Filmmaker Focus


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.


Filmmaker Toolkit

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.


Panels and Special Events

Hear from top industry professionals on niche topics ranging from the greenlighting process to foreign sales.


Filmmaker Resources

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.

For many years, I had the good fortune to come to Denver as a guest producer at the Denver Film Festival, and was always impressed with the quality of the event. Since moving to Colorado, I've witnessed the DFS as a cultural force in our community, active in many diverse initiatives.
Donald Zuckerman
Colorado Film Commissioner

Filmmaker Focus Events


Music on Film – Film on Music Documentary Fund

The MOFFOM Grant Program 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.

Composing Music for TV, Theater, and Film

July 5th, 6-8pm with Q&A at 7:30pm

Join the Denver Film Society and Music District for an in-depth conversation with three amazing composers on what it takes to compose scores for TV, theater and film and how to get into the business.

Writing a TV Pilot

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.

Filmmaker Resources

Fiscal Sponsorship

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.

Industry Membership

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.

Featured Projects

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.

Cinema-imageCINEMA, Colorado Innovators of New Entertainment Media and Arts, is devoted to promoting statewide advocacy and education as to the effects of media production on the local and state economy. Media production stimulates virtually all facets of the economy through increased sales and lodging activity, job creation, tourism and much much more.
CINEMA needs your help to continue this mission. Media incentives face challenges each year and are only defeated through the work of our amazing lobbyist team, the Office of Film, Television and New Media and CINEMA’s volunteers. Our lobbyist team has been incredibly supportive and offered vastly discounted rates, but we still have to pay them. CINEMA needs your donations to continue creating jobs and stimulating local and state economies.
Music on Film - Film on Music Documentary Fund

Music on Film Ad

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 is now live and accepting applications. It 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.

Featured Projects

Walden: Life in the Woods


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


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


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.

The Raining Season


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

Help Wanted

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.


Captivity follows Alex and Holley, a married couple who met when Alex, a pet store owner, sold Holley her beloved cockatoo. Owing to a chilling childhood trauma, career-oriented Holley feels inadequate to the role of caregiver. She and Alex have no children, but when her cockatoo begins to show signs of illness, she feels like a failed mother. Her unresolved feelings of guilt begin to strain the marriage. Meanwhile, Alex turns to his too-devoted employee, Shauna, for comfort—leading her to believe she may have a chance at winning his heart. As tensions grow, it takes an unexpected tragedy to shake all three loose from their self-imprisonment.

Lily 'N' Rose

Lily ‘N’ Rose is a poetic short film about first best friends. Lily stands on the precipice of adolescence. When her best friend Rose abandons her for a new friend, Lily flees into the wilderness only to confront something even more profound.