Crested Butte Film Festival Fact Sheet

Mission: Through the transformative power of cinema, the Crested Butte Film Festival fosters artistic creativity, inspires connection and cultural awareness, and champions social action.

Overview: The Crested Butte Film Festival is a celebration of international films, held annually over four days in the last weekend of September, in Crested Butte, Colorado. The Crested Butte Film Festival programs the best in world cinema and brings it home to a small-town environment. We're committed to finding the most artful, moving, creative and provocative films and sharing them with our audience.  One hundred films are screened during the festival as well as a monthly film series held within the town of Crested Butte. We program narrative and documentary features and shorts, outdoor adventure and children's films. CBFF is renowned for a commitment to innovative independent cinema, the fostering and mentorship of first-time filmmakers, a program dedicated to the curation of international cinema, and an investment in social activism.  

Origin: Jennifer and Michael Brody established the Crested Butte Film Festival in 2011, looking for creative work together following careers in filmmaking and education. Crested Butte previously had Reel Fest, a shorts film festival that lasted ten years, but which was discontinued in 2010. The first installment of the Crested Butte Film Festival had an audience of 1,500 or about the population of the town; two years later attendance doubled. The town of Crested Butte acts as the perfect platform to base a film festival in because of its welcoming community and glorious setting. The festival itself occurs during peak leaf season when the changing aspens create an illusion of wildfire on the mountains – providing an entirely other-worldly perspective throughout the event. “Crested Butte is an amazing place to run a film festival,” Michael says. “It’s a walking town- six by ten blocks long. You get everywhere you need in four minutes or less.”  The Brodys are proud of the growth, vision, and expansion the festival has seen over the past six years - along with the filmmakers and friends who return to it year after year. Crested Butte Film Festival has enriched the lives of those in the local community and the annual family that treks to the mountains each fall to join them in their celebration of the beauty, wonder, and fascination of film.

  • CBFF was founded in 2011 and takes place in Crested Butte, CO

  • Approximately 100 feature length and short films are selected each year. For the 2015 Festival, over 500 submissions were received and films from over 20 countries were selected for the program

  • The Festival also features filmmaker talks, panels, post-film talkbacks, workshops, a dedicated children's program, and a myriad of special events

  • The film’s major annual award, ACTNow, promotes social change through documentaries linked to nonprofit organizations and specific calls-to-action. Other awards include Best Feature: Narrative and Documentary, Best Short: Narrative and Documentary, and Audience Choice

  • 2016 venues include Center for the Arts, The Majestic Theater, and Mountaineer Media Theater at The Mallardi Cabaret (CB Mountain Theatre)

  • The 2015 Festival was attended by over 5,000 participants. The 2016 Festival will be held Sept 29th - Oct 2nd

  • Notable films include The Tribe; Downloading Nancy; Bidder 70; Blood Brother; Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter;  Almost Holy; About Alex; and Unbranded. Notable filmmakers include Ed Zwick (Glory; Last Samurai),  Alex Cox (Repo Man; Sid and Nancy), Courtney Marsh (2016 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Short), Alexandra Bombach (Emmy award winner), and David Zellner (Baghead; Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter)

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