BZN: Bozeman home to new film festival

Bozeman's inaugural international film festival offers "Spotlight on Women"

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BZN director Beth Ann Kennedy
BZN managing director Beth Ann Kennedy: “Creating an event that is sustainable, fosters good will and embraces all those who wish to participate.”

The Bozeman Film Celebration has announced an official call for entries for its inaugural international festival, BZN, slated for June 7-10, 2018. Submission guidelines and dates are outlined below.

Festival organizers believe that film can effectively challenge racial, sexual and gender-based power structures, and can help pave the way for real change. Indeed, any efforts to attain gender parity would do well to support women’s fair and equal access in the film industry. As such, BZN will offer a Spotlight on Women for its inaugural festival, and through films and events will celebrate the advancements – and explore the challenges – of womanhood both in film and beyond.

BZN will screen films and host events in venues throughout downtown Bozeman, including The Ellen Theatre, the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture, the Willson Auditorium and the highly anticipated, renovated Rialto. Montana State University has joined as a leading sponsor and will also host screenings at Reynolds Recital Hall, the Procrastinator, Cheever Hall, and at other campus buildings.

BZN expects to screen in excess of 70 films, including shorts and features.

“It is a pleasure to collaborate with the many diverse companies and organizations in the Bozeman community as we work towards building the inaugural BZN,” said managing director Beth Ann Kennedy. “Our team is dedicated to the festival’s mission and to creating an event that is sustainable, fosters good will and embraces all those who wish to participate.”

“Bozeman, with its stunning landscape and thriving local culture, offers the ideal location for the upcoming festival,” said Montana Governor Steve Bullock in an official letter recognizing the event. “I commend the efforts of the Bozeman Film Celebration and the community of Bozeman to bring BZN to fruition. I encourage all who are involved in the art of film to submit a project, and all who love film to attend.”

While BZN is an international festival, the festival welcomes statewide submissions to bring a local flair to the event. Filmmakers are encouraged to visit the FilmFreeway and Withoutabox listings.

Regular Window: Dec. 1-March 1

Late Window: March 1-16

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