When Denver's Holiday and Santa Fe theaters closed in the late 1970s, Denver's access to Spanish-language films on the big screen (aside from the occasional art house run) essentially vanished.

Sensing the need of a growing Spanish-speaking and bilingual community to see themselves on screen and to hear their stories told, Su Teatro started the Chicano Independent Filmmaker's Festival in 1999.

Now, in it's 24th year, the XicanIndie FilmFest has surpassed its original inception, reaching over 500 patrons annually. Although the festival still highlights the work of local and national Chicano independent filmmakers, the four-day event also includes Mexican classics and cutting edge new films from throughout Latin America.

Su Teatro is searching for new films for the Xicano Independent Filmmakers' Festival (XIFF) XXIII, filmmakers who tell authentic tales, that speak to the experience of the Latino World, document moving stories and life changing events, visually stimulate and engage the audience.

The XicanIndie seeks to give the filmmakers of tomorrow, the opportunity today, along with reaching filmmakers we just don't know yet, or already love. The festival focuses on films by and about Latinos.

If you have additional questions email: xicanindie@suteatro.org

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  • Nilton Resende


    It was very gratifying to participate in XicanIndie, from the selection to the moment of showing the films.
    The people at Su Teatro were very affectionate in the e-mail conversations, and the conversation with the filmmakers was also very good.
    Very good festival. It must be great to participate in person.
    I hope one day I can have that experience.

    April 2021
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    Response from festival:

    We loved working with you Nilton! I hope we can bring you out here soon!