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Durango Film Festival

Now through March 12

Event Description

The upcoming Durango Independent Film Festival marks the 16th year of the annual event. This year's theme will be "Celebrating The Sweetness Of Film." The event will be virtual for 2021.

About Durango Film: Durango Film brings a community together with independent filmmakers for the unique opportunity to experience and discuss global, innovative and diverse films. People who have attended our festival find Durango, Colorado to be one of the best venues for film and fun. With the spring ski season in full swing during the festival dates, there is no shortage of activity for film goers. Join us every year for our film festival in a town in Southwest Colorado that “ought to be in your pictures!”

From The Festival:

As with many things, The Durango Independent Film Festival will be going virtual this year, expanding the festival to 10 days, Wednesday, March 3 through Friday, March 12, 2021.

If you’ve never attended Durango Film before, this is your chance! Since the festival will be virtual, anyone in the United States will be able to ‘attend’. “Each year we sell passes to festival goers from all over the United States so we wanted to continue to be inclusive and open up our viewing audience to all states. Some filmmakers have even requested we open up their films to other countries as well. We’re thrilled to say that only one film is geo-blocked to Colorado residents only, at the request of the distributor,” said Durango Film Executive Director Joanie Leonard.

So what does a virtual festival entail? You can purchase a pass on our website – either $55 for a Virtual 5-Pack (see 5 films) or $85 for a Virtual Pass (access to all films). There will also be individual tickets for $15. “We know that it’s been a hard time for everybody, so we wanted to make the pass prices affordable,” said Leonard. “Plus we expanded the festival to 10 days to give people more time to watch films.” In past festivals, one pass was good for one person, but with a virtual fest, you can buy one pass and watch with your entire family.

Eager to keep filmmakers involved, the DIFF staff thought outside of the box on ways to engage the filmmakers and the audience. “We invited all of our filmmakers to zoom sessions so we could meet them and answer any questions that they had. Many of them said they’d been accepted to festivals and then never heard another word from the festival. They’ve been incredibly receptive to us reaching out,” said DIFF PR & Marketing Rep Cindy Coleman. As in the past, DIFF is going to have Q&A sessions (29 in fact) during the festival, plus morning Coffee Talks with Filmmakers and evening “Quarantinis” as opportunities for the audience to meet the filmmakers and talk about films. “We’re doing everything we can to keep the festival feel,” added Leonard.

Location

Downtown Durango

Main Street
Durango, CO 81301