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Films made by MSU film students to precede Bozeman Film Festival screenings

October 21, 2013 -- Cindy Stillwell (406) 994-6521,

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Short films made by students in the Montana State University School of Film and Photography will open Bozeman Film Festival films throughout the year, per an agreement with the university and the popular local film festival.

The Bozeman Film Festival announced SharpShorts, the short-film series that will showcase student short films prior to each of the BFF film screenings. Also, the student filmmakers will be invited to introduce their work.

"This collaboration will highlight the works of emerging filmmakers enrolled in one of the nation's top film programs," said Cindy Stilwell, MSU film professor.

Stillwell said that the Bozeman Film Festival has been a vital part of the Bozeman cultural

community since 1978, bringing the best independent, foreign-language and documentary films to the Gallatin Valley for 35 years and the MSU School of Film and Photography has been educating aspiring filmmakers for more than 50 years.

"ePILLepsy," written and directed by Ingrid Pfau, will open the BFF’s Nov. 14 feature, "Blue Jasmine." "ePILLepsy" is a 5 minute film about the everyday risks encountered by a person with epilepsy. It is a personal story that encompasses the global desire to live a meaningful, full life no matter what obstacle comes one's way.

Pfau will introduce the film at 7:30 p.m. at the Emerson Theater before the feature films, and will be included in the admission price of $8 for generation admission and  $7 for  students and seniors.

The Bozeman Film Festival features a new, top-rated film every two or three weeks throughout the year. For a current BFF screening schedule, visit For information on the SharpShorts series, contact Stillwell at 994-6521.