Awards & Prizes
This is a juried film festival concluding with both juror and audience award presentations. Awards for the five jury winning films; Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Short Documentary, Best Live Action Short, & Best Animated Short.



Our Call for Entries for the 2021 Festival have CLOSED!

Durango Independent Film Festival proudly accepts entries on FilmFreeway, the world’s #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests. We’re thrilled to announce that our festival recently ranked as one of the Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals on FilmFreeway for the month of August!

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 two of 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.

We had planned a “hybrid” festival with virtual and theatrical screenings. However, with coronavirus spiking in our area and the busy holiday season, we pivoted to a virtual-only festival so that we can be socially responsible in these unpredictable times. Currently our local theatre where we have been planning festival screenings has once again closed. Thank you for your patience in these uncertain times.  We will continue to champion the art of independent filmmaking and will showcase your film in the best possible way.

We have signed the 2020 Festival Survival Pledge. We have no premiere status requirements. Therefore, if your film has screened in an online film festival event, your film will be given the same consideration as all other submitted films.


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