Aspen Mountain Film Festival is a 5-day celebration of diverse mountain cultures, highlighting Aspen’s unique philosophy of body, mind, and spirit through documentary film, music, art, food, and stage with shared experiences of travel, adventure, environment, sustainability, community and extraordinary storytelling. The annual festival takes place August 26-30, 2020. Building on the 10-year success of Mountainfilm in Aspen, the City of Aspen’s historic Wheeler Opera House has been fully producing the festival since 2019, making Aspen a mountain film festival destination for Roaring Fork Valley residents and its worldwide visitors.

Entries are now open for short and feature film submission 3-120 minutes TRT, for Aspen Mountain Film Festival, August 26-30, 2020. Please read the criteria for submissions:

1- we are accepting submissions for DOCUMENTARY content of all lengths at this time.
2- your film should incorporate as many of these attributes as possible: adventure, conservation, engaging story, unique characters, gender, race, ethnic and sport diversity, mountain culture.
3- REASONABLY family-friendly
4- our overall festival theme is based on the Aspen model of "mind, body, spirit", however, we believe strongly in looking beyond the traditional "labels" attached to documentary films.
5- through our programming partners at Adventure Entertainment, we see a LOT of content. Therefore, the fresher/newer your film is, the more happy we will be!


Aspen Mountain Film Festival is seeking film submissions that embody the spirit of mountain culture, adventure, sustainability, and powerful characters from all walks of life. Length of selected films will vary from 3 minutes to 120 minutes in length.

Priority will be given to films produced in the last 3 months, have little or no Colorado exposure prior to late August, and have little, or basically, no online availability.

Online screeners and digital submissions are required. If your film is in a language other than English it must have English subtitles or dubbing to be considered.

Please include the following in your submission: synopsis of the film, detail of the prior screening criteria listed above, your personal availability for the festival dates (or others associated with the film) and a link to the film. If your film is selected for inclusion in Aspen Mountain Film Festival you must also provide a trailer extract and still imagery for use in promotion.

By submitting your film, you confirm that you have read, understood and agree to the following terms:
1. You have all intellectual property rights to all content in the submission and you have the performing rights for any music contained in the film.
2. If requested you will provide evidence of intellectual property ownership should it be required.
3. The film will not be available online or play within 200 miles of Aspen, CO prior to the festival. Any variances to this rule/term should maybe be discussed with the Programming Director prior to submission.
4. The film submitted is not subject to litigation nor is threatened by any litigation.
5. You are duly authorized to submit this film to the festival and its competition.
7. You understand that Aspen Mountain Film Festival, Wheeler Opera House, or City of Aspen is not responsible for any type of loss or damage to you pertaining to the film or its use by Aspen Mountain Film Festival.
8. Final decision of films included in Aspen Mountain Film Festival will be at the absolute discretion of the Event Organizers.
9. The City of Aspen/Aspen Mountain Film Festival retains the right to cancel the screening of any film selected for the Aspen Mountain Film Festival at the City’s/Festival's absolute discretion.
10. To the best of your knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true.

Overall Rating
  • Rudy Harris

    The Aspen Mountain Film Festival was truly and amazing experience! Sure, Aspen is a beautiful place to spend 5 days in, but honestly the festival was better than any beauty that Aspen could offer. The communication between the staff (special shout-out to Maddy and Henry) and our team was perfect. Any questions we had were answered in a super rapid fashion. We felt like celebrities throughout the festival as well...It was like being in an episode of Cheers, everybody knew our names including volunteers and the Execuitve Director Gena!

    The programming itself was incredible and the networking was very valuable. It was also promoted and advertised heavily, resulting in our showing having more viewers than any previous screening we had had before.

    Can’t wait to make another film, mostly in the hopes we get to be back in the AMFF!

    September 2019