Frequently Asked Questions

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).  Simply told, we want to create a great cinematic weekend for you and your friends and family.

How many films will you have? And what are they?

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.

How 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.

When should I buy tickets?

Purchasing tickets in advance is the best way to make sure you just what you want.

To save money and secure a spot, you can purchase your 4-Day Pass ahead of time.

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!

Can I buy tickets once I am in Crested Butte?

Please visit us at our Box Office at the Center for the Arts, Crested Butte. This is one of the first buildings on your right when you pull into town. Here, you can pick up a Festival Program (these will also be found around town at various locations). A hospitality member would be glad to assist you and answer any questions about how to make your festival-going experience a great one!

What is the queue system?

We have a new Queue system this year. Here's how it works

  • 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

Are there any rooms in Crested Butte?

Of course there are rooms! 130 in town itself, and over 3,000 rooms three miles away in Mt. Crested Butte. (May we suggest booking your ideal room and location now? Town will soon fill up). Accommodations can be made through links provided on our website. A free shuttle bus links the two towns and runs every 30 minutes. Once you’re in either location, it’s highly likely that you won’t need your car for three days. Imagine that.

Where exactly is Crested Butte?

"I’ve always wanted to go there.” (Many people have said this to us! And this is good news...)

It’s simple: 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. Many thanks to Mountain Express for running more frequently for the festival!

From Thursday, September 29 through Sunday, October 2, the Town Shuttle will operate its SUMMER SCHEDULE, offering service every 20 minutes between Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte.

First bus from Mountaineer Square: 8:00 AM
Last bus from Mountaineer Square: 12 AM

First bus from Old Town Hall: 7:35 AM
Last bus from Old Town Hall: 11:35 PM



For more information about Mountain Express, visit the Mountain Express website.

If you have additional questions, please contact Mountain Express at 970-349-5616.