HIFFCO to Host Kick-off Gala and More Films at Museum of Discovery!


The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery on North College Ave.

The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery on North College Ave.

We have some exciting news that solidifies Horsetooth International Film Festival (HIFFCO) as a truly regional event in our first year of operation! On Friday, September 6th, HIFFCO will host an event kick-off gala to officially start the festival with food, drinks, music, and more at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery (FCMoD). This event will precede the all-day festival Main Event held one day later at the historic Rialto Theater in Loveland on September 7th.

Perhaps even more exciting is that we will be offering another category of films into the festival, dubbed the “Another Dimension” category, which will be open to Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), 360° Films and other “Fulldome” films, taking full advantage of the high quality OtterBox Digital Dome Theater at FCMoD.

Check out what Ben Gondrez, Digital Dome Manager at FCMoD, had to say about this exciting partnership:

“Fort Collins Museum of Discovery is excited to partner with the brand new Horsetooth International Film Festival to bring the best in innovative indepedent film to the Northern Colorado region.

With the OtterBox Digital Dome Theater at FCMoD we will be one of the few film festivals in the world to showcase a new generation of immersive storytelling by utilizing the 360° dome to present virtual reality and other fulldome films.

We are very excited that HIFF will be providing this amazing opportunity to showcase both films from around the world, as well as from right here in our own backyard and hope that by partnering we can both foster the talented creators in our community to create the next revolution in filmmaking.”

Time to get excited!


If you’re a filmmaker who would like to submit to this category, head over to our Film Freeway page to find out more details, make a profile, and submit your film. Film submissions have just begun, so we are currently still within the Early Bird window, which allows you to submit your film at a discounted rate. Further discounts apply if you are a student or Film Freeway Gold member.

We will announce more details about this event as it takes shape in the coming weeks! So sign up for our Newsletter to stay in the loop!

Sponsorship & Partnership Opportunities

If you’d like to be a sponsor or partner for this event or HIFFCO2019 in general, please visit our Sponsorship page to learn more about the opportunities available.