13th Annual

Colorado Environmental Film Festival

February 21, 2019 to February 23, 2019

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Golden CO 80401
Phone: 303-885-4596

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Short Films
Short films that explore interconnected ecological, social, and economic themes.
Feature Films
Feature-length films (narrative or non-narrative) that explore interconnected ecological, social, and economic themes.
Youth Submissions
This category is for films produced by youth 19 years of age or younger. Any length film is acceptable. Films made by youth will get special consideration for our festival especially for family-friendly Saturday programming.


The Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF) is a celebration of the power of film to inspire, educate, and motivate audiences. CEFF presents thought-provoking films and dialogue that raise awareness of a wide variety of interconnected ecological, social, and economic themes. The Festival provides an experience for the audience that goes beyond passive film viewing: CEFF inspires audiences into awareness and action.


The CEFF includes local and national feature length and short films for all ages, thought-provoking dialogue, festival celebrations for both filmmakers and audience members, children's films, a filmmaker forum, and information from a variety of environmental groups. The festival presents informative and entertaining films that explore interconnected ecological, social, and economic themes. Audiences have the opportunity to be more than passive viewers - they will leave inspired, surprised, motivated, entertained, and transformed.


Dave Steinke (Director); Nicole Bickford (Festival Coordinator); Rocky Thompson (Board President of CEFF)


Submission FAQs and Answers

1. What are the benefits of submitting my film to the Colorado Environmental Film Festival?

Your film will be screened by a diverse group of people who understand the importance and value of environmental film making.

If selected...

*Your film will be considered for a unique festival award, including the Best of Festival award, the Best Short award, the Best Feature award, Best Youth Film and the Spirit of Activism award.
*You will be able to market your film with the Colorado Environmental Film Festival official selection and, if selected for an award, an award logo (which will be made available at a later date).
*Your film will be considered by the many specialty distributors that attend our festival looking for new films.
*You will receive (2) Free Festival Passes to the festival (for you and one guest).
*VIP treatment: You will be met on arrival, introduced at your film's screening, and have a chance to take Q&As at the screening or to talk about your work (time allowing).
*You will receive free admission to all festival related events.
*You may sell copies of your film at the festival at a pre-designated CEFF booth and at your screening (20 copy limit).
*Some forums and parallel discussion-related programs are in development in which you may be invited to participate.
*Your film will be considered for the Colorado Environmental Film Fest touring package - CEFF Caravan.
*Golden, Colorado is a wonderful place to visit and filmmakers the world over enjoy the equal proximity of the Rocky Mountains and the amenities of both Golden and nearby Denver and Boulder.

1. Do you grant fee waivers for entries?

Entry fees are a very important part of our success in providing this amazing non-profit festival each year. We very rarely offer fee waivers. We understand the financial challenge that festival entry fees can create, however, CEFF makes every effort to offer affordable entry options for film makers, including student, local and early bird registrations.
In order to consider granting you a waiver, you must first enter your film into the "Without a Box" system. There is an option to request a waiver. Important: In your WithoutaBox cover letter , please explain why you are requesting a waiver. This process will allow our submission team to understand your unique circumstances.

2. I'm a returning filmmaker to CEFF. Is there a discount for alumni?

Yes there is. We love environmental filmmakers, especially those that continue to create and submit films. Call or write our festival director for more information.

3. For what kinds of films is CEFF searching?

Our mission, to celebrate the power of film to inspire, educate, and motivate audiences on environmental topics, is an excellent starting point in considering if your film is relevant for CEFF. Films most likely to be selected will fit with our mission. Films should cover environmental topics, but can certainly overlap with social, economic, spiritual, or other themes. We do not limit the films chosen to ones that, to us, have the right answers. It is more important that the films are thought-provoking. This is an open forum designed to inspire awareness and action on a myriad of worldwide environmental topics. The quality of the film production will also be considered and weighed. All genres, including documentaries, narratives, shorts, children's films, and experimental films are all welcome and will be given equal consideration.

4. Are there particular film lengths that are most likely to be selected?

No. We are mostly concerned with the content and quality of the film. We will adjust our viewing schedule to accommodate different lengths of films, though some films may be "blocked" together for viewing. If you have multiple versions of your film with different durations, please let us know.

5. I am just starting off in filmmaking and have an amateur film I would like to submit-does it have any chance?

All films are given equal weighting in the review process. We encourage you to submit any project that meets our mission (see FAQ #2).

6. Can I submit more than one film?

Yes. The fee remains the same for each film.

7. Do you accept foreign film submissions?

Most definitely! We encourage a global forum for environmental discussions through the inspiration of films from around the world. If the film is in a language other than English, subtitles in English are required. Please be aware that we need to screen films in NTSC region 0 or 1. If that is not possible, please contact us to see if special arrangements can be made.

8. In what format should I send the review copy of the film?

We really are encouraging everyone to submit their film via secure on-line screeners here at Withoutabox. If that doesn't work for you, direct us to another site where your film is posted. If you must send films for review, they should be sent on DVD in NTSC region 0 or 1 format, preferably with English subtitles if the film is not in English. Other professional video formats will be considered, but please contact us before making that submission. No film (8mm, 16mm, or 35mm please). Please send 2 copies of your film for review. If you would like your film returned to you, please include a postage-paid self-addressed envelope with your submission.

9. If accepted, in what format should I send the film for the festival?

We will download all the films to a digital format and project from hard drives, so we will be in touch with you after acceptance to get a high quality digital copy of your film. If that doesn't work, then we encourage you to send in the best quality format you are able, preferably Blu Ray DVDs. Keep in mind that all projection will be done in NTSC, your film must have English subtitles if it is not in English, and, in order to offer the highest quality presentation experience for our audiences, should not be in an analog format (special exceptions may be made, please contact us for further information). Please review your high-quality film before sending it to us to ensure that the video and audio quality are at their best. If burning your own DVD, please be sure to test it in a non-computer DVD player before sending it to us. If you are having problems, please contact us.

Questions? Please contact us at ceffchair@ceff.net or 303-885-4596


1. Entrant has read, understands and fully complies with all submission eligibility information, Submission Guidelines, Terms & Conditions of entry and entry eligibility requirements.

2. Film is not the subject of any litigation or threatened litigation.

3. As filmmaker, the entrant is duly authorized to submit this film to the competition.

4. The entrant holds the Colorado Environmental Film Festival and sponsor organizations harmless and indemnifies it from any damage to media en route or otherwise during the course of the festivals possession of the film. In addition, the entrant agrees to hold the Colorado Environmental Film Festival harmless and indemnify it from cost and/or damages incurred as a result from any litigation and or threatened litigation as a result of the screenings of the film.

5. All films not in English must have English subtitles or be dubbed in English.

6. The number(s), date(s), time(s), and location(s) of the screenings of films are at the discretion of the Colorado Environmental Film Festival.

7. The Colorado Environmental Film Festival reserves the right to complete any information not supplied by the filmmaker from whatever source available and will not be responsible for any incorrect information.

8. The entrant acknowledges and agrees that all matters not covered by these regulations, and questions arising from them, will be decided by Colorado Environmental Film Festival organizers or programmers at their discretion.

9. The Selection Committee of the Colorado Environmental Film Festival reserves the right to disqualify entries for any reason. No refunds will be granted for any reason. All judges' decisions are final.

10. Films may not be withdrawn after acceptance into the Festival.

11. By submitting this film, the entrant hereby grants the Colorado Environmental Film Festival all necessary rights to screen this film and use reasonable parts of the film for purposes of advertising and promotion.

12. Entrants hereby grant and assign to the Colorado Environmental Film Festival and its successors and licensees the right to copy the entry in its entirety to facilitate technical operations of the festival, in and through any and all media formats now known or hereafter devised. All submissions will be retained by the Colorado Environmental Film Festival for pre-selection, and archival purposes.

13. To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements and information provided with the submission are true.