Colorado’s film community has been thriving for years, and it has never been more evident as it is now. With dozens of film festivals held year round in all corners of the Centennial state, it has never been a easier to get your film fix, regardless of size or genre.
Film festivals aren’t just for the Hollywood studios anymore; there’s an event for any type of movie, from new independent flicks to old blockbuster classics. Several of the festivals are genre specific as well, including five dedicated solely to horror.
One of the most famous Colorado film festivals is the Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF), held each March for the past 12 years. Named one of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker Magazine, BIFF inspires viewers by showing major and independent movies from all over the world. With a reputation as one of the most influential young film maker festivals and an annual attendance of over 25,000 people, BIFF is achieving their goals.
The largest, longest running and most popular film festival, however, remains the Denver Film Festival (DFF), held each November for the past 39 years. This festival boasts the title of being the “only non-profit 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.” Each year, over 55,000 movie lovers gather at DFF to watch future Oscar- and Spirit Award-winning movies and listen to panels with the moviemakers themselves.
Colorado is also home to the Flatirons Food Film Festival, Denver Jewish Film Festival, Colorado Dragon Film Festival, and even an ACT Human Rights Film Festival, along with several film events hosted by the Denver Film Society.
“It’s really about trying to cultivate film production in Colorado, with the festivals tailored to each community,” said Jake Fink.
The Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media (COFTM) is proud to support Colorado’s film festivals. The office currently supports over 30 Colorado film festivals and educational events throughout the year, both financially and promotionally, assisting with the goal of bringing content and people from all over the world to Colorado and showing producers what this state has to offer.
The Colorado film industry has thrived the past few years, outperforming the nation 1.9 to 3.4 percent in employment growth from 2012 to 2014. To date, incentivized film projects have created almost 5,000 jobs on 65 projects, and has particularly impacted rural Colorado economies.