Colorado Film Festivals Accepting Film Submissions

Several Colorado film festivals are accepting film submissions. Check out these three returning festivals.

Links to submission guidelines are included for filmmakers, along with each festival’s dates for those who want to go check out the films.


SeriesFest is accepting film submissions for their Independent Pilot Competition, Storytellers Initiative, and Late Night categories until March 17, 2017; that’s the end-date of the extended deadline. Submission fees vary from $75 to $105. See guidelines at

From the festival overview:

SeriesFest is an international celebration dedicated to showcasing the best new pilots from established and emerging content creators. At a time when entertainment is expanding and evolving across multiple platforms, the need for a diverse range of programming is greater than ever. As trailblazers in independent content development, we aim to create a global marketplace for episodic storytelling.

For those interested in attending the 2017 SeriesFest film festival, it is scheduled June 27-July 2, 2017, in Denver, Colorado.


The official deadline has passed, with documentary film submissions being accepted until the late deadline set for May 4, 2017. Submission guidelines may be found at According to FilmFreeway, submission rates for Shorts, medium length/essay form, and feature length documentaries vary from $20 to $35 depending on date submitted.

The film festival’s mission is described as:

DocuWest’s mission is to present our audiences with stories that are not only astonishing and jarring, but awe-inspiring and thought-provoking. These stories enable dialogue and discourse to take place over the people, events, and subjects presented in each film.

For those who want to attend the festival and see the selected films, DocuWest is September 13-17, 2017 in Denver, Colorado.

Telluride Horror Show

This festival is accepting film submissions for shorts and features. Billed as “Colorado’s first and longest-running horror film festival,” film selections may be a mix of horror, suspense, thriller, fantasy, sci-fi and dark comedy. Guidelines are online at

According to the Withoutabox submission, Short Film submission fees range from $30-$60 depending on deadline. Early bird deadline is April 15, 2017. Extended deadline is September 20, 2017. Feature Film submission fees range from $40-$70. Early bird deadline is April 15, 2017. Extended deadline is September 20, 2017.

To attend, the festival is in Telluride, Colorado, October 13-15, 2017. See more at

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