At the Crested Butte Film Festival, we believe in the transformative power of film. Founded in 2010 by two adventurous filmmakers and film-lovers, our organization is on a mission to move people to move the world.
Nestled among towering mountains and golden aspen trees, our intimate and free-spirited festival inspires, awakens, and activates attendees through an engaging setting of quality screenings, walkable venues, stimulating discussions, and authentic connections.
In alignment with our organizational mission, we curate bold, visceral, high-quality films that activate real emotion and invite personal, social, and environmental transformation.
Always held during the last weekend of September, the four-day event encompasses three walkable venues and the screening of 90 films spanning the genres of narrative, documentary, outdoor adventure, children’s, and short films. Additional programming sprinkled throughout the festival includes panel discussions, lively parties, and other social networking events.
Crested Butte Film Festival was recently named by USA Today’s Go Escape Magazine as “one of the top five fall film festivals in North America” and MovieMaker Magazine dubbed us "one of the best small film festivals in the United States."
Attending filmmakers are provided with an All-Access VIP Pass, lodging accommodations, and a bike to ride for the weekend (the preferred mode of transportation in our little mountain town).
At the Crested Butte Film Festival, you are sure to be inspired by the transformative power of stories while fostering incredible connections in an atmosphere of spontaneity fueled by great films, shared experiences, bikes, hikes, and magical mountain scenery.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
Genius. Artistry. Creation. A new way of telling a story. A location we’ve never seen. Something we’ve never thought of or imagined. And humor goes a long long way with us. Simply put, the best in narrative, documentary, short, outdoor adventure and children's films.
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE
Town: Crested Butte is a historic mining town turned tourist destination with world class skiing, biking, hiking, and boating.
Size: At just six by ten blocks with a year-round population of only 1800 people, Crested Butte is a small town that's packed with local character.
Altitude: A true mountain destination at 8,885 feet above sea level.
Beauty: We're literally surrounded by mountains. Think epic panoramic vistas with snowcapped peaks and dazzling golden aspen trees.
Fun: Off the charts. Parties, bike parades, delicious food, craft rum, local brews, and plenty of magically spontaneous moments.
A FILMMAKER'S FESTIVAL
Known as a “filmmakers festival,” we strive to create an atmosphere of inspiration through well-attended screenings, high-quality programming, stimulating panel discussions, and opportunities for authentic engagement. We have a passion for discovering great first films and a desire to nurture the careers of young and emerging filmmakers. All venues are within easy walking distance and events are designed to foster lasting connections and partnerships among attendees, filmmakers, and industry professionals.
Always "the last weekend of September” - our 2019 dates are September 26 - 29
All filmmakers will be notified via email on or before July 1, 2019
Read more about our AWARDS AND PRIZES.
Submission Information & Dates
We are open for submissions from December 1, 2019 through April 10, 2019
We accept all lengths of film, all genres, in all languages (foreign language films must have English subtitles)
Your film does not need to be a premiere to be considered
We extend a limited number of fee-waivers per year
Please do not send a press kit or stills until film has been accepted