Bozeman Film Celebration is dedicated to understanding diverse points of view and is in the vanguard in restoring media literacy among our youth. The BZN vision 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 Bozeman Film Celebration's BZN International Film Festival will run June 6-9, 2019, and spotlights women filmmakers, directors, actors and producers who are ready to take the helm, pioneering projects to change current statistics and elevate women’s visions and voices. We are seeking submissions that define strong women who respect themselves and know their worth. These characters - fictional and real - 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.

In addition, BZN looks for films that inspire audiences to get involved and take action to protect our planet.

About Bozeman Film Celebration

We are thrilled to launch the inaugural event this June, and look forward to welcoming filmmakers, speakers and leaders in the film industry to Bozeman, ranked as one of the 20 most beautiful towns in America by Conde Nast Traveller!

BZN is dedicated to supporting and promoting women’s voices in film and the film industry, and as such will present a series of events and conversations that will focus on various challenges and elements of filmmaking as a woman.

New to the 2019 festival, we are offering a $5000 cash award!

BZN is committed to fostering intelligent filmmaking specifically in the area of supporting humanity to live in harmony with the environment and be at peace with one another. Film is a powerful medium for educating, encouraging and inspiring audiences to get involved and take action to protect our planet. We acknowledge that conservation is complex and requires involvement from many different perspectives. Through this cash award of $5,000, to be given at the end of the 2019 BZN International Film Festival in Bozeman, we are seeking a film that authentically encourages environmental stewardship or details innovative solutions to global dilemmas.

The Bozeman Film Celebration is devoted to nurturing a collaborative and non-competitive atmosphere, and as such does not offer juried awards. Rather, BZN looks to our audience for the winners, and will present an Audience Award for each genre and length.

Every film that screens will be considered for the following:

Audience Award - Narrative Short
Audience Award - Narrative Feature
Audience Award - Documentary Short
Audience Award - Documentary Feature
Audience Award - Experimental/Animation Short

The BZN Spirit Award - Given to the film, short or feature, that most honors the BZN Mission

These awards will be presented on Sunday, June 9 at the Awards Ceremony — the last event of the festival weekend.

• 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

•. If the filmmaker has an affiliation with Montana State University, BZN would appreciate your contacting

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

• All filmmakers will be notified by May 1 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 BOTH a BluRay AND a DCP. In certain cases BZN may request a QuickTime file, and will contact the filmmaker directly if so. 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:

• 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


• 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
  • bruno mercier

    So proud I had three films from my BEST FOR FESTS seleted atBZN andI know that the festival was an amazing experience and a great platform for each of them.
    one of the great benefits of attending a festival is the network you are building, and the recognition your work is receiving from passionate peers.
    bruno chatelin festival agent. Curator of the BEST FOR FESTS

    June 2019
    Response from festival:


  • Jackie Sanders

    We were at the Bozeman International Film Festival for four days last week, where my documentary film, Arlene Francis - That Certain Something, screened. Before this, the only people who'd seen my film were friends and family of mine and of Arlene Francis's. It was a pretty nerve-wracking thing to put something I'd written and directed in front of an audience of strangers, but I was so happy to have such positive response to the film. I attended with Bill Hayes (who wrote the score to the film) and Arlene's son, Peter Gabel and we conducted a talk back after the screening (Missed my wonderful editor, Jonathan Frank).

    Very grateful to Beth Ann Kennedy, Emily Hook and their wonderful team at Bozeman for giving me this opportunity, to Anne Phillips for urging me to submit to the festival in the first place and to the many new friends we met out there. A great experience.

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Grateful to have screened your film and looking forward to sharing it with others as well. The very best to you.

  • Michelle Taylor

    An amazing experience, the filmmakers were thrilled and enjoyed hanging out with icon Jeff Bridges in such a relaxed and warm ambiance.
    I am always thrilled when one of my "best for fests" curated films gets selected at BZN I know Beth Ann will make the festival experience one to be remembered. Bruno Chatelin festival agent

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Very kind! It is my supreme pleasure to produce an event that inspires and delights filmmakers, passholders, community and the BZN TEAM.

  • Suzan Satterfield

    We're so impressed with this festival. The staff was unfailingly cheerful and efficient, the films were thought-provoking, diverse, and so well curated. It's hard to believe this was only their 2nd year. It doesn't hurt that Bozeman is a stunning place to visit. We hope to come back soon.

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Susan - please continue to stay connected with us through the year so we can support each other's work.

  • We had a fabulous experience at #BZN2019! The place is gorgeous. The hospitality was generous, warm and welcoming; the films were thoughtful, well-crafted and beautiful; lovingly curated, for an appreciative public; with delicious food and drink at the events... it was a joy to be selected and to meet filmmakers and locals alike with such fun, intimate events, parties and support. What a great team! We were treated like rock stars, and we're inspired and motivated from the experience. Great work! Thank you for selecting our film :)

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Dear Nancy - It was great having all the filmmakers that could be present and certainly you and Isaac added so much to the festival. Expecting to get your way end of summer and looking forward to sharing ideas how BZN can continue supporting the film community.