Monday, January 24, 2011

We have some delicious links . . .

No, sorry, not like those.

No, that's not quite it either . . .

THERE we go. That's what we're talking about!

For some time, the Boulder International Film Festival has shared elements of what we call our Film Lovers' Tool Box -- links to websites we find particularly helpful to the filmgoer, whether he or she is a novice or top-notch expert.

The world of cinema is vast, and there is more content out there about it than you could possibly click through. We've tried to find and post an essential list of links that will give BIFFsters information about the regional, national and international film scenes, including reviews, history, showtimes, resources and more. You will find them to the right of our fresh posts. Enjoy!

And, as always, we can't do it without you. Please post comments with your own suggestions for valuable links we can add to our blog. Look for more linklists as the days progress -- including links to our sponsors and partners, and links to our filmmakers and films. Thank you!

DiMe time – tickets on sale now!

Boulder, Colorado is on the cutting edge of the digital revolution. This fact, and the staggering implications for innovation and economic growth in the region it implies, has somehow gone overlooked by press and public alike.

Until now.

Colorado’s second annual Digital Media Symposium (DiMe), a collaboration among Colorado’s Creative Industries Division -- the Office of Film, Television and Media, the Boulder Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Boulder International Film Festival, has released its slate of nationally renowned panelists, and tickets are now on sale for the event, which takes place on Friday, Feb. 18, at

Says Kathy Beeck, Director of the Boulder International Film Festival, “The DiMe is a value-added for BIFF because of its connection to films and entertainment. And Boulder recently ranked number three in the nation in a survey for concentration of high-tech employment, with 22 percent of all jobs in Boulder in the tech sector. Coupled with this city’s love of entertainment, it’s a perfect fit.”

Here's a nice look at last year's DiMe from Indie Media: The New Journalism via Vimeo --

The DiMe is Colorado’s premiere entertainment-based digital media meet-up – brainstorming, speculating and networking on a grand scale. Some of the biggest players and most ardent visionaries in the world of digital media will gather for the event. Industries represented include film, gaming, advertising and online entertainment, not to mention the tech gurus whose efforts make all the above happen today.

“The DiMe is a fantastic showcase of Colorado’s Creative Industries in the digital media arena. Colorado has unbelievable talent and opportunities in film, television, game design, and digital media,” said Marcia Morgan with the Colorado Creative Industries Office. “The DiMe will be the connecting point of the year for digital media professionals as well as anyone interested in learning more from industry visionaries about the future of 3D and digital distribution, especially as it relates to Colorado.”

This year, two dynamic panels will cover topics of moment – “Digital Distribution and Monetization,” and “The Future of 3D.” They will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18 in the confines of the beautiful St. Julien Hotel in the heart of downtown Boulder, at 900 Walnut St. Tickets are now available online at

Here are your panelists!

Digital Distribution and Monetization

Your moderator is David Slayden, the Executive Director of Boulder Digital Works, “a project-based and accredited learning initiative focused on developing today and tomorrow’s digital leaders and entrepreneurs” based at the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Shira Lazar: Disrupt/Group -- web personality, tech expert and webisode producer of “The Partners Project”, L.A.

Ann Van Ordsel: President, The 1st Movement -- Denver-based national digital strategy ad agency

Peter Roberts: Vice President of Digital Development, Starz!Digital -- Colorado

Andrew Steele: Chief Creative Officer, Funny or Die – Emmy-winning writer for television, cable and the web, partnering with Will Ferrell, L.A.

“The Future of 3D”

Your moderator is Don Hahn, award-winning producer and director of animated and documentary films, most notably for Disney. He is the driving force behind Stone Circle Pictures, and has written several critically acclaimed books on the animation process as well.


Joshua Greer: Co-founder and COO of RealD – Award-winning and globally utilized 3D technology company, Boulder

Kurt Hall: CEO of National Cinemedia – leading provider of cinema advertising/interaction, and alternative in-theater events, Denver

Mark Lyons: President, Idol Minds – top 3D game-design firm, Louisville

DiMe begins at 1 p.m., followed by a cash bar reception with complimentary hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. For more information about DiMe, please visit . Special thanks to our Premier Sponsor of the DiMe, RealD, the global leader in theatrical stereoscopic technology. Thanks to our other sponsors as well, including Mighty Fudge Studios, 1st Movement, Colorado Creative Industries, the Boulder Convention & Visitors Bureau and Comcast.

Advance tickets for this event are $50 each; $40 for students. As tickets are extremely limited, and go up to $65 on the day of the event, you should get on this opportunity now! Tickets are now available online at If you want to see the future, come with us.