Crested Butte Film Festival this weekend – The Crested Butte News

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Film festivals are about sharing stories and connecting communities. Come find your story at the Crested Butte Film Festival, an international film festival that inspires, awakens and activates through a fun and intimate setting of quality screenings, stimulating discussions and authentic connections. The festival kicks off at 3 p.m. on Thursday, September 26 with a Bike Parade & Poutine Party, and culminates with a Closing Night Party at 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 29.

The four-day experience encompasses walkable venues at the Center, Majestic Theater and Public House, and the screening of over 100 films spanning the genres of narrative, documentary, outdoor adventure, children’s and shorts. Additional programming sprinkled throughout the festival includes free visiting director talks, panel discussions, lively parties and other social events. ActNow, our call-to-action program, empowers audiences to make a difference by providing post-film opportunities to convert inspiration into proactive, hands-on and immediate impactful action.

At the Crested Butte Film Festival, you are sure to discover the transformative power of stories while fostering incredible connections in an atmosphere of spontaneity fueled by great films, shared experiences, bikes, hikes and magical mountain scenery.

Special Events & Film Showings

A detailed schedule, including individual write ups for films and a full festival schedule are available at; in printed programs distributed throughout town and at the Film Festival Box Office; and through the CBFF Festival App.

Visit the Film Festival’s website under “FAQ’s & How to Fest” for detailed instructions on downloading the free Festival App. The “Explore Films” feature allows you to look through our entire line-up as a digital program. You can look through films by category (Narrative Features, Shorts, etc.) and click on individual films for show times, descriptions, trailers and more!

The “Calendar” feature allows you to view the film and events calendar either as a PDF or an interactive calendar with events appearing in order of date and time.


Thursday, September 26

Film Showings: 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m.

Bike Parade Kick-off & Poutine Party: 3 p.m. at the Public House. Free

All are welcome to get into gear for the weekend by riding in the Bike Parade! Grab your townie bike or rent one from Big Al’s Bicycle Heaven, and join us for this most famous of Crested Butte traditions: a slow-moving, ever-winding, fun-filled, bike parade through the streets and alleys of Crested Butte (complete with a secret stop!). Mingle with other festival-goers and filmmakers. Post ride, there will be time to order poutine at the Public House … all before the evening’s Opening Night Films! Festival Pass Deal at Public House: 25 percent off all food during festival; 25 percent off Buckel Family Wine, Montanya Distillers cocktails and Irwin Brewing Company beer.


Friday, September 27

Film Showings: 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m. 11 p.m.

Party with the Filmmakers: 9 to 11 p.m. at the Dogwood. Free for Passholders or $10 at the door.

Discussion, drinks and an opportunity to rub shoulders with some seriously cool creatives—are you in? Everyone is welcome. Includes one free drink ticket.


Saturday, September 28

Film Showings: 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m.

Filmmaker Talk #1: 11 to 11:45 a.m. at the Public House (downstairs). Free.

Tap into the creative minds that brought you the acclaimed Peanut Butter Falcon at this year’s festival. This intimate panel offers an opportunity to engage with Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz, discussing their craft, inspiration and more. Everyone is welcome.

Awards Ceremony: 8:15 p.m. at the Center. Free

Celebrate the award-winning films and directors at this illuminative event. Some of our most memorable moments have happened at this celebration of talent. Plus, make sure you catch these films during the last showings on Sunday. Everyone is welcome.

Red Carpet Spirited Soirée: 9 to 11 p.m. at Montanya Distillers. Passholders only.

Passholders are invited to join us for our seriously swanky Red Carpet Party. Don your finest threads, enjoy artisan cocktails and mingle with filmmakers at this famous, award-winning distillery. Event is for Passholders only – tickets not available for purchase.


Sunday, September 29

Film Showings: 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m.

Filmmaker Talk #2: 11 to 11:45 a.m. at the Public House (downstairs). Free.

Please check the printed Film Guide for topic and guest details. Everyone is welcome.

Closing Night Party: 7 p.m. at the Dogwood.

Celebrate with the friends you’ve made this weekend as we wind down at the end of another great festival! And be sure to try one of The Dogwood’s delectable creations at a discounted festival rate at the cash bar.


Youth Film Program

The Crested Butte Film Festival’s Youth Film Program on Sunday, September 29 at 3 p.m. at the Center offers a great international lineup of 21 educational, artistic and inspirational films for children that entertain, spark curiosity and bring awareness to worlds that may otherwise go unexplored. The films in the Youth Program not only entertain but ignite children’s imaginations and creativity. The program is free to those 18 and under.

After the program go “Beyond the Screen” with the Trailhead Children’s Museum offering hands-on activities that deepen the connection with the films they have just seen.

Our Student Screening Committee is comprised of middle and high school students who are interested in film, filmmaking, art and writing. Committee members screened more than 75 films this year and made film selections through an online rating process including written critiques. As our Festival matures we hope the kids will assume ownership of the Youth Film Program.


Pass & Ticket Options

Festival Pass: Enjoy unlimited films, priority seating and VIP access during the festival weekend including entrance to Party with the Filmmakers, Red Carpet Soirée, Awards Ceremony and our Closing Night Party. To guarantee priority seating you must be at the theatre 20 minutes prior to show time. Entrance to films or events not guaranteed if the venue is at capacity. Non-transferable. Line up in Passholder Line. $2 off cocktails or Ramen from Montanya Distillers throughout festival weekend. $250.

VIP Patron Pass: All the benefits of the four-day Festival Pass plus VIP seating and unlimited access to all films and events. VIP Patron Passes include a $720 tax deductible donation that provides valuable support to our film festival. VIP Patrons receive special perks throughout the festival including tickets to the VIP Filmmaker Luncheon and access to the Filmmaker & VIP Lounge. Line up in Passholder Line. $2 off cocktails or Ramen from Montanya Distillers throughout festival weekend. $1,000.

6-Pack Punch Card: Includes entrance to six films. May be shared. 6-Packs will be punched once per user per film program. May not be used for events or parties.

Entrance is not guaranteed when venue is at capacity. To guarantee seating, must be at the theatre at least 15 minutes prior to show time. Line up in the Ticket Holder Line. $85.

Individual Tickets: New for 2019: Tickets for each film can be purchased in advance! Please note if advance tickets for a film are no longer available, it does not mean the film is sold out. To guarantee seating, must be at the theatre at least 15 minutes prior to show time. Line up in Ticket Holder Line. May be purchased at or at the CBFF Box Office. Tickets may also be purchased at the door in the Wait List Line for any remaining seats after all Pass and Advanced Ticket Holders have been admitted. The Wait List Line forms 30 minutes before show time. $15 per film.


How to Purchase Tickets

Box office tickets: The Crested Butte Film Festival Box Office is located at Signature Properties at 326 Elk Avenue, Suite D. Hours: Wednesday, September 25 (12 to 6 p.m.); Thursday, September 26 (12 to 8 p.m.); Friday, September 27 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.); Saturday, September 28 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.); Sunday, September 29 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

Online tickets: All tickets and passes may be purchased at

There is an 8 percent transaction fee for credit card purchases. No fees when purchased with cash or check.

The Crested Butte Film Festival is a program of the Center for the Arts in Crested Butte.



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