Colorado Media Resources
Resources, Jobs, Classes, and Networking



Jobs, Classes & Networking - Writing

Craftwrite – Colorado’s premiere screenwriting and TV writing resource (Full Disclosure: Craftwrite is Trai Cartwright, the person who runs this website). Trai teaches all around Colorado (check out her site for public classes) and works one-on-one with writers to create professional-level work. www.craftwrite.com
Lighthouse Writers – Denver’s cozy Victorian writer’s organization. Independent film pros and award-winning fiction writers teach there, and they put on an exceptional Lit Fest in the summer. www.lighthousewriters.org
Denver Screen Writers Meetup – Tracy O’Shaughnessy’s FREE and uber-welcoming writer's workshopping organization, filled with lovely folks learning the craft together. She stages classes, too. www.meetup.com/Denver-ScreenWriters/
Colorado Writers Cafe Meetup – Want to know what classes, readings and conferences are happening every month? Check out this FREE and comprehensive calendar, growing all the time. www.meetup.com/Colorado-Writers-Cafe/
Ultimate Pitchfest – Colorado’s First Online Pitchfest with Agents! What if Colorado screenwriters could pitch their wares right here, from Colorado, to agents in L.A., via this new-fangled technology?? Fiction writers get their Pitchfest June 11th; screenwriters will get their own pitchfest soon. www.ultimatepitchfest.com



Writer’s Organizations

Each of the below is a writers organization that provides resources, writer’s groups, classes and conferences for Colorado writers. Some even feature screenwriting!

Northern Colorado Writers – Fort Collins www.northerncoloradowriters.com
Pikes Peak Writers – Colorado Springs www.pikespeakwriters.com
Parker Writers Group – Parker 2PM on the 2nd Saturdays at the Parker Library. Just show up. Always a solid speaker.
Castle Rock Writers – Castle Rock www.castlerockwriters.com
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers – Denver www.rmfw.org



Screenwriting For Teens

Explorati Teen Writers Boot Camp – It’s the 8th Annual! Trai Cartwright’s popular summer camp for teens who want to learn writing for the screen and fiction is back and partnered with the Arapaho Library District. www.exploratiteens.com
Young Filmmakers Project – Denver Film Society’s wildly successful summer program for teen filmmakers, run by the indomitable Scott Kinnamon. Not just screenwriting – also technical knowledge. They make films! www.denverfilm.org



Other Writing Resources

Simply Scripts – Tremendous site packed with free downloadable screenplays and teleplays. www.simplyscripts.com
Drew’s Script-o-rama – Cuz it was the first database. Click on the left icon. www.script-o-rama.com
Writer’s Guild of America West - The writer’s union that we all hope to join one day because they have the best health benefits in the universe. Also, many resources so that we might educate ourselves. wga.org
Agent Listing - It’s not complete, and it doesn’t list the agents names or their clients so you know who to reach out to. That part takes research on your end. wga.org/agency/agencylist.aspx
Fee Schedules - wga.org/subpage_writersresources.aspx?id=68
Sample Contracts - wga.org/content/default.aspx?id=1027



Jobs, Classes & Networking - Technical

Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media – The film commission offers incentives, permits, location scouting, and databases of the professionals available for work in Colorado. www.filmincolorado.org
Denver Video Professionals – To learn, to share, to network. That’s Curt Donahue’s mission. His rapidly growing meetup org that offers twice-monthly classes on all kinds of professional media matters (from drones to insurance). Free, and hugely educational. Good networking, too. www.meetup.com/Denver-Video-Professionals
Colorado Film and Video Association – This organization features professional-level classes and events, a database of pros, plus two of the best film community parties of the year. www.cfva.com
Colorado Professional Video Association – The CoPVA’s mission is to provide in-depth knowledge to those in the field of videography through monthly seminars and networking opportunities. In a word, at every meeting we hope you will learn, be inspired and meet someone new. www.CoPVA.org
Emerging Filmmakers Project at the Bug Theater – The EFP has been showcasing the best of Denver's new and established independent filmmakers the third Thursday of every month since 2002! www.facebook.com/The-Emerging-Filmmakers-Project-190849944281193/?fref=ts
EFP Talks – A subsidiary of Emerging Filmmakers Project and curated by Mike Henderson, EFP Talks is a once monthly presentation given by pros in their field, with a focus on micro-budget and new filmmakers. www.facebook.com/efptalks?fref=ts
Colorado Smart Film Investment Coalition – CoSFIC is a coalition of professional media-makers dedicated to advising and elevating the developing Colorado independent media-making community (both makers and investors) via classes and other educational events. They produce producers! www.cosfic.com
Denver Film Society – The talented volunteers behind the Denver Film Festival support this mission: Denver Film Society’s mission is to develop opportunities for diverse audiences to discover film through creative thought-provoking experiences. www.denverfilm.org
SIE Film Center – Home of amazing indie and Colorado-shot films, classes, and festivals. Partnered with the Denver Film Society. www.denverfilm.org
Denver Open Media (DOM) – Designed to ensure all communities have the media and technology resources they need to engage in local and global communications. DOM offers state-of-the-art video equipment, as well as media distribution via the Internet and our three community-programmed television channels. www.denveropenmedia.org
Colorado Film School – Who knew Colorado had a Top 25 in the Nation film school? When you’re ready to dedicate yourself to a three-year, hands-on program taught by pros, this is the bang for the buck (it’s part of Community College of Aurora, so credits are cheap). Also, your friendly neighborhood CSX founder teaches there. www.coloradofilmschool.co

BOULDER:
Boulder Digital Arts - Whether you work in film, photography, design, technology or business, BDA has been a community-powered resource organization that empowers your creative process with resources, education (including certificate programs), events, community, and collaboration. www.boulderdigitalarts.com
Boulder Filmmakers Incubator – A subsidiary of BDA, Marianne Leviton conducts monthly classes and open forums for showing your work. Great networking in Boulder! www.filmmakingincubator.com/

FORT COLLINS:
NoCo Filmmakers Meetup – From out of nowhere, Andrew Schneider’s got 200 filmmakers in NoCo excited about his media making meetup enterprise. www.meetup.com/NoCoFilmmakers



Pure Networking

F.I.N.D. – Film Industry Networking in Denver. This is what happens when rad, welcoming media makers of all levels get together for society and free beer. www.facebook.com/groups/FINDCOLORADO/
Colorado Creative Industries - CCI strives to create a strong brand identity and a Top 10 reputation for Colorado as a Creative Economy, and creates significant and sustained investment in the creative sector where creative entrepreneurs and enterprises will flourish. This means grants, folks. Also includes a huge conference every year, and a terrific calendar of creative events. www.coloradocreativeindustries.org
Creative Connections - Meet other creative types from diverse backgrounds to discuss business, ideas and strategies. They offer industry speakers, the scoop on other local creative businesses, and connecting with other talented professionals. www.meetup.com/Creative-Connections/



Casting/Acting

Galina’s Casting on Facebook – This is one of the BEST RESOURCES AROUND. Everyone lists their casting needs here, no casting agency required. And it’s a great way to track all those productions flying around. Great job building this page, Galina Boulgakova, acting teacher of CFA. www.facebook.com/groups/Galinascasting/
Talent Services - There’s a solid number of casting agencies and directors and other casting services here in Denver. A list of them is here: filmincolorado.com/guide/talent-service-guide/
SAG–AFTRA Colorado - The SAG-AFTRA Colorado Local represents members working in Colorado, Wyoming, and Western Nebraska, and supports them in the same way the L.A. union does. www.sagaftra.org/colorado



Misc. Resources

Denver Animators Guild – This totally exists! And they are so cool! www.meetup.com/Denver-Animator-Guild/
Your Local Library - Libraries now have mini-studios available for checkout: cameras, sound and lighting, editing, and even a green screen. Now all it takes to shoot is a library card.
Composers - Someone told me there’s a meetup of composers. They are off the charts talented and all filmmakers need to know about them…wish I could find them online. Anyone?
Crew Listings - In general, you can’t beat the Film Commission’s database. filmincolorado.com/guide/crew-guide/
Service Listings - Ditto service pros. filmincolorado.com/guide/service-guide/



Film Festivals

Withoutabox – Too many to list. Just know there are, like, 3 every weekend in Colorado. Check out www.Withoutabox.com do a key word search for our state, and watch the listings pour in.