October 19th, 2020

The 43rd Annual Denver Film Festival is having 3 unique Drive-In Screenings at Red Rocks. These 3 films are Nomadland, Nine Days and Ammonite. Red Rocks will serve as the backdrop for these red carpet films.

“Throughout this season’s Film On the Rocks Drive-In series, we have watched and shared the joy of audiences getting out of their homes and engaging in big-screen film entertainment,” said Festival Director, Britta Erickson. “While we’re excited to pivot to a virtual experience for the majority of this year’s Festival, and to reach new audiences through that opportunity, we are grateful to our film industry partners, the City of Denver, and of course, our amazing audiences to be able to deliver three unique film experiences — Nomadland, Nine Days and Ammonite — under the stars at beautiful Red Rocks Park. And the truth is, I can’t think of a better, more appropriate way to experience all three of these films – and Nomadland in particular – than in your car, surrounded by beautiful Western vistas.”

“Despite the challenges that 2020 has thrown at us, and the belief that we would have to be 100% virtual for this year’s Festival, we’re thrilled to be able to present these three Red Carpet Drive-In experiences and provide our audiences with some select in-person screening opportunities at DFF43,” said Director of Marketing and Partnerships, Kevin Smith. “These very special screenings would not be possible without the partnership and support of the City of Denver, Arts & Venues, and event partners including Red Bull and Waterloo Sparkling Water.”


Opening Night October 22, 2020 at 7pm


NOMADLAND will receive DFF43’s Rare Pearl Award which will be accepted by director, Chloé Zhao, in a video presentation before the film screening. Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad.

Nine Days

October 24, 2020 at 7pm


Will (Winston Duke) spends his days in a remote outpost watching the live Point of View (POV) on TV’s of people going about their lives, until one subject perishes, leaving a vacancy for a new life on earth. Soon, several candidates — unborn souls — arrive at Will’s to undergo tests determining their fitness, facing oblivion when they are deemed unsuitable. But Will soon faces his own existential challenge in the form of free-spirited Emma (Zazie Beetz), a candidate who is not like the others, forcing him to turn within and reckon with his own tumultuous past. Fueled by unexpected power, he discovers a bold new path forward in his own life.


October 29, 2020 at 7pm


In the 1840s, acclaimed self-taught paleontologist Mary Anning works alone on the wild and brutal Southern English coastline of Lyme Regis. The days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now hunts for common fossils to sell to rich tourists to support herself and her ailing widowed mother. When one such tourist, Roderick Murchison, arrives in Lyme on the first leg of a European tour, he entrusts Mary with the care of his young wife Charlotte, who is recuperating from a personal tragedy. Mary, whose life is a daily struggle on the poverty line, cannot afford to turn him down but, proud and relentlessly passionate about her work, she clashes with her unwanted guest. They are two women from utterly different worlds. Yet despite the chasm between their social spheres and personalities, Mary and Charlotte discover they can each offer what the other has been searching for: the realization that they are not alone. It is the beginning of a passionate and all-consuming love affair that will defy all social bounds and alter the course of both lives irrevocably.

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October 12th, 2020


October 22, 2020 – November 8, 2020


The Denver Film Festival is virtual this year. It has over a 100 films, short films, student shorts, music videos, and episodic content. DFF has a number of programs that are part of the festival, and also run content at Denver Film yearlong including: CineLatinnX, CinemaQ, J’Adore, Women + Film & SeriesFest. DFF also has featured this year the Colorado Dragon Film Festival, Culinary Cinema, Italian Showcase, Spotlight on UK/Ireland Cinema, Colorado Spotlight, Contemporary World Cinema and a Spotlight on Social Justice.

“The DFF43 program befits the complexities and opportunities presented to us in 2020 — a balance of thought provoking, issue-driven films addressing our challenging times, along with inspirational, charming, and life-affirming fare,” said Denver Film Festival Artistic Director, Matthew Campbell. “The program is an expansive, yet focused, sampling of international, U.S., and local films; with the goal of offering something for all tastes. Though we might not be able to convene in person this year, we hope these films connect Colorado cinema lovers in a way we’ve never before achieved.”

Here are suggestions of what to watch:

Atlantis –  A surrealist film set in a future Eastern Ukraine where Sergiy and Katya meet while exhuming war corpses.  Nominated for Krzysztof Kieślowski Award for Best Feature Film


I Am Greta – A documentary about Greta Thunberg with never before seen footage

Little Fish – Newlyweds find themselves in a world with a different pandemic. One that causes its victims to lose their memories


Women In Blue – A documentary about Minneapolis’ first female police chief Janee Harteau filmed between 2017-2019

The 8th – The 8th traces Ireland’s campaign to remove the 8th Amendment – a constitutional ban on abortion.


People gather outside Iran embassy in France on June 13, 2019 to support Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and demand her release. – Sotoudeh has been sentenced to a total of 33 years in prison over a case with seven charges, but she is to only serve the longest sentence, 12 years imposed for “encouraging corruption and debauchery”. She has also been convicted of espionage. Sotoudeh has also been sentenced to a total of 148 lashes for appearing in court without the hijab Islamic head covering and for another offence. (Photo by FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP)

Nasrin – A portrait of Nasrin Sotoudeh, a human rights activist and political prisoner through the eyes of Iran’s women’s right movement.


Nevia – Nevia is 17 and lives in the suburbs of Naples with her beloved little sister Enza, their aunt Lucia and their grandmother Nana. She is a stubborn teenager, determined to get from life much more than fate has planned for her, but it’s hard to be a girl in a place where only men can make the rules and apparently there are no options but make ends meet with little illegal jobs. Until one day, a circus comes to town, changing everything in Nevia’s life and giving her a new hope…


2019 Berlin
Als sie eines Tages von ihrem Freund (Jacob Matschenz) wegen einer anderen Frau verlassen wird, blüht ihr das ähnliche Schicksal wie der gleichnamigen griechischen Sagenfigur: sie muss ihren Ex umbringen und ins Wasser zurückkehren. Doch Undine wehrt sich gegen diesen Fluch. Da taucht der Industrietaucher Christoph (Franz Rogowski) auf, in den sich Undine verliebt. Die beiden verbringen eine glückliche Zeit miteinander, doch als Christoph spürt, dass Undine vor etwas davonzulaufen scheint, muss sie sich entscheiden.

Undine – A dark fantasy where a Berlin historian is forced to kill the man who betrays her. Nominated for Krzysztof Kieślowski Award for Best Feature Film

Shiva Baby – A near college graduate, Danielle, gets paid by her sugar daddy and rushes to meet her neurotic parents at a family shiva. Nominated for American Independent Award

Nadia, Butterfly – While young and in her prime, Nadia decides to retire from pro swimming after the Olympic Games to escape a rigid life of sacrifice. Nominated for Krzysztof Kieślowski Award for Best Feature Film


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October 23rd, 2019


Denver, CO

October 30- November 10, 2019


The Denver Film Festival is back with films from across the world. There are films Rian Johnson & Terrance Mallick. There is an Italian Showcase and a Focus on National Cinema that looks at Brazil. There are films that fit into DenverFilm’s yearlong ongoing categories of CinemaQ, Women + Film, J’Adore, and CineLatinx. There is a special tribute of films to the late Brit Withey. That is the tip of the iceberg.

After Parkland

Five Movies to See At the 42nd Annual Denver Film Festival

After Parkland – This documentary follows both students and parents after the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School https://secure.denverfilm.org/tickets/film.aspx?id=31292&FID=105

Marriage Story – The Closing night film has been getting raves at other film festivals. Starring Adam Driver and Scarlet Johansson this film dives headfirst into the emotions of a relationship. https://secure.denverfilm.org/tickets/film.aspx?id=31443&FID=105

Motherless Brooklyn – Edward Norton stars in, and directs this noir about a private detective with Tourette syndrome. It is based upon a Jonathan Lethem novel. https://secure.denverfilm.org/tickets/film.aspx?id=31330&FID=105

The Stolen Caravaggio/ Una storia senza nome – A film within a film that has drama, thrills and comedy. Part of the Italian Showcase https://secure.denverfilm.org/tickets/film.aspx?id=31296&FID=105

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema – This 14 hour documentary will be shown in 5 parts and focuses on how women have influenced film through the ages. https://secure.denverfilm.org/tickets/film.aspx?id=31272&FID=105

The ConductorFive Movies About Music at the  42nd Annual Denver Film Festival

The Conductor –  This film is based upon the life Antonio Brico, the first woman to conduct a professional symphony orchestra https://secure.denverfilm.org/tickets/film.aspx?id=31438&FID=105

Amazonia Groove –  This documentary looks at the land and the music in Brazil. https://secure.denverfilm.org/tickets/film.aspx?id=31404&FID=105

Best Before Death –  Bill Drummond is on a long tour. 12 years and his performance has changed from music to something else entirely https://secure.denverfilm.org/tickets/film.aspx?id=31246&FID=105

DeVotchka: Man with A Movie Camera –  A silent Soviet documentary meets the music of DeVotcha. https://secure.denverfilm.org/tickets/film.aspx?id=31176&FID=105

Music Video Mixtape – Not a film, but a collection of videos both local and international. https://secure.denverfilm.org/tickets/film.aspx?id=31475&FID=105

devotchka-man with a movie camera

Five Things To Do At the 42nd Annual Denver Film Festival That Aren’t Watching Films

Be There to See Who Won – The Awards Ceremonies –  https://secure.denverfilm.org/tickets/film.aspx?id=31466&FID=105

Creative Conversations –  https://secure.denverfilm.org/festival/film/programdetail.aspx?FID=105&PID=406

Play A Game – Escape from Godothttps://secure.denverfilm.org/tickets/film.aspx?id=31173

Show Some Kindnesshttps://denverfilmfestival.denverfilm.org/how-to-fest/contests/kind-video-contest/

Virtual Reality –  https://secure.denverfilm.org/tickets/film.aspx?id=31175&FID=105

Women Make Film

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October 25th, 2018


Denver, CO
October 31- November 11, 2018
The Denver Film Festival is 41 and bigger than ever. Film programs include CinemaQ, Women + Film, Focus on National Cinema: Hungary, Italian Showcase, Stain Brakhage Vision Award, Panels on journalism, and Denver’s soon to be art event Meow Wolf (there’s a documentary too). The Festival is filled with events from the Red Carpet to the smallest screen, and virtual reality. Here are some of our picks to see:
Netizens –  A documentary focusing on 3 women whose lives have been changed by online harassment including Anita Sarkeesian and Gamergate https://secure.denverfilm.org/tickets/film.aspx?id=30600&FID=102
A Private War –  Rosamund Pike takes on the life and death of Marie Colvin a journalist killed in Syria in 2012. https://secure.denverfilm.org/tickets/film.aspx?id=30675&FID=102
Rafiki –  This LBGQT film was banned in its native Kenya. A bold look at a lesbian relation based upon the book Jambula Tree https://secure.denverfilm.org/tickets/film.aspx?id=30642&FID=102
This Changes Everything – Tom Donahue & Geena Davis (Producer) bring together the biggest names in entertainment including Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Rashida Jones, Sandra Oh, Tiffany Haddish, Jessica Chastain, Cate Blanchett, and Reese Witherspoon to talk about gender discrimination and the solutions post #metoo – https://secure.denverfilm.org/tickets/film.aspx?id=30616&FID=102
Vox Lux – Looking at the 18-year trials and tribulations of fictional rock star Celeste (Natalie Portman) and featuring music by SIA. This Red Carpet presentation will include director Brady Corbet. https://secure.denverfilm.org/tickets/film.aspx?id=30642&FID=102

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