The short list for the EQUUS International Film Festival Awards, March 14-17, in Missoula, Montana, promises epic equestrian storytelling alongside its theme of ‘Healing, Hope & the Promise of the Horse/Human Bond.’

Meet 9 year-old Mongolian horseman, Janibek, in Boy Nomad: A Coming of Age Story From the Roof of the World. The documentary short follows a boy who wants to grow up to be just like his herdsman dad and tells us, before the family’s nomadic trek to winter pastures, “It’s easy to be happy on a horse.”

Or Cobra the Mustang, the true story of an unwanted, three-strikes wild mustang stallion transformed into a dressage world champion (and music video star).  Festival founder/organizer Janet Rose says EIFF will hold a Friday, March 15 special presentation of Fast Horse, about Indian Relay Racing, that won Best Documentary Short in its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Screenings will be available to western Montana students and teachers.

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