AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD
BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM
BEST NARRATIVE FILM
BEST SHORT FILM - Narrative, Documentary and Comedic categories
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
SPIRIT OF THE FESTIVAL AWARD
Each and every submitted film is considered for a Jury Award. Selected films are then shortlisted based on their genre and characteristics and sent to our Festival Jury. The Jury then awards films based on merit, innovation, and outstanding qualities.
A sure measure of success for filmmakers is winning the CBFF’s coveted Audience Choice Award. Solely determined by our audience, the Audience Choice Award is open to any screened entry and is determined by a weighted, tabulated-ratings ballot system on our festival app in conjunction with online trending and audience street reviews.
ACTNOW AWARD - ACTION & CHANGE TOGETHER
Our social action award - this is a cash award that goes to a nonprofit organization linked to a documentary film. If your film has a call-to-action component to it, and it is designated as an ActNow Film by the Crested Butte Film Festival it will be considered for this award.
2019 AWARD-WINNING FILMS
Audience Choice Award: PEANUT BUTTER FALCON
Directors Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwatrz
Best Narrative Film: PARASITE
Director Bong Joon-ho
Best Documentary Feature: STORM THE GATES
Directors Daniele Anastasion, Catherine Yrisarri, and Josie Swantek
Best Documentary Short: ALL INCLUSIVE
Director Corina Schwingruber-Ilić
Best Short Film (Comedy): HOT DOG
Directors Alma Buddecke and Marleen Valin
Best Short Film Drama: THE MOON AND THE NIGHT
Director Erin Lau
ActNow Award: SANTUARIO
Directors Pilar Timpane and Christine Delp
Special Jury Award: "Outstanding Debut Performance"
Special Jury Award: ALL I SEE IS THE FUTURE, "Achievement in Social Impact and Activism"
Director Nancy Dionne
Special Jury Award: Amy Seimetz
"Spirit of Independence Award"
2017 AWARD-WINNING FILMS
Best Narrative Feature: A GHOST STORY
Directed by David Lowery
Best Documentary Feature: WHOSE STREETS?
Directed by Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis
Special Jury Award: David Byars for Excellence in Filmmaking
Best Short, Documentary: WOODY'S ORDER
Directed by Ann Talman
Best Short, Narrative: AMERICAN PARADISE
Directed by Joe Talbot
Best Short, Comedy: IMMACULATE MISCONCEPTION
Directed by Michael Geoghegan
ActNow Award: BENDING THE ARC
Directed by Kief Davidson and Pedro Kos
ActNow Award: A PLASTIC OCEAN
Directed by Craig Leeson
Audience Award: BAND AID
Directed by Zoe Lister Jones
Special Jury Award: Dana Romanoff for Storytelling and the Spirit of Activism in Cinema
For an individual who significantly champions and fosters the spirit of social justice in the field of cinema and whose body of work embodies the spirit of activism in the arts.
Special Jury Award: Nancy Liu for Filmmaker to Watch
2016 AWARD-WINNING FILMS
Best Narrative Feature - THE LOBSTER
(Ireland/Greece, 2015, 119 mins)
Best Documentary Feature - LOVETRUE
(USA/Israel, 2016, 80 mins)
Best Narrative Short Film (Comedy) - SITUATIONAL
(USA, 2016, 22 mins), Colorado Premiere
Best Narrative Short Film (Drama) - STUTTERER
(Ireland, 2015, 12 mins)
Best Narrative Short Film (Documentary) - WE ALL WE GOT
Carlos Javier Ortiz
(USA, 2015, 9 mins), Colorado Premiere
Audience Choice Award - JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY
(USA, 2016, 111 mins)
ACTNow Award - NEWTOWN
(USA, 2016, 85 mins)
Special Jury Award for Artistic Accomplishment - ICAROS: A VISION
Leonor Caraballo & Matteo Norzi
Abou Farman and Adella Ladjevardi
(Peru/USA, 2016, 90 mins), Colorado Premiere
Special Jury Award for Filmmaker to Watch - WARM WAVES
(USA, 2015, 8 mins), Colorado Premiere
View PAST AWARDS.