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Montana International Film Festival kicks off in Billings

Event runs through Monday
Posted at 8:17 PM, Sep 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-19 22:17:03-04

BILLINGS — The MINT Film Festival kicked off Thursday at the Babcock Theater in downtown Billings.

“The name comes from Montana International Film Festival and we are programming maybe even 75-80 films from around the world in 5 days in Billings,” MINT Executive Director Brian Murnion said.

The event runs through Monday.

In its second year, the festival has expanded from a three-day event to a five-day showing.

It was created by filmmakers in Billings to connect people within the film industry and promote education in the area.

“There's going to be films by major studios to indie directors from all over the country,” Murnion said.

The film that opened the festival is titled “Epic Yellowstone: Down the River Wild” and was directed by a Bozeman native. The film is shown on the Smithsonian Channel.

On a more local scale, the film “Impromptu”, created by Billings Central High School’s film students, will also play.

“There's films from different genres, different tastes, different topics, some documentaries that shed light on different topics to experimental films experimenting with new creative languages on screen but there's a lot in between that I think everyone will feel comfortable with," Murnion said.

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