Currently we are not accepting submissions for the 2021 Festival. Submissions for 2022 will open in late summer of 2022 and will be conducted through Filmfreeway. We look forward to seeing your work and are grateful for the creative contribution of every filmmaker involved with MTFF.

MTFF accepts short and feature-length work in the following categories: narrative, documentary, and experimental. Festival selections include fiction and non-fiction films from all over the world while also prioritizing local filmmaking endeavors. There is a Montana programming strand where priority is given to films with strong connections to the state, whether that connection is through key crew roles, shooting locations, or a thematic focus on living in the contemporary West.  

The Montana-focused programming strand makes up about half of the MTFF selections, bringing Montana-centric films to home audiences. Too often traditional audiences fail to see--or value--the in-state film production that feeds both our artistic community and our state’s economy, nor are they able to feel a part of it. Equally often, Montana-made films that deserve a wider audience, or just to be seen on a big screen, don’t get the attention they deserve. MTFF aims to expand and demystify all stages of filmmaking in the state from the start of the creative process to the essential step of a film’s exhibition to an engaged and enthusiastic audience.