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The Denver Short Film Festival

True Cinema


The Denver Short Film Festival is devoted to promoting the short film genre, with films ranging in length from 1 to 20 minutes. DSFF is a strong supporter of local and international filmmakers that create films that are true to the spirit of the medium. Each piece is the result of genuine emotion and expression, from original screenplays to novel cinematography and cinematic methods. The Festival offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance for our local community, tourists, and the next generation of brilliant filmmakers to immerse themselves in the true essence of filmmaking. The DENVER SHORT FILM FESTIVAL plans to established itself as a prominent cultural voice in Colorado and the West, influencing the arts positively through film. The festival takes place at The Mayan Theater, a historic theater located on South Broadway. Since opening in 1930, the venue has hosted numerous national events and international acts and has become a beacon for the arts in Denver Colorado.


an American metropolis
dating to the Old West era.

Denver is one of the fastest growing cities in the US. It's got beautiful weather and beautiful people. It's got good restaurants, even better bars, and a pretty lively arts and music scene. Like other cities that are all grown-up, Denver's neighborhoods each have a flavor all their own.

For art, warehouses and street art, hit up River North (RiNo). Highlands and Lower Highlands (LoHi) have shopping and restaurant districts and a slightly less edgy attitude, while South Broadway is all leather and edge. At the core, you have the fun bars of Lower Downtown (LoDo), historic Five Points, the Santa Fe Arts District and the upscale Cherry Creek area. The entire city is connected through a beautiful series of bike paths and parks.

Best of all, within a couple hours' drive you have vast areas of wilderness, world-class skiing and hiking, and much, much more.

Prepare to visit Denver:

➞ Official Colorado Vacation Information

➞ Colorado Vacation Guide

➞ Things to do in Denver & Colorado

➞ Other Events in Colorado

➞ Hotels in Colorado


Cinema people,
first and foremost.

Our film-obsessed staff is delighted to watch all your films and committed to create a magical shorts program every screening.

Noah Baker

Executive Director

Fatima Patel

Submission Liaison

Gio Toninelo

Artistic Director

Joel Oliveira

Operations Manager

Mario Bianchi

Marketing Manager

The Mayan

The Historical
Mayan Theatre.

Built in 1930 and Operated by Landmark since 1986 the Mayan Theatre is located in the heart of Central Denver amongst a bevy of art galleries, restaurants and vintage clothing stores in the Baker District. It features Denver's finest in independent film and foreign language cinema. The historic Mayan narrowly missed the wrecking ball in the mid-1980s, when, at the eleventh hour, it was saved by the local group "Friends of the Mayan." In 1986, The Mayan was restored to its former glory. Renovated meticulously at a cost of nearly $2 million, it is one of the country's three remaining theatres designed in the Art Deco Mayan Revival style. It has been converted into a three-screen palace, with one large, magnificent auditorium and two cozy theatres upstairs, featuring stadium seating. There is also an upstairs bar and cafe with a small seating area.