The Seeds of Inspiration

DPL’s Fresh City Life promotes the library and community by developing opportunities for Denver citizens to learn and create. On the heels of the phenomenal response to its independent designers challenge – Frock Out, Fresh City Life announced EyeBelieve: a chance for filmmakers of every stripe to produce a short film that reflects core values – what you believe is the life-sustaining truth of your world. 

“By their very definitions, "core" means that it's at the center, while "values" is defined as our beliefs. Core values then translate into beliefs that are at the center of who we are and define us both as individuals and professionals. They are the critical, intangible essentials that bring continuity and meaning to life. The anchors that support all we do and define who we are.  

Despite whether it's good times or turbulent times, core values are your guidepost, your touchstone, the means by which you always know what to do because you are guided by that unchangeable, unwaverable set of core values.   General Hal M. Homburg, 11/16/2000 Cadet Graduation Address, Lexington VA

Filmmakers are invited to enter films that show your community, your soul, your challenges, your triumphs.  And Denver Public Library and Denver Open Media in turn will show your film to thousands of viewers who are curious about your vision and your journey.  All eligible films will be highlighted on prior to the festival. 


            Submission Dates: Now - August 8, 2008


            Online voting begins: August 15, 2008


            Online voting closes: September 22, 2008



Entries should highlight the cinematic expression and vision of the filmmaker(s). Short films (no longer than 10 minutes) in documentary, narrative, experimental, and animation genres will be accepted. Final entries will be featured in the EyeBelieve Film Festival on Saturday, September 27, 2008, at the Curtis Hotel in Denver.


Grand Prize Package                                        $2,000  ($1,000 and prizes)
People’s Choice Award Package                      $1,000  ($500 and prizes)
Honorable Mentions                                         $   500   ($200 and prizes)


The competition is open to anyone and is free to enter. Winners will be announced at the EyeBelieve Film Festival.



Submissions may be uploaded via or delivered in person to Denver Open Media, 700 Kalamath, Denver, CO 80204.  All films chosen for presentation at the festival must also be submitted in DVD format (this request will be made to shortlisted filmmakers three weeks prior to the festival).  Complete submission details and competition rules available at

For more information on the competition, email or or go to 

Media Contact: Chris Loffelmacher

                        The Denver Public Library

                                    Ph.: 720.865.1205; E-mail: