Missoula's 15th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival kicks off this Friday, February 16th, with a free screening of 'Dark Money' at The Wilma.

Governor Steve Bullock will help begin the festivities at 7 p.m., but if you can't make it, there will be 2 other showings of Dark Money, get the dates and times here.

The festival hosts over 200 visiting artists, presents an average of 150 non-fiction films, and offers a variety of exciting events at the historic theater The Wilma, The Roxy Theater, the MCT Center for the Performing Arts, and the Hellgate Elks Lodge in downtown Missoula.

Screenings run through Sunday, February 25th and are anywhere from 9 minutes to 2 hours. Themes range from educational, thought provoking, race relations, diversity, the human struggle, simply entertaining, award winning and even local. There really is something for everybody during the fest - I've attended shows with a theater full of giggling first graders and other shows where people around me were weeping at the sight of social injustice on the big screen.

Tickets for individual shows are $7-$9 or you can buy an All Access Pass for $325, which includes admission to all films, parties, conferences and special events. Another option is the $175 All Screening Pass, which is entry to all films.

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