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Some of the top film festivals in the world are located right here in Colorado. Keep current with all the various film festivals that are continuously happening throughout our state. Come witness some of the best independent films that people will soon be talking about.

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Manitou Springs, CO
Aug. 21-24, 2014

Blissfest Film & Arts Festival

Blissfest Film & Arts Festival

 

Blissfest is a non-profit Film & Arts Festival with this year's proceeds benefiting the Colorado Springs Homeless Project & Abused Animals. Blissfest is about the community and the arts. Getting together in a positive environment. Meeting artists and the community in a positive atmosphere. Blissfest is devoted to help and raise money for charitable organizations. This year we are helping the sick, the poor, the homeless, abused animals and people with disABILITIES. Every walk of life is invited. This festival is about Peace, Bliss, and the Arts.

Film Festival details at: www.blissfest333.org


Telluride, CO
Aug. 29 - Sept. 1, 2014

Telluride Film Festival

 

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.

Film Festival details at: www.telluridefilmfestival.org


Wheat Ridge, CO
Aug. 31, 2014

Colorado Film Awards

 

The Colorado International Film Festival strives to set a standard for excellence in recognizing the important work of emerging talent and masters of the cinema craft around the world. The Colorado International Film Festival recognizes excellence in filmmaking in several categories with the prestigious Colorado Film Awards. The Awards Committee awards deserving films and screenplays in the following categories: Feature Film, Documentary Film, Short Film, Animation, Student Film, Feature Screenplay, Short Screenplay, Direction, Music Video, First-Time Director, Cinematography, Experimental Films, Editing, Acting and a Screenplay Competition.

Film Festival details at: www.coloradofilmfestival.com


Boulder, CO
Sept. 5-6, 2014

Sans Souci
Festival of Dance Cinema

Colorado Film Festivals

 

Sans Souci is a niche film festival specializing in dance cinema, the integration of dance and cinematic art forms. It features unique and engrossing short dance films from around the world. With an expansive definition of dance and an appreciation for highly experimental and interdisciplinary forms, the festival exposes audiences to a wide variety of film, video, installation, and performance possibilities. Each evening in the ATLAS Black Box Theater offers completely different films.

Film Festival details at: www.sanssoucifest.org


Denver, CO
Sept. 10-14, 2014

DocuWest Documentary
Film Festival

Colorado Film Festivals

 

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. Held Sept 10-14, 2014 the fest is centered in Golden - at the Foothills Art Center and the American Mountaineering Center. Additional screenings are held in Boulder at The Dairy. 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.

Film Festival details at: www.docuwestfest.com


Alamosa, CO
Sept. 11-14, 2014

Southern Colorado
Film Festival

 

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.

Film Festival details at: www.socofilmfest.com


Trinidad, CO
Sept. 18-21, 2014

TrindieFest

Colorado Film Festivals

 

TrindieFest... A Truly Independent Film Festival...that’s what TrindieFest is all about. Most of the bigger festivals have become selling venues for bigger films. Our job at TrindieFest is to bring the Independent Film back to center stage. This Festival is truly Independent Films.

Film Festival details at: www.TrindieFest.net


Breckenridge, CO
Sept. 18-21, 2014

Breckenridge Festival of 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.

Film Festival details at: www.breckfilmfest.com


Crested Butte, CO
Sept. 25-28, 2014

Crested Butte Film Festival

Colorado Film Festivals

 

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.

Film Festival details at: www.cbfilmfest.org


Boulder, CO
Sept. 26-28, 2014

Moondance International
Film Festival

Moondance International Film Festival - Colorado Film Festivals

 

The Moondance International Film Festival will return to Boulder for its 15th year on Friday, September 26, through Sunday, September 28. The event will be anchored at the Hotel Boulderado. Launched in 1999, the festival will feature over 50 films created by filmmakers from around the world. The honored guest at the event will be Moondance Legacy Award Recipient Giancarlo Esposito -- star of stage, screen and television. He was nominated for and Emmy as best supporting actor in a drama for the popular AMC series “Breaking Bad”. The actor’s film Gospel Hill will be featured in a special screening on Saturday night. 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.”

Film Festival details at: www.moondancefilmfestival.com


Aspen, CO
Sept. 25-29, 2014

Aspen Filmfest

 

Since 1979, Aspen Film has been creating unique and memorable experiences for both the serious cinephile and casual movie lover. With a reach that stretches through the Roaring Fork Valley, Aspen Film organizes a major movie event in every season, offers an extensive education program, and hosts numerous special presentations. Each year, some 30,000 people participate. We are committed to original content. All of the more than 200 films we show annually are regional debuts, many of which might not otherwise be available to local audiences.

Film Festival details at: www.aspenfilm.org


Boulder, CO
September 2014

Bow Wow Film Festival

Bow Wow Film Festival

 

Bow Wow Film Festival is looking for submissions! We need short films (>20min) that celebrate dogs, with or w/o their humans. Winning films (there are $ prizes) will be joined together to create a traveling film festival that animal rescue groups can utilize for fundraising.

Film Festival details at: www.bowwowfilmfest.com


Littleton, CO
Oct. 9-12, 2014

Mile High Horror Festival

MIle High Horror Festival

 

The 5th annual Mile High Horror Film Festival will take place October 9-12, 2014 at the Alamo Drafthouse Littleton. Come and witness the baddest horror film festival on the planet! Voted as one of the top 5 coolest horror/sci-fi film festivals in the world by MovieMaker Magazine in 2013, the MHHFF strives to bring the very best genre films from around the world of Colorado. The Festival features a wide array of celebrities, artists, authors, musicians, filmmakers, and live entertainment from the horror genre.

Film Festival details at: www.mhhff.com


Denver, CO
Oct. 13-19, 2014

BolderLife Festival

Boulder Film Festival

 

BolderLife Festival is quickly becoming one of the greatest fall arts/education events in the Denver area.BolderLife is a 501c3 non-profit that supports emotional education and growth with programming aimed at high-school students and the wider community. We introduce difficult and taboo topics through film, theatre, and dance, then deepen the conversation with professional speakers and workshops that help audiences explore discomfort, cultivate mindfulness and live in courage. Our event brings community together to learn and grow both locally at our yearly event and internationally through our live-stream.

Film Festival details at: www.bolderlifefestival.com


Colorado Springs, CO
Oct. 17-19, 2014

Indie Spirit Film Festival

Indie Spirit Film Festival

 

The 6th Annual INDIE SPIRIT FILM FESTIVAL (ISFF) celebrates the best of independent cinema from around the world against the beautiful mountainous backdrop of Colorado Springs. Since its inception, ISFF has quickly become the largest film festival to-date in Colorado Springs. ISFF provides a unique and well-rounded festival experience featuring a stellar line-up of feature films, shorts, docs, and animation. Awarded the Cinephiles Award by the Colorado Springs Gazette, ISFF features nightly parties, panels, Q&A sessions, and filmmaker networking opportunities. Alumni of the Festival have gone on to ink distribution deals and achieve success across the festival circuit. An event for filmmakers and film lovers, ISFF helps to establish relationships between filmmakers, audiences, distributors, and film professionals to support independent cinema. ISFF features a sub-theme in which Native American and Colorado films are showcased.

Film Festival details at: www.indiespiritfilmfestival.org


Boulder, CO
October 2014

Adventure Film Festival

 

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.

Film Festival details at: www.adventurefilm.org


Telluride, CO
Oct. 10-12, 2014

Telluride Horror Show

Telluride Colorado Film Festival

 

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.

Film Festival details at: www.telluridehorrorshow.com


Denver, CO
Oct. 8-15, 2014

Indigenous Film & Arts Festival

Denver Film Festivals

 

The Indigenous Film & Arts Festival is presented annually by International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management. The 10th Annual Indigenous Film & Arts Festival is scheduled for October 8-15, 2014.

Film Festival details at: www.facebook.com


Boulder, CO
Oct. 4, 2014

F-Town Film Festival

 

3rd Annual F-Town Film Fest October 4, 2014 It’s all about bikes! Grab your camera, smart phone or helmet cam, and start making your own film for the 2nd Annual F-Town Film Fest! Event organizers are now accepting bike related films ranging from two to 10 minutes in length. Films must be submitted online no later than September 8, 2014. Each filmmaker may submit up to three films (each film requires a separate entry fee). Show off stunts, tell a story or share the view from your favorite ride. Add music, narration, animation or whatever you thin will make your film stand out. So, get geared up and go make a film! F-Town Film Fest is presented by the City of Fruita Arts and Culture Board.

Film Festival details at: www.f-townfilmfest.com


Colorado Springs, CO
Nov. 7-9, 2014

Rocky Mountain Women's
Film Festival

Colorado Springs Film Festival

 

The Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, based in Colorado Springs CO, was founded in 1988. Currently in its 26th year, 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.

Film Festival details at: www.rmwfilmfest.org


Boulder, CO
February 2015

BIFF - Boulder International
Film Festival

 

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!

Film Festival details at: www.biff1.com


Golden, CO
February 2015

Colorado Environmental
Film Festival (CEFF)

 

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 and companies, topical forums and discussions, and films for youth.

Film Festival details at: www.ceff.net


Durango, CO
February 2015

Durango Independent
Film Festival

 

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.

Film Festival details at: www.durangofilm.org


Denver, CO
February 2015

Denver Silent Film Festival

Denver Film Festival

 

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 in 35mm.

Film Festival details at: www.DenverSilentFilmFest.org


Denver, CO
March 2015

Women + Film VOICES
Film Festival

Women+Film VOICES Film Festival

 

The Denver Film Society proudly presents the 3rd Annual Women+Film VOICES Film Festival. The festival will showcase a mix of short films, documentaries, and feature presentations - 16 in total - as well as salon discussions and many in-person guests in order to highlight thought-provoking, inspirational stories of women from around the world. And what's a film festival without hospitality events, including a pre-Festival gathering, Opening Night and Closing Night receptions, and a special brunch for donors & sponsors on Sunday, March 10th, the closing day of the festival. Tickets go on sale February 11th and patron packages are available including all festival screenings and events. You'll want to purchase early, as many screenings sell-out during the festival.

Film Festival details at: www.denverfilm.org


Vail, CO
March 2015

Vail Film Festival

 

The 10th Annual Vail Film Festival will take place March 28th – March 31, 2013 in Vail, Colorado. Festival activities include film screenings, panel discussions, live music, nightly galas, and the filmmaker reception. The Colorado Film Institute is proud to stage the Vail Film Festival, a four-day event that enlightens and entertains thousands of film festival attendees and offers a creative outlet to the film world’s newest storytellers and innovators.

Film Festival details at: www.vailfilmfestival.com


Denver, CO
March/April 2015

54 Film Festival

54 Film Festival

 

The 54 Film Fest is designed to help local film makers network, have an outlet for their creative talent, and create films in a competitive environment. New in 2015 to Denver, this short film competition aims to support the growing community of professional, aspiring, and recreational filmmakers in Mile High. More details to come in the spring.

Film Festival details at: www.54filmfest.com/denver


Aspen, CO
April 2015

Aspen Shortsfest

 

Recognized as one of the world's "50 Leading Film Festivals" by IndieWIRE, Aspen Shortsfest is one of the world's premier international short film and video showcases for the trend-setting art form: the short. This Oscar-qualifying international competition offers a lively, thought-provoking, and humorous selection of drama, comedy, animation and documentary - all at 40 minutes or less.

Film Festival details at: www.aspenfilm.org


Loveland, CO
April 2015

Lifetree Film Fest

Film Festivals Colorado

 

Every spring, filmmakers and film fans converge on the artist community of Loveland, Colorado to participate in the International Lifetree Film Fest-a cinematic celebration featuring creative filmmakers and their films from around the globe. The overarching theme of the Lifetree Film Fest is to showcase films demonstrating people "doing life" or "doing good." These films often celebrate the human condition and dive headlong into topics that make us laugh, cry, expand our understanding, give us hope, or cause us to think.

Film Festival details at: www.lifetreefilms.com


Estes Park, CO
April 2015

Stanley Film Festival

Film Festivals Colorado

 

The Stanley Film Festival showcases classic and contemporary independent horror cinema all set at the haunted and historic Stanley Hotel in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. The Festival presents emerging and established filmmakers enabling the industry and general public to experience the power of storytelling through genre cinema. Founded in 2013 by The Stanley Hotel to celebrate the property’s iconic Hollywood heritage, the four-day event showcases filmmakers latest works, Q&A discussions, industry panels, the “Stanley Dean’s Cup” student film competition, and special events for cinema insiders, enthusiasts, and fellow artists.

Film Festival details at: www.stanleyfilmfest.com


Carbondale, CO
April 2015

5Point Film Festival

 

The 5Point Film Festival is a soulful celebration of the best and brightest mountain filmmakers and their cinematic triumphs. The beautiful mountain setting in Carbondale, Colorado, adds power and authenticity to the festival's inspiring films and speakers. 5Point Film is on a mission to inspire adventure of all kinds, to connect generations through shared experience, to engage passion with a conscience, and to educate through film.

Film Festival details at: www.5pointfilm.org


Paonia, CO
April 2015

Paonia Film Festival

 

The Paonia Film Festival features creative, original film projects by Western Colorado filmmakers. Short films are our focus at the Paonia Film Festival, but not just any films. We look for and screen films made by Western Colorado filmmakers. The films range in topic and production value and they're made by professionals and amateurs alike.

Film Festival details at: www.paoniafilmfestival.com


Telluride, CO
May 2015

Mountainfilm in Telluride

Telluride Film Festivals

 

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.

Film Festival details at: www.mountainfilm.org


Arvada, CO
June 2015

The Intendence Film Festival

 

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.

Film Festival details at: www.intendence.org


Boulder, CO
Aug. 4, 2015

2015 Fiske Full Dome
Film Festival

2015 Fiske Full Dome Film Festival

 

Fiske Planetarium is proud to announce the first annual Fiske Full Dome Film Festival coming in August of 2015. Fiske Planetarium is a state of the art 70foot - 8K Dome running at 60fps! Be immersed in your images! Dedicated to the showcase of amateur and professional full dome content this festival is striving to expand the production of full dome presentations. This 10-day event will showcase hemispherical dome content from around the world, and help educate production artists with skills and techniques for taking their content the new full dome theaters popping up around the world. Categories include: 2D Animation, 3D animation, Landscape panoramas, Videography, Stop Motion, Time lapse-- if you have a fisheye lens we want you to submit work! Submissions will start in January 2015 - March 2015!

Film Festival details at: www.fiskefest.com


Denver, CO
August 2015

48 Hour Film Project

Denver Film Festival

 

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. On Friday 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. Next? Your masterpiece will show on the big screen of a local theater! In 2014 the 48HFP will visit more than 120 cities where more than 60,000 people will make short films. The Project has truly spread to the 4 corners of the globe as filmmakers from Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas will compete to see who can make the best short film in a weekend.

If you are looking to join a team, people are looking for you: www.48hourfilm.com/join

Film Festival details at: www.48hourfilm.com


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