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May 11-15, 2016

The Festival

DocuWest was founded in 2008 to explore and celebrate our world through the lens of documentary films. DocuWest’s mission is to curate and present to our audiences non-fiction stories that are entertaining, inspiring, astonishing, – even jarring, to spark a dialogue about the subjects presented in each film. The themes and works presented look to explore the world through the lens of documentary filmmakers from around the globe. Additionally, we strive to program a section of the festival that emphasizes the places, issues and people unique to the western territory of the United States.


Our Mission

DocuWest’s mission is to present our audiences with stories that are not only astonishing and jarring, but awe-inspiring and thought-provoking. These stories enable dialogue and discourse to take place over the people, events, and subjects presented in each film. DocuWest is located in the film-loving city of Denver, Colorado. Screenings take place in various locals including, the beautiful Sie FilmCenter in the Capital Hill area, and the History Colorado Museum in Denver – more venues to be announced. This relationship enables DocuWest to continue bringing audiences non-narrative films that empower us to take a look at ourselves and the world we live in.

DocuWest Film Festival - May 11-15, 2016

Starting spring of 2016, DocuWest has moved the dates of the festival to present a wider diversity of documentary films.

Now Accepting Submissions for the 2016 Festival

2015 DocuWest Film Schedule

DocuWest presents engaging, thought-provoking, and interesting stories about people and events from around the world.

Check Out the Schedule

The 2015 DocuWest Films

DocuWest is proud to present 34 film selections this year. Selected documentaries—most of which are premiering in Colorado for the first time—include 2015 film festival favorites and award-winning films.

Check Out the Films

The Best Way to Fest is With a Pass

Note: The Festival Pass is valid for all regular screenings. Opening Night, Closing Night, and Centerpiece screenings must be purchased separately

DocuWest 2015 Festival Pass

Locations: Sie FilmCenter at 2510 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206, and the History Colorado  Museum at 1200 Broadway Denver, CO 80203

SIE FilmCenter

The Sie FilmCenter presents a weekly-changing calendar of domestic and foreign first-run exclusives and arthouse revival films. Over the course of the year, over 600 narrative and documentary films are shown in their original language and format, without any onscreen advertising.

Designed to ignite imaginations of all ages about Colorado history, this new museum and hub for civic engagement creates a rich experience for visitors through exhibits and programs that blend technology, media, environments and artifacts.

Title Sponsor

Supporting Sponsors



Charles Schwartz Foundation for Music

Friends of the Festival