IFF is a community-focused experience held in late June at the Open Media Foundation in the heart of Denver’s Santa Fe Arts District. Our absolute desire is to engender a festive atmosphere where both filmmakers and the film-viewing public can connect, communicate, and have a remarkable time.

As actors and filmmakers who have chosen to live in Colorado, we are inspired to highlight the extraordinary skills of local writers, producers, filmmakers, and artistic talent while attracting first-rate storytellers from all over the world. The very best of their film submissions are selected by a team of experienced judges and screened during the Festival.

Awards vary to some extent each year. The following is a representative list.
Juried: Animation, Art-Experimental, Art-Experimental - Colorado Filmmaker, Documentary - Short, Documentary, Feature, Horror, Music Video, Science Fiction, Short, Short - Colorado Filmmaker, Student/Young Filmmaker, Webisode.
Audience Favorites: Animation, Art-Experimental, Documentary-Short, Documentary, Feature, Horror, Music Video, Student/Young Filmmaker, Science Fiction, Short.

There are no cash awards or prizes planned for 2018

The Awards Brunch will be held on Sunday, June 10.

Feature: (45 to 120 minutes)
Short: (up to 44 minutes)
Documentary: (45 to 120 minutes)
Documentary - Short: (up to 44 minutes)
Animation: (Any length)
Music Video: (2 to 21 minutes)
Webisode: (up to 45 minutes)
SF & Horror: (4 to 120 minutes)
Art-Experimental: (up to 120 minutes)
For the student/young filmmaker entry fee, you must be enrolled in film school or under 23 as of May 26, 2016

Terms and Conditions
The submitter grants to the Intendence Film Festival (IFF) the right to utilize excerpts from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The submitter hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The submitter retains copyrights to its submissions. It grants to the IFF and its assignees and affiliates a royalty-free license to share the submissions, such rights granted from the time of the submission through the duration of the IFF and two years thereafter. The submitter indemnifies and holds harmless the IFF, its directors, and its sponsors, 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 screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • Harrison Schaeffer

    Awesome fest! I just moved to Denver and this was a great welcome to the city. Got to see great films and meet their makers as well.

    June 2018
  • Lorraine Portman

    We were very happy that FALLING SOUTH was programmed in Intendence Film Festival. Our lead actor grew up in Denver and we had a pile of friends and family hoping to see the film. Festival director is working hard to put on a worthwhile event for audiences and filmmakers. Clear communication. Thank You Intendence!

    June 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Lorraine. Your group was a hoot and for the most part, well-behaved. ;-) Hope you can make it out one of these years.

  • Kip Bennett

    Intendence was one of our favorite festivals. Bobb and his team were quick to respond,, supportive, honest and encouraging in all aspects of communication. We would strongly urge all filmmakers to submit to this terrific festival!

    July 2017
  • Love this festival! Had a blast. Good people. Good programming. Great parties. Great conversation! An intelligent festival.

    July 2017