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Contemporary World Cinema

Take a whirlwind world tour in just 11 days – without leaving your seat. This year’s selection of Contemporary World Cinema whisks you from Iran to Italy, 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, SDFF documentaries shed all kinds of light on the world’s wonders. more »

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Festival de Cine Mexicano

The Mexican film industry is experiencing a period of flowering artistic growth and has clearly established itself as the cinematic leader of the Spanish-speaking world.The Starz Denver Film Festival is proud to present a selection of these works. 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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First Look Student Film Section

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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New Directors Showcase

The Starz Denver Film Festival has become known for its focus on emerging (first- and second-time) film directors from around the world. more »

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Tackling timely topics, confronting controversies, and otherwise engaging filmmakers, critics, scholars, and the public alike in discussion on a wide range of cinematic issues, SDFF panels offer festival attendees the opportunity to gain insider perspective on the industry today.

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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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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. Catch them in any of our themed packages or before a feature. 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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The Environment in Focus

The Environment in Focus program features cutting-edge documentaries with the ability to inspire audiences to make a difference through their interactions with the natural world. 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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Women + Film

WOMEN + FILM not only celebrates the artistic achievements of women filmmakers around the world but also shines a spotlight on women’s and social justice issues via panel discussions, workshops, and, of course, the screening of candid, thought-provoking, and iconoclastic works by women. more »

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