A still from "Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President,'" courtesy of BIFF

BIFF Is Offering Free Film Screenings




In honor of its 20th anniversary, the Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) is offering free movie screenings in January and February.


BIFF will take place Feb. 29 to March 3—but you don’t have to wait that long to start watching movies. The theme of this year’s festival is “thank you” and, to that end, the organizers are showing their gratitude to all the audience members who have supported the festival for the last two decades with free virtual screenings.


“One of our goals for this year is to say ‘thank you’ to our community of supporters, including moviegoers, volunteers, sponsors, donors, and everyone who’s helped grow our festival into a nationally recognized and locally beloved annual celebration of the art of cinema,” says BIFF co-founder Kathy Beeck, who also serves as the festival’s director.


To watch the films for free, all you have to do is sign up for BIFF’s newsletters at biff1.com/about/newsletter. Once you sign up, you’ll receive information via email about how to watch the films each Thursday.


The first free screening (“Mission: Joy – Finding Happiness in Troubled Times”) took place on Jan. 11, but you can still catch four others:

  • Jan. 18: “Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President”
  • Jan. 25: BIFF Short Film Program
  • Feb. 1: “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise”
  • Feb. 8: “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey”


On March 2, BIFF will also be hosting a free community day at eTown Hall that includes free screenings of BIFF award winners all day long, including one for children. And, during the festival itself, BIFF organizers also plan to serve birthday cake on the Pearl Street Mall.


A still fom “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey,” courtesy of BIFF


“Community has been such a huge part of BIFF’s success over the years,” says co-founder Robin Beeck, who serves as the festival’s executive director. “We’re proud that BIFF has become one of Boulder’s biggest cultural events, with 25,000 attendees each year. That’s something to celebrate.”


Thinking about attending this year’s festival? You can expect film screenings from an array of genres, plus engaging community events, activities and parties throughout the long weekend.


One tasty highlight is CineCHEF, which pits local chefs against each other and asks them to make dishes inspired by their favorite movies. This year, eight award-winning Colorado chefs will be bringing their best culinary creativity to the event, which is scheduled for Feb. 29. Attendees will get to try all of the dishes and cast their vote for their favorite, all while listening to music and enjoying the views at Rembrandt Yard. Tickets also include paired wines and local beers, as well as desserts. Guests who buy an “Amuse Bouche” preview ticket can enter 30 minutes early and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine, plus a gift.


CineCHEF, courtesy of BIFF


Other notable elements of the festival include the Adventure Film Pavilion, which focuses on the best new adventure films. The pavilion will host shorts and feature-length films, discussions with both adventurers and filmmakers, and an array of adventure-related nonprofit organizations. You can also attend a live recording of The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast with Scott Feinberg and a celebrity guest; jam out during the BIFF Singer/Songwriter showcase at The Velvet Elk Lounge; and celebrate filmmakers between the ages of 12 and 19 during the BIFF Teen Short Film Competition.


Part of the festival will also take place in Longmont, which will host film screenings at Stewart Auditorium and an opening party at the Longmont Museum.


If you’re not able to attend in person, you can catch up on what you missed with the BIFF at Home! Virtual Cinema, which launches after the festival.


“It’s going to be a memorable year for the festival,” says Kathy Beeck. “We are looking forward to celebrating the films, filmmakers, and community partnerships that have helped us make such a positive impact in Boulder over the last 20 years.”



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