Welcome to a small-town festival that shows big films. Here, at the end of the road, surrounded by majestic Rocky Mountains, you’ll experience something different: culturally rich, dynamic, life-changing films shared on the big screen that allow us to connect, feel inspired, and thrive. Yours will be one of 100 films that ignite passion and foster connection and dialogue with our audience.

Films are meant to challenge and delight, and together we celebrate this through your art and story. Be part of an outstanding, provocative lineup of films at a festival where intimate screenings and quality discussions abound.

Crested Butte is known as “America’s last great ski town” - a premier tourist destination. Filmmakers come to town, fall in love with it, and start plotting how they can move here (and some have, we hope it happens to you). Filmmakers are given cruiser bikes to ride around town because that’s how we roll here. The festival is held in the high mountains of Colorado the last weekend of September, just as the aspens are turning: a place where beauty, friendships, and great films come together.

Within its six years of operation, Crested Butte Film Festival has quickly established itself as a “must attend” festival and was recently named by USA Today’s Go Escape Magazine as “one of the top five fall film festivals in North America.” We are also in the process of becoming an Oscar Qualifying Festival.

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.

Size: Crested Butte is six-by-ten blocks long
Altitude: We rest at 8,885 feet above sea level
Beauty: It’s the Rocky mountains of Colorado after all
Films: The absolute quality of our programming. The best in narrative, documentary, short, outdoor adventure, and children's films
The Fun Quotient: Off the charts. Bike rides, the Magic Carpet Party, craft rum, great local beers, 15 mph speed limit
Ancillary: Mountain biking, hiking in aspen forests, great food, spas, fishing, photography

We have a passion for discovering great first films and a desire to nurture a filmmaker's career thereafter. Crested Butte is a place to be seen and discovered. All venues are within easy walking distance and events are designed to foster connection and lasting partnerships among filmmakers.

Best known as a “filmmakers festival,” CBFF creates intimate, well-attended screenings, provocative programming, panel discussions and an inspiring weekend for attendee. Perhaps one of our award-winning filmmakers said it best:

Festival co-director Michael brody and award-winning filmmaker Marcelo Mitnik, from Argentina. Photo credit: Siena Pinney

Festival co-director Michael brody and award-winning filmmaker Marcelo Mitnik, from Argentina. Photo credit: Siena Pinney

Just about everything distinguishes Crested Butte Film Festival from other festivals - from the programmers’ joy of cinema, to the warmth of the staff and volunteers, to the genuine enthusiasm of the local community, to its grand, majestic setting. Hands down, Crested Butte is one of the best film festivals I’ve ever attended. I cannot wait to come back to Crested Butte. CBFF is a treasure, and should be at the very top of any filmmaker’s list of festivals to attend.
— Marcelo Mitnik, Award-winning Director, In The Clouds (En Las Nubes)

Films have the power to bring people together which is, which is now, more important than ever. Thank you for submitting your film to Crested Butte Film Festival. We’re excited to see it.

Always "the last weekend of September” - our 2018 dates are September 27 - 30

All filmmakers will be notified via email on or before July 1, 2018     

Read more about our AWARDS AND PRIZES.   

Submission Information & Dates

  • We are open for submissions from December 1, 2017 through May 1, 2018

  • 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



One of the best festivals in the world!!! A place that inspires, where filmmakers are revered and come together to share their stories. It’s a place that recalls a time past where community mattered above all else. A place for friendships to be forged and where stories are experienced rather than told. A must go on the festival circuit!
— Rich Henrich, Director of Film 4 Change and the AMFM Film Festival

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We had a great time at the Crested Butte Festival - friendly people, great films, and the most beautiful location on Earth!
— Alex Cox, Director Sid and Nancy, Repo Man, Walker

SMALL TOWN. BIG FILMS. Crested Butte Film Festival combines small town intimacy with thought provoking films that inspire action.
— Beth and George Gage, directors of BIDDER 70