About the festival
Named one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” in the world by MovieMaker Magazine, the Boulder International Film Festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world to Boulder for a four-day celebration of the art of cinema. BIFF has developed a reputation as one of the most influential young film festivals in the U.S., with an extraordinary number of new-but-unknown feature films, documentaries, and shorts that have gone on from early screenings at BIFF to significant box-office success and multiple Oscar nominations.
The Festival attracts more than 25,000 film enthusiasts, media and industry each year and has been proud to host and celebrate some of film’s most talented artists, including award-winning actors Alec Baldwin, James Franco, Martin Sheen, Shirley MacLaine, Alan Arkin, Bruce Dern, Oliver Stone, William H. Macy, Peter Fonda, Blythe Danner, Maria Bello, and Chevy Chase, along with many other independent filmmakers and special guests including Lawrence Kasdan (The Big Chill, Raiders of the Lost Ark), Anthony Bregman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Michael and Mark Polish (Northfork), Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree Congressman John Lewis (Freedom Riders), and writer John August (Big Fish), among many others.
Located at the foot of the stunning Rocky Mountains, easy-going Boulder Colorado is a traditional magnet for the tech-savvy, music & film-loving outdoors-person who also likes to party. Along with a major University film school, there are hundreds of miles of running, skiing and hiking trails, world-class restaurants, hotels, galleries, shops, and bars, all surrounded by the scenic 46,000-acre moat of Boulder Open Space.
The population of the Boulder Metro area is 300,000 and Boulder is just 45 minutes from Denver International Airport. The city itself has received accolades like: “The Happiest Town in America” by the Gallup organization, “The Smartest Town in the U.S.” by Forbes Magazine, “The Place You Dream of Living” by Backpacker Magazine, “The Worst-Dressed City That Looks Best Naked” by GQ Magazine, “The Foodiest Town in America” by Bon Appetit, and “#1: Best Place to Live” by Men’s Journal.
Boulder International Film Festival introduced a VR/360 film component named Virtual Reality Pavilion at the 2017 Festival, to show attendees and the Boulder community a new kind of storytelling experience.
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