The Boulder International Film Festival is right around the corner, taking place March 3-March 6, 2022. In its 18th year, this festival brings together cinematic creators and connoisseurs for a four-day celebration of the movies that move us and the stories that capture the human spirit. It features films by local filmmakers, as well as those from across the country and across the globe.
But while film may be the focus, it’s not all this festival has to offer. Read on to learn what’s in the page-turning script!
25,000 People, One Passion
The Boulder International Film Festival draws 25,000 people a year. This includes media, writers, producers, directors, industry higher-ups, actors, and actresses. Of course, a large part of the crowd is made up of enthusiasts; a four-day filmfest is a golden opportunity for anyone who loves the silver screen.
In previous years, the festival has hosted Shirley MacLaine, Emilio Estevez, Alan Arkin, Peter Fonda, David Crosby, William H. Macey, Oliver Stone, and more.
It’s not hard to get a front-row seat to the action (or at least a seat); tickets come in a few different options. You can buy tickets to opening night, which features the film, The Duke, a true story of a taxi driver who steals a portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London and holds it for ransom. If you want more, you can purchase 2-ticket, 4-ticket, or 6-ticket gift packs.
You can also attend a Conversation with Alec Baldwin. He’ll be interviewed live by BIFF Producer Ron Bostwick on Saturday night, March 5, inside the Boulder Theater.
A festival pass is the most all-inclusive option and includes tickets to the above, as well as admission to the BIFF Noir Party, tickets to the closing night awards and the closing film, priority access to Boulder film venues, and online access to four films through BIFF’s virtual platform.
Anyone who wants dinner and a show can add CineCHEF to their must-do festival feats; dig in on Thursday, March 3, at the Rembrandt Yard on Spruce Street. This event allows attendees to feast on film-inspired dishes made by an all-star lineup of past CineCHEF winners and the top chefs in Boulder and Denver. It pairs appetizingly-well with local wine, regional beer, and music.
If you want a sneak peek, CineCHEF offers an early bird option through the Amuse Bouche’ Champagne Preview, which allows ticket holders to enter 30 minutes early and comes with a special gift and, importantly, prosecco.
While CineCHEF is not included in the festival pass, anyone who attends will receive tickets to Blind Ambition, a documentary about four refugees from Zimbabwe who become the top sommeliers in South Africa.
Whether you’re a cinephile, in the industry, or simply looking for something new and unique, the Boulder International Film Festival is a picture perfect way to spend a Colorado weekend.