DOCSHOP is a five-day filmmaker's forum and industry conference that takes place every year during the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (BSDFF). The conference is geared towards filmmakers, innovators, students, and media industry leaders to explore cutting-edge ideas that are shaping the field of documentary film today. The conference includes workshops and panels that cover diverse aspects of the filmmaking process, and culminates with the Big Sky Pitch, an opportunity for filmmakers to pitch works-in-progress to a panel of industry representatives and funders. The festival-conference energy creates a unique and fruitful experience for emerging and award-winning filmmakers alike.

Every year we choose a vibrant conversation evolving in the industry. In 2019 the Big Sky DocShop will focus on Documentary Filmmaking in the Age of Information. The demand for up-to-the-minute coverage and content on issues and stories around the world has grown exponentially in the last decade. This media phenomenon has created a new and ever more important role for documentary films that provide a deeper dive and more holistic interpretations of complex, modern issues. DocShop 2019 takes place February 18-22 and will explore progressive methods of contemporary storytelling, platforms for reaching audiences amidst fierce competition, the prolific world of online streaming and the ever-merging fields of documentary film and journalism.


PASSES DocShop Passes are $150 and include admission to all sessions and DocShop special events (happy hour, Pitch day party) as well as a 5-punch pass for film screenings. Single session tickets can be purchased online or at the door for $10. DocShop is FREE for students from the University of Montana and Montana State University. Click below to purchase!

DocShop 2019 is funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and will feature representatives from Women in Film, Al Jazeera, The New York Times Op-Docs, American Experience, Atlantic Studios, America ReFramed, Cinetic Media, FilmRise, Tribeca Film Institute, Kickstarter and ITVS