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The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is pleased to announce 36 films in competition at the 18th annual festival. Four award categories spotlight superior works in documentary filmmaking, including two Academy Award qualifying categories for short films. Selected by a jury of filmmakers and documentary industry professionals, winners will be announced at a special presentation during the virtual festival on Thursday, February 25. Congratulations to the finalists!





Feature Competition

Films over 40 minutes in length

A Cops and Robbers StoryIlinca Calugareanu

A Crime on the BayouNancy Buirski

Duty FreeSian-Pierre Regis

The Falconer Annie Kaempfer

Havana LibreCorey McLean

Holy BreadRahim Zabihi

Il Mio CorpoMichele Pennetta

The Place That Makes UsKarla Murthy

A Reckoning in BostonJames Rutenbeck

The Snow CallsMarjan Khosravi


Big Sky Award

 Films that artistically honor the character, history, tradition and imagination of the American West

Ale LibreMaya Cueva

The Bears on Pine RidgeNoel Bass

Bitterroot Adam Meeks

Manzanar Diverted: When Water Becomes DustAnn Kaneko

Red HeavenLauren DeFilippo & Katherine Gorringe

VictoriaSofie Benoot, Liesbeth De Ceulaer, Isabelle Tollenaere


Shorts Competition

 Films under 40 minutes in length

Arctic SummerDaniel Fradin, Kyle Rosenbluth

DrivenCody Wilson

The Interview - Jonathan Miller, Zachary Russo

Khoniyar's ChildrenArman Gholipour Dashtaki

Meltdown in Dixie Emily Harrold

RustRafal Malecki

Say His Name: Five Days for George FloydCy Dodson

SeahorseNele Dehnenkamp

Team MerylandGabriel Gaurano

We The PowerDavid Garrett Byars


Mini Doc Competition

 Films under 15 minutes in length

57 DaysMario Lumbreras, Laura Brasero

Águilas (Eagles)Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, Maite Zubiaurre

BlackthornDom Bush

Feelings of InvisibilityCharmaine Kachibaia

Ms Diva TruckerDana Reilly

My Little HiltonKevin Duncan Wong, Todd Sills

The Orange CandidateRyan Weibush

PauletteJames Gallagher

The Roots Weaver Fernando Saldivia

ViewOdveig Klyve


Special thanks to our esteemed competition jury members for their thoughtful consideration of films in competition. Click below to meet the jury members and learn more about the slate!













The 2021 DocShop conference will focus on issues of power, ethics and agency, a deep dive into the challenges and new opportunities brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Big Sky is pleased to welcome industry participants from Firelight Media, Nia Tero, imagineNATIVE, Sundance Institute, Working Films, Audible, Oscilloscope, ARRAY, Utopia Distribution, Field of Vision and more. The Big Sky Pitch for documentary works-in-progress will welcome ten projects to pitch to a jury panel of funders and commissioning editors including Ford Foundation, Women In Film, Magnolia Pictures, Sundance Institute, Chicken & Egg Pictures and The Redford Center. Click below to meet the panelists and learn more about the contributors for the 2021 conference.





The DocShop conference is supported by an ArtWorks Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and can be joined via live-stream on the festival’s Eventive virtual cinema. Passes are on sale now, single session tickets available February 2nd. 














Great thanks to the major funders of the Big Sky Film Institute and festival sponsors

for making the 2021 virtual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival possible!











Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

216 W Main Street Studio 7, Missoula, MT 59802





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