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 Short Documentary, Best Live Action Short, Best Animated Short, Best Adventure and Best Native Cinema film.



Our Call for Entries is now OPEN for our 2023 Festival taking place in theatres March 1 – 5,
followed by virtual presentations featuring a selection of theatrical festival screenings.

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.

We are planning an in-person theatrical festival in 2023, followed by presenting virtual screenings featuring a selection of films shown in theatres festival week. We will continue to champion the art of independent filmmaking and will showcase your film in the best possible way.


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