The Flatirons Food Film Festival (Oct. 11-14, 2018) is an annual multi-day film festival in Boulder, Colorado that brings together those interested in eating, food culture, and food issues. In its 6th year, the Festival screens a mix of US and international feature and documentary films that address a wide range of food-related topics and issues. It also presents film-related culinary and social events like tastings and receptions, engages expert speakers for every film, and brings distinguished visiting speakers to enhance the educational and convivial aspects of the films.

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New Colorado Student Film Contest

BREAKING NEWS: We have extended the deadline to our Colorado student film contest to June 15, 2018. Also, we will now accept submissions from high school students.

We are proud to introduce our new film contest for  Colorado high school students and undergraduate filmmakers who are attending an accredited university or college in Colorado. The winning short food film will screen at our 2018 festival (Oct. 11-14). The winning filmmaker and their film will be mentioned in our 2018 festival publicity and receive an $100 cash prize.

We invite filmmakers enrolled at Colorado accredited colleges or universities to submit their films.


  • Films must showcase a food-related topic or have food as a significant part of the narrative.
  • Films must be 10 minutes or less in spoken or subtitled English.
  • Can be narrative or documentary films. Live action or animated are good.
  • Submit through FilmFreeway:
  • Deadline: June 15, 2018
  • Entry fee: None. If students send us a scanned copy of a current and valid student ID card or a letter from an accredited school verifying the entrant’s enrollment, we will send them a FilmFreeway waiver code that they can use to submit their film for no charge. Send scanned files to

Ramen Heads dinner and film Meetup

Our Flatirons Food Film Festival Meetup Group is hosting a ramen dinner at the new Chimera restaurant (2014 10th St, Boulder), followed by a screening of the Ramen Heads documentary at the Dairy Arts Center on Thursday, May 31. We will meet at the restaurant at 5:30pm and reconvene at the Boedecker Theater of the Dairy Arts Center for the 7pm documentary.

Ramen Heads is about the reigning Japanese king of ramen, other ramen masters, and their legions of fanatic ramen fans. The screening includes a talk back by an author of a book about ramen. Join us slurping, talking ramen, and watching the film.

Join the Flatirons Food Film Festival Meetup group and then sign up for our ramen extravaganza Meetup:

Meetup attendees will be responsible for the costs of their ramen dinner and buying their own Ramen Heads ticket. We recommend that attendees pre-order their film tickets as early as possible.

Chefs Challenge Event

Everyone was a winner at our chefs challenge event on Sunday, April 29th at The Riverside. The weather was warm and sunny. Our Eastern and Western cuisine teams, each comprised of three top local chefs, showed competitive spirit while facing off. The hustle while prepping, sauteeing, grilling, and making rice noodles from scratch was palpable. Chef Ryan Gorby of Cho77 and Chef Kyle Mendenhall of Arcana, respectively head chefs of the East and West teams, were involved in everything and provided strong direction. With the help of six culinary students from the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, the chefs did what they do best: create beautiful dishes. Though both teams produced delicious dishes, the audience and judges both agreed that the East team was the winner of our live chefs challenge.

Culinary student portioning East team dish. Photo courtesy of Denver Westword.

Chef Thach Trang extruding rice noodles. Photo courtesy of Denver Westword.

Chef Steve Radzikowski, culinary student, and Chef Thach Tran cooking up a storm. Photo courtesy of Denver Westword.


The winning East team dishes

Spring mushroom chawanmushi with dashi egg cloud, black rice crisp, trout roe

Vietnamese Bún ca, yuzu miso grilled Cobia with nước chấm dressing, and fresh herbs

West team dishes

Casarecce Carbonara with nettles, cured duck egg yolk, lemon and smoked pepper

Oil-poached Cobia with mushroom fumet, morels and spring vegetables


Fifth Flatirons Food Film Festival Wrap-up

The 2017 Flatirons Food Film Festival was a smashing success! For our milestone fifth year, we had four sold-out film screenings and events, including our films about food trail blazers and events at the Rayback Collective and Via Perla.

For a first-hand report of this year’s festival, see Colin Wrenn’s article in 303 Magazine.

For more about the 2017 festival, including links to photo albums, click here.

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