FILMMAKERS

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Calling all Filmmakers!

We’re excited to see and showcase your films! HIFF, in its inaugural year, will be accepting films from several formats, including; short film, mini documentary, feature-length film and documentary, virtual reality, augmented reality, 360-degree and full-dome film, as well as music videos. Even better- we’re accepting films from all over the world, and we’re providing special opportunities for Colorado Films and Filmmakers. Here’s a closer look at the categories and their parameters. Don’t forget- the final day for submissions is August 9th!


  • "Colorado" Short Film Category
    Films of any genre filmed in Colorado or made by a Colorado Filmmaker may be submitted to this category. Films must be under 15 minutes in length.

  • "National" Short Film Category
    Films of any genre filmed in The United States of America or made by a USA-Native Filmmaker may be submitted to this category. Films must be under 15 minutes in length.

  • "International" Short Film Category
    Films of any genre filmed on Planet Earth or made by an Earthly Being may be submitted to this category. Films must be under 15 minutes in length.

  • "One World" Feature Category
    This special category is for films and documentaries that offer thought-provoking observations or ideas that propel our way of life. Entries considered have the opportunity to be played during the Feature Block of "The Main Event." Films must be greater than 40 minutes and under 75 minutes in length in the 2019 competition.

  • "Another Dimension" Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and 360-Degree Category
    Films produced in 360º for VR, full-dome or other XR technologies may be submitted to this category. Films must be under 20 minutes in length. NOTE: If films or installations require special equipment to be presented, please send us a message before submitting to verify whether or not we can facilitate your film. Please inform if you plan on providing said equipment. 360º films may be presented in a full-dome theater.

  • "I Want My MTV Back" Music Video Category

    The art of the Music Video has seen a resurgence! We're celebrating that with this category dedicated to the creativity, execution and re-watchability of your music video! Send em our way! Because this category was a late addition to our lineup, we've discounted the entry fee.

Here's some information about the various Film Submission Categories at the 2019 Horsetooth International Film Festival. Send us your films! [Absolute last day to submit: August 9th!]

Early Bird Submissions are now being accepted for all categories to #HIFFCO in 2019. Get in while it’s cheap!

Join us for the 1st Annual Horsetooth Intl. Film Festival in Loveland, CO at The Rialto Theater in Loveland, CO on Sep. 7th, 2019.