The Festival AnneX

Back again this year, the Festival Annex at the McNichols Civic Center Building will serve as a hub of activities that highlight the intersection of lm, art, performance and technology. Open daily, the three-story venue will o er a unique curated array of virtual-reality experiences and headset programs (see details below) as well as creative panel discussions, interactive digital installations, live music shows, student programs and lounges in which to relax, grab a bite and enjoy a cocktail. Skip the hassle of getting to and from Denver Film Fest – Lyft has your transportation covered! Download or open up the app and get 25% off your ride with code DFF25OFF


The second floor of the McNichols Building will be the place to immerse yourself in our rapidly changing media landscape. Open to the public for free 3:00pm-8:00pm weekdays and 12:00pm-8:00pm weekends, the VRP will present innovative virtual-reality installations November 2-5 and the most up-to-date headset experiences November 2-11.

Sponsored by South of Colfax Nightlife District, Reality Garage & Xfinity



Join us over the course of the festival as we explore hot-button issues such as the refugee crisis around the world and domestic violence here in Colorado; explore the future with new Virtual Reality experiences and re-visit the past with our photo chemicals and film printing panel. Live script readings, live performances, and lively conversations, all week long at the Annex in the McNichols Building.

Sponsored by Colorado Film and Video Association, Colorado Office of Film Media and Television, & University of Colorado College of Art & Media.


Located on the 1st floor of the Festival Annex. Come stop by and grab a drink, relax for a bit in between screenings or just use a place to meet during the Festival. Open to the public with a cash bar inside. Also, make sure to stop by each day between 5-7 pm for our happy hour specials and tastings from Restaurants around Denver!

DATES: November 2–11
HOURS: Weekdays 3pm–9pm, Weekends 12pm–9pm

Sponsored by Argonaut

Ticket Packages

$5 Tickets!

For once, waiting until the last minute can save you money. Pop by the Festival Annex Box Office November 2-11, 11:00am-2:00pm, to purchase $5 tickets for a select group of same-day screening. These films may be showing at either the Sie FilmCenter of the UA Denver Pavilions.


Opening Night Party at The Festival Annex at 10:00pm

Sponsored by Kentwood & Stranahan’s

40th Denver Film Festival


Located on the 2nd floor of the Festival Annex. The Capital One Cafe is a great place to stop by and grab a snack or coffee while you check out the latest in virtual reality experiences.

DATES: November 2–10
HOURS:  Weekdays 3pm-8pm, Weekends 12pm-8pm

Sponsored by Capital One


The Denver Film Festival isn’t the only important cinematic franchise turning 40 this year. In a nod to movie history, we present Shakespearean Star Wars, a live performance of the original film as only the bard himself could have imagined it. Let the Denver Film Society, Modest Arts and some of Denver’s finest Shakespearean actors take you back a long, long time ago to a galaxy far, far away.

Sat Nov 11 11:30am Festival Annex


Come mingle with filmmakers, festival insiders and fellow movie lovers over mimosas and Bloody Marys at the Denver Film Festival Awards Brunch, a sit-down- affair at the Festival Annex that will include the announcement of this year’s award winners.

Sponsored by University of Colorado College of Art and Media

40th Denver Film FestivalPROCESS REVERSAL

Following the shift in cinema over the past several decades toward digital technologies, new opportunities have presented themselves for moving-image artists working in analog to reinvent the ways people think about the film.
Join the members of local nonprofit Process Reversal in a discussion about analog film’s continued popularity, accessibility, and importance as a creative and archival medium. Topics will include Process Reversal’s own involvement with an international network of artists and technicians dedicated to keeping photochemical processes relevant and affordable through the sharing of knowledge, resources, and technologies. This network, loosely known as the “artist-run film lab community,” has grown considerably over the past decade and has led to the establishment of new labs across the globe; efforts to open an artist-run motion picture workspace right here in Denver are underway.

Fri Nov 3 8:00pm Festival Annex

40th Denver Film FestivalSERIESFEST 

SeriesFest is an award-winning festival dedicated to showcasing the best and boldest in episodic storytelling from around the world. At a time when television entertainment
is expanding and evolving across multiple platforms, the need for a diverse range of programming is greater than ever.

As trailblazers in independent content development, SeriesFest is a global marketplace and community for creators, industry professionals and audiences to come together. For more information, please visit www.

SeriesFest: Season 4 June 22 – June 27, 2018; SeriesFest’s Award Winners Showcase; SeriesFest’s Featuring Women Initiative: Live Read; Ten Days in the Valley


Filmmaker Monteith McCollum (Hybrid, DFF23; Milk in the Land: Ballad of an American Drink, DFF30; A Different Path, DFF33) returns to Denver with a live performance work that playfully explores abstract and musical sounds through the use of early recording and communication technologies. The performance moves from the experience of decoding language to the material qualities of the machines of communication and structural music.

Sun Nov 5 5:30pm Festival Annex

40th Denver Film FestivalSERIESFEST LIVE READ

SeriesFest’s Featuring Women Initiative: Live Read

In 2017, SeriesFest partnered with Rose McGowan and Damage Inc. Productions to discover new episodic series about, for and featuring women. Among hundreds of submissions, Cottonwood, written by Colorado native Sarah Sellman, was selected as the Featuring Women Initiative winner. Join us for an exclusive live read of Cottonwood, a surreal drama set in southern Colorado about a group of teenagers at the heart of a bizarre investigation in the 1960s. A Q&A with Sellman and director-producer McGowan will follow this special presentation.

Sun Nov 5 2:00pm Festival Annex

Sponsored by SeriesFest


Denver Arts & Venues, with support from Bonfils-Stanton Foundation brings Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads to Civic Center Park in Downtown Denver from October 2017-October 2018 where the bronze pieces will surround the Sea Lions Fountain on the north end of the park. A complementary educational exhibit, “Ai Weiwei: Art & Social Change,” will be housed in the McNichols Civic Center Building (144 W. Colfax Ave.), a stone’s throw away from the sculptural pieces.


From the early 1930s through the early 1980s, the Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa (1907-1997) helped forge and evocative and enduring image of Mexico. Among the most important cinematographers of the Gold Age of Mexican Cinema, Figueroa worked with leading directors from Mexico, the United States and Europe, traversing a wide range of genres while maintaining his distinctive and vivid visual style. This exhibition features film clips and photographs from the Televisa Foundation collection.


Based in Denver and San Diego, The Narrators has been inspiring and building community on a monthly basis since 2010. Hosted by Ron S. Doyle and Erin Rollman, the show brings together a diverse array of artists, comedians, actors and other fascinating folks to share true stories from their everyday lives. For DFF40, a special lineup of performers has been assembled to focus on the theme “Making a Scene.”

For more information on The Narrators visit their website here.


WHOLENESS is a living installation – a fluid, half-visible world filled with fog and light, inhabited by two blind figures. The creation – a section of Control Group’s upcoming immersive event AGGREGATE IMMATERIALITY – plays with obscured visibilities and imperfect perception, turning negative space into a palpable, ethereal entity in the space, conjuring the experience of darkness by inverting light and dark.


This collection of experimental shorts showcases work made by members of the local film collective and nonprofit, Process Reversal. This program will offer a glimpse into the creative backgrounds of the organization’s seven members who have long histories as multimedia artists, educators, archivists, and researchers. As filmmakers, their artistic practices are deeply rooted in experimental film and they share upbringings from institutions including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The New School, and the University of Colorado at Boulder, where they all met and co-founded Process Reversal. They have a shared passion for handmade aesthetics, working with analog processes, and creating work in a variety of facets from installation, performance, and much more.


The most extensive forum in the world that celebrates creative advances in digital animation in an outdoor, major urban-core setting, presented by the Denver Theatre District and Denver Digerati. The festival is recognized as one of the most innovative platforms for visual arts in Denver, and a singular experience for residents and visitors to the city to encounter on an annual basis, taking place over one weekend each September. SUPERNOVA’s robust slate of programs, including a focal competition with cash awards, give an opportunity to dive deeply into what’s current within an ever-expanding field of computer-driven creativity and boundless imagination. With well over 120 shorts filling 13 hours of programming, SUPERNOVA is a feast for the senses and a fascinating, forward-thinking experience that defines one of the most engaging fields of art today. Find out more at


A highly interactive, immersive theater experience for audiences of one-at-a-time. On this fictional first date, audiences meet and experience the character of Emma – a woman struggling to make sense of her life. Over the course of their hour alone together, the audience member and Emma get to know one another intimately, discovering the misunderstandings and unexpected connections of a bad date.