Welcome to the 2016 Crested Butte Film Festival!


Please Check-In at our Box Office | The Red Room (underneath the Secret Stash), 303 Elk Avenue

Welcome! Here you can pick up your Festival Passes and your Welcome Bag. Your Welcome Bag will contain all of your lodging information and other important festival information.

If you are arriving when our Box Office is closed, please call Kate (Filmmaker Liaison) at 970-596-9650 to arrange for pick up. You can also call Lindsay, Directors' Assistant, at 970-708-7227.

Box Office Hours

Wednesday, September 28       12 pm - 7 pm
Thursday, September 29           12 pm - 10 pm
Friday, September 30                10 am - 9 pm
Saturday, October 1                   9 am - 7 pm
Sunday, October 2                     9 am - 2 pm


Hop on Your Bike! Complimentary Townie Bike Rentals at Big Al's Bicycle Heaven, 207 Elk Avenue

Riding around town is the easiest and quickest way to get from film screening to party to hike to film screening. If you are driving, may we suggest bringing your bicycle? If you're in need of a bike, we've got one waiting for you. Just go into Big Al's Bicycle Heaven and let them know you are a guest of the film festival and in need of a townie bike for the weekend.


GATHER - Center For The Arts, 606 6th Street

Thurs. Sept. 29, 4 -6 Pm | Fri. Sept. 30, 2 -6 Pm | Sat. Oct. 1, 2 -6 Pm | Sun. Oct. 2, 10 Am - 1 Pm

New this year! Connect with other festival-goers at our tent city, Gather. Discuss films, eat delicious Hogwood BBQ, relax with a chair massage and hang out. Fire pit nightly. Your next adventure is only a visit away.

Everyone is welcome. Food and drink available for purchase.

Bike Parade Kick-off & Opening Night Festivities

Thursday, September 29 | 4 -6 pm | Meet at Montanya Distillers, 212 Elk Avenue

Grab your townie bike and join us for this most famous of CB traditions: a slow-moving, ever-winding, fun-filled, bike parade through the streets and alleys of CB back to Montanya Distillers where the party starts. Mingle with other festival-goers and filmmakers while imbibing on creative cocktails and mocktails. Delicious Hogwood BBQ is available for purchase...all before the evening’s Opening Night Films at the Center for the Arts!

Everyone is welcome. Free event. Food and drink available for purchase.

Magic Carpet Party

Thursday, September 29 | 8 Pm | Artisan Rug Gallery, 311 Elk Avenue

Join us for an annual tradition of welcoming you Crested Butte Style, a sweet little party tucked away in a stunning rug gallery. 

Private Party for Filmmakers, VIPS, festival staff, sponsors and donors. 


Filmmaker & VIP Luncheon

Friday, September 30 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 Pm | Elk Ave. Prime - 226 Elk Avenue

We invite you to join us for lunch to have a chance to meet other filmmakers, representatives and festival staff and have a chance to connect as we kick off this festival weekend together!

Behind The Scenes

Friday, September 30 | 10 Am - 11 Am | Various Locations | Everyone Is Welcome, Free Event

New this year! Crested Butte Film Festival seeks to create a richer, more informed appreciation of film and the filmmaking process. With that, we bring you Behind The Scenes - a series of Friday morning talks by industry professionals. For students, filmmakers and film lovers.

A Producer’s Life | 10 AM | Center for the Arts, 606 6th St.

Featuring Crested Butte native and film producer, Sara Murphy. Sara began her film career working with Philip Seymour Hoffman and his film production company, Cooper’s Town Productions. Having now produced a half dozen independent films she went on to win the prestigious Sundance Producers Award this past year. She will talk with festival co-founder Michael Brody about growing up in Crested Butte and returning with two of her most recent films, Morris From America and Hunter Gatherer.

Film Scoring – How Music Enhances Storytelling 10 AM | Majestic Theatre #1, 507 Red Lady Ave.

Join Ian McLeod, Founder/Producer of Cleod9 Music, as he talks about working with filmmakers to create a musical soundtrack for their films. Ian will discuss creative ways to find a music source, navigate the world of music libraries and speak the language of custom composers. Learn how to use music as a vessel to elevate your story and evoke emotion from your audience. Cleod9 has created music for commercials, films and documentaries, including Martin’s Boat, a Pete McBride film featured in this years’ festival (“The Hero With 1000 Faces” program).

Crafting Emotions In Your Story | 10 AM | Majestic Theatre #2, 507 Red Lady Ave.

Presented by best-selling author, Anne Eliot. Filmmakers, scriptwriters, authors, and film editors share the same goals: Tell the unforgettable tale. Sell the unforgettable tale. Make the audience laugh, cry, think, and fall in love. How do we do this? Emotion. Emotion. Emotion, then maybe some plot. Anne guides you through an often misunderstood and misplaced topic on where, how, and why emotion should fit within a story. Great for documentary filmmakers as well.

Script Reading | 10 AM | Mallardi Cabaret, 403 2nd St.

Holly Merritt presents a reading of her feature-length script, After You Left. Holly first came to Crested Butte Film Festival in 2013 with her short film, Kate. She now returns to do a CBFF first-ever script reading of her new script read by Crested Butte actors and produced by Harry Woods of the Crested Butte Mountain Theater. Come hear how a story sounds before it reaches the set, a one-of-a-kind festival experience.

Party with the Filmmakers

Friday, September 30 | 9 - 11 pm | The Red Room - 303 Elk Avenue

Rub shoulders with and ask questions to the filmmakers whose work you’ve seen.

Everyone is welcome. Free for Filmmakers and 4-Day Passholders or $20 at the door.


Filmmaker Talk - Filmmaking in a foreign land

Saturday, October 1 | 11:45 am - 12:45 pm | Elk Ave. Prime - 226 Elk Avenue

Join visiting filmmakers Sara Murphy, Loic Zimmerman, Deia Schlosberg, Adella Ladjevardi and Donald Zuckerman in a lively, passionate talk about films and filmmaking. Moderated by Festival Hosts Jack Hanley and Scott Aigner.

Everyone is welcome. Free event with complimentary Mountain Maid Coffee.

Wildhorse Reception

Saturday, October 1 | 5 - 6:30 Pm | 20 Appaloosa, Mt. Crested Butte 

Jeff Hermanson, of Larimer Associates, cordially invites you to celebrate the Crested Butte Film Festival! Please join us for light appetizers and drinks on the mountain in a beautiful home at Wildhorse.

Please RSVP to radhika@larimerassociates.com.

Event is for Passholders.

Awards Ceremony

Saturday, October 1 | 8:15 pm | Center for the arts | 606 6th Street

We are shaking things up this year and will host our 2016 Awards Ceremony in a theater venue. Come and see who will be the next award-winning films! And make sure you catch these films on Sunday while you have a chance.

Event is for Passholders (4-Day, Sponsor, Filmmaker) - or tickets available for purchase at the door.


Red Carpet Party

Saturday, October 1  | 9 - 11 pm | Montanya Distillers - 212 Elk Avenue

Filmmakers, Sponsors and 4-Day Passholders are invited to join us for our famous Red Carpet Party. Don your finest threads, enjoy artisan cocktails, and mingle with filmmakers at this famous, award-winning distillery.

Event is for Passholders only (4-Day, Sponsor, Filmmaker) - tickets not available for purchase.


Filmmaker Talk - The Living Subject

Sunday, October 2 | 11:45 am - 12:45 pm | Elk Ave. Prime - 226 Elk Avenue

Join visiting filmmakers Loic Zimmerman, Beth and George Gage, Alexandria Bombach, Samantha Smith, Dana Romanoff and Amy Marquis for this lively, passionate talk about films and filmmaking. Moderated by Festival Hosts Jack Hanley and Scott Aigner.

Everyone is welcome. Free event with complimentary Mountain Maid Coffee.

Closing Night Party

Sunday, October 2 | 7 pm | Dogwood Cocktail Cabin - 309 Third Street

Come celebrate with the friends you’ve made this weekend as we wind down at the end of another great festival!

Everyone is welcome. Cash bar. Lots of fun.