*Immediately showcasing select films on the BZN Virtual Platform, available year round online to all Bozeman Film Celebration Members, in addition to the BZN International Film Festival 2021 event this August 26-29, in Bozeman, Montana.*

The BZN International Film Festival, a production of the Bozeman Film Celebration, is dedicated to fostering intelligent filmmaking, understanding diverse points of view, and restoring media literacy. The BZN vision is to highlight films 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.

BZN is dedicated to supporting and promoting women’s voices in film and the film industry as well as stories that inspire audiences to get involved and take action to live in harmony with the environment and be at peace with one another. We acknowledge that conservation is complex and requires involvement from various perspectives.

Every film that screens will be considered for the following:

Ted Turner Award - Given to the film that most inspires environmental stewardship (cash award)
Audience Award - Narrative Short
Audience Award - Narrative Feature
Audience Award - Documentary Short
Audience Award - Documentary Feature
Audience Award - Experimental/Animation Short
BZN Spirit Award - Given to the film, short or feature, that most honors the BZN Mission

These awards will be presented during the BZN IFF —

• Entry fees are non refundable and are payable by credit card only.

• Non-English language films must be subtitled in English.

• If a feature film is accepted, we encourage one female filmmaker or member of the film team attend the festival to represent the film during the audience Q&A and participate in the festival experience.

•. If any portion of your film was produced in Montana, BZN would appreciate your contacting BethAnn@BozemanFilmCelebration.com to receive a submission waiver.

•. If the filmmaker has an affiliation with Montana State University, BZN would appreciate your contacting BethAnn@BozemanFilmCelebration.com to receive a submission waiver.

• Filmmaker has all necessary legal authority and rights required to submit this film to the BZN.

• All filmmakers will be notified by January 17 of their status.

• If accepted, the filmmaker will assume all responsibility for shipping and insurance costs to/from the Festival Office. Please include all relevant return addresses & instructions in the packaging.

• The date, time and location of the screenings of films are solely at the discretion of the Bozeman Film Celebration.

• All filmmakers must be able to provide either a MP4 or a DCP. Materials must be postmarked by May 8. BZN does not accept H264 files. (Please read this handy guide if you're having any issues with prepping your screening materials: bit.ly/2m10Qkn)

• BZN is not a “premiere” festival meaning that your film does not have to be a premiere to be accepted.

Questions regarding submissions to BZN may be directed to filmoffice@bozemanfilmcelebration.com


• By submitting your film, you grant BZN the right to utilize an excerpt from this film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Celebration for promotional purposes.

We look forward to seeing your film!

Overall Rating
  • Jaret Martino

    5 STARS! As an artist, I create projects that make a difference and shed light on subject matters deserving of more attention from society and from the filmmaking community. We are thrilled that the judges at BZN International Film Festival recognized the importance of including our Feature Film DONNA: STRONGER THAN PRETTY! It's such an honor! This festival is organized and communicative, and I plan to submit all my upcoming films to this wonderful platform! Thanks so much!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    It was our honor to showcase Donna: Stronger than Pretty! Thank you so much for sharing your work with our audiences.

  • BZN was lovely. The team worked so hard to get us to meet other filmmakers under crazy circumstances, and they keep trying to find ways to feature our work in the upcoming year. Thank you guys, my only regret is that we couldn't meet face to face!

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    This was quite a year of unknowns... thank you so much for participating and it was a pleasure to work with you!

  • Karen Day

    Best Virtual Festival experience so far in 2020 film year!

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Wonderful! So glad you loved the Virtual Platform. It's here to stay!

  • Zac Titus

    This was an especially tough year for film festivals, but Beth Ann and the entire BZN crew rolled with the punches and got it done. Creating a a save and welcoming environment for our team to come to Bozeman and be a part of the awards ceremony. The virtual fest was seamless and the zoom panels were informative. Can’t wait for the 2021 LIVE fest.

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    We can wait to see everyone again, either! Thank you so much Zac for you and your whole team's efforts. We loved Two Yellow Lines and were so happy to feature the film!

  • Anna Kolber

    They were super lovely and supportive. Great festival!

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!