The Lyons International Film Festival is the gateway to Colorado's film makers. Set in idyllic Lyons Colorado, it's now a must stop on your way to the Rocky Mountain National Park just north of Denver and Boulder. The Lyons International Film Festival showcases many local Colorado independent films and films from abroad in categories ranging from, environmental documentaries, music documentaries, drama, fascinating people and outdoor recreational films. Get a better understanding of how such a task as creating a film from conception, to story boarding, directing talent, directing a cohesive efficient film crew, costume design on a small to budget, editing or to getting distribution and getting it on the big screen is possible. This festival schedule, like the town, will be easy to navigate as all the films are based at Rogers Hall on High street.

1 Audience Choice Award
1 Best Feature
1 Best Short
1 Best Documentary
1 Advocacy Award
1 International Short
1 International Doc
1 Cinematography
1 Best Director

Thanks so much for choosing to submit your film to our Festival. The Lyons Film Festival looks forward to watching your film and giving it an opportunity to screen in one of our many great venues.

We highly encourage you to submit ALL submission materials online through FilmFreeway. If online entry is not possible, please submit a Blu Ray or DVD and a file on a thumb drive.
Please do not include any promotional materials in your submission. We will collect high-resolution photographs of official selection films once they have been accepted into the Festival.

Film entries may be of any of the categories specified, 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 Lyons Film Festival with a exhibition copy.

If you chose to submit your film by mail you are responsible for all shipping charges and for any customs clearances and/or associated fees and taxes. Entry materials will not be returned unless specified. All filmmakers will be on our mailing list.

Colorado Festival Productions
PO Box 6056
Longmont, Colorado 80501

Call Jake Fink at 646-391-0876

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.

Overall Rating
  • Thanks a lot for selecting my works

    April 2019
  • Loved the festival! The organizers go through great care for attendees and it was an honor to be a part of it. Great value, great location, and well worth submitting!

    April 2019
  • Albert Fry Jr.

    Awesome festival, town and people! Had a great time! And thanks for the ‘Audience Choice’ award for our short film, “A Bitter Reckoning”!! :-)

    April 2019

    Great organization, sorry that I couldn't attend, but really glad to have won best international short film !

    April 2018
  • Chris Freeman

    The Lyons Film Festival was our first festival experience, and it was top-notch in some specific areas. First, they did an outstanding job at promoting our film in local press and on social media. The staff was warm, welcoming, and communicative throughout the entire process (and answered my many newbie questions quickly and with a smile). Second, the quality of the programming was very good. We attended a few different screening blocks, and I was very impressed with the film selection all around. This is an especially interesting festival if you enjoy the outdoor/adventure style of films. They also had some helpful filmmaker sessions that allowed filmmakers to connect and learn about different topics (such as funding/distribution). The only downside was the lack of non-filmmaker audience members during our specific screening block, but I believe that is because it was the family block in the morning and the festival still being fairly new. I believe with more time and tweaks, this festival will continue to grow its audience. The festival is doing so many things well!

    September 2017