Film Events & Film Festivals


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Backdoor theater
Fridays and Saturdays: The Backdoor Theater in Nederland is a nonprofit, 260-seat film venue that screens first-run, foreign and classic movies most Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm. Admission is only $6 for adults and $3 for kids, and concessions start at 50 cents. At Nederland Community Center, 740 Highway 72 North. Sign up at to get a weekly email schedule; movies often change based on availability.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
Feb. 25-26: Boulder is one of the stops on this film festival’s much-anticipated world tour, which travels to 30 countries. Other Colorado screenings in February and March include Denver, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs.

Bent Lens Cinema
Boulder’s only GLBTQ film society presents screenings and other events around town. See for upcoming presentations.

Boedecker Theater
The Dairy Center’s “Boe” is a plush, 60-seat art-house theater, outfitted with stadium seating and surround sound. It screens high-quality cinema, including indie films and live broadcasts of opera and ballet. Check the lineup at

Boulder Outdoor Cinema: Bohemian Film Series
Mondays through Dec. 30: BOC presents weekly films indoors at Bohemian Biergarten, 2017 13th St. Doors open at 6:30pm and movies begin at 7:30pm; upcoming films include “Elf” and “Love Actually.” No cover charge, but must be over 21. There are plans in the works to extend the series into the spring; check for updates.

Boulder International Film Festival
Feb. 13-16: Held each year on Presidents’ Day weekend, this popular film festival includes screenings, forums, parties, celebrity sightings, workshops and Q&A discussions. This year—BIFF’s 10th—includes a big anniversary bash. See in January for more details.

Boulder Philharmonic: A Night at the Oscars
Feb. 22: In celebration of the Boulder International Film Festival’s 10th anniversary, the Boulder Phil presents a family-friendly concert featuring classical music from popular films like “Harry Potter” and “Star Wars,” plus “Chasing Ice,” the Oscar-nominated climate-change documentary from Boulder. 7:30pm at CU’s Macky Auditorium.

Boulder Public Library cinema Program
Free movie screenings take place most Monday and Thursday evenings in the library’s Canyon Theater, 1000 Canyon Blvd., usually at 6:30pm. Check for schedule updates at

Boulder Theater
Boulder Theater, at 2032 14th St., holds numerous film screenings throughout the year;

Changes in Latitude Travel Program
Tuesdays: The Changes in Latitude Travel Store offers free travel films, slide shows and photo presentations at 7pm at 2525 Arapahoe Ave. A few events are listed below; find more at

    Dec. 10: Turkey: A Tapestry of Civilization

    Dec. 17: Holiday Open House

    Dec. 24 & 31: NO SHOWS

    Jan. 21: Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

    Feb. 25: Experience Guatemala

Chautauqua Silent Film Series
Chautauqua’s popular Silent Film Series features oldies but goodies with live musical accompaniment by either Hank Troy on piano, the Mont Alto Orchestra or the Silent Cinema Trio. Check for the schedule. 900Baseline Road. 303-442-3282.

Colorado environmental film festival
Feb. 20-23: CEFF presents thought-provoking films that raise awareness of interconnected ecological, social and economic themes. There are also numerous forums with filmmakers and experts on the films’ topics. At the American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St. in Golden.

Denver Jewish Film Festival
Feb. 5-16: Now in its 18th year, this festival screens carefully chosen films at the Mizel Arts & Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St. in Denver.

Documentary Cinema Institute
DCI offers screenings, resources and workshops for filmmakers in the metro area. 303-444-1351;
Estes Park Film Festival
EPFF hosts screenings throughout the year at the historic Park Theatre; check or the group’s Facebook page for updates.

Festivus Film Festival
Feb. 20-24: This nonprofit organization is dedicated to promoting high-quality indie films to Denver-area residents. Screenings take place at the Oriental and Bug theaters in Denver. Check for a schedule.

1st Fridays: The Firehouse Art Center, 667 Fourth Ave. in Longmont, shows films at 7pm on first Fridays, with free beer and popcorn. Check the film lineup at

The giant IMAX screen at the newly updated Fiske Planetarium takes viewers on amazing flights through the universe with a variety of star shows and talks. See the full schedule at

International Film Series
This popular art-house film festival screens more than 100 films every academic year on the CU campus; check for the fall schedule, and sign up for weekly email updates. 303-492-1531.

Multicultural Film Festival
April: Hosted by Longmont’s El Comité, this annual free event screens films that celebrate the diversity found within Longmont and Boulder County. Check for schedule updates at

Dec. 6; Jan-May dates TBA: Monthly event offers award-winning documentaries, narrative shorts and features from Native American independent filmmakers. At Elysian Fields Auction Co., 6924 79th St. in Niwot. Schedule updates:

Old Town Cinema
OTC is a not-for-profit roving film series dedicated to providing innovative film programming in Louisville. See or check the group’s Facebook page.

Phipps IMAX Theater at Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Movies shown in 3-D on the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s huge IMAX screen make the action and adventure seem even more realistic and spine-tingling. 2001 Colorado Blvd. in Denver. 303-322-7009;

    Through Jan. 23: Mysteries of the Unseen World 3D; Great White Shark 3D; Meerkats 3D

Rocky Mountain PBS Community Cinema
Community Cinema is a free monthly screening series featuring films from the Emmy Award–winning PBS series “Independent Lens.” At the Starz FilmCenter, 900 Auraria Parkway; check for the winter/spring schedule.

Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema
Dec. 4: The Boulder Public Library Cinema Program and Dance Bridge present a night of free screenings featuring local, national and international dance videos. 6:30-8:30pm at the Library’s Canyon Theater.

Starz FilmCenter
Starz FilmCenter screens everything from first-run exclusives to art-house revivals at its seven-screen independent movie house at the Tivoli Student Union of the Auraria Higher Education Center, Ninth Street and Auraria Parkway in Denver. 303-595-3456;