The Crested Butte Film Festival

Indulge your passion for film and join us for a celebration of 90 films over four days in one beautiful place.

The Crested Butte Film Festival features narratives, documentaries, outdoor adventure and shorts as well as free children’s programming and filmmaker talks. The Center for the Arts is home to and one of the primary venues of the Crested Butte Film Festival. Films at the Center are shown on updated technical equipment, resulting in a state-of-the-art facility for film presentation.

Contact the CB Film Festival


Michael and Jennifer Brody
303-204-9080 | EMAIL

Mailing address
PO Box 1256
Crested Butte, CO 81224

Monthly Film Series

The Crested Butte Film Festival Monthly Film Series presents films throughout the year, featuring an array of provocative feature films and documentaries. Films are most often screened at The Center. Be sure to check the location before you head out to the movies. You can purchase Half-Year and Full-Year Punch Cards to films in this series and save a few dollars. Additionally, a film might include "Dinner and A Movie," which includes VIP seating at the screening. 


The snow's flying. It's cold outside, so let's head in for some great films throughout the month of November.  Crested Butte Film Festival will present three films in November designed to get your feet tapping and get you ready for the winter season.  Starting things off on Thursday, November 16th, CBFF presents a music film on one of America's favorite bands, The Avett Brothers. May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers is a fascinating, two-year exploration of the brother band, their lives and the recording of their latest album, True Sadness. The film, directed by accomplished filmmaker, Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, This is 40) is a deeply intimate and revealing look at the Grammy Award-nominated North Carolina band fronted by Seth and Scott Avett. It charts the Avett Brothers' decade-and-a-half rise, while chronicling their 2016 collaboration with famed producer Rick Rubin on the critically-acclaimed album True Sadness. Using the recording process as a backdrop, the film depicts a lifelong creative partnership put to the test as band members undergo marriage, divorce, parenthood, illness, and the challenges of the music business. More than just a concert documentary, May It Last is a meditation on family, love, and the passage of time. 

The film is co-sponsored by KBUT and plays Thursday night, November 16, 7pm at the Center for the Arts. Tickets are $10 and are available at, the Center, and at the door.

On Saturday, November 25, Warren Miller kicks off your winter right with his 68th annual film, Line of Descent. The annual tradition is back to salute the start of winter as we celebrate Warren Miller's 68th ski and snowboard film with downhill thrills, global adventure and a nod to those that taught us to slide on snow. “This season" according to a statement from Warren Miller, "we explore how skiers are shaped by picking up a pair of skis for the first time. More often than not, it’s family who introduces us to the sport or steers us on the path towards an ongoing passion." 

Ride along on a stunning cinematic journey as we travel near and far, descending some of North America’s deepest lines in Jackson Hole, Montana, Silverton, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, and Steamboat. From powsurfer to splitboard, motorcycle, dogsled or snowmobile, watch as athletes chase winter along the Beartooth Pass, the French Alps, New Zealand, British Columbia, and Norway.

The film is co-sponsored by Crested Butte Snowsports Foundation and plays November 25th and December 29th, 5:30 and 8:30pm at the Center for the Arts. Tickets are $20 and are available at, the Center, and at the door. A free raffle ticket is included.

Finally on Wednesday, November 29th, meet famed polar explorer and Colorado resident Eric Larsen as he presents his sixty-minute film, Melting: The Last Race to the Pole. The film chronicles Larsen's and fellow explored Ryan Walters' race 500 miles - unsupported and unassisted - across the Arctic Ocean battling weather, nature, climate change and their own fortitude in an attempt to reach the Geographic North Pole in record time. Despite being one of the most cold and hostile environments on the planet, the Arctic Ocean has seen a significant reduction of sea ice over the past seven years due to climate change. Because of this, Larsen’s and Waters’ trip—dubbed the “Last North Expedition”—is expected to be the last human-powered trek to the North Pole, ever. Traveling on skis, snowshoes, and even swimming through semi-frozen arctic slush, Larsen and Waters each pulled over 325 pounds of gear behind them on sleds through temperatures that plummeted to nearly 70 degrees below zero. Stalked by polar bears and ran out of food, it was, in Larsen’s words, “easily one of the most difficult expeditions in the world.” 

The film is co-sponsored by the Gunnison/Crested Butte Tourism Association, CBAIC, CBMBA, and CBNC, and plays November 29th, 7pm at the Center for the Arts. Tickets are $15 and are available at, the Center, and at the door. A free raffle ticket is included.

The Center/CB Film Festival Partnership

The Center for the Arts is proud to be the fiscal sponsor of the Crested Butte Film Festival since April 2013. "Over the last few years, The Center has been building incredible partnerships with like organizations such as the CB Dance Collective and the Art Studio. We are thrilled to now create a relationship with the Crested Butte Film Festival," stated Melissa Belkin, then-President of the Center for the Arts Board of Directors. "The Film Festival have been such a wonderful addition to our community. We are so impressed by their incredible impact and growth and are honored to make them a part of our organization."