Awards & Prizes
This is a juried film festival concluding with both juror and audience award presentations. Awards for the seven jury winning films; Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short, Best Narrative Short, Best Native Cinema Film, Best Animated Short, Best Adventure Film, and Best Performance Narrative Feature.


Submissions are closed for our 2025 festival will be open on FilmFreeway beginning June 1, 2024.

Durango Independent Film Festival proudly accepts entries exclusively in FilmFreeway, the world’s #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests.

The Durango Independent Film Festival is an early spring destination festival cultivating a reputation as a filmmaker’s festival. Located in picturesque southwestern Colorado, filmmakers will enjoy staying within walking distance of all three venues, fine restaurants, boutiques, brew pubs, art galleries, and historic Victorian hotels. Durango offers many recreational diversions such as the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge train and early spring skiing at nearby Purgatory Ski Resort. In addition to festival parties, we host nightly gatherings in the private filmmaker’s lounge with complementary beverages such as our own festival beer artfully brewed by Ska Brewing.

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