Festivus Film Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting high-quality indie films to our awesome Denver audience.
Our organization began in 2007 as a response to what we saw as a independent film vacuum in Denver. Our humble, yet promising Festivus Film Festival 2008 was our first attempt to fill that vacuum. After rave reviews we decided we were on to something. Fast forward to the present, and we’re now in the planning stages of Festivus Film Festival 2013, our 6 year anniversary! After being named one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the US by Moviemaker Magazine, our 2012 fest was our biggest yet. Coverage from virtually every major media outlet in Denver, dedicated and passionate volunteers, edgy high-quality programming, and an exciting and fresh brand has made us one of the hottest young festivals in North America. Festivus Film Festival is the can’t miss event where you can see great new indie flicks, meet talented up-and-coming filmmakers, and party like it’s the last day on earth.
We’re very excited to announce that the sixth annual FESTIVUS Film Festival is coming up February 20-24, 2013! Year 5 was our best season yet, and we’re building on all our success to make Year 6 even better. Films are once again screening at two very historic favorites: the Bug Theatre and the Oriental Theater. Our passholder’s lounge will be located at the Next Gallery directly across from the Bug Theatre. Nightlife events will be held at a variety of top-notch venues around the Denver area. Stay posted to the website for updates and a detailed schedule!
The Oriental Theater
The historic Oriental Theater, in the Berkeley Highlands neighborhood, is a shining example of the Exotic Revival architectural style popularized in late 1920s movie theaters.
Built at a time when a theater’s decor prepared patrons for the excitement and glamour of a film, the Oriental Theater’s interior created for theatergoers the atmosphere of a Middle Eastern palace at twilight. The Persian courtyard theme is evident in realistic murals depicting desert themes, minarets, domes, arches and palm fronds. Plaster friezes, terracotta accents, recesses designed to resemble porticos and balconies, rich draperies and rose-colored seats completed the scene.
Now under new management, the Oriental Theater has recently undergone tremendous renevation making it one of Denver’s premiere entertainment venues.
The Oriental Theater serves as much more than a music venue. It is an anchor of the bustling Tennyson Art and Business District and serves the broad interests of Denver’s burgeoning cultural scene.
4335 West 44th Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80212
The Bug Theatre
Originally built in 1912 as a nickelodeon movie house, the theatre now known as The Bug survived multiple incarnations and more than 25 years of dormancy before local artists Chandler Romeo and Reed Weimer renovated the building in 1994 and founded the Bug Performance & Media Art Center (BPMAC), a non-profit organization dedicated to serving Denver audiences by facilitating the development and presentation of diverse arts and cultural programming. Though recognized early on by the media as an important Denver alternative arts center, the organization floundered financially. Since a restructuring in 1998, the Bug Theatre has flourished and gained critical acclaim & financial stability.
3654 Navajo St
Denver, CO 80211-3037
The Curtis hotel is the official hotel of the Festivus Film Festival. The Curtis is located in downtown Denver at 14th Avenue and Curtis Street. Call 800-525-6651 to book your room. Filmmakers: Be sure to contact the festival before booking rooms.