Our first live event is being held Saturday, July 15, from 2PM 'til 10 PM, 2017 at The Bug Theater, Denver. We have received approximately 30 submissions for this year. Regular submissions have closed. Thank you to everyone! Onward! We are planning an opening "schmoozer" on Saturday around 6 PM. The Bug operates a cash bar and concession stand.

Our festival is free for the public to attend, ages 15+. Seating is limited at The Bug Theater. We are accepting donations at the door and in advance. All donations go to award-winning filmmakers and activists. You can contact us via snail mail - In Care Of 4259 West Florida Avenue, # 19495 Denver, Colorado, USA - or by TEXT/CALL (720) 298-1524. If we end up with overwhelming response for this year's first event, we'll hope to expand the number of days and venues as required to meet the demand for upcoming years.

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Here are the types of films we are looking for. To get a better idea, you may want to browse the selections at Films for Action and Top Documentary Films. Submission topics include Arts/Artists, Biography, Conspiracy, Comedy/Satire, Crime, Drugs, Economics, Environment, Filmmaking, Health, History, Media, Military/ War, Music, Mystery, Nature, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Science, Sexuality, Society, Sports, and Technology.

More than 300,000 filmmakers, writers and artists use FilmFreeway to submit to over 4,500 of the world’s best film festivals and contests (including 37 Oscar-qualifying festivals). Best of all, FilmFreeway is always 100% free for submitters. With FilmFreeway, activists always retain 100% of their rights to their intellectual property. Activists can submit their screenplays, shorts, feature-length films, scripts, photos, and music projects entirely online. FilmFreeway online screeners play seamlessly, in beautiful, crystal-clear HD quality. Videos can be streamed securely in HD for review and judging purposes.

Activists submit short (and feature-length) films, screenplays, music, art, and photography for consideration by the CIAFF team. The regular submission fee is $40.00 for the first submission and $10.00 for additional submissions in all categories. At this time, we are soliciting judges, panelists, sponsors and volunteers.

CIAFF anticipates art, music, film and screenplay submissions from many countries, screening initially in 2017 at The Bug Theater. In subsequent years, as our festival grows in popularity, we hope to screen submissions for up to two weeks at multiple venues all around the Denver area. We want to invite local artists, galleries, restaurants, and venues near The Bug and around Denver to participate in an "Activism Month" every July, beginning in 2017.

In upcoming years, we hope to invite partners and volunteers from Colorado's SIE Film Center and the UA Denver Pavilions multiplex on the 16th Street Mall. Red Carpet screenings and events may premiere in future years at the Alamo Draft House, Red Rocks Community College Theater, the University of Colorado's Tivoli Complex or perhaps even the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. A small number of panels for the 2017 festival are planned to be held at The Bug Theater; in future years, we hope to hold panels at meeting centers throughout the city.

Thank you for your interest in CIAFF!

Awards & Prizes

In upcoming years, we hope to expand our festival to include Red Carpet Presentations, Focus on Contemporary World Cinema, Documentary Cinema, Late Night Showcase, Women, Minorities and Film, Spotlight on Colorado, American Independent Showcase, Student Film Program, Music Videos, and Retrospectives.

Once our team and festival organizers have secured adequate sponsorship and funding, in upcoming years, we hope to offer awards and prizes to sincere activist writers, artists, musicians and filmmakers totaling as much as $1000.00.

It is up to our festival organizers whether we wish to grant an award or not. All refund requests are handled at the discretion of our festival organizers. It is up to our festival organizers whether we wish to grant a refund or not. If submitters have a valid reason for a refund request, we will do our best to provide refunds. Please note that non-acceptance to our festival is not a valid reason for a refund.

Rules & Terms

To submit art, music and films to CIAFF, activists navigate to the FIlmFreeway website and click "Browse Festivals" in the main menu to get started. When they find our festival, they click "Submit Now" and our festival will be added to their shopping cart. Activists complete the check out process and they're all set – their project has been successfully submitted to CIAFF. Activists can add our festival to their Watch List simply by clicking 'Add to Watch List'.

Submitters can access our festival in their Watch List by clicking 'Watch List' in the main menu. You can remove our festival from your Watch List by hovering over the 'In Watch List' button and clicking 'Remove from List'. The Watch List will automatically send submitters an email reminder 10 days prior to the festival’s opening date and 10 days prior to each entry deadline.

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If submitters need to physically download the project source file for screening at the CIAFF festival, they will need to request permission through FilmFreeway. Activists can request permission simply by clicking 'Request Download' on the Project Details page of that submission. When the submitter approves the download request, the festival will be notified by email and the Request Download link will change to a 'Download File' link that will enable the festival to download the project file. If the video is linked via Vimeo or YouTube, submitters will need to contact the account owner and request that they enable downloading within their Vimeo or YouTube account.

Submission Statuses---

In Consideration: All submission requirements satisfied. Submission under review.

Incomplete: Festival awaiting receipt of submission or requesting additional information.

Disqualified: Festival has disqualified the submission from consideration.