THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT CAME OUT AND ALL THOSE THAT SUPPORTED.
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.
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.
The festival takes place in several theaters & locations A special thanks to all of our locations & businesses for their commitment to our program & efforts.
If you are able to please consider a donation.
This donation will allow us to continue our festival and provide amenities such as food, lodging to our out of town guests, directors, & artistic community alike.