Our first live event was held Saturday, July 15, from 2PM 'til 10 PM, 2017 at The Bug Theater in Denver. We received 34 submissions for this season. We selected 3 screenplays, 1 photograph & a number of films. We regret that we were unable to show all of the amazing films we received this year due to time & budget constraints. We provided three awards: Best in Show, Best Cinematography, and Best Acting. An informal "texting" poll suggested our "Audience Choice", which goes to Ten Thousand Camels by Kent Flaagan. Congratulations! Thank you to everyone!

We welcome both documentary and fictional projects that promote positive messages related to Activism. In 2018, for films, we will award Best in Show, Best Cinematography and Best Acting. Depending on the number and type of submissions we receive, we'll also hope to provide additional awards along with recognition for writing, music/songs, and photos.

“Thank you for my selection in such a prestigious award…I would like to dedicate this honor to the thousands of malnourished children who died and are struggling for their lives…to the young anemic mothers who are fighting against this generation’s long curse and to the migrant tribal laborers who work tirelessly on the hazardous work sites just to earn bread for their families...It’s very unfortunate that the largest democracy is celebrating its 67 years of independence and the tribal hamlets, which are on the outskirts of its economic capital, are becoming the victim of malnutrition. Through this platform, I would like to request to humble and generous human beings to support the work of groups who are fighting to crack this generation’s long trap of hunger. Organizations like Shramajivi Sanghatana and Samarthan are working to strengthen the movement and to empower the community by lighting the fire of activism. Let the fire burning for the rights of our people end the cycle of poverty and hunger.” Yogini Surve, Director, Hunger, July 2017

Best in Show: Where's Larry? by John Surenkamp
Best Cinematography: A Hero in All of Us by Travis Lupher
Best Acting: Ya Albi by Christine Chen

Finalists: Environmental Fallout (screenplay) by Anthony Marzano, Where’s Larry? by John Surenkamp, Punks for West Papua by Anthony “Ash” Brennan, It Ain’t Easy Being Green by Crystal Fortwangler, The Demolition of Truth by Charles Ewing Smith, Tunnel Vision Documentary by Bessie Byrne, To the Ends of the Earth by David Lavallee, The Activists: War, Peace and Politics in the Streets by Michael Heaney, Ya Albi by Christine Chen, Ten Thousand Camels by Kent Flaagan, Illegal Aliens by Justin & Kristin Schaack, Alternative Math by David Maddox, A Hero in All of Us by Travis Lupher, Feral by David Liban, The Watchers by Edward King.

Semi-Finalists: Caged by Edward King, Prayer for Kidnapped Children (photo) by John Taschner, Fahrenheit 42.0 by Deuvall Dorsey, The Prince by Patrick Sabongui, Eliminated by Michael Thomas Cain, Hush Hush by Thomas Nolle, We the Uncivilized: A Life Story by Lily Rose Sequoia, Shash Jaa’: Bear’s Ears by Angelo Baca, No Childhood in Angola by Susana Andre, 30 Days to Say Goodbye by Edward King.

Official Selections: Mad Dash (screenplay) by William Leonard, A Chippy Off the Old Block (screenplay) by Kelly Jean Karam, 420 by Marc Schneider, Hunger by Mukta Bharti.

We are accepting donations at the door and in advance for our festival(s). 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 [80219] - or by TEXT/CALL (720) 298-1524.

Here are the types of films we are looking for. To get a better idea, browse the selections at Films for Action & Top Documentary Films. Submission topics include Bible & Prophecy, Law & Jurisprudence, False Left/Right Political Paradigm, Right to Travel, Prisons & Prison Reform, Constitution, Anarchy, Liberty, Libertarian, "Green" Ideals, Cannabis/Hemp, Marijuana Legalization, Medical Marijuana, Natural Healing, Arts/Artists, Biography, Conspiracy, Politics, Comedy & Satire, Crime, Drugs, Economics, Environment/Ecology, Filmmaking, Health, History, Media, Military/ War, Guns & 2nd Amendment, Music, Mystery, Magick, Nature, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Christianity, Science, Sexuality, Society, Sports, Technology, Cosmology, "Flat Earth", Heliocentrism, Geocentrism, Astrology, Urban Planning, Civil Rights & Civil Asset Forfeiture, Police Brutality, Biology & Chemistry, Chemtrails & Geoengineering, Slavery & Reconstruction, Revolution & Declaration of Independence.

Activists submit short and feature-length films, screenplays, music, art, and photography for consideration by the CIAFF team. 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.

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 locally and online 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 the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. In the future, we hope to hold panels and debates.

Awards & Prizes

We provided three formal awards in 2017: Best in Show, Best Cinematography, and Best Acting. We awarded 1/3 of donations we received at the door = $15.00 to each of our winners.

As our festival team and organizers secure sponsorship, audience participation, & funding, in upcoming years, we hope to offer additional awards and prizes to sincere activist writers, artists, musicians & filmmakers.

Rules & Terms

It is up to our festival organizers whether we wish to grant an award or refund. All refund requests are handled at the discretion of our festival organizers. 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. Submissions under a pen name must be pre-approved by festival organizers before submission. All plans and practices are subject to change without notice.

To submit art, music and films to CIAFF, activists navigate to FIlmFreeway 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.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Submissions under a pen name must be pre-approved by festival organizers before submission. Call/text (720) 298-1524. All plans and practices are subject to change without notice.

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    Deuvall Dorsey

    I learned so much at this film festival

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:

    We enjoyed your film, Fahrenheit 4.20, and it was also great to meet you! We look forward to working with you on our new project, Colorado International Cannabis & Hemp Film Festival (CICHFF) premiering April 2018.

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    Crystal Fortwangler

    fantastic festival! great all around!

    July 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for sharing your film, It Ain't Easy Being Green! Besides being visually stunning and entertaining, it enlightened us on an important ecological topic for our times.

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    Michael Thomas Cain

    I wasn't able to attend the festival, but it was an honor to be a part of this festival. Their mission is great, and everyone was so friendly and enthusiastic when communicating with me.

    July 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you - we really loved watching your film! We hope you'll continue to share your film projects with us!