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18-Apr-2014 11:17am PDT  


Crested Butte Film Festival

4 Annual September 25, 2014 to September 28, 2014

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PO Box 1256
Crested Butte CO 81224
Phone: 303.204.9080

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Films 40 minutes in length and under.

The Crested Butte Film Festival (CBFF) is an international Film Festival dedicated to celebrating the art of film and the power of storytelling.

Our mission is to inspire and educate our audience through films and discussions that spark creativity, cultural awareness and social and environmental change.

(It's also to showcase our great little town- one of the coolest, most beautiful places around!)

Thank you for considering Crested Butte for your film. Our Festival is held in the high mountains of Colorado, just as the aspens trees are turning. CBFF showcases the best of American and international cinema in what is known as, "America's last great ski town."

CBFF seeks the best in international and American narratives, environmental and social action documentaries, outdoor adventure, and children's films - in both the feature-length and short categories. We also love to discover and program great first films and follow a filmmaker's career.

CBFF is an intimate festival. All our venues are within walking distance, and films play to intelligent, appreciative crowds. Come discover Crested Butte - and have your film play in a town where life is simplified...

"SMALL TOWN. BIG FILMS. Crested Butte Film Festival combines small town intimacy with thought-provoking films that inspire action".
-Beth and George Gage, Co-Directors, AMERICAN OUTRAGE, BIDDER 70

"WE HAD A GREAT TIME at the Crested Butte Festival - friendly people, great films, and the most beautiful location on Earth!"

"CBFF WAS A JOY TO ATTEND. It took on big films and big ideas, and was by far the most fluid, easy-going festival that I have been to. And it doesn't hurt that CBFF happens to take place during perhaps the most beautiful weeks of the year in Colorado."
-Eliza Slayman, Film Representative, FROM THE GROUND UP

Jennifer Brody

Dear Filmmaker,

Thanks so much for considering your film for our Festival. The Crested Butte Film Festival looks forward to seeing your film and hopefully screening it in our great little town where you do not need a car, but get to walk from venue to venue, meeting our enthusiastic, friendly crowds. If your film is chosen to be a part of our 2014 Festival, we are happy to provide free accommodations for you and a guest. We’ll also share with you great hospitality, parties, bike rides, the opportunity to network, and most importantly, to build relationships with other filmmakers. We are, unfortunately, unable to fly filmmakers and representatives to Crested Butte at this time, but we will make your stay here a fun, heart-felt, and mind-blowing experience.

The following information will hopefully answer most of your submission questions. If you’re ready to submit your film, please jump to the bottom of the page and click on the Withoutabox icon. We look forward to seeing your film, we thank you again, and can't wait to introduce you to our "little town with big films."

September 25 - 28, 2014

Our goal is to bring the best of world cinema home to our mountain town. We’re also excited to discover new films from unknown talents, and, we like to have a good time. Hopefully, you’ve already heard of Crested Butte: the skiing, the mountain biking, the music and arts festivals, the laid back, fun-loving lifestyle. But really, the only thing you need to know about Crested Butte is that everyone who comes to Crested Butte loves Crested Butte. We look forward to you being a part of it.


Earlybird: Jan. 1 - Feb. 1, 2014 $35/$30
Regular: Feb 2 - March 31, 2014 $40/$35
Late Deadline: April 1 - April 15, 2014 $45/$40
Extended Deadline: April 16 - May 1, 2014 $65/$60

For our 2014 season, we are open for submissions from January 1 through May 1, 2014.

Before filling out the submission form, please be prepared to provide the following:

Contact information
Full film information including a short synopsis
Entry fee (credit card)
A link to an online screener (preferred) OR 2 DVDs
Acceptance of Rights and Releases

All submitting filmmakers will be notified on or before July 1, by the email provided with your submission. Please add ‘’ to your email address book to ensure receipt of notification.

Best Documentary Film

Best Narrative Film

Best Short Film

Audience Choice Award

Special Jury Prize

ACT Now Award: This is a cash award that goes to a nonprofit organization linked to a documentary film. If your film has a call-to-action component to it, it will be considered for this award.

We highly encourage you to submit ALL submission materials online, including the film itself. Online entries can be made via Withoutabox’s Secure Online Screener platform. If online entry is not possible, please submit 2 DVDs (any region, NTSC encouraged). Please do not include any promotional materials in your submission. We will collect high-resolution photographs of official selection films once they have been accepted into the Festival.

Film entries may be of any subject, from any country, and of any length. Submitted films should either be in English or include English subtitles. If the film is selected for the Festival, it is the responsibility of the filmmaker to provide the Crested Butte Film Festival with a file or exhibition copies by July 20, 2014.

If you chose to submit your film by mail you are responsible for all shipping charges to CBFF and for any customs clearances and/or associated fees and taxes. Entry materials will not be returned.

Crested Butte Film Festival
PO Box 1256
Crested Butte, CO 81224 USA

Call Michael Brody at 310.463.0707 or email us at

We really appreciate you sending your work to us and giving us the opportunity to program it for our Festival. Obviously, films are the foundation of our festival, and we appreciate the vision, creativity, time, commitment, and money that went into your work. Thank you.


Terms and Regulations: If selected for the Crested Butte Film Festival, the entrant is responsible for providing two Blu-ray and one DVD copies of the film for public screening purposes. If Blu-ray is not available, three DVD copies will be accepted. By entering into the festival, the entrant represents and warrants that: a) it has the authority to enter the film in the festival and to grant to the festival the rights granted in the entry form, these procedures and regulations; b) it owns all right, title and interest, including the copyright and all intellectual property rights, in and to the film being submitted to the festival and has the right to distribute, exhibit and promote the film in or through all media formats now known or hereafter devised, including, but not limited to, the Internet throughout the universe; and c) no material in the film being submitted by the entrant to the festival is libelous or defamatory or violates any right of privacy or publicity of any person and the full use of rights in such film will not violate any rights, including copyright or moral rights, of any person, firm or corporation.