MTFF accepts short and feature-length work in the following categories: narrative, documentary, and experimental. A Montana programming strand gives priority 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.


  • Submissions Open: June 15
  • Early Bird Deadline: July 1
  • Regular Deadline: August 1
  • Late Deadline: August 23
  • Notification Date: September 9
  • Media Deadline: September 23
  • Festival Dates: October 13-16


Feature Film

MTFF’s selections will include independent films from around the world. Yet our submissions call for feature-length films is focused on work with meaningful Montana connections only. Montana connections may include crew and cast regional ties, shooting locations, storylines, historical relevance, or themes that relate especially to living in the contemporary west. Please include a short paragraph about the MT connection with your submission or email it to carrie at the roxy theater dot org along with your submission.

Short Film

Any short film, under 20 minutes may be submitted and will be considered for MTFF 2022. Submit any short film whether it is a narrative, experimental, animated, or documentary short from around the world. If the short encompasses meaningful western themes or a connection to Montana, email a short paragraph to carrie at the roxy theater dot org. MTFF 2022 includes a Montana-connection programming strand