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Special Events

Celebrate with us and take your Denver Film Festival experience to the next level with these one-of-a-kind special events.


Wed, Nov. 3 · 10:00pm – 12:00am
All Badge Holders & Opening Night Ticket Buyers Invited
at the Festival Annex (144 W. Colfax Ave.)
See Venue Page for parking details

Following the opening night screening of Spencer, join us for a party at the Festival Annex (McNichols Civic Center Building).

SPENCER: The marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles has long since grown cold. Though rumors of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate. There’s eating and drinking, shooting and hunting. Diana knows the game. But this year, things will be profoundly different. Spencer is an imagining of what might have happened during those few fateful days.

Sponsored by: Moye White


Closing Night Party

Sat, Nov. 13 • 10:00pm – 2:00am
All Badge Holders & Ticket Buyers Invited
at the Chambers Grant Salon in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House (1385 Curtis Street)
See Venue Page for parking details

After the showing of King Richard, join our closing reception in the Chambers Grant Salon below the Ellie Caulkins theater for food and live music.

KING RICHARD: From Warner Bros. Pictures comes King Richard, starring two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith, under the direction of Reinaldo Marcus Green. Armed with a clear vision and a brazen 78-page plan, Richard Williams is determined to  write his daughters, Venus and Serena, into history. Training on Compton, California’s abandoned tennis courts — rain or shine — the girls are shaped by their father’s unyielding commitment and their mother’s balanced perspective and keen intuition, defying the seemingly insurmountable odds and prevailing expectations laid before them.

Sponsored by: Martha’s Vineyward African American Film Festival


Culinary Cinema

Wed, Nov. 10 · 10:00pm (following the film)
Culinary Cinema Ticket Buyers Only **Limited Seats Available**
AMC 9 + CO 10
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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 on-screen. This year’s offering, Come Back Anytime, profiles ramen master Masamoto Ueda’s restaurant, Bizentei. A neighborhood gem hidden among the hustle and bustle of Tokyo’s streets where a real community of friendship has developed over 40 years of ramen.

The Wednesday, November 10th showing will feature this film and a reception option for a delicious ramen meal with Chef Jeff Osaka following the screening.

COME BACK ANYTIME: Self-taught ramen master Masamoto Ueda and his wife Kazuko have run their Tokyo ramen shop, Bizentei, for more than 40 years. Acknowledging that nothing lasts forever, a special community of friends resolves to make the best of what time remains — to truly appreciate this special place and this uniquely delicious and soul-nourishing food.

Sponsored by: LivWell


Sun, Nov. 7 · 11:00am – 1:00pm
Ticket Buyers Only · Premiere Circle has discounted ticket rate
at Mitchell Hall in the Denver Botanic Gardens (1007 York Street)
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Denver Film’s flagship year-round program, Women+Film, showcases documentaries, narratives, and short films by and about women. This year’s Women+Film Luncheon celebrates the captivating documentary, The Conductor, which profiles former Colorado Symphony music director and conductor Marin Alsop. Ms. Alsop will join with director Bernadette Wegenstein and producer Annette Porter for an on-stage conversation with moderator Izabel Zambrzycki (Artistic General Manager of the Colorado Symphony). Your ticket includes a screening of the film will follow the luncheon at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

THE CONDUCTOR: Born into a musical family in New York, Marin Alsop set her sights on becoming a conductor at just nine years old while accompanying her father to one of Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s concerts. Set to a breathtaking soundtrack of her performances, The Conductor charts Alsop’s story from early rejection to the first female conductor of international city orchestras.


Presented by: Barbara Bridges

Sponsored by: Molly’s Spirits, Syntrinsic, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation

An Evening With Clifton Collins Jr.

Fri, Nov. 12 · 6:00pm reception, 7:30pm program
at the Denver Botanic Gardens (1007 York Street)
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Come celebrate the festival’s CineLatinx program and John Cassavetes Award winner Clifton Collins Jr. for a special evening at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The festivities kick off with our CineLatinx reception sponsored by Amazon Studios; recognizing cinema from around the Latin American world included within the festival. Following the reception, a clips program and one-on-one conversation with Clifton Collins Jr. and Sie FilmCenter Artistic Director Keith Garcia. As a Mexican-American, Collins’ commitment to diversity and inclusion is of utmost importance to highlight in the entertainment industry. With only three Latinx/Hispanic actors having ever been nominated for lead actor in the history of the Oscars, this commitment to showcasing diverse voices is an ongoing struggle. Collins’ storied 30 year career, family history in Hollywood and his unforgettable performance in Jockey will also be discussed.

Presented by: Amazon Studios

Sponsored by: Visit Denver, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation

Denver Film Festival’s Night at Meow Wolf

Saturday, Nov 6, 8:00 – 11:45 PM
at the Meow Wolf · 1338 1st St, Denver, CO 80204
Paid parking is available outside of the Meow Wolf entrance, or at their 5th St Parking Garage. 

Come experience the Meow Wolf Convergence Station exhibit with Denver Film Festival. Drinks and catering will be available in the unforgettable Perplexiplex Event Space starting at 8PM (food and drink are not permitted in the exhibition space). While drinks will start flowing in the Perplexiplex at 8PM, attendees are welcome to enjoy the exhibit at their leisure from 8PM-12AM, with the musical performance starting in the Perplexiplex at 10PM.

Awards Brunch

Sun, Nov. 14 · 11:00am – 1:00pm
Ticket Buyers Only
Oxford Hotel (1600 17th St, Denver, CO 80202)

Come mingle with filmmakers, festival insiders, and fellow lovers of movies, mimosas, and Bloody Marys at the Denver Film Festival Awards Brunch, a sit-down affair that will include the announcement of this year’s award winners.

Sponsored by: Sage Hospitality

UK/Ireland Reception

Wed, Nov 10 · 4:00pm reception, 6:00pm movie (separate ticketed event)
at the Denver Botanic Gardens (1007 York Street)
See Venue Page for parking details

Join us at the Freyer-Newman Center at Denver Botanic Gardens from 4:00pm to 5:30pm for a special pre-reception celebrating our UK/Ireland film section, with special guest Jamie Dornan. Directly following the reception, we will be screening one of this year’s UK/Ireland selections, Belfast, in the Botanic Garden’s newest theater space.

Presented by: Sheila K. O’Brien

Denver Film