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

Please note: We have purposely lowered our submission fees. Why? In the year 2000 Withoutabox started the digital submission process. They also took an outrageous commission fee of more than 15%. This skyrocketed submission fees for filmmakers. When FilmFreeway launched, they asked for a vastly lower commission fee. Two years ago, WAB matched that commission. Since that time, because we use both sub services, we made the right choice to lower our submission fees to meet those changes. While we can't speak for other film festivals, we are proud knowing our decision helps filmmakers.

We hold all screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse Sloan's Lake in Denver. This amazing partnership allows us to screen all films in state-of-the-art theaters, that provide the ultimate viewing experiences.

DocuWest 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.

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 Film Festival become the premier documentary film festival in the West.

DocuWest is produced by the Artful Journey School of Fine Art. The festival is held at the awesome Alamo Drafthouse in Denver, Colorado.

We look forward to receiving your submission to the DocuWest Film Festival.

Selected documentary features, Medium length and short films participate in the Festival’s three competitive sections, the winners of which are chosen by special juries.

We will present a "Women Who Doc" award, presented by Barbara Bridges, to one filmmaker in each of our three categories. We are proud to have Barbara, who heads, "Women + Film", in Denver, be a part of the festival.

All submissions are eligible for an Audience Awards. They are chosen based on ballots submitted by Festival audiences, and are presented in the following categories: Documentary Feature, Medium length, and Short Film.

All films must have been completed after January 1, 2015.

Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for Festival presentation.

Short films up to 30 minutes. Medium length films must have a running time between 31 and 60 minutes. Feature length films are more than 61 minutes.

Films that have been submitted for consideration in previous years are eligible for re-submission only if significant changes have been made to the film. A detailed list of the changes must be included in the submission packet.

For submission purposes, preview DVDs may be works-in-progress, films with temporary soundtracks or digital outputs.

Filmmakers must deliver final format (as indicated) for Festival screenings. No exceptions will be permitted.

Overall Rating
  • Caroline Clark

    Responded quickly to emails; were very excited and accommodating!

    May 2016