Breckenridge Film Festival is one of the oldest festivals in the country, originating in 1981.

Film-lovers gather for unprecedented access to independent films, special screenings and premieres exclusive to Breckenridge - and the film-makers behind them!

The festival occurs as the leaves turn brilliant shades during the best time of the year in Summit County, in the town that earned the No. 1 spot in 2017's Arts Vibrancy Index for Small Cities by SMU's National Center for Arts Research. Breckenridge was also named the best small town in Colorado by Country Living Magazine in 2017.

The Breckenridge Film Festival provides an opportunity for filmmakers in many genres to express themselves and interact with audiences in a laid back casual atmosphere and to mingle with and make contacts with industry professionals. Films are presented alongside educational workshops and events. Writers, directors, producers and performing artists attend to discuss their work with audiences in informal sessions following film screenings, at receptions and film forums. We welcome and appreciate the creative talents of all the filmmakers we've met over the years and look forward to meeting more.

Breck Film Fest is "the filmmaker's film festival," proven by selections by USA Today as a Top 20 Film Festival and by FilmFreeway as a Top 100 Reviewed Film Festival.

NOTE: We offer lodging to attending filmmakers on a first-come, first-served, limited basis once films are selected and attendance is confirmed. Selected filmmakers will receive notification of lodging availability.

ADDITIONAL NOTE: We invite distributors and media representatives to join us at the festival.

To learn more about our history and offerings, visit

Best of Fest awards are given in each of the categories. In addition, other awards are given during the festival, including the coveted Audience Awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place.

Films must be completed after March 1, 2019. Films made before that date will not be considered for the 2020 festival.

You will be required to sign a notice of consent upon acceptance to the festival.

NO press materials will be accepted until films have been announced.

If your film is accepted, you will receive a notification email from the festival. Your acceptance will be conditional on meeting promotional/press kit, informational, and exhibition copy requirements and specifications. Selected filmmakers will receive requirements in their acceptance email.
NOTE: If exhibition films are not submitted in the required format, the festival reserves the right to convert it to an approved format.

The Breckenridge Film Festival reserves the right to use any additional clip or clips from accepted entries, up to three minutes in length, for publicity purposes.

Breckenridge Film Festival does not pay to screen submitted films.

All submission fees are non-refundable.

Filmmakers of accepted productions will provide a physical and digital copy of their film for permanent retention by the Breck Film Fest.

Submitting a signed entry form constitutes full acceptance of the BFF rules outlined herein and on the entry form. BFF reserves the right to decide all questions not specifically addressed.

Dianna Nilsson
Programming Director
Breckenridge Film Festival
400 N. Park Avenue, #10-B
Breckenridge, CO 80424
Phone: 970-453-6200


Contact us with deadline questions or concerns.

Overall Rating
  • Josh Cantrell

    Any year that we can go to Breck Film Fest is a good year. Definitely a favorite!

    May 2020
  • Patrick Shaver

    Breck Film Fest was one of the more experience driven festivals that I've attended. Hospitality was at the forefront of everything for the visiting filmmaker. The business community welcomes filmmakers and visitors with enthusiasm and open arms. The volunteers and staff really stand out in making you feel like you are a part of the community and the programming was outstanding.

    February 2020
    Response from festival:

    Patrick, thank you so much for your feedback! Much appreciated and we hope to see you back in Breckenridge!

  • Louise Woehrle

    Breckenridge Film Festival is a beautifully curated festival set in the mountains of Colorado. The Executive Director Dianna Nilsson is dedicated to the films, the audience, and the filmmakers. She really cares and so does her team and volunteers. It's clear to me why this festival has been around for 40 years! Thank you Breckenridge Film Festival. Incredible!

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Louise for your kind words!!! We so appreciated you bringing your film, Stalag Luft, to Breckenridge- it was a big hit!! Hope to meet you in person some day!

  • Breck Film Fest was incredible! The volunteers and staff made filmmakers feel at home with great housing, a lounge to mingle and grab drinks and food, and other events throughout the festival. Props to them for making it an amazing experience in a gorgeous setting!

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    David, thank you so much for attending and bringing your informative film!!

  • Ksenia Ivanova

    Breckenridge is an amazing film festival! People that run the festival are passionate about cinema. They care about filmmakers, moreover, Breckenridge is a mind-blowing town. Strongly recommend submitting to this festival!

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Ksenia, it was a pleasure to meet you at the film forum. You have such a gift and I wish all the best on your future projects!