The MINT Film Festival is an annual, hybrid film festival located in Montana's largest city, Billings. We exist to bring great films from around the world to an energetic audience. Enjoy red carpet events, industry-lead panels, workshops, film screenings, lavish parties, and recreational excursions under the Big Sky! National press publications are in attendance to review film screenings.

We love films that are thoughtfully controversial, pushing technical or creative boundaries, and truth & beauty searching.

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Since we can't predict what the fall of 2021 will look like from a public safety perspective, we are planning a virtual + theatrical hybrid festival. We are working hard to maintain a great festival experience for audiences and filmmakers across our virtual program and theatrical program. We hope you will submit your film for consideration to our 2021 program!

The 2021 MINT Film Festival takes place from September 16-19 in downtown Billings.

-Babcock Theater
-Art House Cinema

-MINT Spirit Award
-Indigenous Voices Film Award
-Best Made-In-Montana Film
-Best Female Director
-Best Narrative Feature
-Best Documentary Feature
-Best Narrative Short Film
-Best International Short Film
-Best Documentary Short Film

-Filmmaker's Forum
-Women in Film Panel
-Indigenous Film Panel

The MINT Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) in Billings, Montana.

All too often great films by hard-working filmmakers go unseen, and we want to change that outcome! We know how hard it is to make a film. We know how much you have likely sacrificed to bring your film to life, and we want to assure you that the selection process at the Montana International Film Festival is a true meritocracy. All films submitted will be viewed in their entirety by knowledgeable programmers, not by inexperienced volunteers who may only watch a minute of your film and move on to the next. In an ever-growing sea of film content, we understand that the role of the curator is more vital than ever and we take this role seriously. We are a world-class festival that gives up-and-coming directors a platform and an audience to show their work.

Our venues include beautifully equipped 75 to 750-seat theaters within the community. Billings is a growing and vibrant city located along the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana. Voted by Outside magazine as the #1 Best Town of 2016, the city has an abundant, energetic, and passionate audience of film and art lovers who are ready to see your film and ready to share their community with you.

*All panel events are subject to change.

We're proud to recognize films in the following categories:

-MINT Spirit Award
-Indigenous Voices Film Award
-Best Made-In-Montana Film
-Best Female Director
-Best Narrative Feature
-Best Documentary Feature
-Best Narrative Short Film
-Best International Short Film
-Best Documentary Short Film

-Earlybird deadline is March 9, 2021.
-Regular deadline is April 29, 2021.
-Late deadline is May 25, 2021.
-Extended deadline is June 18, 2021.

-All Feature-length films with a run time of 46 – 120 min.
-All Short films with a run time of 1 – 45 min.
-Webisodes/TV Pilots with a run time of 5 - 60 min

-Submissions must be made through FilmFreeway.
-All films must either be in English or with English subtitles.
-Filmmakers must have all necessary legal authority and rights required to submit.

All submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2019, for consideration.

A Montana premiere is not required, but it's preferred.

Film submissions are reviewed and considered under the following criteria:

-Quality of narrative (or documentary subject matter)
-The emotional depth of the characters
-Ability to push creative, technical, or social boundaries

Our theaters use industry-standard DCP.

We work closely with our theater venues to ensure the best quality projection and sound. Failure of technical equipment, while rare, can happen, and we, along with our venues and partners, will not be held liable. Submission fees will not be refunded in any such case. Submission fees will not be refunded should the festival cancel, postpone, or alter the schedule/availability of screenings or events due to COVID-19 or from anything else outside of our control.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you Montana International Film Festival for choosing to include “For Love of the Land” into your festival. I’m honored to have been selected.

    November 2021
  • Such a well organized, well curated festival! I am so glad that I was able to participate, albeit virtually, and look forward to visiting Billings one day! Congrats to everyone for a fantastic festival.

    October 2021
  • Elizabeth Chatelain

    Unfortunately I was unable to go to MINT in person, but the online portion of the festival was great. Communication was clear, quality of the films was very high, and the fact that they gave attention to films made around the area, Montana and the west, I think is an incredible service to local filmmakers. Thank you for a great festival!

    September 2021
  • MINT is the real deal, one of the few festivals that delivers. Great comms and although I couldn't attend in person this year I definitely will in future. Thanks so much, keep it up!

    September 2021
  • Rose Steller Burke

    Thank you, thank you MINT for curating, planning and executing on an excellent film festival. Our only regret was not being able to make it to Billings to immerse ourselves in the festival. Thank you also for the incredible honor of "Best Indigenous Voice Documentary" award for our selected film "Home From School: The Children of Carlisle". For filmmakers especially in the Rocky Mountain West we highly recommend this festival!

    September 2021