One mission of The Big Sky Film Institute is bringing global and educational stories to the next generation. Each year during the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, they bring their programming into classrooms with the Filmmakers in the Schools program, in which there is a special in-school screening of age-appropriate documentaries followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.


In partnership with Inspired Classroom, Big Sky Film Institute (BSFI) is working to become a resource for schools to gain access to educational films about American Indian culture and films produced by Native filmmakers. BSFI is acquiring educational content, including films, with classroom guides and curricula, and working with educators to bring this content into classrooms in the fall of 2017 at no cost.


During the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Native filmmakers will be featured in the Filmmakers in the Schools program, sending filmmakers to classrooms in the Missoula area as well as virtually via video conferencing technology, to discuss their films with middle and high-school age students.


BSFI will provide selected films and accompanying curricula from Vision Maker Media for use in sixth through twelfth grade classrooms across Montana at no cost.


Vision Maker Media empowers and engages Native People to tell stories.  They work with Native producers to develop, produce, and distribute educational telecommunications programs.  The BSFI Native Filmmaker Initiative educational program will provide teachers and students with films and curriculum at no cost to support the incorporation of Indian Education for All in the curriculum and engage with Native American filmmakers.


Three selected films will be made available to participating classrooms—one a month—in November, December, and January.  Most films are appropriate for middle and high school students.  Accompanying curriculum will also be distributed.  A virtual, collaborative classroom webinar will be scheduled each month where students and teachers can come together virtually to discuss the movie they have viewed, ask questions, and ponder issues.


In February, a Native American filmmaker will be virtually visiting classrooms to share their experiences as a contemporary filmmaker and story teller.


To assist BSFI in selecting relevant and engaging films, please complete the short questionnaire at this link:


To register for the Native Filmmaker Initiative, CLICK HERE

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