The Flathead Lake International Cinemafest is proud to present its ninth annual edition of domestic and international independent cinema from January 29 - 31, 2021. Filmmakers and film fans alike love attending this exciting winter film festival in picturesque Polson, Montana. Nestled at the base of Flathead Lake, Polson and FLIC offer small town charm and big league independent film enjoyment for our guests. Filmmakers enjoy FLIC because of the opportunity to exhibit their films to real audiences — not just audiences of other filmmakers. They also appreciate the intimate Q&A sessions after film screenings -- and multiple networking opportunities with other filmmakers. FLIC hosts events throughout the weekend, affording filmmakers interaction with their colleagues and audience members. Additionally, we close the weekend with an awards show — passing out accolades and hardware to deserving filmmakers is one of the best parts of the weekend!

Filmmakers love FLIC:
"A filmmaker's film festival! Jessica and David are the most wonderful hosts who treat filmmakers and their films with great care and respect. Well organized from beginning to end. The setting is gorgeous and because the festival is relatively small, it gave us a chance to meet and network with many other filmmakers and audience members. I highly recommend for anyone who is selected to attend. 5 stars."
Paula Mozen: Life Interrupted

"FLIC was an amazing expereince. The festival had a wonderful program with amazing films, they took care of us, the audience was engaged and attentive and our screening had a full house. Jessica and David, who are in charge of the festival are fellow filmmakers , and they really make this a heartfelt filmmakers festival."
Jim and Sam: After So Many Days

"Loved this festival! Had such an amazing time networking with other filmmakers & watching great films... David & Jessica put on a world class show!"
Charles Moore: The Simple Path

Come join the fun in January! See you here!

Nominations are made at the time of official selection and awards are presented at our Awards Show on Sunday afternoon of the festival. Nominees and Winners are showcased on the FLIC website and Facebook page. Nominees are also listed in our printed program and screening schedule. Nominated and winning films are screened a second time during our Encore Week following the festival. Usually 3 and no more than 5 nominees -- with one winner in each -- are made in the following categories:

• Audience Award
• Best Picture - FLIC Jr.
• Best Animation
• Best Short Documentary
• Best Feature Documentary
• Best Short Narrative
• Best Feature Narrative
• Best Montana Film
• Best Actor
• Best Actress
• Best Director
• Best Cinematography

Ninth Annual Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (FLIC) January 29 - 31, 2021.

• By submitting, the entrant/s agrees they have read and accepted all FLIC rules, terms and conditions.

• Entrants confirm they have full legal right and authority to submit for use all images, content, talent, music/sounds in their entry, and that the film will not violate any copyright, trademark, service mark, privacy right, publicity right, patent, or any other intellectual property right of any person or entity. If consent of other parties is required, all of them are also agreeing.

• Submitted films should not convey a defamation of any person or entity and not be subject to or threatened by litigation.

• Entrant grants FLIC permission to screen the entry at the FLIC festival, and agrees to hold harmless FLIC, its sponsors, entities, venues, committee members, volunteers, attorneys and advisers from any and all claims, damages, costs, losses, liabilities or attorneys’ fees that may be held against any of them in association with the film entry or the festival’s use.

• If selected, feature length films are not to exceed 10GB file size -- with the exception of DCP files, which may be larger. There are many compression codecs that permit quality film presentation in limited file size. Visit for compression suggestions and guidelines. Submissions may be sent via web in HD formats, or via mail on a thumb drive. (Downloads from Vimeo are common and films are also sent via, ftp, etc.) DCP files are also accepted, but not required. All video files, regardless of format, are due by December 31st.

• DVD and Bluray submissions are NOT accepted or screened. No exceptions.

• Programs may be up to 130 minutes in length. We don’t discriminate: shorts, features, documentaries, animation, and experimental—all are welcome submissions.

• If submitting your film by mail, print your name or the name of the production company (if applicable), movie title, program length, date of production, and phone number on your thumb drive or hard drive.

• ALL digital submissions must also come through FilmFreeway. No exceptions.

• In an effort to expand FLIC viewership and allow “snowbird” residents of Polson to experience FLIC and the importance of independent cinema, FLIC will run a Summer Encore Week. Not all Official Selections will screen during the Encore Week (immediately following FLIC) or the Summer Encore Week. Nominated and winning films will re-screen during both weeks, all at the Producers' discretion. By submitting your film to, and being accepted to screen at FLIC, you grant permission to FLIC to screen your film during FLIC weekend, and at the Producer’s discretion, to screen again during Encore Week and Summer Encore Week.

• Official selection filmmakers are welcome to send any film promotional materials (i.e. posters, flyers, publicity stills). At its sole discretion, FLIC will gladly display such materials as space and circumstance permit. Often, a complete FilmFreeway submission will contain all the necessary promotional materials, including photos.

• Official selection filmmakers must also submit three (3) stills/screenshots from their film to be included in promotional material and the printed screening program. FLIC reserves the right to choose from among submitted photos for publicity release, or, if none are suitable, to select our choice of screenshot to promote the film in our marketing and print products. If your FilmFreeway submission includes photos, they will most likely suffice.

• There is no screening fee compensation. No exceptions.

• Primarily G, PG, and PG-13 approximate-rating films will be reviewed for consideration. Occasional exceptions to this guideline are made on a film-by-film basis at the judges' and festival director's discretion. Hard R content will not be selected.

• FLIC is a celebration of the cinema arts, and, as such, reserves the right not to select films which in the opinion of the judges are not suitable for all age groups, or are abrasively controversial and/or politically divisive. The judging panel includes representatives of the filmmaking and business communities. To learn more about the judging panel, visit, click on the "About" tab and scroll down to "Judges." All judging is confidential; all decisions are final.

• If you prefer your official selection film screen without being judged or awarded, you may elect to do so. By default, selected films are adjudicated and eligible for awards.

• Upon notification that their film is an official selection, filmmakers have seven (7) calendar days to notify FLIC if they wish to pull their film from the festival. If FLIC does not hear otherwise, we will assume the filmmaker wants to show the film at FLIC and it will be scheduled to screen. After the aforementioned seven days, the filmmaker will not be permitted to remove the film from the festival, even if another festival requires exclusivity. This is non-negotiable. If you have any doubts about your ability to follow through and participate in screenings, please be advised of this policy. Thank you for your understanding.

• If selected, the version of the film that was submitted will be screened. FLIC does not accept changes or edits to films after official selections have been made. Work-in-progress films should not be submitted. This is non-negotiable.

• If selected, the film’s screening at FLIC must be a Mission Valley premiere. If the film is screened at another festival in the greater Mission Valley prior to FLIC, the film is ineligible to screen at FLIC.

• All submission fees go to the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Overall Rating
  • Starting with the very first correspondence with the programmers this was an incredible experience for a filmmaker. David and Jessica King are very thoughtful and supportive of films and filmmakers. Not only is it a great place to show your film, but they put together an incredible program to see as an audience member. If all this weren't enough the programmers have even reached out after the festival to help get further exposure for our movie! Thank you so much for a great experience!

    May 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Graham! We so appreciated having you at FLIC 2020, which was greatly enhanced by your multiple award winning film The Last Beyond and by your personal participation. So, back at you, brother!

  • Clint Connors

    The Flathead community is extremely supportive of independent filmmaking, as exemplified by this festival. The staff were helpful and kind, making every filmmaker feel at home. It was a joy to see my short on the big screen.

    March 2020
  • Paula Mozen

    A filmmaker's film festival! Jessica and David are the most wonderful hosts who treat filmmakers and their films with great care and respect. Well organized from beginning to end. The setting is gorgeous and because the festival is relatively small, it gave us a chance to meet and network with many other filmmakers and audience members. I highly recommend for anyone who is selected to attend. 5 stars.

    February 2020
  • Pedram Dahl

    Happy to be part of this years' fest. Unfortunately, I couldn't attend, but the communication from the fest was great.

    February 2020
  • I was honored to be a part of the festival! The directors were very professional. I hope to screen here again in the future.

    February 2020