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Denver Film Festival announces actor Jamie Dornan in person 

Dornan to receive Excellence in Acting Award

DENVER – Oct. 25, 2021 – Denver Film announced today that actor Jamie Dornan will appear in-person during the 44th edition of the Denver Film Festival. Dornan will be on hand for the Nov. 10 screening of his latest film, BELFAST, the flagship presentation of the Sheila K. O’Brien Spotlight on UK/Ireland Cinema at Denver Botanic Garden’s Sturm Auditorium. 

In addition, Denver Film will present the Irish-born actor, who grew up in the suburbs of Belfast, with its 2021 Excellence in Acting Award. Dornan has been receiving early award season buzz for his performance as Pa, channeling the desperation and earnest beats of a man urgently trying to support his family amid the music and social tumult of the late 1960s. The film is also receiving a wide range of Oscar-award buzz across the writing, directing and acting categories, including Best Picture.

“We are honored to welcome Jamie Dornan to DFF44 and to have the opportunity to pay tribute and honor him for his impressive and growing body of work,” said Denver Film Festival Artistic Director, Matthew Campbell. “Jamie’s expanding resume of film roles, particularly over the past few years, has catapulted him to the very worthy Oscar buzz that is happening around the autobiographical story in BELFAST.”

Dornan joins previously announced in-person appearances from Clifton Collins, Jr. and Stefano Cipani, winner of the 2021 Maria & Tomasso Maglione Italian Filmmaker Award.  Collins Jr. who will be on hand for his latest film and Big Night Red Carpet presentation of JOCKEY and to receive Denver Film Festival’s prestigious John Cassavetes Award. Collins Jr. will also be the centerpiece of celebration of the festival’s CineLatinx program on Nov. 12 at Denver Botanic Gardens featuring a clips program and one-on-one conversation.

To view the full schedule of in-person screenings, Red Carpets, special presentations and guest panels for the 44th Denver Film Festival, Nov. 3-14, as well as a robust lineup of virtual screenings and to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.denverfilm.org/denverfilmfestival/dff44/. General Admission tickets are $13 for Denver Film members/$17 non-member. Matinee tickets are $8 for Denver Film members/$11 non-member (weekdays only). 

DFF44 COVID Protocol

Denver Film will require that all Festival patrons, guests, media, sponsors, employees and volunteers entering DFF44 venues or event host sites from Nov. 3-14 show proof that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine. Children under the age of 12 ― who are currently ineligible to receive the vaccine―must instead provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of a screening or event start time.

To review DFF’s full COVID-19 protocol, visit: https://www.denverfilm.org/denverfilmfestival/dff44/

2021Denver Film Festival Sponsors:

Marquee – Anna and John J. Sie Foundation, Amazon, AOR, Barbara Bridges, Capital One Café, Ceavco, Denver Botanic Gardens, Liberty Global, Moye White, Sheila K. O’Brien, Stranahan’s, Xfinity, ZoomCare

Spotlight – Butler Rents, SeriesFest, University of Denver – Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, William LaBahn

Studio – American Airlines, Green Goo, Overture 9th + CO, Shopify

Cameo – Colorado Film and Video Association, Crested Butte Film Festival, CORT, Eldorado Natural Spring Water, Gopuff, Intrinsic Wine Co., Meow Wolf, Milkhaus, Molly’s Spirits, Ratio Beerworks, Syntrinsic, The Palm Group – Baird, TV5MONDE

Government & Foundations – Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, Consulate General of Canada, Colorado Office of Film, Television, and Media, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, National Endowment for the Arts, Riverfront Park Community Foundation, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD)

Media – 5280, Birdy, CBS4, Colorado Public Radio (CPR), Denver Life, Rocky Mountain PBS, Westword 

Film – Bank of Colorado, Ballard Spahr, Colorado Environmental Film Festival, Dance to Be Free, Denver Screen Print & Embroidery, Emerge Colorado, LivWell, Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, Pizzeria Locale, SAGindie, Telescope, University of Colorado Denver – College of Arts & Media, U.S. Bank, VenuHub, Visit Denver, Vizzy Hard Seltzer 

Partners – Colorado Dragon Boat, Colorado Symphony, Denver Arts & Venues, I Am Denver, Ken’s Print & Graphics, McNichols Civic Center Building, Pearl Street Marketing

About Denver Film

Founded in 1978, Denver Film is a membership-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural institution that produces film events throughout the year, including the award-winning Denver Film Festival and the popular, summertime series Film on the Rocks. With a vision to cultivate community and transform lives through film, Denver Film provides opportunities for diverse audiences to discover film through creative, thought-provoking experiences.

The permanent home of Denver Film, the Sie FilmCenter is Denver’s only year-round cinematheque, presenting a weekly-changing calendar of first-run exclusives and arthouse revivals both domestic and foreign, narrative and documentary – over 600 per year, all shown in their original language and format. Denver Film’s one-of-a-kind programs annually reach more than 200,000 film lovers and film lovers-in-training. 

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Denver Film Media Contacts:

Marty Schechter: marty@denverfilm.org

Neil Truglio: neil@denverfilm.org

Alexandra Dunne: alexandra@denverfilm.org


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