The Big Sky Film Institute has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the 2023 DocShop filmmakers forum and industry conference. Announced by the NEA in May, three funding categories supported more than $91 million in recommended grants to organizations in all 50 states.
"We are honored to have the support of the NEA going into the 20th year of the festival," says Big Sky executive director Rachel Gregg. "The conference is home to artist-driven conversations about the ideas shaping the challenging field of documentary filmmaking. It's wonderful to see acknowledgment from the NEA for creating these important spaces."
DocShop is a five-day event that takes place during the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, featuring panels, workshops, master classes and the Big Sky Pitch for works-in-progress. The 2023 conference will focus on the theme Documentary 101: An Education, exploring the evolution and advancement of documentary film practice and ethics while reexamining foundational knowledge of the nonfiction medium. A gathering of thought leaders, educators, filmmakers, and students of the form, DocShop 2023 will be a true forum for peer-to-peer discussion and discovery.