Welcome Filmmakers!

Thank you for joining us in sharing the power of storytelling with a diverse group of festivalgoers, filmmakers, and organizations who share our life-changing vision.

This page will serve as your 'Festival Info Hub' - where you can find all necessary instructions, forms, and information related to the festival and your film's screening.

Please remember to bookmark this page for future reference!

In order for your film to show at the festival, we kindly ask that you complete the following steps by July 15:

1) Complete the Film Information Form

  • Form link and instructions found below

2) Submit your Exhibition File/Film

  • Deatailed tech requirements and instructions found below

3) Please read this entire page and bookmark for future reference.


The Film Information Form will take about 20 minutes and must be completed in one sitting.

Before getting started, please gather the following materials:

  • Contact information

  • A film still/photograph (text free)

  • Film description/synopsis (50 words or less)

  • Director's bio (optional)

Within the form, we will also ask you to read and accept the terms of our Filmmaker Agreement.


SHORT Films (40 mins and under)
Please provide:

  • a digital copy of your film (see below for more information)
  • a DCP copy of your film if you have one
  • please note: in the coming weeks, we may ask for a DCP copy of your film to meet our programming requirements. Thank you.

Please provide:

  • a DCP copy of your film
  • 3 physical copies2 Blu-Rays and 1 DVD
  • a digital copy if available (see below for more information)


- Quicktime
- MPEG-4
- We do not support MPEG-1 or MPEG-2

- H.264 (Recommended)
- ProRes 422
- ProRes 422 HQ
- ProRes 4444

- Up to 1080p resolution (1920 x 1080)
- Available Frame Rates: 24, 23.98, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94 and 60
*29.97, 30, 59.94, and 60 provide the best playback experience

- Stereo right/left audio only. Our theaters do not support 5.1 surround sound

- 2-5 seconds of black at beginning and end of film (this is preferred)
- NO menus, color bars, test tones, watermarks, countdown leaders


DIGITAL FILES: Please email to our Tech Director:

Jeramiah Friesen tech@cbfilmfest.org

*We recommend using a service such as transferbigfiles.com or Dropbox.com for digital delivery. Thank you!

HARD DRIVES (with return address included) may be sent to our Tech Director:

*Please note, if you are attending the festival, we can return your hard drive in person.

Attn: Jeramiah Friesen
11231 W. 107th Ave.
Westminster, CO 80021


Please be sure to upload your Press & Media Kit to your project page in FilmFreeway or Withoutabox



CLICK HERE to download a white PNG version of your Official Selection Laurels.




Please use #crestedbuttefilmfestival or #CBFF2017 and link to us in posts to promote your film and to join our community of filmmakers and film-lovers. Feel free to post about your film on our Facebook Page.


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Our complete schedule of films and events will be posted on our website September 1st. Please reference our schedule to see the dates, times and locations of where and when your film will show.

We show 100 films over the 4-day festival on 3 screens at 2 venues. Venues are Majestic Theatre and the Center for the Arts and are within walking distance.


If you are interested in sending post cards, posters, etc. with your screening information please mail them to:

CBFF PO Box 1256, Crested Butte, CO 81224

Although we do not print posters/post cards we are happy to have volunteers distribute your printed materials around town to best promote your film.

If you are interested in being interviewed on the radio or in the newspaper, please contact the folks below to present your story idea. This is a great way to promote your film and your screenings.

Local Radio Station KBUT - Tyler Lucas 970-349-5225
Crested Butte News - Mark Reaman mark@crestedbuttenews.com 970-349-0500
Gunnison Country Times - Chris Dickey publisher@gunnisontimes.com 970-641-1414
Denver Post - John Wenzel   jwenzel@denverpost.com 303-954-1642

If you are interested in attending the festival, we will send you an Accommodations Form. Please complete the form as soon as possible or by August 1 at the latest so that we can match you with lodging that suits your needs. The sooner you reply, the better chance of getting the complimentary accommodations you seek.

We will then be in touch with your specific accommodation details by September 1st.

Typically we provide one complimentary hotel room per film. Often we can accommodate a team of people in a condo with multiple rooms. We'll try our absolute best to accommodate your requests.

You will receive more detailed festival information but for now the general events schedule is as follows:

THURSDAY: 4 pm Bicycle Parade (we have free bikes for you for the weekend) & Kick-Off Party, 6 pm Opening Night Film, 8 pm Film, 8 pm Magic Carpet Party 

FRIDAY: 12 pm Filmmaker Luncheon, Films at multiple venues all day and evening, 9 pm Party with the Filmmakers

SATURDAY: Morning Filmmaker Talks, Films at multiple venues all day and evening, Awards Ceremony, 9 pm Red Carpet Party

SUNDAY: Morning Filmmaker Talks, Films at multiple venues all day and evening, 7 pm Closing Party

Driving from LA: 

According to Mapquest, it's 890 miles from LA to Crested Butte and a little more than fifteen hours.

Considering airport security, parking, and the cost of a rental car, who knows, this may be your best option.

It's a beautiful drive and many of our filmmakers have arrived this way.

Carpooling with other filmmakers is also an option.

If you are interested in carpooling from LA please drop us a line.


Our nearest airport is Gunnison, CO., thirty minutes away from Crested Butte. Unfortunately, flying into Gunnison will sometimes double or triple the cost of flying into Denver.

If you arrive at the Gunnison Airport we are happy to pick you up and return you there. At the present time, there is only one daily flight into Gunnison - similar to flying into Greenland or the Falkland Islands.

Other options are flying into Denver or Montrose and then renting a car and driving. Montrose is 1.5 hours from CB and Denver is 4.5 hours - both are beautiful drives, especially during the fall.  

If you're interested in carpooling from the Denver International Airport, please let us know.

Our goal is to keep you as informed and up to date as possible with all festival happenings. At any time if you have a question you can email or call:

Kat Cooke, Director's Assistant


Jennifer Brody, Festival Director

Michael Brody, Programming Director


Thank you for screening your film at Crested Butte Film Festival - we look forward to
creating a wonderful and unique experience for you.