Celebrate the Bigfork Independent Film Festival

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6  Local Indie Films on 1 Amazing Day

May 6th, 2017


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The Mission

The mission of the Bigfork Independent (aka Indie) Film Festival is to support the local film community in the Flathead Valley. Despite small budgets and hectic schedules, local filmmakers work together to put their vision on the screen. Hardly comparable to Hollywood’s blockbusters, these films embody a lot more than big effects or spectacle. They embody the passion of the crews who created them, and we think that’s worth celebrating. Ultimately a film’s design is to be watched and enjoyed. Our mission is to create a place where local films can do just that.

The Vision

The Bigfork Indie Film Festival may never become as big as Sundance, but we do plan to make our mark as a place for cinephiles to celebrate the arts. Don’t be fooled by the idea of local. We’re proud to offer quality entertainment. This year we will be showing two feature films and four short films broken up into two blocks. Choose the block that most interests you (or choose both), buy your ticket (maybe a snack and soda as well) and enjoy!

After each block, filmmaker’s will participate in a live Q&A session to talk about the film process and answer your burning questions. 

We’re ecstatic to announce that neither of these feature films have ever been shown before which means this is an international premiere event! These movies are exclusive to the festival and cannot be seen anywhere else!

Come support your local film community and see what they have to offer. We think you’ll be impressed!

Program Guide

For the first Bigfork Indie Film Festival we are showing 6 films total, 4 shorts and 2 features. This is a world premiere for our two features; Silk Trees and The Beast. This year we will be exploring the Mystery, Horror and Psychological Thriller genres.

These films were provided by local filmmakers who either wrote, acted in, photographed, edited or produced them. In some cases they played multiple roles in the making of a film. The 6 films are divided into two distinct blocks, each block is approximately 2 hours in length and contains 2 shorts and 1 feature film, either 'Silk Trees' or 'The Beast'. Please make sure you purchase the appropriate ticket for the particular block you are planning to attend.

A live introduction will be provided for each block and filmmakers will provide a Q&A session immediately after the feature. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions about the film and to directly interact with the filmmakers. The filmmakers honestly want to know what the audience thinks about their films.


            Saturday - May 6th

                            - BLOCK 1-

                   Child inside (5:35 pm) 

                 Fred Donahue (5:45 pm)

                     Silk Trees (6:00 pm)


                            - BLOCK 2 -

                  First Time Out (8:35 pm) 

                     Songbird (8:41 PM)

                     The Beast (8:50 pm)


         Go to the 'Indie Films' Tab in the        navigation bar for details on our films


           Film Festival Pricing

                           Our goal is to keep ticket prices as low as possible to in order to allow as many independent film lovers to attend as possible. Tickets are available on this website or at the venue during festival hours.

                         block 1 -  Child Inside (Short Film),Fred Donahue (Short film), silk Trees (feature film) - $5.00 to see all 3 films

                           block 2 -  First time out (short film),songbird (Short film), the beast (feature film) - $5.00 to see all 3 films

             Each Film block is Sold separately. Theater Seating is limited And Advanced purchase is recommended. No Reserved seating.


See Locally Made Films, By Local Filmmakers, Locally

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Independent Film Making

The world of independent film making has definitely changed over the past few years. You don't have to be rich, or even talented, to make an independent film these days. With the advent of iPhones, inexpensive cameras and free editing software virtually anyone can make their own film. Don't believe me? Check out all of the iPhone films on Vimeo alone. Write a script, gather up some friends, shoot your movie, edit it, mix in some music and voila!, you've just made an independent film.

But for more serious film makers it takes years and costs hundreds or sometimes thousands of dollars. You can shoot a movie using an iPhone, but the production quality won't be great. So while there are more low budget amateur films being made today than ever before, that doesn't mean they're necessarily worth watching. Instead you can use HD cameras, specialized sound equipment and lighting, and hire professional actors. The quality of the end product will be much better, but you'll end up paying a higher price. 

Fortunately there are local film makers who are willing to spend the time, effort and money to create quality independent films. Scripts are written, actors rehearse, locations are found and sets are lit. These independent films don't look like GoPro movies posted on YouTube. They are based on compelling stories and are painstakingly shot and put together, and once the film is complete the filmmaker then has to find an audience, which isn't easy. Submitting their film to one of the many film festivals is one way to do it, but that can be costly. We're lucky to have found local filmmakers looking for a platform to show their films, and as it turned out we had the perfect venue to exhibit them.

What about the future? Will we continue to show locally produced films in Bigfork? As long as we have a source of quality independent films, and as long as the public supports us, we want to continue to show them.

You can show your support for local film making by purchasing a ticket and exploring the world of independent filmmaking with us. It's a rare opportunity to see original films that have never been shown publicly before. Don't miss out!


Steve Shapero

Bigfork Film Festivals