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.

Rumble in the Rockies: Get Your Chefs Challenge On!

Join us on Sunday, April 29th, 2pm at The Riverside (1724 Broadway, Boulder) for the Boulder chefs challenge event of the year! We will present not one but TWO chefs challenges in one afternoon:

  • LIVE CHALLENGE, which will pit Eastern and Western cuisine teams in a fight to the finish
  • CINEMATIC CHALLENGE with a screening of the Hong Kong chefs challenge comedy, Cook Up a Storm (see the preview here), with its own East and West battle.

Chef Ryan Gorby of Cho77 in Denver and his East team will face off against Chef Kyle Mendenhall of Arcana in Boulder and his West team. Each three-chef team will cook two dishes in an hour, using noodles, eggs, and a mystery ingredient. Six chefs, four dishes, and samples for everyone so they can vote for their favorite. Plus, a panel of illustrious judges, including 5280 Magazine food editor Denise Mickelsen, Executive Chef Kelly Jeun of Frasca Food and Wine, and Sara Brito of the Good Food 100 Restaurants list, will determine the critics’ choice. Snacks from Kelley and Ping, OHi Food Co., Snarf’s Sandwiches, and Tip Top Savory Pies. Cash bar.


  • Sunday, April 29th, 2-5:30pm
  • The Riverside (1724 Broadway, Boulder just north of the intersection of Broadway and Arapahoe Ave.)
  • Tickets: $30
  • All city of Boulder metered and garage parking are free on Sundays, including 13th street between Arapahoe and Canyon avenues, 14th Street parking lots behind BMOCA and the City of Boulder Open Space building, and the Boulder Public Library parking lots.

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Event sponsors and donors

Many thanks to the following sponsors of Rumble in the Rockies.

Cured Grower's Organic

Additional thanks to the following donors: Chiporro Sauce Co., Eco-Products, Natural Grocers – Boulder store, Kelley and PingOHi Food Co., Snarf’s Sandwiches, Tip Top Savory Pies

New Colorado Student Film Contest

We are proud to introduce our new film contest for 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: May 31, 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

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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