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 is OPEN!

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 are optimistic that we will be able to present a theatrical festival so that attending filmmakers will be able to experience a live audience reaction to their films. We are planning a virtual component to compliment our live programming, or possibly replace live programming should we find ourselves unable to gather in a theatrical setting. We will be transparent with any possible changes, such as the need to go virtual only, so that we can be socially responsible in these unpredictable times. However, 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.

If a live festival is held as planned, all films selected will be screened at least twice during the festival. Filmmakers are encouraged to participate in Q&A sessions following screenings to further engage and connect with the audience. There are opportunities for filmmakers to participate in panels, workshops, and our Coffee Talk with Filmmakers. Each year, our festival seeks out an eclectic mix of narrative features, documentaries, and short films. We seek all genres of film including: Adventure, LGBTQ, Native Cinema, and Family. We also curate creative films suitable for students of all ages for our REEL Learning School Program.

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