How to Festival


What Films do you recommend?

We've created FESTIVAL GUIDES for your enjoyment. These guides are curated experiences for all designed to maximize your time here in and out of the theater. On top of film recommendations, you'll find insider tips on where to hike and eat.

Where Should I Stay?

Whether it's renting a house in town, a condo on the mountain or staying in the hostel, our fabulous LODGING SPONSORS have the best option for you.  A free shuttle bus runs every 20 minutes. Once you’re here, it’s highly likely that you won’t need your car for the weekend. Imagine that.



Where are the venues?

All of our VENUES are within easy walking distance. 

I’ve never been to a film festival before. Can anyone come?

Crested Butte is the coolest town around. Of course you’re welcome. We want you here! There are two ways to buy tickets and make (the very casual) scene: buy passes online now or at our Box Office during the Festival or simply stroll up to the theatre of your choice (will be showing at three theatres concurrently) to purchase your ticket ($12 cash only).  

How many films are screened?

CBFF will show 100 films (at multiple venues) over the 4-day Festival. Our international Film Festival features narratives, documentaries, outdoor adventure and shorts as well as free children’s programming and filmmaker talks. The complete schedule will be available online September 1.

When should I plan?

Well, it’s a great idea to book a room or a condo ahead of time, and get your pass early. The rest is simple. You can pick up a Festival Program so you can decide the great films and events that you would like to attend. You’ll see our friendly volunteers visible during the festival for any questions that you might have.

What films are in the Festival?

You can find our complete film schedule posted on our website on September 1. The CBFF schedule includes a short synopsis and trailers to the films can be found on our website. Most films will be shown twice, some only once, check the schedule. Remember to attend films where the filmmakers will be present – this makes for a truly unique experience!

What else does Crested Butte have to offer?

Whether it’s a friends weekend getaway or you’re taking the whole family, planning a weekend trip to Crested Butte at the end of September is a great idea. With fantastic local restaurants and hiking and biking trails to visit between screenings why not make a weekend of it? And to top it all off, the colors of the trees are sure to enliven and inspire your trip!
 

What is the queue system?

  • Queues are only meant for 6 Pack Punch Cardholders and individual ticket buyers
  • You can get in line to buy tickets one hour before show time
  • You will be given a numbered Queue which holds your place in line
  • Be back in line twenty minutes before showtime. Organize yourselves by numbers
  • At fifteen minutes before showtime, we will allow you to use your 6 Pack or buy tickets if any are available
  • If they are not we will announce as quickly as possible so you can get to another film

Where exactly is Crested Butte?

Crested Butte is four beautiful hours west of Denver (and no I-70!). Take 285 west to Buena Vista. Turn left on 285/24 to Poncha Springs, right on 50 up and over Monarch Pass and down into Gunnison, take a right on Main Street and drive 28 miles into Crested Butte.


Mountain Express Town Shuttle

The Mountain Express Town Shuttle is a great way to travel between Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte. The bus is free and has convenient stops in Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte. 

FROM MT CRESTED BUTTE TO CRESTED BUTTE
First bus from Mountaineer Square: 8:00 AM
Last bus from Mountaineer Square: 12 AM

FROM CRESTED BUTTE TO MT CRESTED BUTTE
First bus from Old Town Hall: 7:35 AM
Last bus from Old Town Hall: 11:35 PM

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