Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (NOTE: Revised Date!)
Polson, Montana – February 16-18, 2024 • Encore screenings Feb. 18-22, 2024
The Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (FLIC) is home to breathtaking vistas of a clear blue lake at the base of majestic Mission Mountains. Beyond the great location, FLIC has become a Destination Film Festival for filmmakers from across the country and globe.
Starting the third weekend of February, 2023, FLIC will be celebrating its 12th year of presenting a broad slate of domestic and international films. Whether you’re a filmmaker or a film lover, make plans to enter or attend this exciting winter event in picturesque Polson, Montana.
Filmmakers share what makes FLIC a destination film festival:
We had the BEST experience at FLIC (from the Taste of Polson, filmmaker events, to the awards show and dessert reception) and we know that was a result of your and David’s hard work and vision. As with all film fests, we’re not sure what to expect until we get there, and we really thought it was one of the best festival experiences we’ve had (and we’ve been to many on both ends of the spectrum!). We will continue to spread the word to our Texas film community about FLIC!
The FLIC festival is an incredibly special experience. We can’t say enough about how welcoming the people of Polson are to filmmakers. It was a true community experience. David and Jessica are stellar festival organizers and passionate about bringing people together for well curated films. After 25 plus festivals over 18 months, FLIC stands out as our best overall experience. We greatly appreciate the festival, the Kings and community of Polson.
A wonderful festival! We are very honored to have our film, Only Roundup Remains, win the Best Montana Film Award! David and Jessica were great host and very easy to communicate with leading up to the festival. I recommended everyone give this festival a hard look, it is well supported by the local community! Thanks
We LOVED attending and having our film screen at FLIC 2022! Jessica and David are awesome festival organizers and really great people. The location (Polson, Montana) was a dream and we will definitely try and come back. Met some lovely filmmakers and the local Polson community audience was so receptive and engaged with our film and our Q&A.
We really enjoyed FLIC even with all the COVID restrictions. But the Kings kept us safe and we had an opportunity to network with great filmmakers and even distributors. Comms were great! Theatre was brand new. Great having our world premiere close to home and on the big screen.
Thank you, FLIC, Jessica, and David! Working with you was such a pleasure, every interaction was kind and professional. The entire process of submitting and screening our film was so smooth, I couldn’t recommend this festival enough. We look forward to hopefully working with you again in the future, and to easier/safer travel and healthier times! Best, -The crew of Xylem, the Heart of the Tree ”
Thank you very much for selecting our documentary, it was wonderful being part of such amazing Film Festival. I highly recommend all filmmakers to apply, and I look forward to participate soon again. I want to add a quote here from David Mirisch, whose life was portrayed in our documentary: “I was honored to attend in person the first screening of the documentary on my life at the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest in Polson, Montana. Thanks to David and Jessica King for bringing it for the very first time to the ‘big screen. Everyone in the audience seemed to enjoy it and at the end we got a standing ovation.”
Such an amazing festival! The team did a great job with ensuring COVID precautions were taken and I’m honestly just so grateful there was an in person festival. Getting to see great movies in a theater and meet other filmmakers and community members was wonderful! Thank you David and Jessica for putting this all together!
FLIC was a really wonderful experience. It’s a smaller festival with a real sense of warmth, enthusiasm and community. David and Jessica, the co-founders of the festival, were great communicators and incredibly hospitable. I had great conversations with other filmmakers, and the scenery can’t be beat. Looking forward to returning!
FLIC was an amazing expereince. The festival had a wonderful program with amazing films, they took care of us, the audience was engaged and attentive and our screening had a full house. Jessica and David, who are in charge of the festival are fellow filmmakers , and they really make this a heartfelt filmmakers festival.
Easily one of our favorite film festivals we’ve attended for our documentary FireStorm ’77: The True Story of the Honda Canyon Fire. The Showboat Cinema is an incredible facility, the audience was engaged during Q&A, and Dave and Jessica are incredible hosts who put on a fantastic festival, plus Polson is an absolutely beautiful part of the world. Highly recommended for filmmakers. This is an up and coming festival that is going to continue to grow.
FLIC Polson is unparalleled in its authentic welcome, enthusiasm, and professionalism. David and Jessica King have formed a cohesive team that joins and honors filmmakers and their work. Go enjoy a weekend with them in this beautiful corner of the world.
A filmmaker’s film festival! Jessica and David are the most wonderful hosts who treat filmmakers and their films with great care and respect. Well organized from beginning to end. The setting is gorgeous and because the festival is relatively small, it gave us a chance to meet and network with many other filmmakers and audience members. I highly recommend for anyone who is selected to attend. 5 stars.
Loved this festival ! Had such an amazing time networking with other filmmakers & watching great films… David & Jessica put on a world class show!