Colorado’s filmmaking scene continues to grow at an unprecedented pace. More often than not, filmmakers are choosing to stay and work in the state rather than moving to Los Angeles or New York.
The Denver Film Society supports its local community with panels, networking events, fiscal sponsorship opportunities and grants available for Colorado-based productions to ensure a thriving local film scene.
Our Filmmaker Focus is a partnership with Colorado Film & Video Association and the Colorado Office of Film Television Media.
The Filmmaker Toolkit is a series of workshops and networking opportunities designed to help local filmmakers hone their skills and develop essential partnerships that support the industry in Colorado.
Hear from top industry professionals on niche topics ranging from the greenlighting process to foreign sales.
Resources such as the Denver Film Society’s fiscal sponsorship program are designed to help Colorado filmmakers move step-by-step through the process of getting their projects funded, made and seen.
Saturday, March 4, 11:00am
If Robert McKee is right (author of the invaluable “Story”), then creating a good story is the most important part of the process in the art of screenwriting. We’ll look at movies and TV shows and analyze their successes and failures and determine how much of that is due to good or poor story-telling.
Sunday, April 16, 11:00am
This workshop will demystify the process of funding a low budget indie ($100-500k). You will learn how to create a package that investors won’t be able to say no to, as well as who to approach for finance and how to close the deal. Sharing her real life experience raising money for two of her feature films, Sundance award winning filmmaker Diane Bell teaches a self-starting method that is available to anyone, anywhere.
Monday, May 1, 7:00pm
*This is a 6-week course.
Why write in a vacuum, when you can have your questions answered, get feedback and ideas from other writers throughout the complicated process of creating a TV show? This is a class for people who want to create an original series, starting with a pilot script.
Fiscal Sponsorship is a fundraising tool that serves as an alternative to establishing your own 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation to receive grants and donations. Click below to learn more and for application information.
Are you a filmmaker? The Industry Membership is an exclusive membership available to Colorado Film Industry professionals. Discounts on film submissions, panels, theater rentals, and invitations to filmmaker events.
The Denver Film Society is proud to support Colorado production. Please check out our featured projects that are part of our fiscal sponsorship program and consider donating to help them complete their work.
The Music On Film-Film On Music Documentary Fund (MOFFOM) is a grant program of the Denver Film Society created in thanks to the generous support of John Caulkins. The MOFFOM Grant Program will launch in spring of 2017 and will support production expenses for documentary filmmakers specifically for music licensing, scoring, and composition. The Denver Film Society will award up to $25,000 annually in grant support. Submissions will open in March 2017.
Walden: Life in the Woods is a radical, western reimagining of Henry David Thoreau’s classic, interlacing three stories about the trappings of 21st century life and a few unlikely transcendentalists who dream dangerously of escape. This cracked haiku of a film has something unique to say about our irreducible and irreconcilable moment in time.
Red Earth Rising is a feature-length documentary about Manifest Destiny, Westward Expansion and the ongoing effects of that colonial history in Indian Country today. A descendant of pioneer settlers seeks a new education on her family land inheritance in Oklahoma.
Schlitzie: One of Us is a love letter to the 4-foot-tall performer, who was born with microcephaly and made his most notable cultural impact via the 1932 classic Freaks. The doc examines how he touched the hearts of many people and made an impact on pop culture while imparting a hopeful message.
The Heels Have Eyes: A Dragumentary is an intimate look behind the makeup of one of the most fascinating subcultures to captivate popular culture: drag performance. Through the lives of the “Diva Dozen” – the cream of the drag crop in Denver, Colorado including global sensation and RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE alum Nina Flowers – you’ll meet the men (and women) who have chosen drag as their art and who best illustrate the past, present and future of drag and just what it takes to bring a new persona to life.
Maryville the film will showcase various positive impacts that a once dormitory-style support system had on a small sample of children who were residents of Maryville during the 1950’s and 1960’s. As adults, these Maryville alumni will reflect on the “family” they build within the orphanage, as well as highlight a remarkable career of service by former director of the orphanage, Father John Smyth.
Told through the experiences of an American mother who operates an orphanage in postwar Sierra Leone, the short documentary film sheds light on how a government riven with corruption allows its most vulnerable citizens — orphaned children — to be used as pawns by crooked officials, illegal adoption agencies and human traffickers.
This short documentary details the life and work of Gerardo Lopez (a.k.a. Clever), a Denver-based gang interventionist. Formerly of the notorious MS13 from Los Angeles, Clever details his way out of gang life, his work in keeping youth from making the same mistakes, and his extraordinary tale of survival once he made the courageous decision to move his young family away from the negative influences of his youth.
Help Wanted is a short film tackling the themes of: retirement, ageism, and the changing world for our aging population. This project intends to use the visual medium of film to engage the audiences to reflect on their own retirement situations.