If you love films that have heart and soul, then do yourself a favor and get in touch with what the Boulder International Film Festival has to offer. Named one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” MovieMaker Magazine, the Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) is taking place this weekend in Boulder through Sunday February 14, 2010. The sixth annual BIFF will feature 47 films and 31 filmmakers from all over the world.
BIFF, sponsored by the Colorado Film Society, is held annually on President’s Day Weekend in Boulder, Colorado, USA, and has developed a reputation as one of the most influential young film festivals in the U.S., with an extraordinary number of new-but-unknown feature films, documentaries and shorts that have gone on from early screenings at BIFF to significant box-office success and multiple Oscar nominations. Over 13,000 filmmakers, national media, special guests and film enthusiasts attended the four-day BIFF 2008.
The Festival has been proud to host and celebrate some of independent film’s most talented players, including legendary Indie filmmakers Michael and Mark Polish “The Polish Brothers” (Twin Falls Idaho, Northfork, The Astronaut Farmer), Golden-Globe nominated actress Maria Bello (A History of Violence, The Cooler, Thank You for Smoking), Academy-Award nominated writer and director Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich, 28 Days, Catch and Release, In Her Shoes), Director Jon Poll (Charlie Bartlett, Producer - The 40-Year Old Virgin) and renowned Hollywood screenwriter John August (Big Fish, Go, The Nines) along with many other independent filmmakers, directors, producers and stars including Academy-Award nominee Eric Roberts, and Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld).
The Festival kicked off on Feb. 11 with an Opening Night Red-Carpet Gala and screening of “The Lightkeepers,” starring Blythe Danner and Richard Dreyfuss. Following the screening, Danner, writer and director Daniel Adams, and producer Straw Weisman participated in a live question and answer session.
Since film is a very personal, subjective activity, BIFF has made it easy to decide which films to go to. They have a trailer section for easy access viewing, as well as a full program online to leaf through with in-depth descriptions and visuals.
What makes BIFF even more personal is the fact that most of the movies have either a producer, director, or another key person involved with the films for a question and answer session afterward. BIFF also works to collaborate with groups within the community that correlate with the subject matter and invites them to give brief presentations when applicable.
BIFF’s Closing Night Awards Ceremony on February 14 will feature a tribute to Alec Baldwin, including a film retrospective of his work followed by a question and answer session with the award-winning actor.
For more information about the festival please go to www.biff1.com.