The Lyons International Film Festival is the gateway to Colorado's filmmakers. 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 storyboarding, 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.

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
  • Adam Gascho

    Lyons puts on a great festival! Even during quarantine they found out a way to screen films and give out awards! We're so excited to have won Best Feature!!! Thank you for having us, and we hope to see you in the future!

    June 2021
  • Thanks for selecting our film. The people organizing this festival are motivated by passion. Small is beautiful!

    May 2021
  • Great festival! Good communication through out considering the current situation. I am grateful to the festival that my docu feature got a new audience through the festival platform.

    May 2021
  • Jeanne Givens

    The Lyons Film Festival has a lot of heart. It was such a pleasure to be among other filmmakers and staff. Thoughtful audiences, good questions and an overall engaging experience. It is a real asset to the town of Lyons, Colorado.

    February 2020
  • Sue Headley

    The communication I received prior to the festival was very informative. My questions were answered rapidly. Though I wasn't able to attend the festival, I was told by friends who attended that the festival was a good time-very enjoyable.

    April 2019