Sustainable Missoula: Big Sky film fest trending with waste reduction efforts

By Rachel Gregg, Executive Director of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Published in Missoula Current, February 9, 2018

In 2004, a group of Missoula documentary film enthusiasts had an idea to organize a weekend of film screenings, showing 75 non-fiction films at The Roxy Theater, with fingers crossed that a few folks might actually show up.

They did.

Fast forward 15 years and the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival lights up downtown Missoula every February for 10 days and holds screenings and events in more than a dozen local venues. Nearly 20,000 attend the event, with more than 25 percent coming from outside the greater Missoula area, swelling downtown in a shoulder tourism season.

As the notoriety and renown of Big Sky grew, inevitably, so did the festival’s carbon footprint. A desire to show Missoula hospitality to hundreds of visitors stacked up, as did the piles of discarded plastic cups, programs and ticket stubs…read the entire article at

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