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The 44th Denver Film Festival

“The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life.” ~Jean-Luc Godard⁠

The 44th annual Denver Film Festival is back — in person at venues around the city as well as options to stream a majority of this year’s films from anywhere in the U.S. This year’s film fest includes dozens of documentaries, feature films, shorts and even virtual reality experiences. For a complete list of films to see in person or stream, click here.

Here are a few films we’re looking forward to watching:

Opening Night: Spencer

Spencer tells the story of the marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles which has long since grown cold. Though rumors of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate. There’s eating and drinking, shooting and hunting. Diana knows the game. But this year, things will be profoundly different. Spencer is an imagining of what might have happened during those few fateful days. November 3rd @ 8 pm

Shorts: Narratives

Short narrative films include Wiggle Room, The Affected, Summer Animals, The Touch of the Master’s Hand, Play It Safe and The Criminals. November 4th, 5th and available to stream.


Lennon Gates is a quiet and observant podcaster, but when she meets the charismatic musician Bobbi Kitten, her deceptive intentions surface. As their friendship forms, Lennon quickly spirals into obsession as she struggles with an unchecked search for creative identity. November 4th & 5th.

Centerpiece: C’Mon, C’Mon

Johnny (Joaquin Phoenix) and his young nephew (Woody Norman) forge a tenuous but transformational relationship when they are unexpectedly thrown together in this delicate and deeply moving story about the connections between adults and children, the past and the future, from writer-director Mike Mills. November 5th


A chronicle of the frenetic life of a star television journalist taken to stardom and a spiral of events that will lead to her downfall. Determined to come out of this tragic identity, she will experience redemption through hard work, then by a return to her existence, but this time with irony and derision. **All DFF venues and events require full vaccination (no negative Covid tests will be accepted). Masks are required unless actively eating or drinking at your seat. November 4th, 8th and 12th (not available to stream).

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