Friday, September 14, 2012

What happens at BIFF doesn't stay at BIFF . . .

Attention, filmmakers! The late submission deadline for the Boulder International Film Festival is Oct. 1. Why is that important? Here's a partial list of the Oscar-nominated and -winning directors, producers, screenwriters, actors, and editors whose work has appeared at BIFF, and/or who have been our guests:

Jason Reitman
Eric Roberts
Don Hahn
Danny Boyle
Andrea Arnold
Daniel Junge
Bill Plympton
Alex Gibney
Helen Hunt
Alec Baldwin
Frederick Marx
Marshall Curry
Rick Goldsmith
Oliver Stone
Lawrence Kasdan
Andrew Bregman
Lasse Hallstrom
William H. Macy
James Franco

And here's some of the BIFF selections that went on to become Academy Award nominees or winners:

"Monsieur Lazhar," "Burma VJ," "Revanche," "Wasp," "Miracle Fish," "The Conscience of Nhem Eh,"  "Waste Land," "Incident in New Baghdad," "Raju," "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore," "West Bank Story," and "The Secret of Kells."

Don't you think your name would look good among these? Submit to BIFF -- we have very good taste! Details at

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Women in Filmmaking: free panel tonight

Director Beeban Kidron (she won't be there tonight, but she's awesome!)

SPECIAL, FREE EVENT TONIGHT IN BOULDER! WOMEN IN FILMMAKING! We HIGHLY recommend this action -- we at BIFF are constantly looking to redress the imbalance concerning women's efforts in film. Female actors are tossed aside once they reach maturity . . . the women behind the camera often don't get the respect, recognition and support they need. Even Kathryn Bigelow.

Participating in events such as this is how to change it --

Join screenwriter Tod Davies, producer/cinematographer Meryem Ersoz, executive producer/head of production Sarah Liles, and producer/director MaryLee Herrmann as they discuss women's unique skills in all aspects of film production. This Salon takes place as a panel discussion, exploring why women often do not utilize their strengths or have their creative input pushed aside, and how that affects world cinema. You'll also have an opportunity to address the crowd if you have a project to showcase or crew positions you'd like to fill!

The Salon starts at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, with ample time to meet new people of all ages and creative disciplines, as well as enjoy great complimentary food and drinks! BDA's Digital Salons are a fun and unique hybrid of schmoozing and networking, art and technology, entertainment, and education. These FREE quarterly events bring together people from all different disciplines - filmmakers, photographers, web designers, mobile app developers and more! Partial funding for this program provided by a grant from the Boulder Arts Commission.

More info here: