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HatchFest: Hollywood Meets Montana

Think Hollywood is just for California? Think again. Since 2004, Montana has welcomed the international and American film community with open arms. Held annually in early October, HatchFest and a myriad of Hollywood stars descend upon Bozeman for five days of audio, visual, arts, and mentorship appreciation. The festival was created to provide inspiration, education, recognition, and mentorship to the next generation of creative innovators.

To achieve this mission, a celebrity jury selects the world’s ten most talented student filmmakers, flies them to Bozeman, and gives them the chance to work closely with fifty mentors representing all facets of the film, music, and art industry. As an added bonus, these promising filmmakers have their works showcased to the public in Bozeman’s historic Ellen Theater, providing much-deserved recognition and exposure. The festival includes live music performances, VIP parties, screening parties, education panels, and more, with everything culminating at the Hatch Awards. This ceremony, which is quickly gaining recognition around the world, hands out the film award for the “Outstanding Groundbreaker,” the “Gibson Guitar New Musician Award,” and cash prizes.

Although the ten student filmmakers invited to showcase their works at HatchFest may be relatively unknown in the mass media circle, they are held as peers by their celebrity mentors. This year’s celebrity guests include Peter Fonda, Johnny Depp, Kevin Bacon, Jeff Bridges, Liam Neeson, Jackson Browne, and more.

Don’t miss your opportunity to catch the best of tomorrow’s film producers! Tickets are limited. For more information, visit

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