2018 CIWF Schedule

Colorado Independent Women of Film celebrates a unique style, perspective, and artistic vision within Colorado’s indie filmmaking community. Our eighth annual festival will showcase films from 20 local filmmakers, including short and feature length narrative films documentary, experimental works and animations, with the filmmakers in attendance to take part in a spirited ‘talkback’ with the audience. We’ll see the return of some of Denver’s finest filmmakers and debut pieces from several first time participants. It’s shaping up to be an incredible year for women in the Colorado filmmaking community… don’t miss even a minute of it!

The 2018 Colorado Independent Women of Film Schedule:

Friday May 18th at 8:00pm – Opening Night Shorts

Losing FaithShannon Malloy (07:00)
Reimbursement Rio Rivera (05:30)
Stand-Up Guys – Alexandra van Milligen (12:00)


Free Jamie Oliver (04:12)
Mile High Nancy Episode 5Nancy Fingerhood (14:59)
Crack, Skip, Scar Katie Anhalt (03:19)
Call Me If You Get ThisLily Pilar O’Dowd (05:10)

Saturday May 19th at 4:00pm – Saturday Afternoon Shorts

Iridescence – Rachel Napierkowski (06:20)
Barking BraveBrandy Mello and Catrine Watt (05:21)
The Most Wonderful Time in the West – Julie Engle (09:12)


Earning the Day Jane Shepard (26:59)
Tenny Eva MeiLing Pollitt (08:45)

Saturday May 19th at 6:00pm – Feature Length Presentation: Of Dust and BonesA desert recluse is visited by her dead husband’s best friend and fellow Syrian war journalist, who comes with an unwelcome agenda. Q&A with filmmaker Diane Bell to follow.

Diane’s second feature as writer/director, BLEEDING HEART, a feminist thriller starring Jessica Biel and Zosia Mamet premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, April 2015. Her first feature, OBSELIDIA, premiered in the US Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival 2010, where it won the Alfred P. Sloan Award and the award for Excellence in Cinematography.  It was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards 2011, including one for Best First Screenplay.  It won acclaim at festivals around the world, including being named as Best of Fest at the Edinburgh Film Festival, Best Narrative Feature at Ashland Indpendent Film Festival, and winning the Youth Jury Prize for Best Film at the Valladolid Festival, Spain.

Her screenplay, STEM, was selected for the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab in January 2011, where it was awarded the Sloan Fellowship.  She was selected for the inaugural Women in Film/Sundance Mentorship program in 2012.

With her husband and producing partner, Chris Byrne, she recently launched the Rebel Heart Film Workshop, teaching 2 day intensives on how to make a stand out indie film.  She is passionate about sharing her experiences making films to empower other filmmakers and strengthen our indie film community.

Saturday May 19th at 8:00pm – Closing Night Shorts

Flutterby – Jenny Urice (08:02)
Life and the Art of LyingEmily Schooley (26:00)
Patrick Sheridan’s PurposeKaitlin McMullen (05:55)


Collision Stacy Farrar, Marian Rothschild and MJ Mitchell (13:00)
The Road Home – Pamela Cuming (16:32)
Lily ‘N’ Rose – Sheryl Glubok (12:35)

Lineup subject to change!

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The Eighth Annual Colorado Independent Women of Film takes place May 18th and 19th at The Bug Theatre (3654 Navajo Street, Denver, CO 80232), with screenings at 8:00 p.m. on May 18th and at 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on May 19th. Tickets are $10 a block or $20 for a full festival pass, and are available online or at the door. To learn more visit the CIWF website at www.ciwfdenver.com and The Bug Theatre’s website at www.bugtheatre.org.

Colorado Independent Women of Film is sponsored by the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), Film Acting Academy of Denver, Plan 9 Studios, Nebulus Visions Multimedia, Twelve Monkeys Dancing Films, The Bug Theatre, The Emerging Filmmakers Project, and cool cats everywhere.