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Billings Film Festival connects filmmakers and audiences

Posted at 2:59 PM, Sep 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-17 17:38:38-04

BILLINGS – The very first Montana International Film Festival or MINT finished in Billings on Sunday.

The three-day festival included panel discussions with film makers.

MINT featured 60 films from 40 countries, with seven world premiers.

The festival is for film makers and audiences.

“The film makers come to interact with the audience,” said Brian Murnion, MINT executive director. “So we want the people and the community of people that would go to AMC or any other showing, we want them to come here and see new films. We want to connect the audience to the film maker. We started this first year as a three day event only with the expectation of growing to five day, seven day and 10 day, over the next couple of years. We wanted to just scale it down to three days and then grow from there.”

Mint used The Babcock, the Art House Cinema and a venue at 2905 Montana Avenue.

About 1,200 people attended the film festival.

Reporting by David Jay for MTN News