It’s show time for the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest

Showboat Cinema in Polson is home to the third annual Flathead Lake International Cinemafest.

Hollywood has a long tradition of rolling out the red carpet for world premiere movies. Polson has brought that tradition to northwest Montana with its third annual Flathead Lake International Cinemafest, or FLIC as the locals like to call it, slated for Jan. 23-25 at the Showboat Cinema in Polson.

FLIC was recently recognized as one of the top 15 Winter Film Festivals in the United States by the Audience Awards. “This is a great honor for all who work tirelessly on the festival and for our community,” says Daniel Smith, co-chair of FLIC. “We are very proud of what we have been able to accomplish in our three years of offering independent films to our audiences.”

This year’s theme, “Visually Captivating! – Wonderfully Diverse!,” sets the tone for a varied slate of films that includes full-length features, shorts, animation and documentaries, and a broad array of international… Read more


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