Explore the best of new-cinema storytelling with twelve incredible virtual-reality experiences curated from all over the globe.
Augment your reality with interactive experiences designed to challenge your senses.
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, as well as Spain and Portugal.
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 DFF44 CinemaQ program.
The Culinary Cinema series, a year-round program, serves up not only food-focused films but receptions, Q&As, and other attendant events that reflect the topics onscreen.
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.
Italy is the longtime home of a diverse and vibrant filmmaking community. The 44th Denver Film Festival is pleased to present eight new Italian works—six narrative features and two documentaries—from established and emerging directors.
Go to the outer limits of cinema with the Denver Film Festival’s Late Night Showcase.
SeriesFest is a non-profit organization dedicated to championing artists at the forefront of episodic
Spotlight on Social Justice aims to create an inclusive environment to highlight social issues and the people fighting for progress.
Take a look at the diverse and compelling cinematic works of our country’s closest allies across the Atlantic.
The prestigious John Cassavetes Award was established in collaboration with Gena Rowlands in 1989. It is presented annually to a film artist who has made a significant contribution to the world of filmmaking and whose work reflects the spirit of the late John Cassavetes—his unique vision, his maverick sensibility, his unwavering integrity and his tenacious ability to survive as an artist against difficult odds. The festival is honored to award Clifton Collins Jr. the 2021 John Cassavetes Award.
2021 is off to an explosive start for Clifton, who reunited with writer/director duo Clint Bentley and Greg Kwedar. The three developed and shot the independent film Jockey. The film premiered in competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival to widespread praise. Clifton’s moving performance was loved by fans and critics alike, ultimately earning him the coveted Best Actor award. Jockey will screen as the festival’s Big Night Red Carpet presentation on Thursday, November 11th at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
In addition to Jockey, Clifton will be seen in the highly anticipated film After Yang, from visionary director Kogonada, alongside Colin Farrell for A24, which premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Collins follows this with a turn in Guillermo Del Toro’s Nightmare Alley for Fox Searchlight, alongside the all-star cast of Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Toni Collette, Michael Shannon, and Willem Dafoe.
Playing everything from policemen to boxers to serial killers, and working with illustrious industry vets including Guillermo del Toro, Terrence Malick, Quentin Tarantino, and Steven Soderbergh, Clifton can easily lose himself in the life of his film and television characters. His film credits include Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, Transcendence, Honey Boy, Waves, The Mule, The Hughes Brother’s Dead Presidents, Bennett Miller’s Capote, Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim, HBO’s Westworld, and more.
Established in 2008, the Maria & Tommaso Maglione Italian Filmmaker Award recognizes the best in Italian cinema. Past recipients include Francesco Falaschi (As Needed), Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (Caesar Must Die), Paolo Sorrento (The Great Beauty), and Nanni Moretti (Mia Madre), among others.
Each year, the Italian Filmmaker Award recipient is honored at the Denver Film Festival with a screening of the selected film in the Maglione Theater at the Sie FilmCenter and an honorarium of $10,000. The Italian Filmmaker Award is made possible thanks to a generous endowment from the Anna & John J. Sie Foundation and is named in honor of Anna’s parents, Maria and Tommaso Maglione.
We are pleased to present the 2021 Italian Filmmaker Award to Stefano Cipani. Cipani’s charming film, My Brother Chases Dinosaurs, was a box office hit when released in its native Italy in 2019. Sensitively depicting a child with Down Syndrome and his family, the film highlights the central initiative of the Anna & John J. Sie Foundation. Though My Brother Chases Dinosaurs is Cipani’s feature-length directorial debut, he is a seasoned filmmaker working as a cinematographer, editor, producer, and writer, in addition to directing. The festival is thrilled to be hosting Stefano Cipani in person to receive the Award.