The Artist

Film is often an artistic experience. The visuals, the sounds, the craft, the experience. Fortunately, not only do we have a selection of incredibly artistic films, but Crested Butte is in a location that fosters the artistic community. The films, the galleries, and even the beautiful surroundings are sure to stun your eyes and draw out your artistic side.

Download the Crested Butte Film Festival app on the App Store or on Google Play for a complete listing of all events and films.  



When Lambs Become Lions

American Animals

Island of the Hungry Ghosts

Need more recommendations? Come by our box office at the Artisan Rug Gallery. Our team is happy to help you narrow down your choices.



  • Food, drinks, and an opportunity to rub shoulders with some seriously cool creatives— are you in? If so, head over to the Party with the Filmmakers at The Dogwood on Friday, September 28th from 9-11pm ($10 at door, free for pass holders and filmmakers). Admission includes a free drink ticket.

  • Discussion not only encourages understanding it sparks creativity. Join the Filmmaker Talks on Saturday, September 29th and Sunday, September 30th from 11:00-11:45 at Elk Avenue Prime. Tap into the creative minds that have brought you this year’s outstanding films. These intimate panels offer an opportunity to deeply engage with the artists, discussing craft, inspiration, and more.

  • Celebrate the award-winning films and directors at our Awards Ceremony on Saturday, September 29th at 8:15pm at Center for the Arts. Some of our most memorable moments have happened at this celebration of talent. And, make sure you catch these films during the last showings on Sunday.

  • Filmmakers, Sponsors, and Festival Passholders are invited to join us for our flamenco-inspired Red Carpet Spirited Soirée on Saturday, September 29th from 9-11 pm at Montanya Distillers. Don your finest threads, enjoy artisan cocktails, and mingle with filmmakers at this famous, award-winning distillery. You can purchase your pass here to join in this fun event.

  • Come celebrate with the friends you’ve made this weekend at our Closing Night Party on Sunday, September 30th, 7 pm at the The Dogwood. Be sure to try one of The Dogwood's delectable creations and enjoy a discount festival rate.

  • Double Bonus: Our head of the screening committee, Scott Aigner, is also an artist and art professor. If you want to talk about art, film, and/or the intersection of the two, be sure to track him down!



  • Want a great place to keep discussing the incredible films you just experienced? Check out Montanya Distillers-lite bites, craft rum, and a relaxed atmosphere make it one of Crested Butte’s best loved spots.

  • Food can be a work of art. Try Lil’s Sushi Bar & Grill for a feast for the eyes and stomach.

  • For artisan cocktails and unique fare in a funky cabin try The Dogwood.


  • Crested Butte and Gunnison are home to an amazing group of artists, from sculptors to landscape artists to dance and theatre, our creatives remain inspired by the community and the landscape. Take time to visit the Crested Butte Center for the Arts or take a gallery walk to enjoy some of this amazing work.

  • Ready to tell your story? Collaborate with local creatives like Elevate the Media or Xavier Fane Photography to bring that story to life. Elevate specializes in drone photography while Xavier uses his lens to frame outdoor adventures.

  • Ready to film here in Colorado? The Colorado Office of Film, Television, and Media can talk to you about incentives, locations, and more.

  • Don’t forget to bring your camera, your paints, etc., because Crested Butte will inspire you. There are a number of incredible plein air spots to paint, the scenery begs to be photographed, and the town inspires a nostalgic feel that may lead to your next song. Whatever your gift, let Crested Butte be your muse.

  • And, sometimes you need to get the creative juices flowing. For a new perspective, jump on a bike from Big Al’s Bicycle Heaven and hit the trails.



We encourage you to learn more about our additional CBFF sponsors including:

The Dairy Arts Center, Jamie’s Jerky , KBUT, Spectrum, Artisan Rug Gallery, Downey Law,  Slopeside Tech, Sage Specialty Rentals, Larimer Associates, RoShamBo