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September 2018

Boise Film Festival

September 14, 2018 - September 16, 2018
Boise, ID Boise, ID 83702 United States + Google Map

Providing a platform for film in Idaho by hosting an annual stage for local, national, and international films and filmmakers of all ages in addition to year-round programing.

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September 2019

New York Film Festival (NYFF)

September 27, 2019 - October 13, 2019
New York, NY United States

As always, this major annual film event—a centerpiece of New York culture since 1963—will introduce the most essential new cinematic works from around the world to U.S. audiences in its Main Slate. NYFF will also continue to feature a variety of titles in different sections and sidebars, including Spotlight on Documentary, newly rejuvenated classics in Restorations and Revivals, a diverse selection of international and locally made Shorts, the ever-expanding experimental showcase Projections, and the immersive storytelling experiences of the cutting-edge…

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October 2019

NashFilm Creators Conference

October 4, 2019 - October 5, 2019
Nashville, TN

The NashFilm Creators Conference combines professional development of a conference with the kinetic energy of a festival. Sessions include intimate conversations and diverse panels covering a range of topics within this ever-changing medium.  With Nashville’s unique musical footprint, we will also take a deep dive into how music and film work hand in hand telling compelling stories across multiple platforms. The NashFilm Creators Conference at this year’s 50th Anniversary of the Nashville Film Festival is an annual event where creative minded people…

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Sea of Shadows: Bozeman Doc Series

October 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture, 111 S Grand Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
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The Bozeman Doc Series is a bi-weekly documentary screening series at the Emerson Center in Bozeman, Montana. The series runs between October and April, and in the fall of 2019 will begin its sixth season. The series screens brand new documentaries from around the world, most of which are Montana premieres. As we are regularly screening brand new documentaries, many of which have recently world-premiered at festivals, we generally have 2-4 films scheduled at any one time during the season.…

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Margaret Mead Film Festival

October 17, 2019 - October 20, 2019
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024
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The Margaret Mead Film Festival features documentary films, shorts, and other media that increase our understanding of the complexity and diversity of peoples and cultures around the world. Inspired by anthropologist Margaret Mead's groundbreaking use of film and photography, the Mead celebrates ever-changing modes of storytelling, new technologies, and increased access to communities near and far while presenting the best in non-fiction film and hybrid works. Hundreds of filmmakers and scholars, thousands of moviegoers, and more than 40 international nonfiction…

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One Heart Film Festival

October 18, 2019 - October 20, 2019
Spokane, WA

The mission of One Heart Native Arts & Film Festival is to share and showcase innovative, compelling, and empowering stories from Native perspectives through film, art, and music, celebrating the diversity and vitality of contemporary Native culture in our community today. The Inland Northwest is home to a rich community of Native American artists, writers, filmmakers, and musicians. One Heart Native Arts & Film Festival celebrates their collective contributions to the cultural life of the region with a two-day festival…

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New York Film Conference

October 29, 2019
New York, NY United States

The annual New York Film Conference is designed as a gathering point for filmmakers and executives working in the film, tv, series and new media professions to share insight into creating meaningful and financially successful projects that resonate globally. The New York Film Conference presents an opportunity for film, TV, series and media professionals in a variety of roles across organizations (and experienced freelance filmmakers) to come together and share insight around industry and production trends they’re experiencing today. Speakers…

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December 2019

Audience Awards Film Festival

December 6, 2019 - December 9, 2019
Roxy Theater, 718 S Higgins Ave
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
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We’re Leaving L.A. and Coming Home! The 2019 Audience Awards Film Festival will be held from December 6-9, 2019 at the Roxy Theater. Audience Awards Film Festival screens the best short films in the world. We believe filmmakers have the power to change the world, so we offer online film festivals throughout the year to connect filmmakers’ short films with a global audience. Our online film festivals receive over 1,600 films a month. With the help of a global audience…

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Mountainfilm Festival On Tour

December 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Ellen Theatre, 17 W Main Street
Bozeman, MT 59715
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A collection of culturally rich, incredibly inspiring films curated from the Mountainfilm Festival held each Labor Day week-end in Telluride, CO. Curated and emceed by dZi Foundaton President Jim Nowak. A portion of the proceeds benefits the dZi Foundation.

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January 2020

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

January 16 - January 20
Nevada City, CA

SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival inspires environmental activism and a love for nature–through film. Wild & Scenic shares an urgent call to action, encouraging festival-goers to learn more about what they can do to save our threatened planet. Our 5-day flagship festival is held annually in Nevada City and Grass Valley, California. Featuring 100+ films, workshops, visiting filmmaker and activist talks, family-friendly programs, art exhibitions, parties, and more–you won’t want to miss this festival!

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Lookout Wild Film Festival

January 16 - January 19
The Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St
Chattanooga, TN 37402 United States

For seven years the Lookout Wild Film Festival has brought the best outdoor adventure and conservation films from around the world to Chattanooga for one awesome weekend. Enjoy compelling on-screen stories that celebrate wild places and the people they inspire alongside hundreds of other adventure enthusiasts from around the Southeast.

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Sundance Film Festival

January 23 - February 2
Park City, UT

Every winter in Utah, the Sundance Film Festival becomes the ultimate gathering of original storytellers and audiences seeking new voices and fresh perspectives. Our annual program includes dramatic and documentary features and short films; series and episodic content; and New Frontier, showcasing emerging media in the form of multimedia installations, performances, and films. We also host daily filmmaker conversations, panel discussions, and live music events. Since 1985, hundreds of films that have launched at the Festival have gained critical recognition…

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Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (FLIC)

January 24 - January 26
Showboat Cinema, 416 Main Street
Polson, MT 59860 United States
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The Flathead Lake International Cinemafest is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful film festivals in the world. Breathtaking vistas of a clear blue lake at the base of majestic Mission Mountains provides an inspiring location for a festival. Beyond the great location, FLIC has become a Destination Film Festival for filmmakers from across the country and globe. FLIC will be celebrating its eighth year of presenting a broad slate of domestic and international films in January, 2020. Whether you’re a filmmaker…

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February 2020

Atomic Apocalypse

February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Big Sky Cinema, 560 N Montana Street
Dillon, MT 59725
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ATOMIC APOCALYPSE is a multi-award winning post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi Feature Film, filmed on location in Northern California and Montana with local cast and crew! Don’t miss the only 2 Montana showings in Dillon and Butte! Dillon, MT: February 9, Sunday 1:00 pm Matinee

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Atomic Apocalypse

February 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Covellite Theater, 215 W Broadway Street
Butte, MT 59701
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ATOMIC APOCALYPSE is a multi-award winning post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi Feature Film, filmed on location in Northern California and Montana with local cast and crew! Don’t miss the only 2 Montana showings in Dillon and Butte! Butte, MT: February 10, Monday 7:00 pm

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Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

February 14 - February 23
Missoula, MT Missoula, United States

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is the premier venue for non-fiction film in the American West. Big Sky offers an ideal setting for filmmakers to premiere new work and develop lasting relationships with fellow filmmakers and industry. The festival draws an audience of 20,000 and film entries from every corner of the globe to a uniquely intimate mountain town setting with a local Montana flavor. The annual 10-day festival takes place each February in downtown Missoula. The festival hosts…

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California’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival (CAIIFF)

February 20 - February 22
Pechanga Resort Casino, 45000 Pechanga Pkwy
Temecula, CA 92592
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The California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center at California State University San Marcos is proud to present the California's American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival (CAIIFF) which offers audiences in Southern California the finest work in American Indian film and media on an annual basis. The CAIIFF highlights the best of current films from American Indian filmmakers, producers, directors, and actors working through Indian Country. The CAIIFF, located in Southern California, is in an area that is home to the largest number…

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Colorado Environmental Film Festival

February 20 - February 23
American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th Street
Golden, CO 80401
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The Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF) is an exciting, inspiring, and energizing event that includes world-class environmental films with representatives from local and national organizations. CEFF screens feature length and short films by foreign, local and young filmmakers. True to the spirit of Colorado, this event is supported and attended by people who value the natural world and share a passion for the power and beauty of film.

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Black Hills Film Festival

February 20 - February 25
Hill City, SD

The purpose of this non-profit organization is to conduct an annual film festival in the Black Hills that features South Dakota-produced films and films shot on location in South Dakota, among other national and international entries. The mission of the Black Hills Film Festival is to build awareness of independent films and film as an art form; provide educational opportunities for students and South Dakota filmmakers; and create opportunities for South Dakota communities to experience high-quality films. The Black Hills…

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Berlin International Film Festival (The Berlinale)

February 20 - March 1
Berlin, Germany

The Berlinale is a unique place of artistic exploration and entertainment. It is one of the largest public film festivals in the world, attracting tens of thousands of visitors from around the globe each year. For the film industry and the media, the eleven days in February are also one of the most important events in the annual calendar and an indispensable trading forum. The Berlin International Film Festival enjoys an eventful history. The festival was created for the Berlin…

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New York Wild Film Festival

February 27 - March 1
New York, NY United States

New York WILD™ is the first annual documentary film festival in New York to showcase a spectrum of topics, from exploration and adventure to wildlife, conservation and the environment, bringing all things WILD to one of the most urban cities in the world. Through powerful, exhilarating films and conversations, the festival presents an extraordinary opportunity to exchange ideas, celebrate the wild and effect change. New York WILD ™ is a platform to create excitement, identify critical issues, build partnerships, and reach audiences…

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March 2020

Bozeman Doc Series

March 5
Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture, 111 S Grand Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
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The Bozeman Doc Series is a bi-weekly documentary screening series at the Emerson Center in Bozeman, Montana. The series runs between October and April, and in the fall of 2019 will begin its sixth season. The series screens brand new documentaries from around the world, most of which are Montana premieres. As we are regularly screening brand new documentaries, many of which have recently world-premiered at festivals, we generally have 2-4 films scheduled at any one time during the season.

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Montana Fishing Film Festival

March 6 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Grandstreet Theatre, 325 N Park Ave
Helena, MT 59601
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$15.00

Ever wonder why more of the content out there doesn’t look like what you actually do on the weekend?  Yeah, us too. Welcome home. This is a space for the gals and guys that fish in their own backyards and want to see films that they can actually relate to. This is “The Most Fun You Can Have Off the River!”

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Story Expo

March 7 - March 8
Marriott Marquis Hotel, 1535 Broadway
New York, NY 10036 United States
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The world’s biggest conference of writers and storytellers from all mediums – screenwriters, TV writers, novelists, filmmakers, gamers, journalists, graphic novelists, actors, business people, comic book writers and more – returns to New York – March 7-8, 2020! Featuring world-renowned speakers, almost a hundred classes and exhibitors, Story Expo covers all aspects of story and writing – from craft to business to pitching to career. Learn how and where your story is best told to achieve its greatest success both financially and creatively. Take control of your stories…

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Les Bois

March 7
The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W Main Street
Boise, ID 83702
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Les Bois Film Festival returns on Saturday, March 7, 2020 to the historic Egyptian Theatre. Now in its fifth year, Les Bois Film Festival is Boise’s only locally-produced, nature-focused film festival. Inspired by the beauty and resilience of Idaho, the festival brings the wonders of the natural world to you through films produced in Idaho, by western filmmakers, and those with a focus on nature from ocean bottom to mountain top.

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International Ocean Film Festival

March 12 - March 15
San Francisco, CA

The mission of the International Ocean Film Festival (IOFF) is to save our oceans one film at a time. Dedicated to using film as a medium to increase public awareness of the environmental, social, and cultural importance of marine ecosystems and foster a spirit of ocean stewardship, IOFF is now the premier venue in North America for ocean-related films. Every year, IOFF produces an acclaimed festival of ocean-themed films from all over the world that are largely unavailable to the…

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SXSW Film Festival

March 13 - March 21
Austin, TX

For nine days in March, creatives of all stripes gather for the acclaimed SXSW Film Program to celebrate raw innovation and emerging talent both behind and in front of the camera. Running concurrent with the SXSW Conference and Music and Interactive Festivals, attendees can take advantage of the opportunity to connect with tech and music industry experts, making the SXSW Film Festival an unparalleled experience at the forefront of discovery, creativity, and innovation. Featuring provocative dramas, documentaries, comedies, genre standouts…

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Fargo Film Festival

March 17 - March 21
Fargo, ND

The Fargo Film Festival strives to provide an extraordinary opportunity for filmmakers’ work to be shown on the big silver screen in a beautifully restored, state of the art, 870-seat Art Deco Theatre. Fargo Film Fest provides informational and provocative presentations and panel discussions on issues affecting local, regional, national and international filmmaking and filmmakers. Jury films in categories including Animation, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, Experimental, Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, and Student.

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Sun Valley Film Festival

March 18 - March 22
Sun Valley, ID

Since 2012 the Sun Valley Film Festival has invited fans and filmmakers to America’s first ski resort to celebrate the magic of storytelling. The year-round Sun Valley Film Initiative develops professionals and Illuminates the process of filmmaking, propelling emerging voices with grants and education. Every spring the Festival celebrates with a slate of cutting-edge films and TV premieres, industry panels, engaging Coffee Talks with entertainment luminaries, a Screenwriters Lab led by award-winning writers, and a series of parties culminating with…

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Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF)

March 20 - March 22
Sheffield, UK

The Sheffield Adventure Film Festival has a well earned reputation for being a friendly festival, welcoming everyone whether you're an outdoors enthusiast or an armchair adventurer who just loves a good story. As well as watching films, you can share a ShAFF beer with adventure sports athletes and filmmakers in the bar, check out the exhibitors area in the Outpost, take inspiration from our free ShED Talks or get involved in a range of outdoor activities. And that's just ShAFF.…

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Nłʔay Indigenous Film Festival

March 21 - March 22
Missoula Community Theatre, 200 N Adams St
Missoula, MT 59802
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Fourth annual Nłʔay En-Th-A-Eye “Place of the Little Bull Trout” (meaning Missoula in Salish) Indigenous Film Festival to be held on Saturday, March 21st and Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 at the Missoula Community Theatre. Our Indigenous Film Festival (IFF) is an all-inclusive event open to the Missoula community. It seeks to honor the resiliency of Indigenous peoples and highlight what it means to be a Native person in 2020. Our films highlight positive messages about identity, connection to culture, resiliency,…

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Canceled Until 2021: Native Crossroads Film Festival

March 26 - March 28
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, 2401 Chautauqua Ave
Norman, OK 73072
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KEEPING IN MIND THE HEALTH OF OUR AUDIENCE, FILMMAKERS AND VOLUNTEERS, WE HAVE MADE THE DIFFICULT DECISION TO CANCEL THIS YEAR’S NATIVE CROSSROADS FILM FESTIVAL. WE URGE ALL OF YOU TO PRACTICE GOOD HABITS AND STAY VIGILANT WITH YOUR HEALTH DURING THIS TIME. PLEASE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT YOUR NATIVE FILMMAKERS BY RENTING THEIR FILMS ON YOUR FAVORITE STREAMING CHANNELS OR DONATING TO THEIR FUNDRAISING EVENTS. WE WILL SEE YOU NEXT YEAR! Native Crossroads is a unique film festival and symposium…

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Canceled Until Further Notice: Bozeman Doc Series

March 26
Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture, 111 S Grand Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
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The Bozeman Doc Series is a bi-weekly documentary screening series at the Emerson Center in Bozeman, Montana. The series runs between October and April, and in the fall of 2019 will begin its sixth season. The series screens brand new documentaries from around the world, most of which are Montana premieres. As we are regularly screening brand new documentaries, many of which have recently world-premiered at festivals, we generally have 2-4 films scheduled at any one time during the season.

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Postponed: Variety Entertainment Marketing Summit

March 26
Los Angeles, CA

Variety's Entertainment Marketing Summit is officially postponed due to the developments and concerns surrounding COVID-19. The summit is being rescheduled, and we will notify you as soon as the new date is confirmed. Your ticket will be automatically transferred to the rescheduled Entertainment Marketing Summit. If you are unable to attend, you have the opportunity to credit it to a future Variety conference. Variety’s 2020 Entertainment Marketing Summit presented by Deloitte focuses on the entertainment industry’s evolving brand and content strategies. Hear from top CMOs, advertising agencies,…

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April 2020

Postponed Until Further Notice: Bozeman Doc Series

April 9
Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture, 111 S Grand Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
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The Bozeman Doc Series is a bi-weekly documentary screening series at the Emerson Center in Bozeman, Montana. The series runs between October and April, and in the fall of 2019 will begin its sixth season. The series screens brand new documentaries from around the world, most of which are Montana premieres. As we are regularly screening brand new documentaries, many of which have recently world-premiered at festivals, we generally have 2-4 films scheduled at any one time during the season.

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Canceled: Tribeca Film Festival (TFF)

April 15 - April 26
New York, NY United States

"We made the difficult decision to postpone the 19th Tribeca Film Festival based on the announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo that events of 500 people or more are banned due to the spread of the novel coronavirus." The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) is a prominent film festival held in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, showcasing a diverse selection of independent films. Since its inaugural year in 2002, it has become a recognized outlet for independent filmmakers in all genres to…

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Canceled for In-Person – Held Virtually: EarthxFilm Festival

April 17 - April 26
Dallas, TX

Earthx2020 in Partnership with the National Geographic Society will be Held Virtually from April 22-27 to Mark the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. In light of the rapidly developing news of COVID-19, CDC guidelines, and City of Dallas requirements, EarthX will host its Earthx2020 Conferences and EarthxFilm Festival virtually and cancel its EXPO physical event at Fair Park for the year. Most Earthx2020 Conferences will be presented virtually from April 23-27, and into May. EarthxEnergy’s Responsible Energy Acquisition conference and the EarthxLaw conference will be held live in the fall. The 50th Earth Day Celebration will be livestreamed on April…

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Held Virtually: International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF)

April 18 - April 25
Roxy Theater, 718 S Higgins Ave
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
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In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the 43rd IWFF will go digital. Our 2020 IWFF LABS program is postponed. Our vision is to create a virtual festival experience the week of April 18-25. We aim to create an IWFF home experience that will honor films, sponsors, guests, educators and exemplify the way media can be utilized in a new reality. Our film competition will continue to be juried. The public will be able to buy passes and tickets to films and live streaming events. We…

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Canceled – Online Option Available: NAB Show

April 18 - April 22
Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89109
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NAB is dedicated to supporting the global push to limit the spread and impact of COVID-19, and we have made the difficult decision not to move forward with the 2020 NAB Show as planned. We remain committed to providing value and platforms for our industry to connect, and are exploring options for transforming our April event into short- and long-term digital offerings, starting with NAB Show Express this April, that will allow our attendees to convene online. We are also…

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Postponed Until Further Notice: Bozeman Doc Series

April 23
Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture, 111 S Grand Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
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The Bozeman Doc Series is a bi-weekly documentary screening series at the Emerson Center in Bozeman, Montana. The series runs between October and April, and in the fall of 2019 will begin its sixth season. The series screens brand new documentaries from around the world, most of which are Montana premieres. As we are regularly screening brand new documentaries, many of which have recently world-premiered at festivals, we generally have 2-4 films scheduled at any one time during the season.

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May 2020

Canceled and/or Postponed: Cannes Film Festival (Festival de Cannes)

May 12 - May 23
Palais des Festivals et de Congrès Cannes, France

Festival organizers revealed the news in a statement today, stating the festival will not be held from May 12 to 23. Organizers are instead considering several options on how to go forward with the Cannes Film Festival, one option being to postpone the festival to run from the end of June to early July this year. “As soon as the development of the French and international health situation will allow us to assess the real possibility, we will make our decision…

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Canceled: Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)

May 14 - June 7
Seattle, WA

It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of the 46th Seattle International Film Festival amid the COVID-19 pandemic. SIFF is committed to being a part of the solution to help slow down the recent spike in numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state and across the country, and we remain committed to the safety of audiences, staff, and the community at large. As a result, SIFF is now on hiatus after the majority of staff is furloughed. Please…

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Canceled: MisCon 34 International Short Film Festival

May 22 - May 25
Missoula, MT Missoula, United States

Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention! From nail biting terror, to near future technology, and everything in-between, the MisCon Short Film Festival is a celebration of all things genre. Where better to find such an audience than at a popular Science Fiction Convention? Every year MisCon grows and, with it, the opportunity for filmmakers to share their stories with a greater number of people. Submissions in horror, sci-fi, and fantasy will be accepted.

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In-Person Canceled – Held Virtually: Mountain Film Festival

May 22 - May 25
Telluride, CO

In light of events surrounding COVID-19 and CDC guidelines, Mountainfilm has made the decision to do what we can to help flatten the curve. For the safety and wellness of our local, national and global communities, we are moving our 42nd annual festival to an online platform. While we need to be physically apart, we are dedicated to bringing a community of minds and hearts together. Mountainfilm has been celebrating indomitable spirit since 1979, and we have no intention of…

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June 2020

Postponed: Edinburgh International Film Festival

June 17 - June 28
Edinburgh, Scotland

In line with the UK Government and Scottish Government’s public health advice we are sad to announce that we are postponing the 74th EIFF due to take place in June. We are looking at which elements of the Festival can be delivered later in the year and hope to share news on that in due course. Our first priority is the health and well-being of our staff, filmmaker guests and audiences, and we wish you all health and strength through…

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Covellite International Film Festival (CIFF)

June 19 - June 23
Butte, MT MT United States + Google Map

Workshops, forums, live music, and special events with some of the most exciting independent films from around the world - bringing international films to southwest Montana.

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AFCI Week

June 22 - June 26
Los Angeles, CA

This multi-day, exclusive event open to AFCI Members and Affiliates includes networking opportunities with high-level industry decision makers in the entertainment and production industries,, educational opportunities targeted at enhancing business practices and prime opportunities for lead-generation.

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August 2020

Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF)

August 6 - August 23
Melbourne, Australia

MIFF is a not-for-profit organisation that has been continuously running since 1952, making it the leading film festival in Australia and one of the world’s oldest film festivals, alongside Cannes and Berlin. Presenting a curated global program of innovative screen experiences and the world’s largest showcase of exceptional Australian filmmaking, MIFF is an accessible, iconic cultural event that provides transformative experiences for audiences and filmmakers alike. MIFF is an Australian cultural icon which has had an essential role in putting…

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Venice Film Festival

August 26 - September 5
Venice, Italy Italy

The Venice Film Festival or Venice International Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world and one of the "Big Three" film festivals, alongside the Cannes Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival.

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BZN International Film Festival

August 27 - August 30
Bozeman, MT

Join us for a four-day event celebrating independent filmmaking, creative expression, and emerging and established voices. The BZN International Film Festival showcases films that educate, encourage and inspire audiences to get involved and take action to protect our planet. Over 70 films will screen at various theaters throughout downtown Bozeman, Montana, complemented by a rich slate of Q & A sessions, panel discussions, community-wide events and parties. Additional events include the Opening Film and Reception on Thursday, Family Free Night…

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September 2020

Telluride Film Festival

September 4 - September 7
Telluride, CO

The prestigious Telluride Film Festival brings together industry masters under the auspices of the majestic San Juan Mountains. It is nothing short of a magical weekend, a celebration of film, community, and creativity. The festival notoriously keeps its film schedule a secret, but you can bet that many of the films you will see will be at the top of your Oscar picks in the next awards season. The festival debuted in 1973 and has since been a gathering place…

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Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

September 10 - September 20
Toronto, Canada Canada

Starting out in 1976 as a collection of films from other festivals — a "festival of festivals" — the Toronto International Film Festival has become one of the most beloved cinematic events in the world, universally regarded as an ideal platform for filmmakers to launch their careers and to premiere their new work. The Festival has been described as "the most important film festival in the world — the largest, the most influential, the most inclusive."

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EQUUS International Film Festival

September 10 - September 12
Dillon, MT

EQUUS INTERNATIONAL is the premier venue for equine film, television and alt-media. One of the world's first all equine film festivals, EIFF's mission is education and understanding to enhance the equine/human, to raise awareness of equine issues, to promote equine welfare, and to celebrate those who tell the stories of the equine arena. From documentaries to narrative features, music videos to training films, EIFF features the wide array of programming now being made with an equine focus.

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Oregon Independent Film Festival

September 15 - September 30
Portland & Eugene, OR

The Oregon Independent Film Fest features over 70 films, from 11 countries, culminating with special screenings, celebrations & events to be held in Portland, Oregon. The Oregon Independent Film Festival holds screenings in cities across the great state of Oregon, including Portland / Eugene / Bend and more. Concluding with a week of ceremonies, premieres, press events, and movie screenings in Portland, where our Oregon Film Society honors the best independent films of the past year. Fans of cinema are…

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AFCI Cineposium

September 16 - September 19
Buffalo, NY

The only global conference led by screen industry experts which brings Film Commissions and industry leaders together to discuss hot-button topics around creativity, policy and economic development. Complimentary transport from Toronto International Film Festival to Buffalo Niagara will be provided on the afternoon of Tuesday September 15th. Return transport will also be provided the morning of Sunday September 20th. AFCI’s 44th Cineposium will be held in Buffalo Niagara Falls, from 16th to 19th September 2020 and is co-presented by AFCI and the…

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Montana International Film Festival (MINT)

September 17 - September 20
Billings, MT

MINT derives its name from Montana International, and it is a 5-day film festival located in Billings, Montana. MINT is organized by filmmakers for filmmakers. The festival experience drives everything we do. We are collaborating with industry professionals to bring new ideas and strategy to redefine what a world-class film festival could be. Our mission is to connect people through film from around the world. We accomplish this by focusing on the following: Curate a film program that showcases films…

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South Dakota Film Festival (SDFF)

September 17 - September 20
Aberdeen, SD

SDFF was started in 2007 to acknowledge films made by filmmakers from the Great Plains region (SD, MN, ND, IA, WY, MT, and NE) or films shot in the Great Plains region. However, regional consideration is only one of many factors considered in the final draw of films chosen to be “Official Selections”. While we try to emphasize great films from the Great Plains, that is not the primary focus. The goal of the South Dakota Film Festival is to…

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Calgary International Film Festival

September 23 - October 4
Calgary, Alberta, Canada Canada

Going into its 21st year, the 12-day Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) has grown to be the biggest film festival in Alberta and the sixth largest in Canada. Offering over $20,000 in cash and prizes, the festival awards outstanding films selected by the audience and esteemed juries. Showcasing an average of 200 short and feature length multi-genre films, from Canada and around the world, CIFF is a qualifying, accredited festival for the Academy Awards® and the Canadian Screen Awards.

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Story Expo

September 25 - September 27
Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
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The world’s biggest conference of writers and storytellers from all mediums – screenwriters, TV writers, novelists, filmmakers, gamers, journalists, graphic novelists, actors, business people, comic book writers and more. Featuring world-renowned speakers, almost a hundred classes and exhibitors, Story Expo covers all aspects of story and writing – from craft to business to pitching to career. Learn how and where your story is best told to achieve its greatest success both financially and creatively. Take control of your stories by…

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Jackson Wild Summit

September 28 - October 2
Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park, Austria

Formerly the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival & Conservation Summit, the Jackson Wild Summit is an extraordinary convening where collaboration and innovation thrive, ideas are launched, and strategic partnerships are forged. Cross-discipline conversations on the critical issues facing our planet set the stage for strategic partnerships that happen nowhere else, as participants work together to address critical conservation and environmental challenges.

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HATCH Montana

September 29 - October 3
Paradise Valley, MT MT United States

HATCH is a community, movement, and a series of experiences designed to ACTIVATE CREATIVITY to HATCH a better world. Since 2003, HATCH experience is a four day annual retreat meets summit offered to 100 of the most provocative innovators, inventors, and cultural catalysts, across a wide range of disciplines. Attendees who are invited each year cover a wide swath of humanity - Oscar-winning filmmakers, Grammy-winning Musicians, CEO’s and Founders of diverse companies and non- profits, designers from IDEO, NASA, Google,…

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October 2020

Bigfork Independent Film Festival (BIFF)

October 2 - October 4
Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, 526 Electric Avenue
Bigfork, MT 59911 United States
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The mission of the Bigfork Independent (aka Indie) Film Festival is to support the film community in Montana. Despite small budgets and hectic schedules, Montana filmmakers work together to put their vision on the screen. Hardly comparable to Hollywood’s blockbusters, these films embody a lot more than big effects or spectacle. They embody the passion of the crews who created them, and we think that’s worth celebrating. Ultimately a film’s purpose is to be watched and enjoyed. Our mission is…

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BFI London Film Festival

October 7 - October 18
London London, United Kingdom

With cooperation from the British Film Institute, it screens more than 300 films, documentaries, and shorts from approximately 50 countries.

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Montana Film Festival (MTFF)

October 8 - October 11
Roxy Theater, 718 S Higgins Ave
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
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Montana Film Festival is a respite from the market and industry of film festivals. We celebrate and highlight emergent talents and new points of view, importing perspective and representation into our community. We hold high the virtues of social communion around film and the relationships created through filmmaking, with special celebration of Montana's growing film community. Founded within the heart of a non-profit cinema, our highest aim is to enrich our audiences through the art and craft of independent narrative…

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BendFilm Festival

October 8 - October 11
Bend, OR

BendFilm is an independent Oregon film festival in the truest sense–rugged, brilliant, daring, adventurous, fun and engaging. Located in the wondrous mountain town of Bend, OR, we have been showcasing some of the best independent films in the Pacific Northwest and beyond for 15 years. BendFilm is an imaginative and thought-provoking film festival that should not be overlooked–it is intimate, allowing you immediate access to the next best filmmaker. If you are an indie film advocate or are just looking…

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Idaho Horror Film Festival

October 8 - October 11
The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W Main Street
Boise, ID 83702
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The Idaho Horror Film Festival is Idaho's first and longest-running horror film festival. Every year, the festival attracts the latest & best genre films from around the world and attendees from all over the country for an incredible gathering of film fans in beautiful Downtown Boise, Idaho. For three packed days, experience an eclectic mix of horror, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, sci-fi and dark comedy in Boise's historic (and haunted) Egyptian Theatre. The festival line-up offers more than 60 short…

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Tacoma Film Festival (TFF)

October 8 - October 15
Tacoma, WA

TFF celebrates excellence in the art of film, offering a lively and empowering network of resources in service to our city, the Pacific Northwest, and the independent film world. Established in 2006, the Tacoma Film Festival has developed from small regional festival to a welcoming, interactive haven for regional and international filmmakers, industry professionals, students, fans, critics, and creative entrepreneurs. TFF centers artists and their stories, honoring the contributions of filmmakers as leaders, and building community from a foundation of…

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Portland Film Festival (PDXFF)

October 12 - October 18
Portland, OR

Portland Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing filmmakers and audiences, and to celebrating the power of a good story.  The festival focuses on the people, ideas, technology, skills and artistry behind filmmaking and provides both entertaining and educational opportunities to the public.  The festival is anchored with outdoor screenings, offering its filmmakers one of the largest audiences available on the West Coast. PDXFF is Portland Oregon’s largest film festival by filmmakers for filmmakers. It was named “one…

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5Point Adventure Film Festival

October 14 - October 18
Carbondale, CO

We believe that communities are made better when their people pursue adventure and intentionally live their own best story. And so,our mission is to ignite personal and communal adventure of all kinds through the experience of sharing meaningful stories. We envision a national network of educated, engaged, and multi-generational communities inspired by story to take action in their individual and collective lives. 5Point Film is built on five guiding principles: respect, commitment, humility, purpose and balance. We believe these same…

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Fargo Fantastic Film Festival

October 15 - October 18
Fargo, ND

The Fargo Fantastic Film Festival is the film festival that celebrates film, video and other media in science fiction, fantasy, horror, adventure, thrillers and all other fun genres! It exists to showcase the ambitious and creative independent filmmaker. To make a good genre film takes real creativity, craftsmanship and yes, artistic merit. We show professional and amateur productions as both can learn from the other.

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