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Bozeman festival showcases 78 international, local films

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The inaugural Bozeman International Film Festival kicked off Thursday.

The festival features 78 films from local and international filmmakers in different venues across town.

The festival's artistic managing director, Beth Anne Kennedy, said it was a year in the making.

Kennedy said the festival is also spotlighting women and environmental issues.

"We're hitting a lot of hardcore issues," she said. "I went to the city of Bozeman and asked what are the issues so that I can look for films that address them.”

Kennedy said some of those issues include opioid addiction, domestic violence and housing. She said 16 films will be followed with discussions.

"I think that films are a powerful tool and a wonderful form of education," Kennedy said.

Also in the lineup is the environmental documentary "Youth v Gov" about 21 young people who filed a lawsuit in 2015 against the U.S. government, maintaining their constitutional rights were willfully violated.

Kennedy said there's lots to choose from with filmmakers from Dubai, China and England on the schedule.

"Bozeman is beautiful, and we loved the idea of bringing people here from all over the world," she said.

The festival will run until Sunday.

You can see the schedule here.

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