Project NEXT is the educational programming of the Denver Film Festival. Students K-12, college students and educators can all find a place to participate, access and engage educationally within the Festival to enrich the next generation of filmmakers and audiences through cinema. Past Project NEXT special guests include: Emma Stone, Christopher Lloyd, Zoë Bell, Chiké Okonkwo, Hayden Szeto, Jim O’Heir and Alex Wolff.

Project NEXT Makers

Project NEXT announces the 3rd annual high school film festival that will coincide with DFF42. High school short-subject films may be submitted through a web portal and will be judged for inclusion by a panel of industry professionals. The selected films will screen as part of High School Day at the Festival at the Festival Annex at the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park. High School students from around the state are encouraged to come to High School Day to take part in panels, workshops, equipment demonstrations, screenings and an award ceremony for the top films in multiple categories.

The Project NEXT Festival submissions are now open and will close on October 6. Students are encouraged to promote their inclusion in the program, as there will be a Viewer's Choice Award chosen through popular vote.

Project NEXT Fellows

DFF41 announces a special curated program for Project NEXT students ages 18-24. This special fellows badge will give students access to exclusive screenings and panel events, one-on-ones with industry guests - including directors, actors and producers, and Festival vouchers to be used for any of the Festivals regular-priced screenings. The curated badge will come with a complete schedule of events for the 12-day Festival, all chosen and created to give 18-24 year old students more than a look at the Festival, but place them firmly inside of the filmmaking industry as it celebrates the best in film from 2017. The badge will be on sale through DFS starting October 10, but the organization will also be giving away 40 free badges between now and the start of the Festival. Liberty Global is partnering with DFS on this initiative through a sponsorship that will allow 25-50 students access to a free badge through an application process.

Young Filmmakers Workshop at DFF41

Young Filmmakers Workshop returns to the Denver Film Festival. Students interested in filmmaking will dive into the action of DFF41 to create a series of short-subject documentaries about the Festival. Over the course of nine selected dates, students will watch films, interview filmmakers, cover the Red Carpet events and create content highlighting their work throughout the Festival. Registration is open now and will close on Friday, October 19th.

Curating Educational Programming

Project NEXT will connect K-8 students to age-level appropriate content for teachers in the community who wish to engage with the Festival. Through a partnership between DFS and the SCC (Scientific & Cultural Collaborative), schools may apply for a scholarship to bring their students to the Festival. Teachers interested in engaging with DFF41 or wishing to bring their students to the Festival can contact the Society's Education Director, Neil Truglio to create a school-specific program.

The Denver Film Society’s vision is to cultivate community and transform lives through film, and there’s no better place to begin than with its young minds. Opening an avenue for students to showcase their vision, while also creating the opportunity for current, working filmmakers to share their knowledge is an obvious win-win. Our goal through Project NEXT is to cultivate the next generation of filmmakers, festival audiences and cinema lovers right here in Denver.