Firelight Media x Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2023

The 2023 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival will include the World Premiere of ‘In The Making’ Season 2 as well as several films by members of #FirelightFamily.

World Premiere: In the Making Season Two

Doc Shop Panel | Art and Artist: Firelight Media x PBS American Masters

Monday, February 20 at 12pm MST: What happens when an artist holds a mirror to the world? What happens when a documentary filmmaker holds a mirror to that artist? Filmmakers of Firelight Media and American Masters IN THE MAKING series share stories from the field about documenting the work and worldview of up-and-coming 21st century actors, painters, singers, chefs, and poets. Panelists: Juanita Anderson, Dilsey Davis, Alan Domínguez, Alicia G. Edwards, Desmond Love, Dustin Nakao-Haider, Raúl O. Paz-Pastrana, Eden Sabolboro, Brooke Pepion Swaney, and Christine Turner // Moderated by Monika Navarro (Firelight Media) and Joe Skinner (American Masters). Register Here

World Premiere: Here, Hopefully

A film still from Here, Hopefully

World Premiere: Snqʷeyłmistn: the place where you do your best

A film still from ‘Snqʷeyłmistn: the place where you do your best’

Doc Shop Panel: Caring for Story by Caring for Community

Thursday, February 23 at 11:30am MST: Documentary film has a long history of inequitable extractive practices often made by outsiders to communities for their personal gain. In this session, hear from experienced Indigenous creators about community-focused and accountable filmmaking practices that center care and reciprocity, leading to respectful collaboration (making films ‘with’ instead of ‘about’), authentic storytelling, and narrative sovereignty that honors the creatives, the subjects, and the audience. Panelists: David Hernández Palmar, (If Not Us Then Who?, Reciprocity Project), Victoria Cheyenne (Learning I’m Home), and Ivan MacDonald (Murder in Big Horn) // Moderated by Tracy Rector (Nia Tero). Learn More + Get Tickets

Montana Premiere: Black Mothers Love and Resist

A film still from ‘Black Mothers Love and Resist’

Northwest Premiere: Storming Caesars Palace

A film still from ‘Storming Caesars Palace’

Northwest Premiere: Parker

A film still from ‘Parker’

Northwest Premiere: Sealed In Blood

A film still from ‘Sealed in Blood’

Northwest Premiere: NuWu Means The People

A film still from ‘NuWu Means The People’

About Firelight Media

Firelight Media is a premier destination for non-fiction cinema by and about communities of color. Firelight Media produces documentary films, supports filmmakers of color, and cultivates audiences for their work. Firelight Media’s programs include the Documentary Lab, an 18-month fellowship that supports emerging filmmakers of color; Groundwork Regional Lab, which supports filmmakers in the American south, midwest, and U.S.-controlled Territories; and the William Greaves Research and Development Fund for mid-career nonfiction filmmakers from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities. Firelight Media also produces digital short films, including the recently announced collection HOMEGROWN: Future Visions.

About Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Now entering its 20th year, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is the premier venue for non-fiction film in the American West. Big Sky offers an ideal setting for filmmakers to premiere new work and develop lasting relationships with fellow filmmakers and industry. The festival draws an audience of 20,000 and film entries from every corner of the globe to a uniquely intimate mountain town setting with a local Montana flavor. A hybrid festival, audiences can enjoy the festival prrogram in Big Sky’s virtual cinema from nearly anywhere in the world. Selected for 5 years running by MovieMaker Magazine’s 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, BSDFF is a top-100 rated festival on FilmFreeway and is an Academy Award-qualifying festival for short documentaries. The annual 10-day event takes place each February in downtown Missoula, Montana.



Firelight Media produces documentary films, supports nonfiction filmmakers of color, and cultivates audiences for their work. We’re #changingthestory.

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Firelight Media produces documentary films, supports nonfiction filmmakers of color, and cultivates audiences for their work. We’re #changingthestory.