6th Annual

Crested Butte Film Festival

September 29, 2016 to October 02, 2016

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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.

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.
Narrative and documentary films 45 minutes in length and under.
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.


Crested Butte Film Festival is an international film festival dedicated to celebrating the art of film, our connection with filmmakers, 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 intimate, beautiful places around.)



Known as a destination and filmmakers festival, Crested Butte Film 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 abound. Crested Butte Film Festival showcases the best in world cinema in what is known as "America's last great ski town.”


Crested Butte Film Festival seeks the best in narrative, documentary, short, outdoor adventure, and children's films. We have a passion for discovering great first films and a desire to nurture a filmmaker's career thereafter. It's a place to be discovered and seen. We're an intimate festival - all our venues are within walking distance in our small, picturesque town, and our events are designed to foster connection and lasting partnerships among filmmakers.

Best known as a “filmmakers festival,” Crested Butte Film Festival creates intimate, well-attended screenings, thoughtful, provocative ​programming and ​ panel discussions and an inspiring​ weekend for our visiting filmmakers and attendees​. Perhaps one of them 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. Crested Butte Film Festival 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

Within its five 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 to attend​.”


Always "the last weekend of September”
Thursday, September 29 - Sunday, October 2, 2016​


We award films in the following categories:
Best Narrative feature
Best Documentary feature
Best Narrative short
Best Documentary short
Special Jury Prize
ACT Now Award (call-to-action monetary prize awarded to a nonprofit associated with film)
Best Actor and Best Actress Award

Thank you for submitting your film, we look forward to seeing it and having you be a valuable part of our festival.


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 and bike from venue to venue, meeting our enthusiastic, friendly crowds. If your film is chosen to be a part of our 2016 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."

September 29 - October 2, 2016

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.

For our 2016 season, we are open for submissions from December 1, 2015 through May 1, 2016.

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 ‘cbfilmfestival@gmail.com’ 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.

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.

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, 2016.

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 cbfilmfestival@gmail.com

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.