MISSION STATEMENT

Bozeman Film Celebration is at the forefront in building bridges of understanding between diverse points of view and is in the vanguard in restoring media literacy among our youth. The vision behind BZN is to highlight movies that make a positive impact on audiences—stories that showcase the best of the human spirit while inviting a call to action. We champion films that educate and enrich while they entertain: documentaries, indies, comedies, features and shorts that make our cut must be intelligent and thought-provoking, inspire curiosity, and encourage community and global awareness. Above all, they should stimulate conversation—a lost art we’re determined to help restore.

The inaugural Bozeman Film Celebration event BZN International Film Festival is June 7-10, 2018, and spotlights women filmmakers, directors, actors and producers who understand that film is a powerful medium to convey their dreams and passions—and who are ready to take the helm, pioneering projects to change current statistics and elevate women’s visions and voices. This year’s leading-edge selections define strong women who respect themselves and know their worth. They may choose to be intrepid adventurers as well as strong partners, mothers, friends and businesswomen and along the way they inspire, energize and embolden people of all ages regardless of their sex or ethnicity.

Whether you’re a serious cinephile or simply appreciate a good movie, we’re sure you’ll treasure this adventure and mark BZN as an annual must-see on the festival circuit!

WHY BOZEMAN?

Nestled within six mountain ranges, Bozeman, Montana is a shining jewel in the beautiful mountain west. Though rapidly growing, this iconic western town is preserving its heritage while embracing progress and innovation. High tech firms are taking notice, while organic farmers are dedicated to nourishing the land as well as its inhabitants. Residents are committed to keeping Main Street unique and vibrant: It boasts independent bookstores, locally owned boutiques, numerous art galleries, wine bars, fine restaurants featuring Farm To Table fare, and two recently restored Art Deco Theatres. Known for its extraordinarily high percentage of writers, artists and musicians, this gem of a community provides the perfect ambiance for a fresh, inclusive and uplifting international film festival.

Spring in Montana is a perfect time for a cinematic odyssey. Most of the films we show are regional debuts, many of which might not otherwise be available to local audiences. Among BZN’s seven venues are the recently restored Rialto and The Ellen Theatres, the Wilson Auditorium and the acoustically outstanding Reynolds Hall on the campus of Montana State University, home to an internationally recognized music, film and theater program—a natural fit for BZN’s educational seminars and workshops.

Attendees will also enjoy the Museum of the Rockies or the Children’s Museum of Bozeman, as well as hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, or mountain biking through truly magnificent landscapes. Fly fish, raft or tube the Gallatin or Yellowstone rivers, gloriously depicted in A River Runs Through It. Less than an hour away, Big Sky Resort offers ziplining, downhill mountain biking, golf, skeet shooting, Adventure Mountain and a scenic tram ride to the highest outlook in the state. And did we mention Yellowstone National Park? Choosing to enter via the hamlet of Gardiner through the unparalleled beauty of Paradise Valley could include a stop at the renowned Chico Hot Springs—even a camel ride!

Come see why Montana is known as The Last Best Place; immerse yourself in astounding grandeur, where the glamour and glitter is just overhead; carve out an extraordinary long weekend, connect with industry professionals, propel a budding career, build genuine contacts, or turn the festival experience into an unforgettable family vacation!