Submitting Your Film

Submissions are now open for DocuWest Sept 13-17, 2017 .


Early Bird Deadline: October 13, 2016
Official Deadline: February 26, 2017
Late Deadlines: May 4, 2017


All films must have been completed after January 1, 2015.
Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for Festival presentation.
Short films up to 30 minutes in length. Medium length films must have a running time between 31 and 60 minutes. Feature length films are more than 61 minutes.
Films that have been submitted for consideration in previous years are only eligible for re-submission if significant changes have been made to the film. A detailed list of the changes must be included in the submission packet.
For submission purposes, preview DVDs may be works-in-progress, films with temporary soundtracks or digital outputs.
Filmmakers must deliver final format (as indicated) for Festival screenings. No exceptions will be permitted.


Select narrative features, documentary features, medium length films, and short films participate in the Festival’s three competitive sections, the winners of which are chosen by special juries.
Most features and shorts are eligible for Audience Awards, which are chosen based on ballots submitted by Festival audiences and are presented in the following categories: Documentary Feature, Medium Length, and Short Film.


  • Completed submission form, submitted electronically via or FilmFreeway.
  •  Online digital submission, strongly urged. Preview DVDs (Region 0 or 1 and NTSC).

All submission materials must be delivered together in one package. Do not deliver your submission materials until you have completed your online entry. Be sure that your online entry number is printed clearly on all materials. Please note that preview DVDs and all other submission materials will not be returned. All materials will be recycled through a secured facility.


Payment in US dollars may be made by check, money order, American Express, Visa, or Mastercard. Checks or money orders (from a US bank and in US Dollars only) should be made payable to “DocuWest”. The film title must be clearly printed on all checks/money orders. Do not send cash.


For all submissions, include the English language title and the running time on the DVD. Indicate the region-coding of the disc. If submitting a work-in-progress, indicate the elements that are incomplete on the DVD.


You may submit more than one film, but each one must be on a separate DVD and must be accompanied by its own completed submission form and entry fee.


All costs for shipping submission materials to and from Denver are the responsibility of the sender. Ship your DVD in a protective envelope. The Festival recommends bubble-pack envelopes over fiber-pack envelopes as the fiber envelopes can lead to damaged DVDs and DVD players. It is strongly recommended not to place a label on the DVD, as they have a likelihood of not playing in DVD players. The Festival is not responsible for any damage to submitted materials incurred during shipping.


All entries from outside the US should be sent Air Mail Registered or by a parcel or express service. We cannot accept entries shipped via air-freight if customs and delivery fees have not been paid.