At the Crested Butte Film Festival, we believe in the transformative power of sharing stories through cinema. Founded in 2010 by two adventurous film-lovers, our organization is on a mission to move people to move the world.

Nestled among towering mountains and golden aspen trees, our intimate and free-spirited festival inspires, awakens, and activates through an engaging setting of quality screenings, walkable venues, stimulating discussions, and authentic connections.

In alignment with our organizational mission, we curate bold, visceral, high-quality films that activate real emotion and invite personal, social, and environmental transformation.

Always held during the last weekend of September, the four-day event encompasses three walkable venues and the screening of 100 films spanning the genres of narrative, documentary, outdoor adventure, children’s, and short films. Additional programming sprinkled throughout the festival includes panel discussions, lively parties, and other social networking events.

Crested Butte Film Festival was recently named by USA Today’s Go Escape Magazine as “one of the top five fall film festivals in North America” and MovieMaker Magazine dubbed us "one of the best small film festivals in the United States."

Attending filmmakers are provided with an All-Access VIP Pass, lodging accommodations, and a bike to ride for the weekend (the preferred mode of transportation in our little mountain town).

At the Crested Butte Film Festival, you are sure to be inspired by the transformative power of stories while fostering incredible connections in an atmosphere of spontaneity fueled by great films, shared experiences, bikes, hikes, and magical mountain scenery.

“Crested Butte Film Festival has almost anything a filmmaker could want. On top of the scenic beauty that surrounds it, the festival is a creative vortex of top-notch programming and community building opportunities that provide excellent opportunities to see new films and network with your peers...CBFF’s overall programming is an exceptional mix of personal films that fold together some of the best narrative and documentary selections on the festival circuit.”
— Greg Hamilton, MovieMaker Magazine

Read complete MovieMaker article here:
https://www.moviemaker.com/archives/news/crested-butte-film-festival-2017-wrap/

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

Genius. Artistry. Creation. A new way of telling a story. A location we’ve never seen. Something we’ve never thought of or imagined. And humor goes a long long way with us. Simply put, the best in narrative, documentary, short, outdoor adventure and children's films.

A FILMMAKER'S FESTIVAL

Known as a “filmmakers festival,” we strive to create an atmosphere of inspiration through well-attended screenings, high-quality programming, stimulating panel discussions, and opportunities for authentic engagement. We have a passion for discovering great first films and a desire to nurture the careers of young and emerging filmmakers. All venues are within easy walking distance and events are designed to foster lasting connections and partnerships among attendees, filmmakers, and industry professionals.

WHAT MAKES CRESTED BUTTE UNIQUE

Town: Crested Butte is a historic mining town turned tourist destination with world class skiing, biking and hiking.
Size: At just six by ten blocks with a year-round population of only 1,500 people, Crested Butte is a small town that's packed with local character.
Altitude: A true mountain destination at 8,885 feet above sea level.
Beauty: We're literally surrounded by mountains. Think epic panoramic vistas with snowcapped peaks and dazzling golden aspen trees.
Fun: Off the charts. Parties, bike parades, delicious food, craft rum, local brews, and plenty of magically spontaneous moments.

MISSION

Through the transformative power of cinema, Crested Butte Film Festival fosters artistic creativity and inspires connection, cultural awareness and social action.


THANK YOU

Films have the power to bring people together which is, which is now, more important than ever. Thank you for submitting your film to Crested Butte Film Festival. We’re excited to see it.

Awards & Prizes

AWARDS AND PRIZES

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD
BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM
BEST NARRATIVE FILM
BEST SHORT FILM - Narrative, Documentary and Comedic categories
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
ACTNOW AWARD (call-to-action, monetary prize awarded to one nonprofit associated with film)
SPIRIT OF THE FESTIVAL AWARD

JURIED AWARDS

Each and every submitted film is considered for a Jury Award. Selected films are then shortlisted based on their genre and characteristics and sent to our Festival Jury. The Jury then awards films based on merit, innovation, and outstanding qualities.

AUDIENCE AWARD

A sure measure of success for filmmakers is winning the CBFF’s coveted Audience Choice Award. Solely determined by our audience, the Audience Choice Award is open to any screened entry and is determined by a weighted, tabulated-ratings ballot system on our festival app in conjunction with online trending and audience street reviews.

ACTNOW AWARD - ACTION & CHANGE TOGETHER

Our social action award - this is a cash award that goes to a nonprofit organization linked to a documentary film. If your film has a call-to-action component to it, and it is designated as an ActNow Film by the Crested Butte Film Festival it will be considered for this award.

2017 Recipients - A PLASTIC OCEAN and BENDING THE ARC
2016 Recipient - NEWTOWN
2015 Recipient - RACING EXTINCTION
2014 Recipient - VIRUNGA
2013 Recipient - BLOOD BROTHER
2012 Recipient - BIDDER 70

Rules & Terms

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
For our 2018 season, we are open for submissions from December 1, 2017 through May 1, 2018.

Before filling out the submission form, please be prepared to provide the following:

Contact information
Full film information including a short synopsis
Entry fee (credit card)
A link to your online screener
Acceptance of Rights and Releases

FILMMAKER NOTIFICATION
All submitting filmmakers will be notified on or before July 1, by the email provided with your submission. Please add director@cbfilmfest.org to your email address book to ensure receipt of notification.

SUBMISSION MATERIALS
For environmental reasons, we request that your submission be sent to us through an online link. Thank you. Your entry can be made via FilmFreeway's Secure Online Screener platform.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Film entries may be of any subject, from any country, and of any length. Submitted films should either be in English or include English subtitles. If the film is selected for the Festival, it is the responsibility of the filmmaker to provide the Crested Butte Film Festival with a file or exhibition copies by July 20, 2018.

QUESTIONS?
Call Michael Brody at 310.463.0707 or email michael@cbfilmfest.org

THANK YOU
We really appreciate you sending your work to us and giving us the opportunity to program it for our festival. Obviously, films are the foundation of our festival, and we appreciate the vision, creativity, time, commitment, and money that went into your work. Thank you.

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    Emma Pek

    We were thrilled to participate in the 2017 Crested Butte Film Festival with our short film and I had a wonderful experience. It is a very well-organized festival and everybody was very friendly and hospitable. The festival directors, Jennifer and Michael Brody, are such warm, kind people with a clear passion for film. The programming is spot-on and all of the venues are within walking distance. Also, the town of Crested Butte is gorgeous. I can't recommend this festival enough and I look forward to coming back whenever I can.

    December 2017
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    Laura Yale

    The Crested Butte Film Festival is a one-of-a-kind of film festival providing an intimate experience with talented filmmakers and industry folks. The festival beautifully weaves big thinkers into a tiny, passionate community, showcasing an exceptionally curated program of both lesser-known and critically-acclaimed films. I am a filmmaker and a resident of Crested Butte and am thrilled to have this amazing gathering of people in our town. The festival organizers and audiences are hungry to learn from films and the people involved in making them, providing a valuable and extremely fun experience for all.

    December 2017
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    William Bentley Films LLC

    Crested Butte Film Festival has been by far my favorite festival experience whilst having my film on the circuit. It such a tight knit and self aware festival that has it's priorities right.

    The beautiful small town is the perfect place to network in the most relaxed sense. I found myself having great conversations time and time again and bumping into people throughout town. This meant that interactions never felt contrived or short lived. The networking events were all great and everyone was involved and approachable - from the directors of the festival to the public.

    The venues were great and all close together. The local community really gets involved and attendances were always high to all the films I attended. The festival really looks after it's filmmakers... I can't stress that enough.

    I feel honored to be an alumni of the festival will be sure to try and attend again! If you get accepted definitely attend!

    ~ Will

    October 2017
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    Alexander Hankoff

    I had the pleasure of attending the 2017 Crested Butte Film Festival and I have to honestly say it was one of the best experiences I’ve had as a filmmaker at a festival. The programming was excellent and the community really rallies around the festival - making for a very special experience in a breathtakingly beautiful setting.
    Kudos to the organizers of this festival for creating an environment where filmmakers can engage with other filmmakers as well as audiences in an unpretentious, authentic and fun environment.

    October 2017
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    Liam Hall

    You honestly have to see it to believe it. The Crested Butte Film Festival is a dream come true for filmmakers and film lovers. The programming is so consistently great that it will take me weeks/months to unpack all the great films I saw.

    The hospitality and welcoming environment is off the charts. The festival team goes above and beyond to make sure every filmmaker and pass holder has unforgettable experience. Michael and Jen Brody have done an incredible job of creating a warm and inclusive environment that allows people to make real connections, a quality that seems easily missed at other festivals. Every single aspect of the festival was run so smoothly and the organizers were unbelievably accommodating.

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Liam, so great to have you and Chris and Rebecca out for our fest and welcome back to Colorado! You three are such a great team and your short was just so well done and even better on the big screen. Can't wait to see what you're working on next and let us help in any way we can. You guys are the true spirit of our fest and thanks for being here and get back to CB as soon as you can.

    Michael