3 Colorado Film Festivals to Add to Your Summer Bucket List

The Front Range is home to many unique film festivals, including a few that garner national and global attention, such as the Telluride Film Festival in September and the Denver Film Festival in November. While Colorado awaits these fall events, there are several local film festivals to watch this summer.

Everyone Outdoors Film Festival

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When: June 8 – 9, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Ramble Hotel, 1280 25th St., Denver

Cost: $25, buy tickets here

The truth : Join other outdoor enthusiasts for an evening of adventure-filled short films at the Everybody Outdoors Film Festival. In partnership with Gravity Haus, Hydro Flask and Mountain Hardware, this festival celebrates the power of the outdoors with 15 films and roundtable discussions with creators.

What you should know: Outdoor filmmakers festival panelists include a professional mountaineer, professional skier and adventure photographer.

Boulder Environmental/Nature/Outdoor Film Festival

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When: July 14 to 17

Where: Dairy Arts Centre, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder

Cost: To be determined

The truth : Experience up to four days of films celebrating the importance of nature and the outdoors at the Boulder Environmental/Nature/Outdoors Film Festival. In addition to the films, the festival offers live music on the opening and closing days and Q&A sessions after the screenings.

What you should know: The festival’s star guest, Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza, is a biologist with a passion for the ocean. She helped educate the public about the ecological importance of sharks and their conservation.

ReelAbilities: Denver Film Festival

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When: In person August 24-27, virtually August 24-31

Where: JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S Dahlia St, Denver

Cost: Sliding scale

The truth : Hear unique stories from people from disability communities and celebrate their work in front of and behind the camera at ReelAbilities. This festival aims to promote a wide range of storytelling in an environment accessible to all.

What you should know: The festival is dedicated to creating an experience accessible to all and offers open captioning, audio description and ASL interpretation to attendees.

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