Festival News


by: Elizabeth Alley
DENVER -- Sept. 22, 2008 -- The Denver Film Society's (DFS) 31st Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF), to be held Nov. 13-23, will feature nearly 175 films representing the work of filmmakers from all corners of the globe. More than 150 film artists will be in attendance to introduce their works to enthusiastic Festival audiences.

"The films we are looking at for the 31st Starz Denver Film Festival represent the best and brightest that independent and world cinema have to offer," said Britta Erickson, SDFF director. "The combination of outstanding films and high profile special events is a hallmark of what has become one of the nation's best and most respected regional Film Festivals."

The Festival will spotlight industry leaders participating in panels and seminars covering diverse cinematic topics. Red carpet and other special events round out the 11-day Festival.

Industry juries will select the Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for Best Feature Film, the Maysles Brothers Award for Best Documentary, the Emerging Filmmaker Award and the Spike Lee Student Filmmaker Award.

SDFF ticket packages, which include special prices to various events and screenings, are available now for purchase by the general public at www.denverfilm.org. Additional ticket packages will be announced in the coming weeks. DFS Members can purchase single screening and event tickets beginning Oct. 29. Single tickets will be available for purchase by the general public starting Oct. 31.

A complete listing of all films and screening times will be announced Oct. 27 at www.denverfilm.org.

Throughout the 11 days of SDFF, there are more than 400 volunteer opportunities available, giving people the opportunity to get involved in a wide range of exciting and fun activities, as well as seeing what happens behind the scenes at one of the world's premiere film festivals. People interested in volunteering must attend one orientation meeting, which will be held at the Starz FilmCenter six times before the start of the Festival. For more information about volunteering, visit http://www.denverfilm.org/participate/volunteer/, or contact Will Dupree, Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteer@denverfilm.org or 303-595-3456 x223.
All regular screenings will take place at the Starz FilmCenter at the Tivoli on the Auraria Campus, the home for the Denver Film Society. Opening Night (Nov. 13) and Big Night (Nov. 15) events will take place at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Closing Night (Nov. 22) will be held at the Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre. Both venues are located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Special screenings will be shown in the King Academic and Performing Arts Center on the Auraria Campus.

The 2007 Festival marked the 30th anniversary of the SDFF. There were 45,136 attendees, a 16 percent increase from the 2006 Festival, and more than 125 sold out screenings.

For more information about the 31st SDFF, visit www.denverfilm.org.

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 Complex.


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Important dates:
11/13 - 11/23 - 31st Starz Denver Film Festival
10/30 - SDFF schedule announcement
10/29 - Tickets on sale to DFS Members
10/31 - Tickets on sale to general public

About Denver Film Society

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

Starz returns as the Premier Sponsor of the 31st Starz Denver Film Festival. Associate Sponsors include: AOR, Barbara Bridges/Wildblue Entertainment, CEAVCO Audio Visual and Oppenheimerfunds. Supporting Sponsors include: Bellco Credit Union, Chris Findlater, Courtyard by Marriott, Lufthansa, Mike's Camera, Mike Shaw Saab, POP/Luminate, Residence Inn-Denver City Center, Stella Artois, Sterling Vineyards and Three Tomatoes Catering. Patron Sponsors include: BNY Mellon Wealth Management, UC Denver Live!, Landmark Theatres, Laszlo Photo Comedia, PayReel, RedShift Framing and Tiffany & Co. Media Sponsors include: Alice 105.9, 5280 Magazine, The Denver Post, Fox 31 News, The Mountain 99.5fm. Government Sponsors include: City and County of Denver, Colorado Council on the Arts, Consulate General of Canada in Denver, Consulate General of Mexico, National Endowment for the Arts, Los Angeles Film and TV Office-French Embassy, Quebec Government Office in L.A. and Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. Festival Friends include: Aquafina, Auraria Higher Education/Tivoli Student Union, Caz Matthews, Chipotle, Frito-Lay, Meadowlark Bar, Pepsi, Quaker, Tropicana and University of Colorado at Denver- College of Arts & Media.

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