Press Release

Cinema and History Colorado Announce Student Film Competition

DENVER – CINEMA, the Denver Film Society and History Colorado have partnered to host a student film competition for students in grade six through graduate school designed to foster appreciation and interest in creating films in Colorado’s historic places. The student film competition was officially launched at the CINEMA Day celebration that took place on Feb. 8 at the History Colorado Center in Denver.

To be considered, students must submit a written proposal for a two-to-five-minute documentary or narrative film that includes how Colorado’s historic places will be featured in their film project. Proposals are being accepted now through Feb. 25, 2013. For information on submission guidelines and competition rules, go to

Up to 10 proposals will be green lighted and made eligible for production-related reimbursements of up to $400. Students will be partnered with a film industry professional who will serve as their mentor, as well as a historic preservation expert for resource guidance. Top films will be loaded to a website for a “People's Choice” voting period and will be screened by a jury on May 16, 2013 at the Denver Film Society's SIE FilmCenter. Jury members will include top local producers and the Colorado State Film Commissioner. Winning films will be announced during Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month celebrations at the History Colorado Center on May 17.

“We encourage all students who are interested in making films to enter this competition,” Michael Haskins, President of CINEMA said. “This unique opportunity to shoot in amazing, historic Colorado locations is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for aspiring filmmakers.”

“For the past 20 years, the State Historical Fund has been assisting communities to help restore many historic places around Colorado, and each place has a special story. Colorado is full of opportunities for film students to capture these stories while featuring a historic place of their choice. Whether they choose incredible landscapes like Red Rocks or Chimney Rock; a historic school or a historic home; a small main street like Silverton or big city park like Civic Center, Colorado is a filmmaker’s paradise,” said Steve Turner, History Colorado’s Vice President of Preservation Programs.

Film competition sponsors include: Colorado Film and Video Association, Girl Scouts of Colorado, Havey Productions, Hendricks Financial Services and Walk the Line Films.



CINEMA is Colorado Innovators of New Entertainment Media and Arts. Its mission is to promote the value of Colorado's media industry through statewide education and innovative opportunities. CINEMA is a 501c4 who works through legislative efforts to create public awareness for the industry and works with the state and regional film commissions to help attract production. The incentive has already impacted Colorado’s film industry.  In 2011, Colorado incentivized $1.5 million in film production. In the last third of 2012 alone, Colorado has approved incentives for more than $9 million in production activities that directly resulted in nearly 100 new full-time, high paying jobs. For more information, follow #CINEMACO. 

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Danielle Dascalos