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LOCAL BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS SPONSOR THE 30TH STARZ DENVER FILM FESTIVAL

10/17/2007
Starz Denver Film Festival 2007

Denver, CO – The Denver Film Society announces its roster of sponsors for the 30th Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF) which kicks off on November 8 and runs through November 18. For the past three decades, the festival has brought the best of world cinema to Denver and hosted hundreds of international film artists – all made possible by the generous support of its sponsors, patrons and community partners.

Starz Entertainment, LLC, a Denver-based premium movie service provider offering 16 movie channels in the U.S., returns as the premier sponsor of the 2007 festival. Starz has been a festival sponsor for more than 10 years and has been the title sponsor for the past eight years. A new addition to Starz’s involvement this year includes sponsorship of the festival’s Green Initiative – a combination of efforts aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the 11-day event. The partnership with Starz has been instrumental in the growth and development of both the Denver Film Society throughout the year and the annual fall Film Festival.

“By sponsoring this world-class film festival, we combine two of our passions: our love of movies and our love of our home town,” said Robert Clasen, Chairman and CEO of Starz Entertainment. “Over its 30-year history, the festival has emerged as one of the premier cultural events not just for the state, but for the country and the world.”

SDFF also welcomes back Sprint, the national wireless network, as this year’s presenting sponsor. Sprint, which has been a festival partner for five years, also supports young film artists by providing a cash prize to the audience favorite shorts filmmaker.

“Sprint’s sponsorship of the Starz Denver Film Festival is in support of the local arts community that is so vital to the Denver economy,” said Stephen Hatfield, Area Marketing Manager for Sprint.

“We are extremely grateful to Starz, Sprint, and all of the other festival sponsors,” said Scott Rowitz, executive director of the Denver Film Society. “Without their enlightened support and dedication, the mission of the Denver Film Society and the Starz Denver Film Festival could not be accomplished. These organizations and individuals are leaders in the community and should be recognized for their generous contributions to the arts and cultural arena.”

Other community sponsors and partners of the SDFF 30 include:

Associate Sponsors: AOR, Anna and John J. Sie Foundation, Barbara Bridges/Wildblue Entertainment, CEAVCO Audio Visual, Frontier Airlines, Larimer Square and OppenheimerFunds.

Media Sponsors: 5280 Magazine, Burst Marketing – Podcast Publishing, Crosspoint, The Denver Post, FOX 31 News, Incite, Martini on the Rockies, and Milkhaus.

Government/Foundation Partners: City and County of Denver – Division of Theatres & Arenas, Colorado Council on the Arts, Consulate General of Canada in Denver, Colorado Film Commission, Los Angeles Film & TV Office – French Embassy, National Endowment for the Arts, Québec Government Office in Los Angeles and Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Supporting Sponsors: Bellco Credit Union, Bombay Sapphire, Courtyard by Marriott, Cîroc Vodka, DHL, EXDO EVENT CENTER, Lionsgate, Lufthansa, Mike’s Camera, Mike Shaw Saab, Moët Hennessey, POP/Luminate, Residence Inn by Marriott Denver City Center, Stella Artois, Sterling Vineyards, Three Tomatoes Catering, Tiffany & Co. and Wheeler Trigg Kennedy LLP.

Patron Sponsors: Amusemints, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Butler Rents, Chubb, CU-Denver Live, Grand Lodge, Holland & Hart, Hotel Monaco, Kentwood City Properties, Kodak, Komorebi, Kroenke Sports, Landmark Theatres, Photo:Laszlo/CoMedia, Meadowlark Bar, OfficeScapes, The Oxford Hotel, PayReel, Red Lion Hotel, RedShift Framing and Van Gilder.

SDFF 30 Premier Sponsor: Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie service provider operating in the United States. It offers 16 movie channels including the flagship Starz® and Encore® brands with approximately 16.1 million and 28.4 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs more than 1,000 movies per month across its pay TV channels and offers advanced services including Starz HD, Starz On Demand and Vongo®. Starz Entertainment (starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation that is attributed to Liberty Capital Group.

SDFF 30 Presenting Sponsor: Sprint offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two robust wireless networks serving 54 million customers at the end of the second quarter 2007; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit sprint.com.

SDFF30 DETAILS

All regular screenings will take place at the Denver Film Society's permanent home, the Starz FilmCenter at the Tivoli on the Auraria Campus. Opening Night, Big Night and Closing Night events will take place at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

For more information about the Starz Denver Film Society and the 30th SDFF, visit denverfilm.org.

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The Denver Film Society is a membership-based nonprofit cultural institution dedicated to cultivating community and transforming lives through film. Founded in 1978, the Denver Film Society produces film events throughout the year, including the award-winning Starz Denver Film Festival. The Denver Film Society's home theatre and cinematic education center, the Starz FilmCenter, presents film programs daily and is Denver's first and only year-round cinematheque, operated in partnership with the University of Colorado at Denver's College of Arts & Media, and with support from Starz Entertainment and the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Denver Film Society members support one-of-a-kind programs reaching more that 200,000 film lovers and film lovers-in-training each year.

TRAVEL “GREEN” TO SDFF30

The Starz FilmCenter is RTD-accessible. Bus routes 2, 12 and 15 all stop at the Tivoli; Light Rail lines C and E make nearby stops at Union Station, Pepsi Center/Six Flags Elitch Gardens, Invesco Field and Auraria West Campus, while lines D, F and H stop at Colfax at Auraria. Light Rail to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House: take the D, F or H lines and exit at the Convention Center/Performing Arts station. Patrons boarding the existing C line or the new E line should transfer to the D, F, or H lines at the I-25 & Broadway station. Upon exiting the train, walk to 14th Street and continue northwest toward Curtis Street to the Denver Performing Arts Center.