Recognized as one of the nation’s premier film events, DFF is known for presenting Academy Award and Independent Spirit Award-winning films, along with hosting some of the world’s leading filmmakers, producers and actors. Since 1978, the DFS has worked to promote the medium as both an art form and a civic forum, developing a program that includes year-round screenings, community outreach projects and renowned special events. It is in fact the only nonprofit organization in Colorado dedicated to engaging both its members and the general public in a lifelong, life-altering relationship with and understanding of film and film culture.
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Some of the top film festivals in the world are located right here in Colorado. Keep current with the wide variety of film festivals that are continuously happening throughout our state. Come witness some of the best independent films that people will soon be talking about!
Through a celebration of classic and contemporary Western film, the Go West Film Festival explores social and environmental issues currently impacting the West, enhancing a deeper understanding of the nexus between Western myth and reality.
The Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, based in Colorado Springs CO, was founded in 1988. The Festival has an established and respected history of showcasing documentary, feature, short and animated films by women. The films are thought provoking, enriching, and encourage global awareness and personal growth.
The Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF) is an exciting, inspiring, and energizing event that includes world-class environmental films with representatives from local and national organizations. CEFF will screen features, shorts, films by foreign and local filmmakers and films by young filmmakers and for youth.
True to the spirit of Colorado, this event is supported and attended by people who value the natural world and share a passion for the power and beauty of film.
Named one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” in the world, The Boulder International Film Festival will again bring films and filmmakers from around the world to a four-day celebration of the art of cinema, right in downtown Boulder, Colorado. BIFF is your ticket to fun and thought-provoking films, parties, forums, workshops, and red-carpet galas. Past Festivals have featured special guests such as James Franco, Oliver Stone, Maria Bello and Alec Baldwin, lively filmmaker Q&A’s, panels, symposiums, special VIP events and much more!
The Denver Jewish Film Festival provides the Denver metropolitan area with inspiring Jewish cinema from around the world. The DJFF brings our community together to celebrate the best of the newest Jewish and Israeli film.
Durango Film an independent film festival is committed to developing film literacy and to being a welcoming, intimate, and unique film organization that screens global, innovative, and diverse films that connect independent filmmakers, their artistic process, and their vision to the community. People who have attended past festivals find Durango, Colorado to be one of the best venues for film and fun. With the spring ski season in full swing during the festival dates, there is no shortage of activity for film goers.
The Colorado Film Institute’s mission is to foster independent film through film screenings, panels, workshops, networking events, and educational projects. The Colorado Film Institute stages the Vail Film Festival on an annual basis in Vail, Colorado as the primary outlet for the Institute’s initiatives.
Recognized as one of the premier short film festivals in the world, this Oscar®-qualifying festival embraces diverse sensibilities and subjects that capture the zeitgeist of today’s world. Filmmakers from around the globe attend Shortsfest each spring to share their work, speak with audiences, and attend panel discussions about the art of filmmaking. Following in the tradition of Shortsfest official selections going on to Oscar® success, Bear Story (Chile) won the Oscar® for Best animated Short Film in 2016, and We Can’t Live Without Cosmos (Russian Federation) and Shok (Republic of Kosovo/UK) were nominated.
The Denver Silent Film Festival was established in September of 2010. The Denver Silent Film Festival presents a broad spectrum of silent film by programming a lively and thought-provoking mix of educational and entertaining films. American and foreign classics, as well as lesser-known rare and restored films will be presented.
The Denver Silent Film Festival is dedicated to celebrate and increase appreciation of worldwide silent film, both through its annual festival and year-round programming.
After a wildly successful inaugural year with dozens of shows around the country, and over thousand of dollars raised, Bow Wow Film Fest is back with another rousing & fun loving show! Join us for a delightful evening out to celebrate our beloved canine companions and all the richness they bring to our lives! The films this year feature pups as adventure buddies, service dogs and lifelong pals. Come laugh and cheer and maybe even tear up a bit as we marvel in all the ways these beloved furry creatures touch our lives! Bow Wow Film Fest is Short Films for the Love of Dog!
Mountainfilm takes place every Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colorado. Mountainfilm on Tour travels around Colorado the rest of the year, with another notable festival the last weekend of August in Aspen, Colorado, at the Wheeler Opera House called MountainSummit. Our mission: Mountainfilm is dedicated to educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving and conversations worth sustaining. Mountainfilm: The Festival Started in 1979, Mountainfilm in Telluride is one of America’s longest-running film festivals. Through the years, in and out of trends and fads, the festival has always been best described by one unchanging word: inspiring. Far more than any other adjective, that’s how festival audiences describe their experience. In addition to screening leading independent documentary films from around the world, the festival includes a full-day symposium on a critical contemporary issue, art and photography exhibits, early morning coffee talks, a book signing party, an ice cream social, student programs and a closing picnic/awards ceremony. Presentations and panels are scheduled throughout the Memorial Day weekend event with a wide diversity of special guests, ranging from artists to adventurers and academics to activists.
Set in an idyllic Colorado town on your way into the Rocky mountains National Park just north of Denver and Boulder. The Lyons Film Festival will show case well know films and that of the independent film makers while hosting film maker panels so any of those die hard film makers or just those curious about this creative art can understand how such a task as creating a film from conception to screen is possible. This festival like the town is a close knit event, it will encompass the entire town and and the many hidden gems it has to offer. All of the venues are within walking distance of one another.
The mission of the Intendence Film Festival is to provide an inclusive film event that features the world-class talents of the Colorado film industry while acknowledging good filmmaking wherever it originates. It also encourages and recognizes emerging young filmmakers.
The Fringe Festival is the place for local and/or emerging artists to produce their performance art. You never know what you are going to experience at the next Fringe Festival! Because of the open and non-juried structure of Fringe, festival goers can expect to see many original works in everything from theater to dance to film to comedy and more. Most pieces are short, one-act pieces so festival-goers can see several performances over the course of an evening at the festival. Pieces are kept technically simple in most cases, which helps keep the festival affordable to audiences. With unique and exciting venues like the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery Otterbox Digital Dome, The Music District, Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House, and more, it’s easy to get involved in the Fort Collins Fringe Festival, either as a performer or as an attendee.
The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which you and your team have a blast making a movie. All writing, shooting, editing and scoring must be completed in just 48 hours. The first night, you are assigned a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, that must be included in your movie. 48 hours later, you must submit your film. FACEBOOK Registration for the 48 Hour Film Project Denver is OPEN! Join the community of filmmakers that immerse in the event, make a 4-7 minute film and see it up on the big screen to cheering crowds.
If you are looking to join a team, people are looking for you: www.48hourfilm.com/join
Each Labor Day weekend, the tiny mountain village of Telluride, Colorado triples in size. Swells of passionate film enthusiasts flood the town for four days of total cinematic immersion, embarking on a viewing odyssey, blissfully spending entire days in flickering dark rooms. With only an appreciation of celluloid to guide them, these devotees flock to the show, year after year. We take great pains to remain not a competition, but a celebration of the best in film — past, present and future — from all around the world. This is one weekend immersed in an unabashed carnival of film: viewing, breathing, eating, and talking cinema. This is The SHOW.
Due you have issues? We do! Recognized in 2012 by Lisa Kennedy at the Denver Post as a festival “Programmed with care and vigor..,” and recipient of Colorado’s “Best Film Festival” by Westword, after only its first year, the DocuWest International Film Festival is gearing up to again present a worldwide line-up of documentary films. Its five days of feature, essay length, and short docs enables its audiences to better understand the people, events, and issues, that impact on the world. Please plan to join the festival and become involved with its audiences who love to discuss, reflect, and react, to the films presented at DocuWest.
The Nederland International Film Festival will focus on how the element of music is such an integral part of our films ultimate vision. Nederland and the Caribou Ranch recording Studio have a history where most of the greatest musicians of the past and present recorded in the 70’s from Michael Jackson to Billy Joel. We’re bringing back the history of music to our idyllic mountain town of Nederland with a focus on Film centered around music in any form it may take from music documentaries to music videos or if you feel music is an essential character to your film. We will also have a focus on 2 additional categories in the submission process to consider, New Media with a focus on Original Web Series Programming and finally synonymous with Nederland and its independent thinkers the subject of alternative cultures, life styles and pioneers and all the many ways that can manifest in film.
The Breckenridge Film Festival was established in 1981, making it one of the oldest film festivals in the country. Each spring a unique and varied array of independent films, premieres, receptions, educational programs and retrospectives honoring featured guests takes place high in the Colorado Rockies. The mission of the Breckenridge Film Festival is to enrich lives through the ideas and emotions inspired by the art of filmmaking. The Festival is also a means to celebrate independent filmmakers, enrich the cultural community of Summit County, Colorado, and provide a educational, creative and inspirational learning environment where participants can focus on their craft and interact intimately with guest filmmakers and mentors through a four-day annual film festival and throughout the year.
The Flatirons Food Film Festival is an annual multi-day feast celebrating exceptional culinary cinema. The events take place in Boulder, Colorado, a city known as the epicenter of the natural foods industry and locus of the American craft brewing renaissance. The festival includes film showings, expert speakers, discussions, and food and beverage events. It takes place mostly in downtown Boulder venues, such as the Canyon Theater of the Boulder Public Library. However, we also screen some films on the CU-Boulder campus in conjunction with the International Film Series. This year, we are opening the festival at the Rayback Collective.
The Crested Butte Film Festival is a four-day celebration of international films that coincides with the turning of the aspen leaves. We’ll showcase award-winning shorts, documentaries, and narrative features in Gunnison and Crested Butte. The Crested Butte Film Festival is dedicated to providing an annual forum that celebrates the art of film and the power of storytelling. Our mission is to inspire and educate our audience through films and discussions that spark creativity, cultural awareness, and personal, social, and environmental change.
The Choice City Film Festival is an annual short film festival started in 2013 in Fort Collins at the Lyric Cinema Cafe. The mission of the festival is to showcase, support, and connect local filmmakers in the Rocky Mountain region. This year, we’ll be hosting screenings of the festival both at the Lyric and elsewhere around the state!
Launched in 1999, the festival will feature over 50 films created by filmmakers from around the world. The 3-day event will include workshops and private consultations with film producers, writers, musicians and others. Elizabeth English the festival’s founder and Executive Director explains “The vision of Moondance is to preserve and revitalize our intangible heritage and develop an intercultural dialogue through film. We recognized artists who encourage non-violent conflict resolution, environmental preservation and the advancement of women in the international film industry.”
Requirements consist of quotes, a location, characters, and several props, all of which must be incorporated into each film of no more than six minutes and 30 seconds in length.
The films are reviewed by a panel of judges during a public screening.
As an international community of risk takers, provocateurs, artists, dreamers, athletes, activists… every year the international Adventure Film selection committee chooses the best new outdoor adventure and environmental activism films from around the world. Award winners in nearly a dozen categories are selected. They cover risks both mighty and absurd; tap the fringes of the unknown; and portray those experiences that bring us to the edges of our seats with our hands over our eyes or our fists in the air.
The Southern Colorado Film Festival cultivates conversation and enriches the spirit and creativity of the San Luis Valley by providing diverse independent film programming that is relevant and which connects the issues of our region to the world.
The Telluride Horror Show is film festival held every October in world-famous Telluride, Colorado. For three days, film fans will experience the latest horror, fantasy, and sci-fi films in Telluride’s historic Sheridan Opera House and Nugget Theatre. The festival screens an average of 20 feature films and 30+ short films, and hosts special programs, guests, and events. If you love genre flicks then you don’t want to miss this fest.
Recognized as one of the top 5 coolest horror/sci-fi film festivals in the world by MovieMaker Magazine, the MHHFF strives to bring the very best genre films from around the world to Colorado. The film festival was established in 2010 and has quickly grown into one of the largest genre film festivals in North America. The festival features a wide array of celebrities, filmmakers, artists, musicians, and live entertainment from the horror genre.