Side Stories Film Event

Side Stories is an eight-night, large-format digital film event that projects short works from eight Colorado artists onto exterior walls and other city surfaces in RiNo. An immersive and innovative community experience celebrating cinematic art on the urban exterior, the projection sites create a walkable art experience to draw traffic through RiNo during quieter winter evenings. Eight Colorado filmmakers receive $5,000 to create a five-minute original film loop inspired by the wall.

Smaller pop-up events also take place throughout the year in communities across the state.

The Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media created this event in 2018 with Mainspring, The Martin Family Foundation, and RiNo Art District.

Side Stories Website   


Type: Call for entry

For: Filmmakers

Stipend: $5,000

Submission period: December to January

OEDIT division: Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media


You need to be a Colorado filmmaker.


All work needs to be original. Film genres may include, but are not limited to:

  • live action
  • documentary
  • historical
  • motion graphics
  • animation
  • experimental

Though audio will not be synced to each film, we ask each artist to select public domain or rights-cleared audio to stream in conjunction with the artist’s statement through the Side Stories website and mobile app. 

Each artist will be assigned a specific wall, which will inform the size and dimensions of their projected film. CEAVCO Audio Visual will map the specifications for each project site. We encourage artists to incorporate site attributes – such as windows, doors, cantilevers – into their films.

Check the Side Stories website for exact dates.
Submission period: December to early January
Jury selections: January
Artist selection announcement: January
Artists submit press materials (title, still shot, statement): February
Final films due: February
Exhibit: February/March

Apply through the online form on the Side Stories website. You will need to:

  • submit a concept that can work on multiple exterior wall dimensions and surfaces
  • describe how your unique piece will interact with an unusual RiNo canvas

This is a competitive award program, and not all applicants receive the commission. A jury of four to five film and arts industry professionals reviews applications. The jury reviews applications on these criteria:

  • available blank walls in the designated neighborhood
  • professional experience
  • original concept

The jury will give preference to artists who creatively weave their work into the chosen wall space.

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