Call To Filmmakers! Ridgway Independent Film Fest 2020

Call to Amateur, Professional, and Youth Independent Filmmakers for the November 2020 Ridgway Independent Film Fest

This fall, the Ridgway Creative District and the Ridgway Chautauqua Society at the Sherbino will once again be showcasing the work and creativity of regional (and global!) independent filmmakers. We are calling to filmmakers to enter short films for a free public showing on Friday, Nov. 6th, & Saturday, November 7th, 2020, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM each night, at the historic Sherbino in Ridgway, Colorado. Our team wishes everyone good health during these unusual and trying times. 

We are asking filmmakers to submit creative, high-quality films that run no more than 20 minutes. Filmmakers should follow the guidelines below for their submissions: 

1) We ask that submissions demonstrate engaging storytelling, high entertainment value, as well as strong filmmaking skills, including editing and sound design.

2) Films must have a total run time of no longer than 20 minutes.

3) We will accept all work that celebrates the art of the motion picture and all genres of films for submission. 

Films will be juried for selection to be shown at the two-night event. If at all possible, selected filmmakers should be prepared to give a 5-minute presentation about the inspiration for their film and/or anecdotes about the making of the film (which can be done in person or remotely). The more filmmakers that attend, the better the opportunities to network with each other! 

Films must be submitted by Friday, September 25th, 2020, at 5:00 PM. Please submit entries at the festival page on the FilmFreeway website (https://filmfreeway.com/RidgwayIndependentFilmFest). A $10 entry fee is required per film submission. If an applicant cannot submit their entry online for some reason, they should contact John Clark or Diedra Silbert (info below). Entries should be submitted at our online festival page, if at all possible, but exceptions can made if necessary. 

Ridgway is a small rural town on Colorado’s Western Slope, located in a beautiful valley beneath the San Juan Mountains. The Ridgway Creative District has been a Colorado-certified creative district since 2013. Ridgway Chautauqua at the Sherbino is a 104-year old theater, run by the non-profit Ridgway Chautauqua Society. The Sherbino is known locally as "Ridgway's Living Room". 

CONTACTS for questions and additional information: 

John Clark OR Diedra Silbert 970-417-8434 970-626-5308 x215 jclark@town.ridgway.co.us dsilbert@town.ridgway.co.us 

The Town of Ridgway became a State Certified Creative District in July 2013, after one year as a Prospective Creative District. In 2019, it was recertified through 2024. The Creative District uplifts and supports artists, artisans, and all Creatives so they can sustainably live and work in Ridgway. It advocates for Creatives to celebrate and sustain innovation in our community. 

The Ridgway Chautauqua Society is a nonprofit organization, incorporated in 2012, for the purpose of embodying the Chautauqua tradition by producing programs celebrating lifelong learning, the arts, culture and community. The Sherbino building, owned and operated by the RCS, was designated a State Historic Landmark in 1991 for its significant social and cultural heritage role.

Thanks to our sponsors!

Interested in supporting the Sherbino? Sponsors make it happen.

Town of Ridgway
Telluride Foundation
Colorado Creative Industries
Ouray County Community Foundation Fund
Western Colorado Community Foundation
Alpine Bank
Ouray County Performing Arts Guild
Tri-State Generation & Transmission
Alpenglow Arts Alliance
Women's Club of Ouray

A history of community

Established in 1915, the Sherbino has been the heart of Ridgway Colorado, providing a venue for community events ranging from music to poetry. Now in a period of re-birth, the Sherbino continues to standout as the hub of events and community activities in Ridgway and throughout Ouray County. On February 11 2012 the Sherbino incorporated as the Ridgway Chautauqua Society Inc. whose mission is to embody the Chautauqua tradition by producing programs celebrating lifelong learning, the arts, culture and community. Learn more about the Sherbino.

Heart of Ridgway

Sherbino Ridgway Colorado

604 & 610 Clinton Street

P.O. Box 236

Ridgway, Colorado 81432


Alpenglow Arts Alliance