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 January 1, 2020. Films made before that date will not be considered for the 2021 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
  • Nora Mariana

    What a fantastic festival! Wonderful lineup, great communications, and very welcoming organizers. They managed to put together an extraordinary festival even in the midst of a pandemic. I can't recommend this festival enough and very much hope we can experience it in person someday soon! -- Team ALINA

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Nora! Love your film!

  • L Zipoy

    We absolutely loved the Breck Film Festival. What a lovely fest with great films, terrific programs and wonderful communication. Highly recommend.

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Lanie for the compliment and being so engaged and involved!

  • john Meyers

    I cannot say enough about this festival and how professionally it was run. While I was of course saddened not to be able to attend due to the Covid crisis, I must believe this would be just an amazing festival in which to participate in-person. I also greatly appreciated the awards presented to my feature, Being Dead.

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you John! All the best with your film!

  • Chris Craymer

    Lovely festival with well curated films and great communication > Well done for putting on the festival during Covid. I hope another year we can all meet in person!

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Chris! It's our wish as well.

  • A fantastic festival; thanks for finding a way to make it happen even in these difficult times! Thanks for the selecting our music video in 2020!

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Ben! Loved the music in the video!