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American Independent Narrative Competition

Juried award competition for best American Independent feature length narrative. more »

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American Independent Showcase

Featuring established and up-and-coming voices in the the American Indie filmmaking community, these narrative features boldly step outside the studio system to offer unique stories in an unconstrained spirit. more »

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As a nod to the popularity of one of our newest mini-festivals, CineLatino, the DFF programming team has assembled some of the year’s most anticipated films from Mexico and South America. Celebrate the diversity of Latino culture as you dip your toes into the warm cinematic currents coming from the ... more »

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Queer voices. Queer visions. Queer lives. Experience the best in films that reveal the LGBTQ rainbow from every angle with the DFF38 CinemaQ program. more »

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Contemporary World Cinema

A global survey of narrative feature length films. more »

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Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Both entertaining and enlightening, these documentaries investigate powerful tales that make up our collective zeitgeist. more »

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First Look Student Program

The First Look Student Film Section is an exclusive selection of shorts by outstanding student filmmakers from around the world. Now celebrating its 15th anniversary, First Look continues to focus on finding the brightest new international talents in cinema, bringing them and their works to Colorado... more »

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Focus on a National Cinema: Poland

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for Best Feature Film. It is also the 10th anniversary of the Polish Film Institute, a government agency that supports the development of Polish film in all its stages, from screenwriting to post-production. And we are happy to r... more »

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Krzysztof Kieslowski Award For Best Feature Film

Juried competition for best international feature length narrative film. more »

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Late Night Showcase

Experience the dark side of cinema with the Denver Film Festival Late Night Showcase. From horror to odd ball sci-fi and even graphic 3D sex, this section is for the brave night owl looking for outlier fare. Midnight cult flicks mixed with art house shockers offer a trip to the bizarre. more »

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Maysles Brothers Award For Best Documentary

Juried Award competition for best feature length documentary. more »

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Music Video Mixtape

The DFF music-video program is more robust than ever. To our traditional survey of the most visually and sonically engaging videos of the past year, we’ve added a local package high- lighting the exceeding talents on the Colorado music and film scene: a mixture of funny, mesmerizing, and at times pr... more »

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Panels and Events

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Red Carpet Presentations

The exciting highlights of the festival, the Red Carpet Presentations feature award-buzz films and standout performances. All Red Carpet Presentations will take place at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. more »

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A celebration of classic cinema featuring anniversary screenings, in memoriam screenings, conversations with special guests and 35mm presentations. more »

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They might be short in length, but these films know no boundaries to the variety, depth, and creative storytelling. Representing 22 countries, Shorts-in-a-Feature-Length-World offers a little something for everyone. more »

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Special Presentation

From Oscar-worthy film titles to favorites on the film festival circuit, the Special Presentations section offers an array of poignant storytelling combined with nuanced performances and dynamic subjects. more »

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Spotlight on Colorado

Ever-more diverse and collaborative, Colorado’s filmmaking scene continues to grow, producing an increasing number of films that screen not only in film festivals but theatrically around the country. DFF38 features a whole host of locally produced feature-length films, shorts, and music videos. more »

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The First Look Student Film Competition

Listing includes films for both the Liberty Global International Student Filmmaker Award competition and the Spike Lee Student Filmmaker Award competition. more »

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Women+Film is a year-round partnership between the Denver Film Society and the Women+Film organization, formed not only to celebrate the art and achievements of women filmmakers around the world, but also to bring together an array of scholars, civil- and human- rights advocates, community leaders, ... more »

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