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Vail Festival Kicks off with 10th Anniversary

It’s hard to believe a festival as well organized and well respected as the Vail Film Festival has only been around for ten years. But indeed, nine years have passed and today marks the kickoff of the resort town’s “tin” anniversary, complete with all the bells and whistles the festival founders and programmers have become known for.

Josh Lucas, Michael Imperioli, and Kate Bosworth during the 2011 Q&A and Awards
Amy Zanlungo

This year’s fest will showcase 40 short and feature length film screenings, offer panel discussions, a filmmaker reception, an awards ceremony, and live music to complement the nightly galas that take place.

Chipotle Mexican Grill will host the Opening Night Party at the Lodge at Vail. The sustainability focused food company will also present the 2013 Environmental Film Showcase, highlighting the fest’s environmentally themed programming.

Cadillac, returning as the presenting sponsor, will host its popular “Cadillac Short Film Series” in the Solaris Plaza. This unique film viewing experience gives passersby the chance to peak and play inside one of Cadillac’s luxury vehicles while streaming a selection of selected short films through the vehicle’s entertainment system.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization and first time VFF sponsor, engaged Facebook fans by asking them to create a short video on how AIDS has affected their lives. Not only will AHF reward the winner of that contest with a festival experience gift package, but they will host the annual Filmmaker Reception, to be immediately followed by a screening of their documentary feature Keep the Promise: The Global Fight Against AIDS.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was announced as the official charity partner of the festival. Everyone who purchases a ticket to the St. Jude Snow Angels event will receive a complimentary ticket ($65 value) to Vail Film Festival’s Friday Night Concert featuring acclaimed musicians from LA’s Hotel Café Tour. Past musicians from the annual festival event have included Sara Bareilles, Cary Brothers, Meiko, Buddy, Harper Blynn, Laura Jansen, and others.

Before the closing night party on Saturday, festivalgoers are invited to attend the Awards Ceremony and Closing Night film, Drinking Buddies, starring VFF honoree alum Olivia Wilde (note Sunday is the official closing day of the fest).

Industry newbies and veterans alike have come together in the village over the years to celebrate the art of filmmaking and to honor those who bring it all together for us cinephiles, on the silver screen. Attended in years past by recognizable names such as Olivia Wilde, Oscar Nunez, Kevin Smith, Josh Lucas, Kate Bosworth, Kristyn Ritter, Michael Imperioli, and Adrien Grenier to name a few (for the full list of past tributes and awards, click here), 2013 promises to keep in rhythm with that trend.

This year writer/actor/director Tate Taylor will be honored with the 2013 Excellence in Directing Award, presented to him by The Help star Allison Janney. Under Taylor’s direction, three actresses were nominated for Oscars including Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain, and Octavia Spencer along with the film being nominated for Best Picture. Spencer went on to win Best Supporting Actress for her role.

CO Fact: Janney inaugurated the Colorado Festival of World Theatre’s 2008 “Conversations with…” series and sits on their Board of Directors.

Details on the festival are as follows:

Where: Four Seasons Resort Vail (festival host hotel), Cinebistro, and Vail Mountain School

When: Thursday March 28, 2013 – Sunday March 31, 2013

Cost: Individual film tickets are $10 and will be available for purchase ~ 20 minutes prior to showtime

Passes/Party/Concert Tickets: Are no longer available online, but can be purchased at Will Call ROOM,1 Parking: Town of Vail Garages or valet at the Four Seasons

Although there are a number of great films to choose from, this cinephile suggests checking out Disconnect. Having caught an early screening this week, it was found to be timely, relevant, and incredibly thought provoking with a powerful message and a stellar cast.

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