8th Annual

DocuWest International Film Festival

May 11, 2016 to May 15, 2016

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The Sie FilmCenter
Colfax Avenue
Denver CO 80206
Phone: 303-921-9444

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Feature Length Documentary
Feature documentaries with a total running time of more than 60 minutes.
Documentary Medium Length and Essay Form
Medium length documentaries and documentary type film essays with a total running time between 31 and 59 minutes.
Documentary Short
Short documentaries with a total time of up to 30 minutes in length.


The Docuwest International Film Festival is dedicated to showing insightful, thought provoking, and awe-inspiring documentary films from around the world.


Docuwest International Film Festival - "We have issues."
Docuwest looks to explore the world of our people, our politics, our societies, our history and ourselves through the lens of filmmakers from around the globe. We embrace the idea that cinematic truth revealed in a non-narrative manner can allow the filmmaker to make choices that presents life either surreptitiously or purposely based on the choices they make.

With the ability to more easily capture subjects and events of the world through less expensive forms of production, documentary filmmaking has become an art form whereby the many voices of diverse peoples from around the planet can be heard. Docuwest’s objective is to present our audiences with the stories that are not only astonishing and jarring, but awe-inspiring and thought provoking enough to enable more dialogue and discourse to take place over the people, events or subjects presented in each film. It is our goal to see the DocuWest International Film Festival become the premier documentary film festival in the West.

DocuWest is produced by the Artful Journey School of Fine Arts. The festival is held at the spacious Sie FilmCenter, the ColoRado History museum, and maybe, one or two more as yet unnamed places in Denver, Colorado.

The festival is centered at the Sie FilmCenter in Capital Hill. The area is a vibrant place for filmmakers and attendees to explore the heart of Denver. Filmmakers and attendees can easily walk around Colfax avenue, and hang-out at various locales to drink, eat and discuss the various documentary films shown during the festival. We look forward to receiving your submission to the DocuWest International Film Festival.


Dan Ketchum; Karen Cruz; Wade Gardner (Artistic Director ); wade gardner (Co-Founder and Programming Director); wade gardner (officer)


Eligibility Requirements
All films must have been completed after January 2014.
Films may have screened in the Denver/Boulder metro area prior to the dates of DocuWest. While a Colorado premiere is not a requirement for DocuWest, it is taken into account when selecting the final program.
Feature films may have screened on U.S. television, or on the Internet prior to the dates of the festival.
All films not in English must be subtitled in English for presentation.


Docuwest is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Docuwest from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.