ABOUT MINT
The MINT Film Festival is an annual, 4-day film festival located in Montana's largest city, Billings. We exist to bring great films from around the world to an energetic audience.

The festival experience drives everything we do. We are collaborating with partners and creative minds to bring new ideas and strategy to redefine what a world-class film festival could be.

2019 is MINT's second festival year, but with our unique industry connections, our team is striving to connect independent films with distributors during the festival week. We are honored to offer festival prizes and awards in 8 categories.

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

DATES
The 2019 MINT Film Festival takes place from September 12-15 in downtown Billings.

VENUES
Babcock Theater - Billings
Art House Cinema - Billings
2905 - Billings

JURY PRIZES
The MINT Film Festival is proud to offer prizes and awards in 8 categories:

-MINT Spirit Award
-Montana Spirit Award
-Best Female Director
-Best Narrative Feature
-Best Documentary Feature
-Best Narrative Short Film
-Best Documentary Short Film
-Best JR FIlmmaker's Short Film

DISCUSSION PANELS
-Women in Film

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

WHY YOU SHOULD SUBMIT TO MINT
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, as well as a pop-up location 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.

JURY PRIZES
The MINT Film Festival is proud to offer prizes and awards in 8 categories:

-MINT Spirit Award
-Best Female Director
-Best Narrative Feature
-Best Documentary Feature
-Best Narrative Short Film
-Best Documentary Short Film
-Best Student Film
-Best JR Filmmaker's Short Film

SUBMISSION DEADLINE
-Earlybird deadline is April 2, 2019.
-Regular deadline is May 14, 2019.
-Late deadline is June 6, 2019.
-Extended deadline is July 25, 2019.

FILM LENGTH
-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

SUBMISSION FORMAT & TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
-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.

SUBMISSION ELIGIBILITY
All submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2016 for consideration.

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

SELECTING FILMS
Film submissions are reviewed and considered under the following criteria:

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

SCREENINGS
MINT can screen BluRay, DVD, Digital Files (.mov, H264, .mp4, ProRes). If providing physical media, please indicate if your film is PAL or NTSC. We do not support 35mm or 16mm formats.

LIABILITY
Our venue partners include 75-750 seat theaters and pop-up screening rooms. We are working closely with all venues to ensure the best quality projection and sound is available. 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.