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Boulder International Film Festival Celebrates Eleven Years of Great Films and Record Setting Attendance

Festival featured an evening with Alan Arkin, preview of DreamWorks Animation film HOME, an under cover mobile projection vehicle, and all new CineCHEF

BOULDER, Colorado. (March 5-8, 2015) — The city of Boulder buzzed with film enthusiasts and filmmakers from March 5-8th during the 11th Annual Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF), with a record-setting 25,000 attendees.

The four-day festival featured 51 films and a variety of unique events including a special evening with Oscar winner Alan Arkin, a preview of the movie HOME from DreamWorks Animation, a mobile endangered species projection car and the new flagship dining event, CineCHEF.

"We couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate entering our second decade of film in Boulder,” said Robin Beeck, BIFF’s executive director. “Every year the filmmakers, film lovers, our sponsors and volunteers – they make the festival possible.”

Festival Highlights:

·       Opening Night Red Carpet Gala —Attendees hopped between two “Gala” parties at the Hotel Boulderado and Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery -- kicking off this year’s festival with food from Big Red F, drinks, and a cast of film characters, created by professional make-up artist “Monster” Midian Crosby. Partygoers posed for Red Carpet photos and danced to live music from After Midnight. The party then danced to the Boulder Theater in a second line-style procession led by the University of Colorado-Denver's Claim Jumpers band for a screening of “The Wrecking Crew” directed by Denny Tedesco.

·       Advanced Preview of DreamWorks Animation’s new film, “HOME”— Kids and adults lined-up around the block for director Tim Johnson’s new animated film “HOME”.  This special advanced preview was a treat for Boulder and featured costumed characters from the film. Following the screening, former Denver Bronco TJ Ward and Tim Johnson answered questions from fans, signed autographs and posed for pictures. 

·       Youth Pavillion— All weekend, BIFF provided free film inspired events engaging young students with entertainment and education. Events included the Teen Short Film Competition, a screening of “Havana Curveball”, a zombie makeup and filmmaking workshop, a screening of “The Incredible Adventures of JoJo (and his annoying little sister Avila)”- where participants got to meet the film makers and so much more!

·       CineCHEF— BIFF’s new flagship dining event was inspired by Boulder recent accolade: “foodiest” town by Bon Appetit magazine. The event featured top chefs from Boulder restaurants preparing movie-themed tasting dishes at Rembrandt Yard. Attendees sampled each dish while drinking fine wine, craft beer, and listening to live music. Guests voted on their favorite chef to take home the coveted CineCHEF BIFF award trophy.

·       Notable Visitors—A notable hallmark of BIFF is the support of filmmaker / fan interaction during the festival. On March 7th, Alan Arkin, star of over 70 films and Oscar winner, came to the Boulder Theater for an on-stage interview and reception of the BIFF 2015 Career Achievement award. Many fan-driven Q&A sessions were held after screenings including Tim Johnson who directed “HOME”, Jeff Lowe the climber from “Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia”, Louie Psihoyos who directed “Racing Extinction”, Bobcat Goldthwait who directed “Call Me Lucky” and many others.

·       OPS Mobile Projection Car— The “Racing Extinction” car is a modified electric car designed and engineered by Obscura Digital to be an “undercover mobile eco-projection vehicle.” The state of the art technology includes electroluminescent paint, a FLIR (forward looking infrared) camera that enables visualization of C02 emissions and a customized video system that projects clips and images of threatened species on large-scale surfaces. Visiting Boulder and BIFF for the first time the OPS Mobile Projection Car displayed images of endangered species across Boulder and Denver landmarks.  A video of the car’s exploits can be seen HERE. Closing night of the festival the car displayed images of swimming whales and endangered species on the Boulder Court House before the screening of the film, “Racing Extinction”. 

·       Call 2 Action Program - Unique to BIFF and popular with Boulder’s activist community, the Call 2 Action program included powerful films throughout the weekend that inspired filmgoers to participate in conversations prompted by film topics, translating the energy and passion that film evokes into action. 

Closing night included an Awards Celebration with one-of-a-kind hand-crafted Bill Viehler award sculptures. A touching tribute to Bill Vielhler, long time friend, board member, and champion of BIFF set the tone for an unforgettable Awards Celebration. BIFF honored top filmmakers with a variety of awards.

The 2015 Boulder International Film Festival award winners include:

·       CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Alan Arkin

·       BEST CINECHEF – Bradford Heap, Chef, Salt the Bistro and Colterra

·       BEST SHORT FILM – “Orbit Ever After”

·       BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM – “Our Curse”

·       BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY – “Austin to Boston”

·       CATALYST AWARD – “Racing Extinction”

·       BEST DOCUMENTARY – “Call Me Lucky”

·       BEST FEATURE FILM – “A Borrowed Identity”

·       GRAND PRIZE – “Being Evel”

·       BEST ANIMATED FILM – “HOME”

·       PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD – “Lion Ark”

About Boulder International Film Festival

The Boulder International Film Festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world to Boulder for a four-day celebration of the art of cinema.  The Festival attracts more than 25,000 film enthusiasts, media and industry each year and will take place from March 5-8, 2015.  For tickets and more information http://www.biff1.com.

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