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


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Cash prizes and awards for Feature Narratives, Feature Documentaries, Short Narratives, Short Documentaries, Web/TV Pilots, Female Directors, and more! Submit your film today!



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Submission Categories

  • Female Director

  • Made-In-Montana

  • Narrative Feature

  • Documentary Feature

  • Animation Feature

  • Narrative Short Film

  • Documentary Short Film

  • Animation Short Film

  • Horror/Thriller Film

  • TV/Web Pilot

  • Music Video

  • Student Film

  • JR MINTs Short Film


The MINT Film Festival is proud to offer cash prizes and 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

Certificate of Achievements Presented To:

  • Best JR Filmmaker

  • Best First-Time Director

  • Best Music Film/Video

  • Achievement in Cinematography

  • Achievement in Acting

  • Achievement in Editing



Our venues include 75 to 750-seat theaters, as well as pop-up locations within the community. 

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’ve 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’re a world-class festival that gives up-and-coming directors a platform and an audience to show their work.

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.

RULES & Conditions

Submission Deadline

  • Earlybird deadline is April 2, 2019

  • Regular deadline is May 14, 2019

  • Late deadline is June 6, 2019

  • Extended deadline is June 25, 2019.

Film Length

  • All Feature length films with a run time of 45 – 120 min.

  • All Short films with a run time of 1 – 35 min.

  • Webisodes/TV Pilots with a run time of 5 - 40 min

Submission Format & Technical Requirements

  • Submissions must be made through FilmFreeway or Withoutabox.

  • 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, 2017 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


MINT can screen DCP, 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.