The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival has received close to 1,000 entries for its February 2014 Missoula showing.
140 to 150 of those non-fiction films will be selected for public screening. The festival will announce which films made the cut in January. Applicants have come in from all over the world.
The festival's director of programming, Travis Morss, on Wednesday, took a close look at a film from India called Bihwani Junction.
Morss and a film committee of eight have been watching documentary entries since last summer.
Applicants come from every continent.
"There was a film submitted from Antarctica," said Morss.
'Last Woman Standing' is an applicant from Canada. It's about women boxers. 'Yellow Sticky Notes' is an animated short film, also from Canada. 'Uranium Drive In' comes from Colorado.
Hundreds of films give you hundreds of stories.
"If it's got a good story we want to play it here," said Morss.
'The Color of Noise' features the punk rock culture. Its New York filmmaker hopes it gets a screening.
This will be the festival's 11th year hosting nonfiction films.
"It gets harder and harder every year," said Morss. "The more films that you have, the better the quality. It makes it tough."
A Missoula filmmaker has submitted a documentary that took 18 months to film. Daniel Skaggs hopped trains in 42 states to make his film, 'Freeload.'
"'Freeload' is a film about modern-day hobos," said Skaggs, "Train riders, people that travel around America."
Film making can be a tough way to make a living so the festival in Missoula gives film makers what they need -- a chance to be seen.