We are back for a live event in beautiful Colorado Springs on July 7, 8, 9th 2023. We are excited to host a 3 day film extravaganza at the Ivywild School Auditorium, and the Millibo Art Theater.

About the Festival:
The Indie Spirit Film Festival is an annual event for filmmakers and film lovers alike, with a superb program of feature films, shorts, in both narrative and documentary formats from around the world. The Indie Spirit Film Festival (ISFF) showcases the work of independent filmmakers amidst the mountainous backdrop of Colorado Springs, Colorado and is about filmmakers, audiences, and film professionals establishing a relationship and supporting independent film.

The festival has quickly become one of Colorado Springs' largest film festivals, with numerous filmmakers and film fans attending screenings, Q&A sessions, filmmaker panels, parties and receptions.


IFSOC Board of Directors

Awards for Best Feature Film and Short Film for Narrative and Documentary.
Also an Award for Best Young Filmmaker.
In addition there will be over all Audience Awards for Best Feature and Best Short.

1) All films must be digital submissions. .MP4 or .MOV are required. Additional requirements will be specified upon acceptance.

2) All Payments are made via FilmFreeway.

3) All submission fees are non-refundable.

4) NO press materials will be accepted until films have been announced.

5) If your film is accepted, you will receive a notification email from the festival via FilmFreeway. Your acceptance will be conditional on meeting promotional/press kit, informational, and exhibition copy requirements and specifications. Selected filmmakers will receive requirements in their acceptance email.
NOTE: If exhibition films are not submitted in the required format, the festival reserves the right to convert it to an approved format.

6) The Indie Spirit Film Festival reserves the right to use any additional clip or clips from accepted entries, up to three minutes in length, for publicity purposes.

7) There are no restrictions on distribution status. There are no requirements or restrictions for premiere status to submit to the festival. We welcome all films and genres. Films with mature content must indicate such on the submission. Pornography is not permitted under any circumstance; there is a difference between art and pornography. The festival's management has the final say in what is considered inappropriate material.

8) All submission must go through a screening process to qualify for selection.

9) After a film has been selected the filmmakers will be notified and the film will be listed on the festival web site and social media under official selections. You will receive Official selection Laurels via FilmFreeway.

10) All entered films grant Indie Spirit a non exclusive limited use agreement to use film titles or trailers or film posters for festival and film promotional use only including online, print or broadcast media to promote the festival and selected films to the industry and general public. Filmmakers fully retain all rights, title and interest in their films and all intellectual Property.

11) Please direct all questions or requests to the festival staff. Do not contact the venue directly as they are unable to reply to your requests and are not authorized to accept requests or make decisions, or provide venue information in regards to Indie Spirit.

12) Indie Spirit does not accept films with exhibition screening fees.

13) Indie Spirit reserves the right to show all films accepted into the festival at another time following the festival as "best of Indie Spirit" presentation.

Submitting a signed entry form constitutes full acceptance of the ISFF rules outlined herein and on the entry form. ISFF reserves the right to decide all questions not specifically addressed.


Overall Rating
  • Doron Mitchell

    Definitely a great experience! Glad we were able to attend a local film fest.

    December 2023
  • Indie Spirit is a wonderful festival. It is a rich, local experience with an authentic community-based approach to film and engaging in dialoge around film. Carlo is warm and supportive and the staff is fantastic. The setting is Colorado cool with mountains, craft beer, great music and easy conversation.

    July 2023
  • Fantastic festival! Hosts and organizers are all extremely kind and the local filmmaking community is very open to collaboration and idea sharing. Excellent opportunity for networking and making new friends.

    July 2023
  • The Indie Spirit Film Festival was an amazing film festival at a beautiful venue with terrific staff. I will definitely submit other films in the years to come.

    July 2023
  • Tyson Kroening

    Such a great festival. Honored to have been included in the selection.

    July 2023