Colorado International Activism Film Festival (CIAFF)

Updated October 2017 – Dear Activists: We received 34 submissions to the Colorado International Activism Film Festival (CIAFF) for our first season. We selected 3 screenplays, 1 photograph & a number of films to screen and award. We screened some of the films and trailers we received in front of a live audience on Saturday, July 15, 2017, from 2-10 PM. Our next activism festival will be held the week of July 2, 2018, from 7-11 PM, at Denver Open Media. Please note that all dates, times and venues are tentative – we’ll firm these up within about a month or so of the event.

The Activists... Film by Michael Heaney
The Activists… Film by Michael Heaney

Congratulations to the talented participants and thank you to everyone who contributed to making our debut festival a success! We are truly humbled by your talent and dedication to activist filmmaking! We especially want to thank our venues, judges, sponsors and volunteers. We regret that we were unable to showcase all of the amazing submissions this year at our live awards event. Learn more.

Here’s a downloadable event program, PDF.

See you next July 2018; submissions for CIAFF begin February 2018.

Also, if you have an interest in Cannabis & Hemp legalization, decriminalization, and related topics, you may want to take a look at our new Colorado International Cannabis & Hemp Film Festival, (CICHFF) which debuts April 2018; submissions begin September 15th. For help submitting your media to the festival, you can contact Organizer and Fahrenheit 42.0 Filmmaker Deuvall Dorsey (702) 205-6500, Redefine Cannabis. Here are a few film festival Rules & Guidelines.

This summer at CIAFF we began showing films and presentations around 2:30 PM. We broke for dinner and “schzmoozing” around 5:30 PM. While we chatted and got to know folks, we listened to  The Conspiracy Project (DVD) from world-renowned, award-winning activist and musician Neal Fox. We also heard a few songs (via YouTube) from Jordan Page. The Bug Theater operates a cash bar and concession stand. Learn more about the venue.

Best in Show: Where’s Larry? by John Surenkamp; Best Acting: Ya Albi by Christine Chen; Best Cinematography: A Hero in All of Us by Travis Lupher.

“Thank you for my selection in such a prestigious award…I would like to dedicate this honor to the thousands of malnourished children who died and are struggling for their lives…Through this platform, I would like to request to humble and generous human beings to support the work of groups who are fighting to crack this generation’s long trap of hunger. Organizations like Shramajivi Sanghatana and Samarthan are working to strengthen the movement and to empower the community by lighting the fire of activism. Let the fire burning for the rights of our people end the cycle of poverty and hunger.” Yogini Surve, Director, Hunger, July 2017

Finalists: Environmental Fallout (screenplay) by Anthony Marzano, Where’s Larry? by John Surenkamp, Punks for West Papua by Anthony “Ash” Brennan, It Ain’t Easy Being Green by Crystal Fortwangler, The Demolition of Truth by Charles Ewing Smith, Tunnel Vision Documentary by Bessie Byrne, To the Ends of the Earth by David Lavallee, The Activists: War, Peace and Politics in the Streets by Michael Heaney, Ya Albi by Christine Chen, Ten Thousand Camels by Kent Flaagan, Illegal Aliens by Justin & Kristin Schaack, Alternative Math by David Maddox, A Hero in All of Us by Travis Lupher, Feral by David Liban, The Watchers by Edward King.

CIAFF 2017 Finalists The Bug Theater Denver
CIAFF 2017 Finalists The Bug Theater Denver

Semi-Finalists: Caged by Edward King, Prayer for Kidnapped Children (photo) by John Taschner, Fahrenheit 42.0 by Deuvall Dorsey, The Prince by Patrick Sabongui, Eliminated by Michael Thomas Cain, Hush Hush by Thomas Nolle, We the Uncivilized: A Life Story by Lily Rose Sequoia, Shash Jaa’: Bear’s Ears by Angelo Baca, No Childhood in Angola by Susana Andre, 30 Days to Say Goodbye by Edward King.

Official Selections: Mad Dash (screenplay) by William Leonard, A Chippy Off the Old Block (screenplay) by Kelly Jean Karam, 420 by Marc Schneider, Hunger by Mukta Bharti.

An informal “texting” poll suggested our “Audience Choice” award which goes to Ten Thousand Camels by Kent Flaagan.

Musician Neal Fox at His Piano
Musician Neal Fox at His Piano

In June 2015, FilmFreeway rocketed past other submission platforms in global web traffic and is the #1 submissions platform in the world. More than 300,000 filmmakers, writers and artists use FilmFreeway to submit to over 4,500 of the world’s best film festivals and contests (including 37 Oscar-qualifying festivals). Best of all, FilmFreeway is always 100% free for submitters.

To get an idea of the types of films we want to showcase, you may want to browse the selections at Films for Action and Top Documentary Films.

With FilmFreeway, activists always retain 100% of their rights to their intellectual property. Activists can submit their screenplays, shorts, feature-length films, scripts, photos, and music projects entirely online. FilmFreeway online screeners play seamlessly, in beautiful, crystal-clear HD quality. Videos can be downloaded and streamed securely in HD for review and judging purposes.

Submission topics include Courts, Law, Jurisprudence, False Left/Right Political Paradigm, Right to Travel, Prisons & Reform, Civil Asset Forfeiture & Reform, Federal/State Constitutions, Restoring the Republican Form of Government (Constitutional Federated Republic), Anarchy, Liberty, Libertarian, “Green” Ideals, “Zeitgeist”, United Nations, New World Order (NWO), Global Governance, Weather Manipulation, Geoengineering (Chemtrails), Cannabis/Hemp/Marijuana Legalization, Drug Legalization (in general), Decriminalization of all Nonviolent Alleged Crimes, Medical/Religious Use of Cannabis/Peyote, etc. and Natural Healing.

CIAFF Logo FF
CIAFF Logo FF

We are also interested in Eschatology, Biblical Prophecy, Disclosure of “Aliens”, Demonology, Alchemy, Extraterrestrials, Exopolitics, “Free” Energy, Patents/Trademarks/Copyrights & Reform, Clean Environment, Arts/Artists/Filmmakers, Biography, Conspiracy, Politics (in general), Urban Farming, Sustainable Living, Big Pharma, Big Money, Economics (Models) & Reform, Cryptocurrencies, End the Fed, Debt-Based Money, Public Banking, Common Core, Public Schools & Reform, Housing & Homeless, Peace.

Also, LGBT/Transgender, Comedy & Satire, Crime (In general), Vaccine Controversy, Ecology, Filmmaking, New Genres Like Activist Superheros & Activist Film Noir, Health, History, Media, Military/War, 9/11 & False Flags, Guns & 2nd Amendment, Free Speech & 1st Amendment, Church & State, “Establishment of Religion”, Corporate Personhood, Bureaucratic Corruption, Military & Militarized Police State.

Also, Music, Soundtracks, Mystery, Magick, Nature, Philosophy, Psychology, Mythology, Comparative Religion, Christianity, Science, Sexuality, Society, Sports, Technology, Cosmology, “Flat Earth”, Heliocentrism, Geocentrism, Eschatology, Calendars and Timekeeping, Freemasons, Astrology, Urban Planning, Non-GMO Food, Biology/Chemistry, and Immigration and Naturalization.

Basically, we are open to take a look at just about anything you want to discuss!

We mainly want to promote peaceful, non-aggressive, intelligent, thoughtful solutions to our world’s pressing challenges. All practices, rules, guidelines, etc. are subject to change without notice. We are looking to attract judges, sponsors and volunteers! Contact us via snail mail – DBA SHARLENE F HOLT In Care Of 4259 West Florida Avenue, # 19495 Denver, Colorado, USA [80219] – or TEXT/CALL (720) 298-1524. Thank you! We hope to see you soon!

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