This summer, the creative community of Pueblo, Colorado and beyond will present the Rocky Mountain Creative Experience featuring music, film, theater, culinary arts, visual/ digital arts, & health and business, with the goal of empowering those who create!

Presentations of art, workshops, & masterclasses will be held in June, kicking off with the Mindful Awareness Festival. On Friday, June 10, this interactive event will host its Short Film Festival, screening short films of various genres, all with the subject matter of mental health in mind.

Hoping to inspire and educate about the importance of mental health, The Mindful Awareness Short Film Festival hopes to explore critical conversations through visual media. Whatever story you have to share deserves to be seen at this illuminating short film fest, which will culminate in an exciting awards ceremony.

The Mindful Awareness Festival will also showcase Youth Short Film Screenings from YDA (Youth Documentary Academy), youth theater groups presenting art for social justice and awareness. The Encore Players, in collaboration with the Impossible Players, will present “Never Have I Ever”, a play about abuse issues. And The Arts Academy at Pueblo County High School, in collaboration with Colorado Arts and Artist Associates (CAAA), will present “No One Hears Unless You Scream” (a youth suicide prevention play).

The artists and community will also find support for their industry needs and gain personal resilience skills and empowerment through connections with local resources.

The following week of the Rocky Mountain Creative Experience will launch with Creative Empowerment Week, continuing to educate and inspire those through creative and artistic endeavors.

-There are four headlining categories for the Short Film Festival: Best Dramatic Short, Best Comedic Short, Best Documentary Short, and Best Animated Short.

-There will be awards in 5 unique categories: Best Picture, Best Story, Best Cinematography, Best Acting, and Most Creative.

-Winning films will receive a special trophy, cementing your win at the very 1st Mindful Awareness Festival. The winners of Best Picture will also take home a cash prize of $200.

-Short films can be anywhere between 1-10 minutes in length.
-All films must be submitted in a resolution of at least 1920 x 1080p.
-All films must be submitted through FilmFreeway by May 16, 2022. No films will be accepted after this date.
-Only films from the United States can be accepted at this time.

-Our judging panel, consisting of film industry professionals, will evaluate the submitted films several weeks before the festival. The short films that receive the highest scores will make it into the short film screening.
-The judges' scores will determine which films will win the 5 awards. These winners will be announced live after the screening during a special ceremony.

-Foreign language films must contain English subtitles.
-Films that make it into the show must be submitted to the festival in a digital file.
-Entry materials will not be returned.
-All fees and forms must be payed, signed and acknowledged before inclusion into festival.
-Filmmakers will be notified of their inclusion in the festival no later than May 30, 2022.

All filmmakers acknowledge and agree to the following:
1) Filmmakers understand, and comply with all entry requirements.
2) Filmmakers agree to indemnify and hold harmless The Rocky Mountain Creative Experience & CAAA from and against any and all claims, losses, damages, or expenses which they may have concerning the marketing, publicity, screening and loss of or damage to the screening videos submitted.

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  • Sierra Cole

    Thank you so much for choosing our film. We are so thankful to be apart of this festival!

    July 2022