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.

ADDITIONAL 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, 2018. Films made before that date will not be considered for the 2019 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.

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
PO Box 718
Breckenridge, CO 80424
Phone: 970-453-6200


Contact us with deadline questions or concerns.

Overall Rating
  • Naomi Sheridan

    I loved this festival. Everyone involved was so friendly and so helpful. It's a gorgeous town in a beautiful setting and everyone goes out of their way to make you feel welcome. The local liaisons were great and had really good advice. There was a fantastic selection of films and the screenings were really well attended. You really get the sense the whole community is involved.
    An amazing experience!! I'm so happy I got to go!!

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    And we are so happy that you were here!!! Filmmakers such as yourself make it what it is!!!

  • Lisa Eismen

    A wonderful festival in the heart of a beautiful mountain town. I loved that I met so many people and could walk to all the events. From the green room to the liaisons to the films, Breckenridge Film Festival is a top festival. I can't wait to come back!

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    And we can't wait for your return, Lisa!!!
    It was great meeting you!!!!!

  • This festival has been on my list for many years and I finally got to experience it and it didn't disappoint! Loved everything about the fest from the town itself to the liaisons to the great venues. Just a wonderful complete festival with a warm courteous staff and outstanding volunteers. I hope to return many years to come!

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Pat, for those kind words! It was a pleasure to meet you and thanks again for the See's chocolate!!
    Can we quote you?

  • Andrew Laurich

    A truly special festival that celebrates filmmakers with an incredibly supportive and charitable local community. From the moment we arrived, our team felt like celebrities -- no understatement.

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Andrew, it was great having you, Vince & Billy here at the festival- thanks for all the wonderful photos!!
    Can we quote you?

  • Incredible festival that truly supports indie film makers. Excellent communication and follow up - great promotion of the new music video category that I screened in. Wonderful to be included!

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    And we were so happy to have you be a part of it, Kitty!! Hope to see you in the future and hopefully cross paths.
    Can we quote you?