Montana International Film Festival | Billings, MT Sept 19-23, 2018

about the mint film festival


what is mint?

MINT derives its name from Montana International, and it is a 5-day film festival located in Billings, Montana. MINT is organized by filmmakers for filmmakers.

The festival experience drives everything we do. We are collaborating with industry professionals to bring new ideas and strategy to redefine what a world-class film festival could be. We look forward to serving you in September!

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Our mission

Our mission is to connect people through film from around the world. We accomplish this by focusing on the following:

  • Curate a film program that showcases films pushing creative, technical, or social boundaries.

  • Connect filmmakers with distributors.

  • Offer prizes, grants, and funding for filmmakers to create new films.

  • Promote education programs in Yellowstone County for highschool students, special needs students, and low-income students.

The saving grace of the cinema is that with patience, and a little love, we may arrive at that wonderfully complex creature which is called man.
— Jean Renoir

film selection

While there is now more cinematic content being created than ever before, somewhere out there is the next Ingmar Bergman or John Cassavetes. We want to help discover the next generation of great filmmakers and help promote their work. We are committed to curating the best indie films from around the world by filmmakers of any background or experience. We care about films that have a strong narrative core, characters with emotional depth, and the ability to push creative, technical, or social boundaries.

human expression

MINT seeks to curate great films from around the world to deliver a world-class experience of film and art. With a poetic meeting of sound, image and story, the best cinema distills the complexity of our world down to a relatable expression and celebrates our humanity in all its joyous and painful manifestations.  These are the the films we seek to present and champion.


The Mint Team


brian murnion 

festival director


Ruhiyyih olsen

communications director


kenneth jarecke

media director


Pete Tolton

education director


grace hodges

festival intern


ryan kabeary

venue coordinator