Film is a vibrant medium and a very powerful way to tell a story. Cinema has had a huge impact on Durango culture for many decades. The annual Durango Independent Film Festival is a great way to celebrate and showcase new independent films. This event is an exciting way to see over 100 new independent films. While you attend, enjoy many other great parties, tastings and more in Durango.
Celebrating Creative Films
The Durango Independent Film Festival is a mix of documentaries, short films, dramatic films, narrative features and more. The event takes place at the beginning of March each year, and it has been one of the biggest events on the Durango cultural calendar for over a decade. All of the selected films will be screened at least twice during the festival. Filmmakers encouraged to participate in Q&A sessions in order to further engage with the audience. There are also many panels and workshops.
Film Festival Venues
Films are screened at three different locations in Durango. Visitors will attend shows at the Animas City Theatre, Gaslight Twin Theatres and Durango Stadium 9. Additional events, including festival parties, panels and workshops are also held at various locations around Durango. An updated listing of 2019 event locations will be made available as information is released.
There are a variety of tickets available for attendees to choose from. Individual tickets for select events are available, as well as punch passes for entry into 6-10 programs. Visitors wishing to attend all of the film programs will want to grab an “All Film Pass” and those who want to attend all festival events will want the “All Festival Pass” this year. Be sure to check the website for specific information on each pass.
Free Movie Night
The first night of the festival every year is a free movie night. Tickets are not required to attend the films on this evening. Entry is first-come, first-served for all attendees, even passholders. This event takes place after the festival kickoff party that is open to passholders. If you are in Durango during the festival, but did not have plans to attend, this is a great free way to get involved.
Every year, the Durango Independent Film Festival takes on a new theme. 2019 marks the 14th anniversary of the event, so the theme for the year is “Celebrating Colorado’s Other 14er.” Book your hotel soon and make plans to attend the Durango Independent Film Festival in 2019. For updated information about showings, events and locations, check out the film festival’s event page