films in each block. For more information on the films being shown, or to purchase passes or tickets go to and click on “Buy Indie Tickets and Passes”.

In addition to the usual indie film blocks two blocks are reserved for released Montana films. This year BIFF is proud to present “The Forlorned” (2017), a modern-day horror story starring Colton Christensen and Elizabeth Mouton that was filmed in nearby Somers, and “Wildlife” (2018), a coming-of-age drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan that was filmed in and around Livingston.

The purpose of BIFF is to support Montana filmmaking. Despite small budgets and hectic schedules, these filmmakers work hard to put their vision on the screen, and they embody the passions of everyone involved in creating them. Our mission is to create a place where Montana films can be watched and enjoyed by anyone who wants to experience them.

BIFF provides a rare opportunity for Montana filmmakers to show their work in front of a supportive local audience. Filmmakers are invited to interact directly with the audience during our Q&A sessions following their showing. For 2019, $2,500 in award money is being offered to aspiring filmmakers.

Montana Filmmakers can submit their project using to a panel of judges consisting of film enthusiasts, filmmakers and ex-Hollywood professionals. Judges select films to be shown and pick 1st and 2nd place award winners in each or four film categories: Feature, Short, Documentary and Student. In addition, there is an Audience Choice award for each category that will be determined by an audience survey. To enter your film, go to and search for “Bigfork Independent Film Festival”. Detailed submission instructions can be found there.

About the Bigfork Independent Film Festival

According to Steve Shapero, the idea for an independent festival came about three years ago when "I was approached by two Flathead Valley filmmakers looking for a place to show their projects. I screened their films and was extremely impressed by the quality of their work. By showcasing their films at an indie film festival, we could present films to the community that they would otherwise have never seen. At BIFF filmmakers are encouraged to network with each other, as well as with the audience. Bringing creative and talented filmmakers together with an enthusiastic audience creates a synergy that is rare these days."

Festival donations are welcomed on our website.

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