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27-May-2015 6:56am PDT  


Durango Independent Film Festival dba Durango Film

10 Annual March 04, 2015 to March 08, 2015

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P.O. Box 1587
Durango CO 81302-1587
Phone: 970-375-7779
Fax: 970-375-1437

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Feature Film
Narrative (non-documentary) features over 50 minutes.
Documentary Film
Non-fiction films over 50 minutes.
Short Documentary
Non-fiction films under 50 minutes.
Live Action Short
Live action (non-documentary) films under 50 minutes.
Animated Short
Animated and experimental films under 50 minutes.
Family Program
Short or feature length documentary, animation, or live-action films appropriate for ages 5-13. We are looking for films that show creativity, problem solving, and/or greater understanding of diverse communities or the environment.
Outdoor Adventure Sports
Any fiction or non-fiction film relating to outdoor adventure/adrenaline/sports. Our festival is located in southwest Colorado where all kinds of adventure sports are appreciated from climbing, biking, skiing, snowboarding, base jumping, kayaking, running, fishing, etc..... Bring it on!
School Program
We are looking for short films, 35 minutes or shorter, with specific appeal to school children ages 5 through 17. Films must not have sexual content, and only mild violence if part of historical context. We seek films that feature some creative difference from what children usually see at the movies or on television.
Native American Films
Any Native American film--fiction or non-fiction--that features Native American content and/or is directed or produced by a Native American filmmaker.
We are accepting narrative features, shorts and documentaries with LGBT content.

The Durango Independent Film Festival is committed to developing film literacy and to being a welcoming, intimate and unique film organization that screens global, innovative and diverse films that connect independent filmmakers, their artistic process and vision to the community.

“From now on DF will be the standard I measure my festival experience against.” 2011 Filmmaker, Russell Anway, THIS TIME TOMORROW.
The 10th Durango Independent Film Festival (Durango Film) is cultivating a reputation as a filmmaker’s festival, with a focus in showcasing filmmaker’s artistic creativity in a unique, intimate and charming mountain town in the Four Corners. Durango’s passion for independent film truly shines during this five-day event, coming into its 10th year. Filmmakers who attend the festival will enjoy the intimate setting of this picturesque southwestern Colorado town featuring art galleries, turn-of-the-century hotels, casual fine dining, and an active night-life. Filmmakers can also enjoy a ride on the world famous D&S Narrow Gauge train or can ski or snowboard at nearby Durango Mountain resort. We also offer a private lounge for filmmakers for networking and connecting with other filmmakers over festival exclusive micro brew from SKA brewing or other cocktails if desired. Durango audiences are enthusiastic and inquisitive, resulting in engaging Q&A sessions for filmmakers. Every film is screened twice during the festival in audience and jury competition. Attending filmmakers may be given the opportunity to participate in filmmaker panel discussions. All venues, hotels, and other events are located within walking distance in beautiful downtown Durango.

Categories include:
Narrative Feature
Documentary Feature
Native short and feature length
Live action short
Animated short
Family Program
Documentary Short
Adventure sport
School (Educational) program

Please no requests for submission fee waivers.

Works in progress will be accepted during early submission process only. Finished projects must be received by December 1st, 2014 for final consideration.

Derrick Casto (Programming Director) ; Greg Weiss (LGBT Programming) ; Joanie Fraughton (Executive Director) ; Michele Malach (Shorts Programming)

Please no requests for submission fee waivers.

Works in progress must be received prior the early bird deadline and final completed work must be received by December 1, 2014.

All preview DVDs must work in standard, U.S. players.

For exhibition formats, DVDs are required for back-up purposes only.

Please notify the festival if your film will be broadcast on cable or network television, released on VOD or DVD by January 15th.

DF reserves the right to exclude a film from the festival if that film has been previously broadcast.

All submissions require 2 screener copies.

Please note that any feature length documentary or narrative feature where a DCP is a filmmaker preferred format, the festival must be notified immediately upon acceptance if DCP will be provided so that venues may be notified so that may ingest the film prior to the fest and test run the film.

DIFF will only return ship to domestic destinations, including domestic film festival destinations.


Confirmation emails will be sent upon receipt of your submission. Durango Independent Film Festival reserves the right to include portions of films accepted to the festival for promotional purposes. Unless otherwise indicated, films selected for the festival may be included in future retrospectives unless otherwise requested by the filmmaker. A DVD NTSC copy of all film festival selections will be kept in the DF library. If selected, the exhibition copy of the film must be received by DF by Febuary 1st, 2015. The film will be treated with the utmost consideration by competent festival staff; however, the organization cannot be held responsible if the film is lost or damaged during shipping. For this reason, we strongly suggest that participants insure their films. After the festival, exhibition copies will be returned to their owners, and/or to the DOMESTIC ADDRESS specified by the participant. Shipping costs to international destinations will be the responsibility of the submitter. 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 rights, 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 and 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. If accepted, signed filmmaker agreement and promotional materials must be received by December 15, 2014.