Festivus Film Festival

6 Annual January 23, 2013 to January 27, 2013

Over the years Festivus Film Festival has received coverage from virtually every major media outlet in Denver.

We’re very excited to announce that the sixth annual FESTIVUS Film Festival is coming up January 23-27, 2013!

REAL indie flicks for REAL indie fans!

FESTIVUS Film Festival was created to support and encourage independent film and filmmakers. We strive to provide the best possible platform for filmmakers to present your work to the public. Add to that: healthy screening attendance, plenty of networking opportunities, and parties you will tell your children about. This is the film festival event that you do not want to miss.

Festivus Film Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting high-quality indie films to our awesome Denver audience.

Our organization began in 2007 as a response to what we saw as a independent film vacuum in Denver. Our humble, yet promising Festivus Film Festival 2008 was our first attempt to fill that vacuum. After rave reviews we decided we were on to something. Fast forward to the present, and we’re now in the planning stages of Festivus Film Festival 2013, our 6 year anniversary! After being named one of the 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the US by Moviemaker Magazine, our 2012 fest was our biggest yet. Coverage from virtually every major media outlet in Denver, dedicated and passionate volunteers, edgy high-quality programming, and an exciting and fresh brand has made us one of the hottest young festivals in North America. Festivus Film Festival is the can’t miss event where you can see great new indie flicks, meet talented up-and-coming filmmakers, and party like it’s the last day on earth.

Year 5 was our best season yet, and we’re building on all our success to make Year 5 even better. Films are once again screening at two very historic favorites: the Bug Theatre and the Oriental Theater. Our passholder’s lounge will be located at the Next Gallery directly across from the Bug Theatre. Nightlife events will be held at a variety of top-notch venues around the Denver area. We’ve even added a 5th day to pack in more action for our filmmakers and film fans. Stay posted to the website for updates and a detailed schedule!
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Denver, Colorado – United States
January 23 to 27, 2013

October 1, 2012 – Regular Deadline


The Festivus Film Festival was created to support and encourage independent film and filmmakers. It strives to provide the best possible platform on which filmmakers can present their works to the public, all within a celebratory, high-energy atmosphere.

Festivus’ focus on filmmakers is evident through the support provided to them throughout the festival and beyond, which is why so many alums offer their support in return. Nathaniel Eyde, a two-time Festivus alum, raves: “From a filmmaker’s perspective, Festivus has got it where it counts. It is a young festival in years, style, and energy but mature and sophisticated in its programming and content. I love this festival because the staff and audiences make the filmmaker welcome to share their art. I love this festival because the films they find and program are excellent. I love this festival because it is a magnet for good people and their art.”

For the chance to take part in this truly filmmaker-focused, one-of-a-kind event, submit your work to the Festivus Film Festival today!

The 6th Annual Festivus Film Festival (FFF), is offering filmmakers incredible hospitality, an exciting atmosphere, and audiences with a deep love of independent filmmaking. The festival unfolds annually amidst the metropolitan bustle and excitement of The Mile High City, and has been touted by MovieMaker Magazine as “One of the 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the United States.” FFF is a five-day celebration with a unique sense of style and character – just the kind of party that fun-loving filmmakers from around the world return to year after year.

FFF routinely delivers on its promise to honor its filmmakers with the star treatment, as each attending filmmaker is assigned his or her own liaison to serve as a point of contact from the beginning of the festival to its closing moments. Liaisons will pick filmmakers up at the airport, provide insights on all that Denver has to offer throughout the week, and drop filmmakers off at the airport when they’re ready to leave. But the festival has so much great stuff at the ready – including after parties, after-after parties, all-access passes, a bowling tournament, and movie-themed hotel floors – that guests are never in a hurry to get home.

Free transportation, deep discounts on hotels, and fantastic networking opportunities round out the unbeatable hospitality filmmakers encounter at FFF. By eliminating travel and lodging concerns, festival staff and volunteers have ensured that all FFF guests are able to focus on the things that really matter – great films, invigorating celebrations, and plenty of events to explore. The festival also encourages filmmakers to start scouting locations for their next project while in town, and is glad to outline Denver’s improved production tax incentives for interested guests.