7th Annual

Crested Butte Film Festival

September 28, 2017 to October 01, 2017

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PO Box 1256
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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Documentary Features
CBFF is looking for the most evocative, most moving films in the genre - films that take us around the world and show us the beauty of it and the people within it.
Narrative Features
CBFF is looking to program your narrative film. Something funny, something moving, something that is wonderfully shot and tells a fully-realized, moving story.
Shorts
Narrative and documentary films 45 minutes in length and under.
Childrens
Mountain Kids Film brings quality, inspiring, international programming to young people and families. We believe that the medium of film has the power to inspire and educate children and empower them to get involved and make a difference in their community. Adventurous, enchanting, intellectual, artistic; we have films that will delight and inspire children, teens, and families alike – films that empower youth to engage, question, experience, and create.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

Through the transformative power of cinema, Crested Butte Film Festival fosters artistic creativity and inspires connection, cultural awareness and social action.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

A NEW KIND OF ADVENTURE AWAITS YOU


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.


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 childrens films.


WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE


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 childrens 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




FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL

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 attendees​. Perhaps one of our award-winning filmmakers said it best:


"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, A​ward-winning Director, In The Clouds (En Las Nubes)




DATES


Festival Dates: always "the last weekend of September” - September 28 - October 1, 2017.
Filmmaker Notifications sent: July 1, 2017


MISSION


Through the transformative power of cinema, Crested Butte Film Festival fosters artistic creativity and inspires connection, cultural awareness and social action.


AWARDS AND PRIZES

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD
BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM
BEST NARRATIVE FILM
BEST SHORT FILM - Narrative, Documentary and Comedic categories
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
ACTNOW AWARD (call-to-action, monetary prize awarded to one nonprofit associated with film)
SPIRIT OF THE FESTIVAL AWARD




JURIED AWARDS


Each and every submitted film is considered for a Jury Award. Selected films are then shortlisted based on their genre and characteristics and sent to our Festival Jury. The Jury then awards films based on merit, innovation, and outstanding qualities.


AUDIENCE AWARD


A sure measure of success for filmmakers is winning the CBFF’s coveted Audience Choice Award. Solely determined by our audience, the Audience Choice Award is open to any screened entry and is determined by a weighted, tabulated-ratings ballot system on our festival app in conjunction with online trending and audience street reviews.


ACTNOW AWARD - ACTION & CHANGE TOGETHER


Our social action 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, and it is designated as an ActNow Film by the Crested Butte Film Festival it will be considered for this award.
2016 Recipient - NEWTOWN
2015 Recipient - RACING EXTINCTION
2014 Recipient - VIRUNGA
2013 Recipient - BLOOD BROTHER
2012 Recipient - BIDDER 70


THANK YOU


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.

ORGANIZERS

Jennifer Brody

GENERAL RULES

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 and bike from venue to venue, meeting our enthusiastic, friendly crowds. If your film is chosen to be a part of our 2017 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 rewarding experience.

The following information will 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."

FESTIVAL DATES
September 28 - October 1, 2017

ABOUT CRESTED BUTTE FILM FESTIVAL
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.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
For our 2017 festival, we are open for submissions from December 1, 2016 through May 1, 2017.

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

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

AWARDS GIVEN
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.

SUBMISSION MATERIALS
For environmental reasons, we request that your submission be sent to us through an online link. Thank you. Online entries can be made via Withoutabox’s Secure Online Screener platform. Please do not include any promotional materials with your submission. We will collect high-resolution photographs of official selection films once they have been accepted into the Festival.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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, 2017.

SHIPPING INFORMATION
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.

SEND ENTRIES TO:
Crested Butte Film Festival
PO Box 1256
Crested Butte, CO 81224 USA

QUESTIONS?
Call Michael Brody at 310.463.0707 or email us at cbfilmfestival@gmail.com

THANK YOU
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 CONDITIONS

Terms and Regulations:

If selected for the Crested Butte Film Festival, the entrant is responsible for providing a high-resolution file, or DCP, of their film film for public screening purposes.

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.