Film festival returning to Butte this week

Posted at 11:18 AM, Jun 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-17 13:19:08-04
Covellite International Film Festival
Butte’s fourth annual film festival — which begins on Wednesday — will feature 150 films from around the world. (MTN News photo)

BUTTE – Movie lovers will be headed for Butte this week for a five-day film festival that’s starting its fourth year in the Mining City.

Butte’s fourth annual film festival will feature 150 films from around the world, “it’ll be our largest menu of films to choose from,” event organizer Don Andrews said.

The Covellite International Film Festival gets rolling Wednesday evening and many of the films can be screened for free on-demand at locations in Uptown Butte.

“And then at our larger venues everything is just $5, so we’re trying to make it as accessible as possible,” Andrews said.

Organizers moved the festival from September to the spring to make it more convenient for filmmakers and visitors.

“We hope the June weather is better than September weather for bringing people out,” Andrews told MTN News.

Festival organizers note that this is a good time in the state of Montana for filmmakers ever since the state legislature adopted tax incentives for those who want to make films in Montana.

“Just by signing that bills, there’s producers basically all over the country — and the world — look at Montana as a viable place to do film,” Andrews said.

The festival begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Covellite Theater and will last until Sunday, June 23.