Returning for the third year, the Festival Annex at the McNichols Civic Center Building will serve as the hub of activities that highlight the intersection of film, art, performance, and technology. Open daily to the public, the three-story venue features a unique curated array of virtual-reality and interactive experiences, creative panel discussions, art installations, live music performances, student programs, cultural partnership events, receptions, and parties as well as our Invisible City lounge, where you can grab a cocktail and work or relax.


Weekdays 3:00pm-9:00pm
Weekends 12:00pm-9:00pm
Closes at 4:00pm on Sunday, November 11.


Weekdays 11:00am-8:30pm
Weekends 10:30am-8:30pm


Mon-Wed 3:00pm-8:00pm
Thu-Fri 3:00pm-9:00pm
Sat-Sun 11:00am-9:00pm*
Close at 4:00pm on Sunday, November 11.


For once, waiting until the last minute can save you money. Stop by the Festival Annex Box Office between 11:00am and 3:00pm weekdays to purchase $5 tickets for a select group of same-day screenings. Showing at the Sie FilmCenter or the UA Denver Pavilions.


Curated and created by our partner Invisible City, this immersive public lounge is built to surprise and delight. Stop by, grab a drink, and explore the unique and engaging daily experiences Invisible City has conjured up.

Virtual Reality & Immersive Experiences

Virtual Reality

The second floor of the McNichols Civic Center Building is once again home base for the Denver Film Festival’s virtual-reality and interactive experiences. Open to the public with a number of free experiences for all to enjoy, this highly curated immersive program brings the best of virtual reality from around the globe in 2018.

Immersive Experience


Hamlet-Mobile is an immersive, site-specific adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet staged in a cargo van, which parks in a predetermined location on a given day to perform different excerpts of the play for audiences of one to two people.

Available from Thu Nov 8 – Sun Nov 11


Special Program

High School Day

High School Day

DFF41 presents High School Day—a one-day festival just for high-school students from across the Front Range. Students take part in workshops, conversations with filmmakers, equipment demos, screenings, hands-on activities, and more. Student filmmakers submit their work to be juried for awards.

Sponsored by Lagralane, UCD College of Arts & Media, Mike’s Camera, Colorado Film and Video Association

Fri Nov 9 9:00am-5:00pm Festival Annex


Denver Fashion Week

The Denver Film Festival is very pleased to be partnering with Denver Fashion Week this November in putting together a series of workshops culminating with a discussion with Courtney Hoffman, costume designer for Baby Driver, The Hateful Eight, Captain Fantastic, and many others.

Mon, Nov 5 Models Workshop 6:30 pm
Tue, Nov 6 Designers workshop 6:30 pm
Wed, Nov 7 Fashion and Film Workshop 6:30 pm

More details and ticketing info available at

Star Wars Shakespeare

Star Wars Shakespeare returns to the Denver Film Festival with Episode V: The Empire Striketh Back. Join some of Denver’s finest Shakespearean actors as they reprise this cinematic classic as if The Bard himself had written it. You’ll laugh, you’ll learn, you might even be offended—seriously.

Fri Nov 9 8:00pm Festival Annex

Special Events


Come mingle with filmmakers, festival insiders, and fellow lovers of movies, 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.

$30 for DFS Members / $35 Non-members

Sponsored by: Butler Rents, University of Colorado Film and Television Department, Relish Catering

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Red Carpet Presentation


Opening night isn’t done right without a party. Join us for the Opening Night Party presented by Good Chemistry. Wednesday, Oct 31, at The Festival Annex.

Sponsored by: Good Chemistry and Relish Catering

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40th Denver Film Festival


Former costume designer Courtney Hoffman (Baby Driver, The Hateful Eight, and Captain Fantastic, among others) discusses her transition to writing and directing with Jordana Mollick, the producer of her new short, The Good Time Girls. After a screening of the film starring Laura Dern, which they are in the process of making into a feature, the pair will delve into their work as an all-female team and the heightened tensions of working in Hollywood today.

$30 for DFS Members / $35 Non-members
Lunch will be served by Relish Catering.

Sponsored by: Barbara Bridges, Caz Mattews, Colorado Department of Film and Media, Argonaut, Relish Catering.

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Screenings At The Annex

CAM Showcase

CU Denver’s College of Arts & Media presents the “Best of” the Department of Film & Television student shorts! This selection of shorts ranges from Sophomore to Senior Thesis films with genres including narrative, documentary and experimental.

Thu Nov 8. 8:00pm Festival Annex
Sponsored by UCD College of Arts & Media

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This year, ArtHyve commissioned five selected artists to work with Archived Orphan Films and/or home movies to create an interesting and new work. This year’s featured artists will be Serena Chopra and Kacey Ferlic, Lares Feliciano, Esther Hernandez, and Eileen Roscina Richardson. The event will feature a keynote from Snowden Becker who helped launch the annual international Home Movie Day. Stay afterward for a Dance Party – because this is ArtHyve and we always bring dance to the revolution.

Sun Nov 4 7:30pm Festival Annex


Denver Digerati presents select animations from Supernova Digital Animation Festival, the world’s only large-scale animation experience presented on public LED screens. See who captured the attention of this year’s jurors to claim prize money totaling $6,500 in one of Denver’s most dynamic forums.

Sat Nov 10 6:30pm Festival Annex

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