MISSOULA, Mont. -

The organizers of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula ramped up last-minute preparations on Friday, as the festival’s kickoff approaches. The festival will be the culmination of help from more than 150 volunteers, 30 staff members, along with panels and judges.

The team will show more than 140 films over 9 days at four venues around Missoula.

The festival’s director says Missoula is the perfect spot to hold the festival.

“I think Missoula's the only place we could hold this event. The only reason this event is here now is because it was embraced by the community so wholeheartedly 11 years ago," said Festival Director Nick Davis.

NBC Montana is a proud sponsor of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. 

Films will screen from 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Wilma and Crystal Theaters on Saturday. Short films from Montana filmmakers begin at 3:30 p.m., and a sneak peek of the upcoming HBO Documentary “Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert” at the Wilma Theater beginning at 7:30 p.m.