in Downtown Santa Cruz

The Colligan Theater is a stage theater, seating 189 people. During the film festival, the stage is set with a 11 x 20 ft movie screen and surround sound. After films enjoy an intimate Q&A as filmmakers take the stage under well lit stage lights, discussing their art with the audience under house lights.


1050 RIVER ST, Studio 110 at the Tannery Arts Center

TWD studio#110 (Courtyard)

in Downtown Santa Cruz

Enjoy our art house film venue, where audiences enjoy an up-close viewing environment and intimate discussions with filmmakers.

Tannery World Dance studio 100 (Courtyard Theater) seats 100 people. A 16 x 9 foot movie screen and draping, surround sound, blackened windows, and comfortable chairs, transforms this studio into an intimate theater. After the screenings enjoy Q&A with filmmakers under full house lighting. This venue is on a courtyard located next to the Bistro 112 bar and cafe.

The Del Mar Theater

1124 Pacific Ave

in Downtown Santa Cruz

The Del Mar Theatre stands as the oldest theater in the city of Santa Cruz. Originally built as a vaudeville theater in 1936, the Del Mar is best known for its vibrant exterior lights and Art Deco architectural design—both inside and out. The Del Mar opened its doors as a cinema palace on August 14, 1936. The theater was recently renovated in 2001, keeping the original Zig-Zag Moderne architecture and design intact, while updating the theater seating, restrooms, and lobby.

The Riverfront Theater

1405 Pacific Ave

in Downtown Santa Cruz

Opened as the UA I & II on July 10, 1970, this once boasted one of the largest indoor movie theatre screens in Santa Cruz County. The main house, which once sat over 500 patrons, had 70mm capabilities. In June 2019 it reopened as DNA’s Comedy Lab.

Studio C

University of California Santa Cruz

Film and Digital Media Center, UCSC Campus, High St., Studio C, Communications 150

Set in the redwood forests above the Pacific ocean on the beautiful UCSC campus, the Studio C film venue is an intimate theater seating 95 people and is run by the University film and digital media division. It comes complete with a 7.1 Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound system. It is an intimate venue with 95 seat capacity.

Filmmaker Lounge and Festival Hub

1050 River St, Studio 119 in the Tannery Arts Center, downtown Santa Cruz

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Studio 119 is an oversize artist studio with high ceilings that was converted into an art studio from a former leather tanning factory along with a collective of new art studios opened in 2012.

Inside the Studio 119 is the Filmmaker Lounge, welcome filmmakers visiting the festival to enjoy a place to relax and unwind during the festival (filmmaker pass required) in a comfy rear lounge area of the studio.

Outside Studio 119 on the courtyard you can buy passes, tickets, and merchandise (such as t-shirts and posters) in person for cash, check, or credit card.