BZN International Film Festival | September 9-12, 2021
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2021
Bassem Youssef kicks off BZN 2021
Film Fund Gala + MSU Senior Pitches
Crawford Theater | 5:00 PM
Join us for the first night of BZN 2021, emceed by comedian Bassem Youssef, with a cocktail party catered by Plonk, and the unveiling of the BZN Film Fund.
Join for the first night of the festival, with a cocktail party and the unveiling of the BZN Film Fund. This fund will sponsor up-and-coming filmmakers with student, production, and career grants in increments of $1,000 and feature Montana State University seniors pitching their films for the coming year.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2021
Youth V. Gov Film + Impact Campaign Fundraiser
Crawford Theater | 1:30pm
In conjunction with the screening of the film, Youth v. Gov, the Youth Impact Campaign will host a fundraiser to support their cause.
Science and Natural History MFA Anniversary Celebration
Crawford Theater | 4:00pm
The mission of the Montana State University MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking (SNHF) is to train students with formal education and experience in science, engineering, or technology to become professional filmmakers.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2021
Jamie Redford Lifetime Achievement Award
Crawford Theater | 7:00 PM
The filmmaking world is indebted to Jamie Redford’s positive impact. It is fitting that this year’s screening, in celebration of his life and contributions to the world, should reflect that positivity in the message that together, we are better. We are commemorating Jamie’s life and work with the Jamie Redford Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be received by Jamie’s wife, Kyle Redford.
Playing for Keeps will screen in the Crawford Theater at 7:30 PM, followed by a reception.
Join us as we come together and actualize the creed that we are our best selves when we are together in the pursuit of good.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2021
Emerson Lawn | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Food trucks, adventure films, and an all-day live raffle for outdoor gear will take place outside the Emerson Center on the lawn.
5Point Film Festival short films
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Enjoy a series of curated adventure short films from the 5Point Film Festival! 5Point’s films tell stories aimed to ignite positive change in our communities and our world. This is 5Point’s first festival in Bozeman.
$1,000 of raffle prizes from outdoor and adventure brands will be awarded throughout the day! Audience members must be present to win items.
Closing Night Ceremony
BZN Awards Ceremony, followed by The First Step, Forum + Cocktails
Crawford Theater | 7:00 pm
THE FIRST STEP | DOCUMENTARY FEATURE | USA
In a divided America, Van Jones controversially works across party lines on landmark criminal justice reform and a more humane response to the addiction crisis. Attempting to be a bridge builder in a time of extreme polarization takes him deep into the inner workings of a divisive administration, internal debates within both parties, and the lives of frontline activists fighting for their communities.
LIVE FORUM + COCKTAILS TO FOLLOW THE FILM WITH DIRECTOR BRANDON KRAMER AND REFORM ACTIVIST LOUIS REED.