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DENVER FILM SOCIETY ANNOUNCES FOCUS ON DANISH CINEMA AND FESTIVAL SIDEBARS
DFF40 will highlight popular Festival sidebars including CinemaQ, CineLatino and Late Night Showcase
October 3, 2017 (DENVER) – In anticipation of the full lineup, which will be announced on October 10, The Denver Film Festival (DFF), produced by Denver Film Society (DFS), announces its popular Festival sidebars. Recognized as one of the nation’s premier film events, the Festival will feature a focus on Danish Cinema, sidebars for CinemaQ, CineLatino, Late Night Showcase, Women+Film, Culinary Cinema, American Independent Showcase, Spotlight on Colorado, Spotlight on Poland, J’adore, Special Presentations, Creative Conversations, All Things Annex, Films in Competition and Retrospectives.
FOCUS ON NATIONAL CINEMA: DENMARK
In recent years, DFF has created the Focus on National Cinema program to annually highlight the cinematic achievements of one country. This year, the programming team has centered its attention on Denmark and the cinematic output of Danish filmmakers.
“Over the past 40 years, Danish cinema has been an entertaining and stimulating guest at the annual Denver Film Festival cinematic banquet,” said Ron Henderson, Denver Film Festival Co-Founder. “From Carl Theodor Dreyer, regarded by many as the greatest director ever to emerge from Denmark, to the contemporary auteurs Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg, who introduced the world to the Dogma95 movement, Denmark has been the home of a prolific and vibrant film industry. It gives us great pleasure to shine the spotlight on Danish cinema in 2017 by offering a diverse sampling of works by veteran and emerging directors alike.”
This year’s program will include narrative features, shorts and documentaries from some of the leading Danish filmmakers, highlighting incredible works of cinema produced in the last year.
DFS focuses year-round on queer voices, queer visions and queer lives through the CinemaQ programming and Festival. This year’s CinemaQ sidebar of DFF40 will highlight the best in films that reveal the LGBTQ rainbow from every angle, including documentaries, narratives and shorts.
Sponsored by The Center, Out Front, Will LaBahn
As a nod to the popularity of one our newest mini-festivals, the DFF programming team assembles some of the year’s most anticipated films from Mexico, Central and South America, as well as other Spanish speaking countries around the world to celebrate the diversity of Latino culture through cinema.
LATE NIGHT SHOWCASE:
Experience the dark side of cinema, from horror to oddball sci-fi, the Late Night Showcase is for the brave night-owl looking for outlier fare. Midnight cult flicks mixed with arthouse shockers offer a trip to the unique and bizarre.
Women+Film formed not only to celebrate the art and accomplishments of women filmmakers around the world, but also to bring together audiences and community leaders to shine a spotlight on social issues through cinema. Highlighting women subjects through documentaries, as well as women filmmakers, the program continues to showcase the growing voice of women in the film industry.
Sponsored by Barbara Bridges, Caz Matthews
In partnership with the Colorado Restaurant Association, Culinary Cinema brings the best food focused films to the Denver Film Festival. Screenings are combined with a tasting event featuring food and drink from a restaurant or caterer who pairs their reception to the themes of the film. Special ticket packages including the screening and reception will be available when tickets go on sale October 10 for Members and October 12 for Non-members.
Sponsored by Butler Rents, Colorado Restaurant Association
AMERICAN INDEPENDENT SHOWCASE:
Featuring established and up-and-coming voices in the American Indie filmmaking community, these narrative features boldly step outside the studio system to offer unique stories in an unconstrained spirit. The Showcase culminates in the American Independent Narrative Award given during the Award’s Brunch on Sunday, November 12.
DFS offers a robust series of programming to support and highlight filmmaking in Colorado. DFF40 will showcase a number of films made in Colorado, and will culminate with the True Grit Award which will be given to one Colorado produced film. As the Colorado filmmaking industry continues to grow, DFF continues to discover more amazing films created by local filmmakers or centered on local subjects. This year’s lineup may be the most robust collection of Colorado made films ever shown at the Festival.
Sponsored by Argonaut Wine & Liquor, Colorado Film & Video Association, Colorado Office of Film Television & Media
SPOTLIGHT ON POLAND:
Since the early years of the Festival, DFF has always been one of the nation’s leading hubs for showcasing the best in Polish cinema. Filmmakers from Poland will continue to think of Denver as one of the premier locations in the United States to showcase film and to visit during Festival season. We are honored to continue in this tradition by offering the top film in the Festival with the Krzysztof Kieślowski Award for Best Narrative Film, named for one of Poland’s premier art-house film directors and one of DFF’s most cherished original guests.
Sponsored by Consulate General of Poland in Los Angeles
DFF, in partnership with the Alliance Francaise de Denver, continues its appreciation and celebration of French cinema by presenting the J’Adore sidebar in the Festival. Showcasing narrative features, documentaries and shorts, J’Adore is designed to highlight the year’s best cinematic output from France.
Sponsored by TV5 Monde, Alliance Francaise de Denver
Every year, DFF brings the best films from around the world to celebrate with the incredible Denver audiences. Many of these films go on to be nominated and often win Academy Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, and other top recognitions. These films will be presented at DFF40 as Special Presentations which will be highlighted in the program and feature limited screenings. These are often the first films to sell out when tickets go on sale to the public.
Sponsored by Denver Toyota Dealers Association
Film Festivals present more than just films on screen to the viewing public, often the most memorable moments of the 12-day Festival are the events that happen live in front of audiences. DFF40 will present an impressive slate of Creative Conversations with filmmakers, hosted by local film critics and experts. These conversations delve deeper into the topics that surface in the cinematic storytelling and give a peek into the industry directly from the creatives behind the vision.
ALL THINGS ANNEX:
DFF40 returns to the Festival Annex, located inside the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park. The Annex will feature panel conversations, coffee talks with filmmakers, a Festival lounge, the Capital One Café, virtual reality and a host of exciting visual programming for diverse audiences in Denver. Many of the events at the Annex are free to the public and give audiences a unique way to experience the Film Festival.
Sponsored by Argonaut Wine & Liquor, Capital One, Create Denver, Denver Arts & Venues
AWARDS & FILMS IN COMPETITION:
The robust awards program from DFF continues to grow, as DFF40 announces a new award this year to highlight outstanding film achievment from the UK. This award recipient will be announced when the Festival program is released. Other achievement awards include Stan Brakhage Vision Award, The John Cassavetes Award for Career Achievement, and the Rare Pearl Award, given to one of the Festival’s most breakthrough and unique filmgoing experiences. Competition Awards this year include the Krzysztof Kieślowski Award for Best Narrative Film, Maysles Brothers Award for Best Documentary Film, True Grit Award for Best Colorado Produced Film, American Independent Narrative Award, Liberty Global International and Domestic Student Short Film Awards, and Best Animated and Documentary Shorts. The Festival will culminate in the Festival Awards Brunch at the Festival Annex on Sunday, November 12. Tickets for this event are available when tickets go on sale to the public.
Sponsored by Anna & John J. Sie Foundation, Kentwood City Properties, Liberty Global, Mike’s Camera, Sage Hospitality
Career retrospectives and historic Festival Highlights will continue to be a focused program at DFF40. Check the program guide to see selected films, filmmakers, writers and actors whose contributions can be celebrated through their impact on film.
DFF40 will present more than 200 titles among local, national and international independent films, industry panels, workshops, achievement awards and tributes, as well as a focus on Danish Cinema. The full 12-day Festival program will be announced on Tuesday, October 10.
Individual tickets go on sale to DFS members starting at 6pm, Tuesday, October 10 and to the general public on Thursday, October 12. High-level members will be able to purchase their tickets in advance of the public & member onsale dates. Tickets will be available for purchase online at www.denverfilm.org or the DFF main box office location at the Sie FilmCenter (2510 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80206).
Festival Packages are currently on sale. The following packages offer the best discounted price to attend the Festival. Packages increase in price after Sunday, October 8.
Six Pack: $60 ($10 per ticket) Member, $78 ($13 per ticket) Non-Member – Valid for matinee and regular screenings and panels, not valid for special presentations. After October 8: $66 Member, $84 Non-member. secure.denverfilm.org/package/package.aspx?PID=603
Fifteen Pack: $135 ($9 per ticket) Member, $180 ($12 per ticket) Non-Member – Valid for matinee and regular screenings and panels, not valid for special presentations. After October 8: $150 Member, $195 Non-member. secure.denverfilm.org/package/package.aspx?PID=604
Red Carpet Pack: $75 ($25 per ticket) Member, $90 ($30 per ticket) Non-Member – Three Red Carpet film experiences at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, including Opening Night – November 1, Centerpiece – November 3; and Closing Night – November 11. secure.denverfilm.org/pass/index.aspx
Dinner and a Movie Packages: $75 Member, $85 Non-Member. Enjoy an amazing night out with dinner at any Larimer Square restaurant ($50 gift certificate), free parking at the Larimer Square garage, and Red Carpet evening at the Denver Film Festival. secure.denverfilm.org/pass/index.aspx
Flavor of the Fest: $100. The Flavor of the Fest Package is your opportunity to engage in a sampling of our Festival offerings. Package includes a ticket to one Red Carpet Premier with After Party and 4 tickets to regularly priced DFF40 screenings. secure.denverfilm.org/tickets/film.aspx?id=29612
Enjoy the Denver Film Festival in a whole new way by becoming a Member. Memberships begin at just $65 and allow you to purchase DFF40 tickets at a member discount. No matter what membership level you choose to join Denver Film Society, your contributions will be appreciated and make a difference. For more information on membership please visit: denverfilm.org/membership
Experience DFF as an insider. Join the DFS Leadership Circle for exclusive Festival access. Please visit: denverfilm.org/membership for a breakdown of levels and benefits. In addition, please contact Suzanne Yuzer at email@example.com or 303-595-3456 ext. 223 to purchase a Leadership Circle Membership.
Press accreditation is currently open and closes on Friday, October 13.Complete details on how to apply are currently available at: denverfilmfestival.denverfilm.org/media/media-accreditation/
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About the Denver Film Society:
Founded in 1978, the Denver Film Society (DFS) is a membership-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural institution that produces film events throughout the year, including the award-winning Denver Film Festival and the popular, summertime series Film on the Rocks. With a vision to cultivate community and transform lives through film, the Film Society provides opportunities for diverse audiences to discover film through creative, thought-provoking experiences.
The permanent home of the Denver Film Society, the Sie FilmCenter, is Denver’s only year-round cinematheque, presenting a weekly-changing calendar of first-run exclusives and arthouse revivals both domestic and foreign, narrative and documentary – over 600 per year, all shown in their original language and format. DFS’s one-of-a-kind programs annually reach more than 200,000 film lovers and film lovers-in-training.