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The Covellite International Film Festival is an annual showcase of independent films from around the world set in Butte, Montana.

CIFF is uniquely focused on collaboration and connection. In addition to screenings, the festival features production workshops, filmmaker talks, meet-ups, and demonstrations of new media technology, all with the ultimate goal of growing and supporting the burgeoning film community in southwest Montana.

By bringing together so many different thinkers, filmmakers, activists, writers & producers from an ever-evolving spectrum of cultures, CIFF has guided a strong and diverse movement grounded in the values of hospitality and tradition.

International Experiences,
Small Town Host

Butte, Montana is a historic mining town, set a mile high in the Rocky Mountains, west of Yellowstone National Park. Often referred to as “The Richest Hill on Earth,” Butte began as a rough-and-tumble mining boomtown in the late nineteenth century, and quickly grew into the largest city west of the Mississippi River. The need for workers attracted immigrants from all over the world, creating one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse cities in the West. This legacy of multiculturalism makes for an ideal setting for international film.

The mining industry in Butte eventually declined, but Butte remains marked by the boom and the prosperity that came with it. Grand theaters, ornate mansions, and art deco bars stand in contrast to sweeping mountain views. Head frames stand on the town’s mountainsides, marking the entrances to the complex network of underground mines. And now, the can-do spirit of Butte’s past is being resurrected in the form of an artistic renaissance

CIFF 2019

The program will span three days with workshops provided at a variety of local locations.

Awards are given for the following feature film categories: best documentary feature, best narrative feature, best cinematography narrative film, best cinematography documentary film, best editing - sponsored by Avid, best actor, best actress, the Judges award for best film, and the Frank Little Award for Self Sacrifice and Social Change

Two awards are given for the following short film categories: best doc short, best narrative short, best youth filmmaker.

The Fourth Covellite International Film Festival will take place in June, at a number of historic venues located in Uptown Butte, Montana. With workshops, forums, after parties, live music and special events with some of the most exciting independent films from around the world, the Covellite International Film Festival puts the spotlight on indie filmmakers.

Festival Criterion

The Selection of Films
Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:

  • Strength of story
  • Quality of narrative and production values
  • Independent nature of the production

Covellite International Film Festival informs all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not. No priority is given to any benefit to the judges, founders, volunteers and or their families.

Successful submissions will receive a Filmmaker Festival Pack that will include important information on shipping the print or DVD/BluRay and/or .mov file to the Festival, press and publicity, guest accreditation, contact information and how to make the most of participating in the Festival.


The Covellite International Film Festival is working hard to give independent
filmmakers & artists a voice not just in Butte Montana, but across the globe.

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CIFF Dates

We have moved our festival from September to June this year.
1 9 – 2 3 J U N E 2 0 1 9 / B U T T E , M T

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