GREAT FALLS – Art museums aren’t usually known for their films, but Paris Gibson Square is expanding its horizons again with its second annual P2 film festival.
Their first festival was done online last year and Paris Gibson Square manager Sarah Justice said it was very well received. This year, they’re having their first in-person viewing and hope to get more people to not only see the place, but also the filmmakers’ different working styles.
“I think it serves part of our mission to engage with the community and bring contemporary art to Great Falls,” Justice said. “We love all kinds of art and not just paintings but movies, movies, anything like that is welcome here. Last year went very well and this year we expect the same. There are all kinds of art and films that you won’t find anywhere and that’s what we want this festival to be. It’s a great addition to Paris Gibson Square.
This year, five filmmakers will present their work. One artist is from Montana, but the Square prides itself on bringing artists from all over to unite their uniqueness.
The artists were selected by a committee of voters and there were over a dozen submissions this year. It has become an international event, with one of this year’s selections coming from France.
The main goal of The Square is not only to improve Paris Gibson Square, but also to improve the artistic community and provide something new that you don’t see every day.
Father Tim Ljunggren is co-creator of the film festival and loves how much individuality is involved in this year’s festival. He thinks the in-person visit will be a huge boost for the museum and the festival.
“I started thinking last year during lockdown that it would be exciting and new to have a film festival here. They jumped on it and we got to work. Last year was new and exciting and this year will also be new with live viewing,” said Ljunggren.
“I think being international is a draw for people. They all have their own way of approaching their craft. You can’t go to the movies and see that stuff. The square is a great place in itself, but we think the film festival is a great addition. I’m very excited for this year. There’s more engagement with customers and people visiting and that’s a big part of that for me.
The live broadcast will take place on Friday evening at 6 p.m. and the event will continue through the weekend. Click here for more information.
Paris Gibson Square is at 1400 1st Avenue North.