by: Elizabeth AlleyDENVER -- Oct. 23, 2008 -- The Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF) announced the Green Initiative for SDFF 31 to emphasize reducing waste, in addition to maintaining the carbon neutral status of the 2007 Festival.
This year's Green Initiative efforts will be evident both inside and outside of the theaters: official Festival receptions and lounges will use 100 percent recyclable and compostable Eco-Products; all Festival merchandise is made from organic or recycled materials and screened with soy-based inks; Festival patrons can reduce waste by recycling and reusing their Festival guides, rather than disposing of them; and vehicles used by Festival transportation staff will be either hybrid or fuel efficient vehicles.
Festival patrons will also be able to donate to the Carbon Offset program at the point of purchase, with the Denver Film Society matching all funds raised. At the closing of the Festival, Sustainable Travel International will calculate the total carbon footprint created by the Festival. Donations to the Carbon Offset program will be given to various environmental projects that aid in the reduction of climate-altering activities in other locations to counterbalance the environmental impact of the Festival.
"Being the 'Greenest Film Festival' is important to us," said Britta Erickson, SDFF director. "We try to educate the public on important social and cultural issues through films at the Festival and it's important for us to set a good example with our eco-friendly practices."
In 2007, SDFF purchased 375.75 tons of industry-certified carbon offsets, making the Festival completely carbon neutral.
2008 SDFF DETAILSAll 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), Big Night (Nov. 15), Saturday-at-the-Movies (Nov. 22) and Closing Night (Nov. 22) will take place at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Special screenings will be shown in the King Academic and Performing Arts Center on the Auraria Campus.
For more information about SDFF 31, visit www.denverfilm.org.
TRAVEL "GREEN" TO SDFFThe 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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About Denver Film SocietyThe Denver Film Society is a membership-based, non-profit cultural institution dedicated to cultivating community and transforming lives through film. Founder 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 cinemateque, 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: Anna & John J. Sie Foundation, AOR, Barbara Bridges/Wildblue Entertainment, Cherry Creek Shopping Center, CEAVCO Audio Visual, Mike's Camera, OppenheimerFunds.
Supporting Sponsors include: Argonaut Wine & Liquor, Bellco Credit Union, Mike Shaw Saab, POP/Luminate, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Residence Inn-Denver City Center, Stella Artois, Three Tomatoes Catering, Urban Market Brokerage.
Patron Sponsors include: Basil Doc's Pizza, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Butler Rents, Courtyard by Marriott, Hotel VQ, Kodak, Landmark Theatres, Laszlo Photo Comedia, PayReel, RedShift Framing, Rialto Cafe, Sterling Vineyards, UC Denver Live!, The Westin Tabor Center.
Media Sponsors include: Alice 105.9, Burst, 5280 Magazine, The Denver Post, Fox 31, Milkhaus, The Mountain 99.5fm, Yelp.
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 & TV Office-French Embassy, Quebec Government Office in Los Angeles, Scientific & Cultural Facilities District.
Festival Friends include: Appaloosa Grille, Aquafina, Art Institute of Colorado, Auraria Higher Education Center/Tivoli Student Union, Contagious Media, Crosspoint, Below, Blake Street Tavern, CityGrille, CityPub, Click Salon, Colorado Film Foundation, Film Finders, Chris Findlater, Fox & Hound, Frito-Lay, Holland & Hart LLP, Hyatt Regency Denver, Good, Indulgences Etc., Keyline Graphics, Caz Matthews, Meadowlark Bar, Meininger Art Supply, Metromode, Nina Henderson Moore/Three Sistahs, Nine75, Novo Coffee, Panasonic Projector Systems Company, Pelican Arts & Animation, Pepsi, Quaker, Post Modern, RedLine, SAGIndie, Roshambo Films, Screen International, SONY Professional Products, South Philly Cheese Steaks, Sprint, Helen and Gary Stanley, Steuben's, Studio9zero7, Sustainable Travel International, Tiffany & Co, Tropicana, University of Colorado at Denver- College of Arts & Media, Bill Ward, Wahoo's Fish Taco, Wazee Supper Club, Withoutabox, Womensfilm Net, Wystone's World Tea, Yum Yums Delights.
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