The BFF Logline (Mission)
BFF's mission is to provide a platform for film in Idaho by hosting an annual stage for local, national, and international films and filmmakers of all ages in addition to year-round programing.
We grow as the Idaho film industry grows. Let's do this.
The BFF Storyboard (Vision)
For the love of film, and all that makes Idaho a great production destination, Boise Film Festival is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to showcasing films from Idaho and around the world. With our lens primarily focused on local talent, we work to encourage collaboration and partnership throughout the community while also engaging local youth in order to support and build upon the vision of Boise and Idaho as a cinematic city and state. Additionally, the Festival strives to bring high quality films as well as educational and networking opportunities to Boise while working towards developing production fund for film in Idaho.
The actual Festival weekend is filled to the brim with film premiers, parties, networking, distribution talks, panels, and filmmaker Q&As. We celebrate local, national and international films while also bringing in talent and bringing together the talent that already exists in our beautiful home state of Idaho.
Outside of the annual Festival, BFF works to bring year-round fun, enlightening and impactful events focused on film and showcasing local artists, filmmakers, writers, etc. as well as to provide programs that support outreach to our youth and senior citizen communities. Read more about these programs here. In addition, our website calendar hosts an all-encompassing list of film events throughout the Treasure Valley regarding any shows, premieres, group meet ups, panels, other Pacific Northwest film festivals, etc.
Ultimately, BFF hopes to establish a production fund for film in Idaho that will greatly support film projects created and executed by Idaho natives and/or filmed and produced within Idaho. This fund will also serve to support collaboration between local artists in order to further cultivate and foster the film industry in Idaho. Filmmakers throughout the state will also be able to use this resource through year-round education outreach programs that inspire the expansion of our collective cinematic knowledge and the appreciation of the filmmaking process. By supporting and attending the Festival weekend, you directly influence BFF's goal of fostering growth, collaboration and world-wide acclaim for Idaho's film industry.
There's a reason Boise makes the top lists of places to live and work. Come be a part of our Festival and see for yourself how great film in Idaho can be.
The BFF Backstory
Local actress, producer, filmmaker and writer, Lana Westbrook founded the Boise Film Festival (BFF) in early 2015 and continues to support the Festival on its Board of Directors.
During the first year of organizing the event, BFF received 140 submissions from all around the world and of all film genres. Of those, 35 films were screened in downtown Boise over three days in September 2015 - including 14 features, along with shorts and student films. Showcasing these films throughout four different venues highlighted the incredible diversity of artistic space and possibility for creative collaboration we have within downtown Boise. Our panels included discussions on the film industry in Idaho and women in film. You can read through our BFF Yearbook highlighting our 2015 venues, partners and sponsors here.
After 2015, BFF decided to scale down with the intention of slowing down in order to speed up. The second and third annual Festivals have been bold affirmations to the amazing local talent we have here in Idaho. We screened 23 films, nine of which were local in 2015; and 42 films in 2017, with 14 local feature and short films. We hosted our annual panels on youth in film, women in film and the current film industry in Idaho - as well as added a panel on screenwriting in 2016. We joined forces with The Director's Cut to screen four youth films that were produced during the organization's summer programs - furthering our dedication to encouraging educational opportunities and impactful experiences for Idaho youth interested in film. 2016 saw our first ever BFF live art performance at Freak Alley in downtown Boise and 2017 hosted our first ever "Local Works in Progress Showcase" in our biggest venue yet - JUMP Boise. You can read through our BFF Yearbook highlighting our past schedules, venues, partners and sponsors here.
Today, BFF has definitely sped up and continues to work hard to bring the film community together throughout the Treasure Valley and Idaho. The current Executive Director, Melinda Quick, and the rest of the BFF team work with an active Board of Directors to continue pushing forward in the BFF Mission and Vision.
Come join us for our true gem of a film festival in the Gem State.