The MINT Film Festival is an annual, 5-day film festival located in Montana's largest city, Billings. We exist to bring great films from around the world to an energetic audience.

MINT is a world-class film festival with cash prizes, awards, and national press in attendance.

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

The 2019 MINT Film Festival takes place from September 19-23 in downtown Billings.

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

The MINT Film Festival is proud to offer awards in 8 categories:

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

-Women in Film
-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, 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.

The MINT Film Festival is proud to offer awards in 8 categories:

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

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

-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, 2017 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 characters
-Ability to push creative, technical, or social boundaries

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.

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.

Overall Rating
  • Amrita Pradhan

    Despite its young age, MINT outshines other festivals that have been around for far longer. It boasts incredible hospitality, excellent curation, fantastic filmmakers' lounge, great parties, and enthusiastic audiences. The MINT staff truly goes above and beyond to care for their filmmakers and promote the festival. They are warm, accessible, and very communicative. Highly recommend & can't wait to return !

    October 2018
  • John Akre

    A friendly and well-run festival with great opportunities to socialize and cool screening venues!

    October 2018
  • One of the very best festivals I have ever been to. The quality of programming, generous awards & gifts, heart, attention to detail, great care of their guests, diversity, panels (both Indigenous and Women in Film), genuine networking, identity (connection to downtown Billings) and support of filmmakers is TOP NOTCH. I will return again and again to MINT. They further cemented my identity as a filmmaker - and gave me the means to keep going. A home.

    September 2018
  • Matt Jeffery

    Being selected and attending the Montana International Film Festival has been one of the most exciting moments in my filmmaking career. Spectacular venues, friendly staff, and incredible live screenings. Looking forward to watching this festival rise in notoriety in the future.

    September 2018
  • Kristi Anderson Ornstein

    I had a wonderful time at the Montana International Film Festival with our film, This is Jack. Festival staff were awesome and thoughtful, the theater was beautiful, and I felt extremely welcomed. The screening audience was terrific--engaged, curious, open-hearted and the Q&As were as long as they needed to be. I loved seeing so many great films and meeting so many talented filmmakers. Cheers to an awesome First Year MINT! Thank you all!!!

    September 2018