Friday, February 5, 2010

Share the Passion - Boulder Internation Film Festival

Voted one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” by MovieMaker Magazine, BIFF is held annually on Presidents’ Day weekend. From Feb. 11-14, attend screenings of new-but-unknown feature films, shorts and documentaries at multiple venues around Boulder.

Below are some BIFF news briefs. Visit BIFF online to sign up for their newsletter, get the complete schedule of events, and to catch the passion for independent film.

(More information on all films are available at the BIFF Online Program)

I Am Love (Program 7) - In every sense, I Am Love is a stunning achievement. " – Variety. This sumptuous drama is about the irresistible heat of forbidden passion within the constrained upper- class mores of a wealthy, cultivated Italian family.

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (Program 32) - Nominated for an Academy Award. It was Nixon's obsession with destroying Daniel Ellsberg that led to the Watergate burglary, Nixon's resignation and the end of the Vietnam War. A thrillling documentary.

Mother (Program 5) - "A dazzling murder mystery." Cannes Film Festival. How far would a fiercely maternal single mother go to protect her mentally challenged 27-year-old son who was framed for a heinous murder?

Icons of Jazz
(Program 9) - Capturing scores of great performances (sometimes guerrilla-style) throughout America and Europe, this film shows that jazz in the 21st century has never been more alive, vibrant or popular.

Waking Sleeping Beauty (Program 11) - A juicy, scathing, behind-the-scenes tell-all about the turmoil at Walt Disney Studios released by, well, Walt Disney Studios. Magic, it seems, like sausage, is not always pretty to watch being made.

The Misfortunates (Program 27)- Belgium's entry to the 2010 Academy Awards. "Visually robust and hilarious" –Variety. Originally titled The Shittiness of Things, this high-energy film is a semi-affectionate reminiscence of the author's own bawdy, chaotic adolescence as the youngest generation of a line of proud (and often drunk) Strobbe men.


DiMe is the short name for Digital Media Convergence Symposium, which is presented during BIFF by the new Governor's Office of Film Television Media and The Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau. It's a dynamic forum to stimulate, inspire, and solidify the new media and video-game community in Colorado and to establish Colorado's hotspot as a hub for international innovation.

Colorado is already home to a considerable workforce of digital/film artists, technicians and trades on the cutting edge of new media. The DiMe symposium is a way to bring these players together during the Boulder International Film Festival 2010, when thousands of film lovers converge on downtown Boulder from the nearby hills and abroad, to magnetize even more creative energy to Colorado.

A PANEL of visionary leaders in the film, media and gaming industries will discuss their commonalities and the potential for collaboration as well as the evolution and applications of new technology and distribution, and how to engage in this profitable arena. A RECEPTION In the true spirit of the word symposium, DiMe's reception at the St. Julien Hotel and Spa brings the players together for lively discussions over cocktails. It's a chance to interact and trade ideas, business cards, and build community. Hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks. Cash bar.

A FEATURE FILM. Here's a rare treat: to have Disney wunderkind, director Don Hahn present for the screening of his documentary, Waking Sleeping Beauty, which reveals the perfect storm behind the scenes at Disney during the renaissance of animation. Go to for more information!

Friday, February 12, 2010
Cost: $35
St Julien Hotel Spa
3:00 - 6:30pm with film to follow at BIFF's newest venue, the FUMC Church


Check out the special BIFF Valentine's packages at the Hotel Boulderado and the St Julien Hotel and Spa.


  • Animated Feature Film: "The Secret of Kells"
  • Documentary Film: "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers"
  • Foreign Language Film: "Ajami"
  • Short Film (Live Action): "Instead of Abracadabra" AND "Miracle Fish"

Congratulations to the filmmakers and the BIFF Selection Committee for having the prescience to select these films over two months ago! Academy Awards


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1 comment:

ClizBiz said...

Hey Carolyn - Thanks for the getting the word out about DiMe. I am biased but I think it's going to be a fabulous one-of-a-kind event. Hope to see you there!