We welcome both documentary and fictional projects that promote positive messages related to Cannabis & Hemp. 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 awards for writing, music/songs, and photos.
According to the June 2017 Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry report, almost 84,000 Coloradans have an active Medical Marijuana registration and 651 physicians have recommended Medical Marijuana for one or more patients on the registry. The average age of the men is 43 and the average age of the women in 47.
Cannabis is simply the scientific name given to the Marijuana plant. In recent years, scientific studies have demonstrated the health benefits of Cannabis and certain chemicals contained within the plant, namely THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). Unfortunately, for many people who might benefit from using the plant, it's still classified under Schedule I of the federal Controlled Substances Act along with Ecstasy, LSD and Heroin. This means, in many towns across America, it is still illegal "to use, possess, or distribute" the plant. Therefore, while some Americans enjoy their constitutionally-protected right to access the multitude of medical and other benefits of marijuana safely and legally in their private homes, others are arrested and thrown into jail for easing the symptoms of their maladies with Cannabis, including their mental and physical pain due to debilitating diseases such as PTSD and cancer.
Cannabinoids are the chemical substances contained within Cannabis that can be extracted and isolated. Both THC and CBD are two chemicals considered to be cannabinoids. THC is the chemical that causes people to feel “high,” while CBD provides pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties without the “high.” When most people think about Cannabis usage, they might picture people smoking the leaves of the plant, much like cigarette users smoke tobacco. However, there are myriad ways to use Cannabis safely besides smoking it. Some patients mix leaves into baked goods or make herbal teas and similar preparations; cannabinoids can also be ingested in the form of infusions, extracts, and pills. Since cannabinoids can be isolated, patients choose which form of cannabinoids is best for their specific medical condition.
In recent years, Americans have sought to decriminalize and legalize Cannabis for medical and medicinal purposes. Some states, such as Colorado, have legalized the plant for recreational use much like alcohol. The regulation and legality of Marijuana for medicinal purposes has been left up to each individual state and U.S. territory. Consequently, while many states and territories have passed legislation making the distribution and use of Cannabis legal for patients diagnosed with cancers and other medical conditions, other states and territories still arrest and jail innocent patients and recreational users. The FDA has approved specific cannabinoids for the treatment of side effects of cancer. Therefore, the chemical extracts CBD & THC would be considered legal, so long as they were obtained legally through approved distributors.
With the federal government agreeing with researchers and patients that there are, in fact, many medicinal benefits for cancer patients, one has to wonder when the use of Cannabis for medical purposes will become common across all fifty states. Marijuana-related Jobs are becoming a frequent activity for young people. Once people locate a legit job in the Marijuana industry, they then need to know how to properly apply for that position. Having knowledge about the Cannabis & Hemp businesses that are legally operating in 18 states is the first step. Knowing how to grow, how to sell, the laws pertaining to medical Marijuana jobs, testing Marijuana and much more will help Americans have an advantage when they apply for Marijuana-related jobs.
To get an idea of the types of films we are hoping to attract, you can browse the selections at Films for Action and Top Documentary Films. Submission topics include Law & Jurisprudence, Natural Healing, Cannabis Economics, Impact on Environment, and Spirituality. All perspectives on the legitimate uses of Cannabis and Hemp are welcome.
Awards & Prizes
As our festival acquires sponsorship and funding, we hope to offer many cash and other types of awards to talented activist filmmakers and creatives.
We are accepting donations at the door and in advance. All donations go to award-winning filmmakers and activists. To sponsor the festival and/or donate, 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. As we demonstrate a good response for our event(s), we'll hope to expand the number of days and venues as required to meet the demand in upcoming years.
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. Call/text (720) 298-1524. All plans and practices are subject to change without notice.
Our organizers anticipate art, music, film and screenplay submissions from many countries. As our festival grows in popularity both locally and online, we hope to screen submissions for up to two weeks at multiple venues around Denver. In upcoming years, we hope to invite partners and volunteers. In the future, we hope to hold panels and debates as time and budget permit.