The 14th Durango Independent Film Festival is a late winter/early spring destination festival cultivating a reputation as a filmmaker’s festival. Located in picturesque southwestern Colorado, filmmakers will enjoy staying within walking distance of two of three venues, fine restaurants, boutiques, brew pubs, art galleries, and historic Victorian hotels. Durango offers many recreational diversions such as the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge train and early spring skiing at nearby Purgatory Ski Resort. In addition to festival parties, we host nightly gatherings in the private filmmaker’s lounge with complementary beverages such as our own festival beer courtesy of SKA Brewing.

All films selected will be screened at least twice during the festival. Filmmakers are encouraged to participate in Q&A sessions following screenings to further engage and connect with the audience. To be more involved, there is an opportunity to participate in panels and/or workshops. Each year, our festival seeks out an eclectic mix of narrative features, documentaries, and short films. We seek all genres of film including: Adventure, LGBT, Native American, and Family. We also curate creative films suitable for students of all ages for our REEL Learning School Program.

"I cannot overstate how wonderful of a time we had in Durango last week. You all truly go above and beyond to make filmmakers feel amazing. From packed screenings to quirky hotels to delicious food and excellent parties. Durango had it all. Thank you." - Director Edd Benda, Superior
"I want to thank you so much for everything you did to make the festival possible. I know it's a big collaboration, just like any film production, but it starts from the top. I couldn't have prepared for how welcoming and enjoyable of an experience it was. I could go on and on, but I want to tell you it's the best film festival experience I have had! Not only that, but it was very inspiring as a filmmaker to share my film with the Durango community, and the enthusiasm it received was overwhelming. I didn't want to leave. It was an honor to be a part of it...keep doing what you're doing! You should be very proud." - Director Darren Rudy, Blind Date

This is a juried film festival concluding with both juror and audience award presentations.

Please no requests for submission fee waivers.
Works in progress must be received prior the early bird deadline and final completed work must be received by November 1, 2018.
For exhibition formats, DVDs are required for back-up purposes only.
Please notify the festival if your film will be broadcast on cable or network television or released for sale on DVD prior to the beginning of the festival.
DF reserves the right to exclude a film from the festival if that film has been previously broadcast.
Please note that DCP is the required exhibition format for all feature length documentaries and narrative features as well as short films. All festival venues have DCP formats.
Durango Film will only return ship to domestic destinations, including domestic film festival destinations.
Selected films will not be paid a screening fee. Films that require a screening fee are not eligible for either a juried or audience award. All films will screen twice during the festival and filmmakers will be notified by mid-January 2019 when both screenings have been scheduled.

Overall Rating
  • Wendy Solberg

    The communication and professionalism demonstrated by the festival representatives was simply amazing! Our little film ( literally just a few minutes long ) was treated like a major motion picture. We were treated with the upmost respect and we just can't wait to submit another film and attend this wonderful festival.

    June 2018
  • Abigail Wright

    Such a wonderful and welcoming experience, thank you! Like a great film, I had heard such praise and wondered if it might be overrated, but it was not at all. I was blown away with the tight knit community, the networking events and opportunities, the quality of the films, the friendliness of the staff and volunteers, and the hospitality in general. They make me want to create my next film, so I can submit again soon!

    March 2018
  • Lisa Rodriguez

    This fest was nothing short of top-notch! The town of Durango is a vibrant artsy hub of great people and avid film lovers who flock to see every film. There were multiple events, mixer's, and great opportunities to network with fellow filmmaker's and producers. Truly unforgettable and everything a film festival "should" be...

    March 2018
  • Mohammad Farahani

    Thank you Durango Independent Film Festival

    March 2018
  • Mike Kravinsky

    Durango is a wonderful festival with a laid back vibe. Well organized. Engaged audiences. Excellent theaters and plenty of parties and conferences for filmmakers to meet. We had a wonderful time showing our feature. I highly recommend the festival and town!

    March 2018