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DENVER – Sept. 28, 2021 – With its full festival lineup scheduled for release on Oct. 5, Denver Film announced today that it will require all Denver Film Festival patrons, guests, media, sponsors, employees and volunteers entering DFF44 venues or event host sites from Nov. 3-14 show proof that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine. “Fully vaccinated” is defined as two weeks after a person’s second dose in a two-dose series and two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Children under the age of 12 ― who are currently ineligible to receive the vaccine ― must instead provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of a screening or event start time.

“With a full slate of in-person screenings at our upcoming Festival, we wanted to share our vaccination policy with our audiences in time for everyone who wants to attend screenings, presentations and special events in person to get a vaccination,” said Denver Film CEO James Mejía. “We’re looking forward to welcoming our guests back in person in a safe and healthy environment and, for those who do not meet the vaccination requirement, we’ll be offering a robust lineup of virtual screenings throughout the 12-day festival.”

Denver Film is following all current and lawfully required local, state and federal COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Additional precautions include but are not limited to the required, as well as voluntary guidelines bulleted below:

All guests (ages 2 and up) will be required to wear a face covering in indoor festival venues, except when actively eating and/or drinking, regardless of vaccination status.

Denver Film has adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for Denver Film and DFF44 staff to safeguard the health of our employees and their families; our customers and guests; and the community at large.

Enhanced cleaning procedures including regular sanitizing and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces, contact points, and guest areas will be in place at venues throughout the event. The Sie FilmCenter is thoroughly sanitized on a regular basis and our staff follows all CDC guidelines explicitly.

Denver Film’s Sie FilmCenter is part of Denver’s 5 Star Certification Program, a program that supports responsible businesses who are going above and beyond to prioritize the health and safety of their staff and customers. In addition, Denver Film has earned the Aviriq IAQ Verification Certification recognizing that our indoor space has met an independent, science-based standard of best practices in indoor air quality.

Denver Film will employ a COVID-19 Safety Officer responsible for implementing COVID-19 health and safety protocols across the festival.

Denver Film will continue to update and revise its protocols as necessary in the weeks leading up to and through DFF44 and may change these protocols at any time to protect the health and safety of its audience members, guests and staff in accordance with government guidelines and legal allowances.

Press Accreditation

Press Accreditation application and guidelines to be considered for Accreditation can be found on the DFF44 website or by clicking here.  Applications close on October 15 at 11:59 p.m.

About Denver Film

Founded in 1978, Denver Film is a membership-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural institution that produces film events throughout the year, including the award-winning Denver Film Festival and the popular, summertime series Film on the Rocks. With a vision to cultivate community and transform lives through film, Denver Film provides opportunities for diverse audiences to discover film through creative, thought-provoking experiences.

The permanent home of Denver Film, the Sie FilmCenter is Denver’s only year-round cinematheque, presenting a weekly-changing calendar of first-run exclusives and arthouse revivals both domestic and foreign, narrative and documentary – over 600 per year, all shown in their original language and format. Denver Film’s one-of-a-kind programs annually reach more than 200,000 film lovers and film lovers-in-training.

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Denver Film Media Contacts:

Marty Schechter: marty@schechterpr.com

Neil Truglio: neil@denverfilm.org

Alexandra Dunne: alexandra@denverfilm.org



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