Submissions for #CICHFF 2020 have begun! Congratulations to Semi-Finalists, Finalists and Award Winners! Find details at & Also, we're accepting submissions for #CIAFF2020, Colorado Intl. Activism Film Festival #CIAFF2019 and #CISFFF2019, Colorado Intl. SciFi & Fantasy Film Festival. Find us on FilmFreeway!

Cannabis is simply the scientific name given to the Marijuana plant. Some states, such as Colorado, have legalized the plant for recreational use much like alcohol. While many states and territories have passed legislation making the distribution and use of Cannabis legal for patients diagnosed with cancers and other medical conditions, others still arrest and jail innocent people for using it. With the federal government agreeing that there are, in fact, many valuable uses for cannabis & hemp, one has to wonder when the use of the plant will become common across DC, Alaska, Hawaii and the states.

We would love to feature your documentaries, dramatizations, docudramas, comedies, animations, screenplays, art/photographs and music videos. Submission topics include Law & Jurisprudence, Economics, Impact on Environment, Hemp as Fuel, Natural Healing, Spirituality, Drug Abuse, and Recovery from Addictions. All perspectives & ideas related to Cannabis, Hemp & remotely related topics are welcome.

We anticipate submissions from many countries. Activists submit short & feature-length films, screenplays, music/songs, art and photos for consideration by our team of 3-8 judges, which may change seasonally. We regret that we are unable to screen all of our official selections.

As our festival grows locally in popularity & sponsorship, we hope to invite partners and volunteers from the Denver metro area and surrounding counties. We hope to hold panels and debates.

Please note, there’s no weed bus planned and this is not an event where people are encouraged to bring weed, especially not into the theater. The Bug Theater, Denver Open Media (DOM), Alamo Drafthouse & most venues hosting our events are non-smoking venues. Please consult their websites for more rules and guidelines.

Please also note, while our live events are gaining popularity locally, our events may be lightly attended. Please plan accordingly. We very much appreciate your sharing our awards and posts with your social media to include Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

All plans and practices are subject to change without notice. If you're interested in helping judge submissions and/or writing film & music reviews, which we may publish at our websites, please call/text us, (720) 298-1524.

All plans and practices are subject to change without notice. Depending on the number and types of submissions we receive, we may provide alternative and/or additional awards. Please find the current Awards Master at our websites. We regret that we are unable to screen all of the submissions we select for inclusion in our film festival.

#CICHFF 2019 Anticipated Categories for Awards

1.0 USA/INTL. Script for Film/MV, 2.0 USA/INTL Dramatic Feature Film/MV, 3.0 USA/INTL Documentary Feature Film/MV, 4.0 USA/INTL Photo/Art & Special 5.0 USA/INTL Animated/Cartoon Feature Film/MV, 6.0 USA/INTL Comedic Feature Film/MV, 7.0 USA/INTL Music Video or Film, 8.0 USA/INTL Comedic Short Film/MV, 9.0 USA/INTL Animated/Cartoon Film/MV Short, 10.0 USA/INTL Documentary Short Film/MV, 11.0 USA/INTL Dramatic Short Film/MV, 12.0 USA/INTL VR/Web/New Media.

#CICHFF 2019 Anticipated Awards

1.0 Best Script; Most Entertaining Script for Film/MV, 2.0 Best in Show for Film/MV, 3.0 Best Direction, Acting, Actor, Actress, Host/Narrator 4.0 Best Production Design for Film/MV, 5.0 Best Titles, Graphics & Animation (TG & A), 6.0 Best Cinematography, 7.0 Best Soundtrack/Audio/Music, 8.0 Best Costumes, Make-up & SFX (CM & SFX), 9.0 “Colorado & the West” for Drama & Doc Film/MV, 10.0 “Rising Star” for Drama & Doc Film/MV, 11.0 “Festival Theme” (Cannabis & Hemp, etc.) for Drama & Doc Film/MV, 12.0 Best Experimental, “Shockingly Artistic”, “Hip & Cool” for Film/MV.

As our festival acquires sponsorship and funding, we hope to offer cash and other types of awards to talented activist filmmakers and creatives. In the meantime, award winners are automatically enrolled in the Association of International Activist Filmmakers (a $100 value). You are invited to register at our website,, and to list the society on your portfolio/CV.

Award winners are permitted to modify your own laurels to reflect your award status.

All plans and practices are subject to change without notice. Please note, beginning January, 2020, to become eligible to screen your submission and earn awards, you must create a free picture profile with AIAFilmmakers.

Depending on the number and types of submissions we receive, we may provide alternative and/or additional awards. Please find the current Awards Master at our websites. We regret that we are unable to screen all of the submissions we select for inclusion in our film festival.

Script submissions must contain a cover page. Script submissions under a pen name must be pre-approved by festival organizers prior to submission. If you have pressing, immediate, important questions or concerns, please do not send them to us via email! Please call/text us, (720) 298-1524.

All refund requests are handled at the discretion of our festival organizers. If submitters have a valid reason for a refund request, we will do our best to provide refunds and/or waiver codes. Please note that non-acceptance to our festival is not a valid reason for a refund.

All submissions must be the original work of the filmmaker/creative. Non-English speaking films and music videos should be subtitled in English. Music videos must be music-track centric, featuring the music/song/lyrics as the primary content, one single track from start to finish (not including credits). Also, Music videos must include the musician & song title in the title and on-screen credits.

A short or feature-length film that is highly visual with music added to emphasize, augment, & illustrate visual content would not qualify as a music video. Please submit these under "All Categories." Please be sure your submission is relevant to the theme of our festival!

Submission Statuses (Award, Finalist, Semi-Finalist, Selected) may change as requirements are satisfied. If you receive an "Incomplete" or "Disqualified" status, please call/text us for clarification.

After we select a submission and the submitter is notified, the submission will eventually be published in PDF format on our festival web sites, and/or

Award, Finalist, Semi-Finalist, Selected and Non-selected submissions will be published.. Withdrawn statuses will not be listed. If you do not wish your submission to show as "Non-selected" please withdraw it prior to the Notification Date. Please allow a few weeks following the conclusion of festival live events to find your submission listed at our websites.

We generally select festival screeners from Award Winners, Finalists and Semi-Finalists. We regret that we are unable to screen all of our Official Selections.

Once you are notified, please be sure your uploaded submission is made downloadable to our team via FilmFreeway, Vimeo or YouTube. We download your media to our hard drives and create playlists for screening at our live events. We publish an Event Program, a Poster, USA Awards, INTL Awards, and All Submitters PDFs at our websites. Also, please find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

You are invited to upload to FilmFreeway your promotional photos in JPEG format with a 20-30 word synopsis for possible inclusion on our web sites and publications. You may also text/email links to your web site/portfolio, which we may link to from our websites.

Otherwise, if we don't receive your promotional materials directly, we reserve the right to create them based on information you have submitted to us via your FilmFreeway profile and which you have provided online about your work and your submission at your website(s) and social media like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

Individuals hereby understand and agree that, while we are growing our local audience, film festival events may be lightly attended. Individuals submitting material to us hereby understand and agree that submission and acceptance does not entail promotion, which is always the responsibility of the submitter.

Individuals submitting material to us hereby grant to AIAFilmmakers & Infinite Perimeter Films your non-exclusive limited use agreement to use film titles, trailers, posters and other film and submitter promo materials for festival promotional use only, including online, print, and broadcast media to promote our film festivasl and selected submissions to the industry and interested people. Submitters fully retain all rights, title and interest in their submissions and all intellectual property.

An Individual submitting material to us hereby warrants that s/he/it is authorized to commit the submission(s) for judging and screening, and understands and accepts these Rules & Terms.

The individual agrees and understands that s/he/it has submitted materiasl to a non-commercial, not-for-profit volunteer-run organization without paid staff.

If the submitter does not receive a timely response from us via email, individual agrees to call/text us, (720) 298-1524.

Individuals submitting material to us hereby indemnify and hold harmless AIAFilmmakers and Infinite Perimeter Films 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 materials entered.

AIAFilmmakers and Infinite Perimeter Films reserve the right to use limited submitter materials to promote past and future related events.

Overall Rating
  • Brian Sturges

    Fantastic Film Festival! Very professional and a joy to work with. "Highly recommended!"

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, your opinion means a lot to us! We enjoyed viewing your work and we hope to have the opportunity to work with you again.

  • Camille Viollet

    Unfortunately could not attend but seems like a great festival that unfortunately not too many people know about!

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    We really enjoyed watching your short film, Plants! We wish you all success in your filmic endeavors! :)

  • This festival has a really hard time with communication and responding to emails. The actual festival turnout was virtually non-existent. The venue for screenings was fabulous but again no one really showed up, i suspect this is due to an lack of social media presence. The festival director and coordinator themselves were very pleasant and inviting.

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for attending! It was great to meet you! We have over 2000 folks following on Twitter You are always welcome to call/text us with questions and comments (720) 298-1524. Peace!

  • George Wada

    What an honor to have my music video "Road Trip with KD and Macy" getting accepted and winning an award! Unfortunately, I was not able to attend. Will be checking out other Infinite Perimeter Films film festivals.

    October 2018
  • Thank you to the jury and organization of CICHFF for selecting my film.

    September 2018