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Red Carpet Presentations

From Opening Night to Closing Night, the Starz Denver Film Festival kicks off and wraps with a bang. Attended by special guests, both gala screenings are followed by our exclusive cocktail receptions. And we lay out the red carpet for the Big Night presentation, too. Come join us. more »

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Special Presentations

During the course of the eleven-day celebration, the Starz Denver Film Festival highlights some of this year's best cinematic, Oscar-worthy films with Special Presentations at the King Center. more »

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Films in Competition

Competitions: Krzysztof Kieslowski Award, Emerging Filmmaker Award, and Maysles Brothers Award for Best Documentary Film more »

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Contemporary World Cinema

Take a whirlwind world tour in just eleven days – without getting out of your seat. Representing nearly thirty countries, this year’s selection of Contemporary World Cinema whisks you from India to Norway, Cananda to Croatia, Japan to Mexico and beyond. more »

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Documentary Films

Be they hard-hitting or lyrical, political or personal, timely or timeless, narrowly focused or wide-ranging, today’s documentaries shed all kinds of light on the world’s wonders. more »

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New Directors Showcase

The Starz Denver Film Festival has become known for its focus on Emerging (first and second time) film directors. This year's New Directors Showcase includes animated films, as well as narratives from around the world. more »

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Shorts in a Feature-Length World

What features elucidate, they encapsulate. What features spell out, they abbreviate. What features diffuse, they concentrate. Frame for frame, shorts present a whole new way of looking at the world—and at film itself. more »

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Spotlight on Animation

SDFF 31 tips its hat to the unique art of animation. Featuring some of the world's best animators, this year's Spotlight on Animation will treat audiences to varied styles from hand-drawn to claymation to computer generated. more »

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The Watching Hour

Take a walk on the razor’s edge with our fine selection of alternative fare. Not for the squeamish, the subtle or the unimaginative, these cult treats are too deviant to be shown during prime time, airing instead at the darkest hour—perfect for watching as well as witching. more »

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First Look Student Film Section

In 2006, the Denver Post called First Look "arguably the best niche festival in Denver” for its efforts to introduce Rocky Mountain audiences to the great filmmakers of the future by showcasing their early works. We are proud to announce that First Look is now part of the Starz Denver Film Festival. more »

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The Starz Denver Film Festival has the privilege of honoring cinematic artists from around the world. This year's Tributes include an actor, a director and a cinematographer, each whose body of work documents their longstanding impact on the medium. more »

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In Memoriam

Each year the Starz Denver Film Festival mourns the loss of great film artists whose work have graced the screens of the 31 year old Festival. It is fitting that we showcase their talents In Memorium of their great contributions to the art of film. more »

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