Program Sections

The 45th Denver Film Festival program is filled with exceptional content. Scroll down to browse the program by section.


Beyond the Screen


Virtual Reality & Immersive

Explore the best of new-cinema storytelling with incredible virtual reality experiences from across the globe.

Stories From Interesting Times

Join in the conversation and let your voice be heard at our panels.

Special Events

Take your experience to the next level with these one-of-a-kind special events.

Film Sections

American Indie

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


Highlighting cinema from the Americas, including Indigenous cultures. CineLatinx celebrates the diversity of storytelling within the Latinx community.


Queer voices. Queer visions. Queer lives. Experience the best in films that highlight LGBTQ+ community with the DFF45 CinemaQ program.

Colorado Spotlight

Ever more diverse and collaborative, Colorado’s filmmaking scene continues to grow, producing works that screen in both film festivals and theaters around the country.

Colorado Dragon Boat Film Festival

Two of Colorado’s leading nonprofits, Denver Film and Colorado Dragon Boat, have partnered to showcase the best in contemporary Asian and Asian American cinema.

The Color of Conversation

A selection of films featuring illuminating conversations with filmmakers and subjects, detailing the creative process, narratives and topics within the African American community.

Italian Showcase

Italy is the longtime home of a diverse and vibrant filmmaking community. The 45th Denver Film Festival is pleased to present five new Italian works from established and emerging directors.


A selection of French language films presented by TV5MONDE.

Late Night Showcase

Go to the outer limits of cinema with the Denver Film Festival’s Late Night Showcase.

Music Video Mixtape

Blending the best of two art forms: music & film.

Red Carpet Presentations

The biggest presentations of the festival will be presented as a red carpet evening affair at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

Sheila K. O’Brien Spotlight on U.K./Ireland

In recognizing the myriad of talents and achievements within the U.K. and Ireland film industries, the Sheila K. O’Brien Spotlight is presented annually during the Denver Film Festival.

Shorts Program

This year’s program includes a mix of narrative, documentary, and musical shorts from emerging artists.

Special Presentations

A selection of some of the most anticipated films of the year.


Women+Film showcases documentaries, narratives, and short films celebrating the best in women-centric programming; both by and about women.

In Competition

Denver Film