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The inaugural Mimesis Documentary Festival brings filmmakers together for an immersive week of film screenings, masterclasses, workshops and discussions. The 2020 edition will be reimagined as an artist-focused online presentation from August 12-18 as a response to the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing world health crisis.

Ticket Information

All current students, faculty and staff can receive free admission to the entire festival. Send a request to from your email address to be provided with a code to use at checkout. For others in the public, tickets for the festival can be purchased on the festival's website. Participants can purchase individual event tickets  for $10 each, or you can buy an all access pass for $25. 

About Us 

We are filmmaker-focused, community-oriented and committed to providing a platform for the infinite potential of nonfiction media.

Mimesis was created as a platform for nonfiction artists, scholars and creators to learn, share and engage with one another.  Our online festival is a multimodal opportunity for both exhibition and participation, with a chance for filmmakers to screen their films while directly networking with peers, instructors, students and established professionals. Short and feature-length programs will be available for streaming throughout the week alongside live events geared towards both filmmakers and the general public. Many of these events will be participatory and accessible with limited enrollment to allow the best environment for a fulfilling interactive experience.

We will be sending some exciting updates shortly, including program details, partnerships and invited guests. In the meantime, please consider forwarding this announcement to your students, colleagues, and extended networks.

Mimesis is an initiative of the University of Colorado Boulder’s Center for Documentary and Ethnographic Media to create and foster a local, regional and international network of documentary artists and scholars.

Please note that admission fees and submission fees can be waived for current members of the CU Boulder community. Contact for more info.