Paonia Film Festival

4th Annual Paonia Film Festival – April 29-30, 2016

Fri. Apr 29 – Screening All Selected Films
Sat. Apr 30 – Red Carpet Gala and Award Ceremony

Grant Provided by:

Colorado Tourism Office

WHEN: April 29-30, 2016

Rock the Vote Screening Party, Friday, Apr 29 (7pm doors, 7:30pm show)

  • Screening: all nominated films
  • Vote for Audience Choice Awards: all nominated films
  • Panel discussion with Filmmakers

Ticket price: $10

Red Carpet Gala & Awards Ceremony on Saturday Apr 30 (7pm doors, 7:30pm show)

  • Special curated film program “Best of Colorado
  • Red Carpet “Best Dressed” Award
  • Audience Choice Awards: All categories
  • Award Winners Film Program

Ticket price: $30

TICKETS ON SALE at the Paradise Theatre and the Cirque Cyclery in Paonia

WHAT: The Films

Short films are our focus at the Paonia Film Festival, but not just any films. We look for and screen films made by Colorado filmmakers and or with content related to Colorado. The films range in topic and production value and they’re made by professionals and amateurs alike.

WHY: We love film!

The Colorado filmmakers are a unique bunch. We love making film, and we live in a unique landscape of beauty, agriculture and industry. This rich environment gives us many opportunities to tell stories about the people and places of our region. We also love the amazing breadth and creativity of local filmmakers.

Film Submissions Are No Longer Accepted For 2016

For reference purposes, here were the 2016 guidelines:

Submission Guidelines

If you have difficulty with these requirements, please contact us!

  1. The Paonia Film Festival seeks to celebrate filmmakers from Colorado. You must live or have lived in the KVNF listening area OR have shot/produced your film here to be eligible.
  2. Total running time must be 15 MINUTES OR LESS, including credits
  3. YOU are responsible for gaining permissions for use of any copyrighted images or sound
  4. Submitted films must have been completed between 2011-2015

Submission Procedure

  1. Prepare your film for submission as described below in “Submission Technical Details”
  2. Fill out our online submission form
  3. Send us your film with payment as described below in “Payment and Film Delivery”

Submission Technical Details

Sending the highest quality of your film is the most important thing for submissions, do NOT send playable DVD’s or YouTube links.

Here are the preferred formats to receive your film to avoid re-encoding:
Video file format:
Quicktime (.mov), or mpeg-2

h.264 or pro-res 422.

Dolby Digital up to 5.1 channels (Max 640 Kbit/s) and
Linear PCM up to 9 channels (Max 27.648Mbit/s) are the preferred formats or the highest quality possible.

Provide the highest resolution possible to avoid up-scaling.
1920 X 1080 -or- 1280 X 720 is preferred for films shot in 16:9 aspect ratio (widescreen). For films shot in 4:3 aspect ratio, please provide the best resolution possible.

If your film is chosen, the file you provide will be used for final playback.

For anyone who has difficulty with this, don’t worry – we’ll do our best to help you with this process. Please read our FAQ if you have any questions, or feel free to contact us.


File delivery info, in order of preference:

  1. Most preferred: DROPBOX.COM, VIMEO.COM Please provide us passwords and account information.
  2. FTP – If you’re familiar with using FTP to transfer large files, we can set filmmakers up with a temporary FTP account. For questions regarding FTP transfers or formatting questions please email Adam Smith
  3. We accept check, money order/cashiers check or Paypal.

Please include payment with your film: $25 by Jan. 8, 2016 or $50 by Feb 5, 2016.
If you are providing a downloadable file or using FTP to submit your film, please mail your payment to:

PFF (submissions)
PO Box 886
Paonia, CO 81428

or KVNF Community Radio front desk basket: Attention PFF/submissions

For all other questions please email Ali Lightfoot.

Q: Why are you requiring submissions through Vimeo or YouTube?

A: First, our panel of judges will not be able to meet to judge the films like they did last year. Our panel is comprised of people who live all over the West, so we need to make the videos available to them as conveniently as possible. We can also avoid making duplicates of DVDs and sending them hither and yon to our judges. Also, this approach greatly simplifies the organizational and tracking process we used last year. Finally, we’re hoping some of our less technically-savvy filmmakers find this process less arduous than burning a film to disc.

Q: Why would I want to password-protect my video?

A: The most obvious reason is that you don’t want the world to see it. Perhaps you’re worried that someone else will illegally use your film elsewhere. Or perhaps it’s just not ready for the world to see. Regardless, it’s up to you if you want to make your uploaded film public or private.

Q: You’ll need a high-quality version of the film for the screening, won’t you?

A: Yes, most definitely. Just like last year, we want to show the films with as much quality as possible. The Paradise has an HD projector, and we’ll be using an HD projector at the Blue Sage as well.

We’ll contact the official selectees with screening format requirements in February. Note that Vimeo Plus and Pro users have the ability to upload larger high-definition versions of their films. If their film is selected and they have made their HD file downloadable from Vimeo (a setting for the video), then we can simply download the screenable version. Others will need to provide their screenable copy in other ways.



PFF could not exist without the generosity of our sponsors. We’re building on our success for 2016 and want you to be a part of it! As a sponsor, your business name will be seen on our posters, website, programs, and/or onscreen during the event. With an expanded event of two days, we expect many more attendees. Please support the North Fork Valley’s budding film community by giving your time, products, service or cash at one of the levels below. If you or your organization is interested in helping to support the Paonia Film Festival (and gain lots of gratitude and recognition in the process), review our Sponsor Contract (download the pdf). Thank you.

Depending on your level of sponsorship, you may be eligible for all kinds of perks! There is still time to get involved NOW by reviewing the sponsorship levels.

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