Philosophy


TUFF is a not-for-profit entity that works to provide a way for filmmakers to more easily and affordably screen their work. We've found that many film festival venues strive to show films that are 'the best of the best.' Nothing wrong with that and very commendable. However, this generally means that film makers are competing against many international groups with budgets, marketing departments and resources we can only dream about. TUFF is trying to take a different tack to find and screen films that are good but unable to compete with more well healed organizations. We want to reduce the politics associated with picking winners and losers and try to show as many of the submitted films as possible.

Mission


We have several overarching goals for the TUFF events
  1. Stimulate attendance with participating small businesses to increase awareness and advantages of local commerce
  2. Provide an avenue for resource strapped filmmakers to have their films shown and reviewed
  3. Give attendees access to films that might not normally get screened due to excess competition or insufficient filmmaker resources
  4. Give back to the communities where we grew up and benefitted from our experiences
  5. Perform all of this without charging film makers, the audience or hosting businesses for the events. It is totally self-funded as a civic effort.

Organizers


TUFF currently has one main organizer. If you'd like to help us out then get clicking and contact us.

Jim Ereaux


Jim Ereaux grew up in Ronan, Montana; the son of a real Montana cowboy that just happened to own a Kodak 8mm camera. Part time work as a photographer raised enough bucks for some black and white film, that culminated in Jim winning grand prize at the first Montana Film Festival, held in Lewistown, in 1971. Since that time Jim has variously been a photographer, IT Director, Big Data Analyst, Economist and sometimes a part time film maker. Several of Jim’s films have won awards that occasionally leave viewers scratching their heads in disbelief, pondering the 12 minutes in their short lives that were lost forever. On a somewhat less deprecating note, Jim worked with the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest for 3 years and with the Bigfork Independent Film Festival for 2 years. Jim has a strong belief that filmmakers need a break and films can be good enough to show, even if they may not be 'the best of the best.'