With Ljubljana well-served elsewhere by arthouse and world cinema, the Film Programme is free to specialise in the organisation and hosting of festivals. It has organised Ljubljana International Film Festival (LIFFe) since the first edition in 1990 (since which time the festival has become CD's largest and most well-attended annual event), and is also responsible for organising Ljubljana Documentary Film Festival, which span off from LIFFe in 1998. The two festivals take place in November and March, respectively. Since 2007, CD has co-hosted the Mountain Film Festival, which has grown to become one of largest and most highly regarded mountain film festivals in the world.
Since 2017, the film department has organised and hosted a series of premieres of major Slovenian films in collaboration with the Slovenian Film Centre. The Naši filmi doma (Slovenian Films at Home) series aims to promote domestic cinema production, and give the general public a chance to attend a gala premiere prior to a film's general release, usually in the company of the producers, directors and actors.
Cankarjev dom has been a member of the Fédération internationale des associations de producteurs (FIAPF) since 1992 and of the Coordination européenne des festivals de cinéma (CEFC) since 1998. It is also a member of the Europa Cinemas network.