Cinema Steamboat is a one-day festival celebrating documentary and narrative short film creations of all genres from across the nation. Selected submissions this year will be projected for an audience at our Drive-In Movie Event on the evening of Saturday November 21, 2020 in beautiful Steamboat Springs, CO.

Our festival team has received incredible mentorship from Jennifer Brody and Ursla Null (Crested Butte Film Festival) as well as support from other prominent festival directors throughout Colorado. Cinema Steamboat is the fruit from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade's "Blueprint 2.0 Initiative."

Our amazing sponsors include: Steamboat Springs Chamber, Steamboat Springs Film Committee, Steamboat Creates, Bud Werner Memorial Library, & City of Steamboat Springs.

Event support is provided by: Whistle Bird Productions, High Drama Productions Ltd,, The Main Event, & 2005 Films.

Our official lodging sponsor is: Holiday Inn Steamboat Springs.

Finally, we would like to acknowledge the wisdom provided by the Colorado Office of Film, Television, & Media.

Official Selections will be judged to determine the top three short films which will receive the following:

Best in Show Award (& a $150 prize)
2nd Place Award (& a $100 prize)
Honorable Mention Award (street cred. & some bragging rights)

Winners do not need to be in attendance, but filmmakers must meet all criteria listed under Rules & Terms to be eligible for awards/prizes.

Greetings & thank you for considering submitting your short film to Cinema Steamboat!

Here is the legalese:

-At this point in our journey, we can only accept submissions from US filmmakers

-We'd really like your film to have a title card at the beginning (Title/Director at least)

-All submissions must be in English (or have English subtitles)

-We welcome first-time filmmakers and student projects

-Each filmmaker may only submit one film this year (per Director)

-Short films must be less than 10 minutes in length (including title card/credits)
for submission, but we greatly prefer that they be between 1 - 6 minutes TRT.

-You may submit your film electronically through FilmFreeway or by mailing a DVD
(in either case, your film must be RECEIVED on or before November 1, 2020.

-Please enter all of your information carefully so that we have a valid way of reaching you.

-If your film is selected as a Finalist an .mov (QuickTime) version or DVD/BLU-RAY must be provided by November 13, 2020.

-Finally... we want Cinema Steamboat to be a family-friendly event!
Please do not promote alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, violence, profanity or disrespect of oneself or others. The Festival Director, Judges, & Cinema Steamboat Staff reserve the right to interpret the content of your film.

Thank you so much for submitting your film. Best of luck to you, and we'd love to see you at Cinema Steamboat on Saturday November 21, 2020!

Overall Rating
  • Very honored to be in this festival! First time getting into a large festival like this one. A great experience.

    October 2021
  • Romulo Mena

    Thank you for putting on this festival. I feel fortunate to have had my short film, The Littlest Angel, screened at the Cinema Steamboat Film Festival. I look forward to submitting future projects to this festival.

    November 2020
  • Andrew de Burgh

    I could not attend due to the pandemic and being very far away but was impressed with the organization, the friendliness of the hosts and from what I heard, the event went really well and the short film "The Legend of Santa" which I directed and co-produced was well received.

    November 2020
  • Such a great festival! I was lucky to have shown my short film "The Winner" this year and earn a special citation award! I sadly was not able to attend but the festival hosts and coordinators did an incredible job. Thank you so much, I hope to submit again next year.

    November 2020