2016 Filmmaker Festival Info

For those of you traveling to the festival, we wanted to give you all the travel and festival information here. March is a very busy time for Vail, so the earlier you can book your hotels and shuttles, the easier it will be for you. We will update this page with any new travel information we get.


Filmmakers receive 4 All-access Filmmaker Passes to the festival. If additional filmmakers from your team would like to purchase Filmmaker passes they are $50 per pass. Email info@vailfilmfestival.org.

Filmmakers can offer their friends and family a 50% discount on all passes to the festival. The discount code is: 13BHA4LV. The discount is valid through March 31.


You can either fly into the the Denver (DEN) airport, which is a two hour drive to Vail. This is usually the cheaper option. We have partnered with Colorado Mountain Express (CME) to offer discounts on shuttle rides from the airport to Vail. We will post that discount code soon.

The other airport to fly into is Eagle (EGE). This is around a 30 minute drive to Vail, also available by CME shuttle.

Where to stay

All of our hotel partners are listed under the the Travel page of the website.

We also are partnered with hotels like Simba Run & Vail Racquet Club which have condo options, so if you're coming with the group this could be a better option. If you are looking for another filmmaker to room with email info@vailfilmfestival.org and we can set up a private facebook page for all those interested in finding others to share with.

Colorado Mountain Express

Book with Colorado Mountain Express and save 15% off shuttle services from DIA or Downtown Denver locations to Vail.

Call 970-754-7433 and mention CMEFILM15 or reserve online.

Transportation during the festival

If you're staying in East Vail, Vail Village, Lionshead, Cascade Village or West Vail, no car is needed. Vail has a great free bus system, so if you can't walk to where you want to go (it's an easy walking town), you can always hop on the bus.

Film Schedule

We will be emailing you the screening schedule of your film in the final week of February.

This all sounds fine, but what can we do in Vail?

We want you to have a great time. Your passes will get you in to the films, hospitality lounge, opening and closing night parties and Friday Night Concert. You'll be busy, but you may also want to take in some of the sites of beautiful Vail. Obviously there's skiing, but there is so much more.  Here are a couple of links to check out: http://www.visitvailvalley.com, http://www.snow.com

We can't wait to see you there!


Narrative Features, Colorado Short Films: Megen Musegades megen@vailfilmfestival.org

Documentaries: Erin Sheppard docs@vailfilmfestival.org

Shorts: Amanda Durst shorts@vailfilmfestival.org

Student: Jordan Hall jordanjhall@gmail.com

Technical Questions: Dave Riepe dave@spacefarmer.com