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    Must-Attend Boulder Film Festivals

    Boulder International Film Festival

    February/March 
    Films, filmmakers and actors from around the world come to Boulder each year for this highly regarded and much-buzzed-about film fest. During four days of screenings, workshops and panels, BIFF presents some of the best new films in international cinema. Plus there's celebrity sightings, CineCHEF (a film-inspired chef competition and dining event) and parties galore. The happens at venues all over town, including the Boulder Theater, ETown Hall and Century 16 movie theater.   

    BIFF Interview

    Boulder Jewish Film Festival 

    March
    The annual Boulder Jewish Film Festival presents a thoughtful, well-selected program each year, exploring the human condition through film and providing audiences with insight into the Jewish experience. It takes place in the state-of-the-art Boulder JCC.

    Boulder Jewish Film Fest Belle and Sebastian

    Photo: From the film "Belle and Sebastian"

    Buddhist Arts and Film Festival

    July
    Over three days in July, the Buddhist Arts and Film Festival showcases films and arts with a Buddhist perspective, encouraging festival goers to examine how Buddhist principles shape our perspectives and expand creativity. Films, panel discussions, art exhibits, workshops and live performances happen at the Dairy Arts Center.

    Buddhist Arts and Film Festival Boulder

    Under the Stars Film Series

    July-August
    Bring a blanket and head to the Boulder Adventure Lodge for two free nights of adventure films. A 24-foot inflatable projector screen is set up on their lawn, and you can lay your blankets out right next to Fourmile Creek under the stars. 

    Boulder Adventure Lodge Film Series

    Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema

    September–November
    Started in 2004 in Boulder, this cutting-edge festival curates and showcases film and video works that integrate dance and cinematography. Screenings of thought-provoking, visually tantalizing dance films happen primarily on the CU campus and the Boedecker Cinema.

    Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema

    Photo: From the film "le passage du temps"

    Flatirons Food Film Festival

    Late September-early October
    Feasts and films. What's better than that? This annual multi-day festival celebrates exceptional culinary cinema. The event is right at home in Boulder, a city known as a leader in the natural foods industry and a hotbed for craft brewing. Come fro film showings, discussions, and food and beverage events in venues such as the Boulder Public Library, CU-Boulder campus and Rayback Collective.

    Chef Heather Carr at Flatirons Film Food Festival

    Photo: Chef Heather Carr at Flatirons Food Film Festival

    Boulder Film & Brew Festival

    September
    2018 is the inaugural year for the Boulder Film & Brew Festival, highlighting not just the craft of brewing, distilling and the food arts but also artistic crafts. Hosted by local breweries, this is a festival where drinking beer and learning a craft make for an enlightening, family-friendly experience. The festival is held at Element Bistro in Boulder's Gunbarrel neighborhood.

    Adventure Film Festival

    October 
    Two days of heart-pounding, dazzling, gasp-worthy films are shown at the historic Boulder Theater and other local venues every year. There's also an Adventure Filmmaker’s Workshop, a kids’ show and a not-to-be-missed street fair that's two blocks long, with over 40 adventure vendors.

    Crowds Enjoying the Adventure Film Festival Street Fair

    Art House Cinema and More

    Boedecker Cinema

    Year-round
    Boedecker Cinema (fondly referred to by fans as “the Boe”), has a screening nearly every night of the week, sometimes accompanied by expert-led "talkbacks" following the show. It's located in the Dairy Arts Center, a hub for theater, dance and musical performances. Stop to browse the Dairy's lovely galleries, featuring the works of local artists.

    International Film Series at CU

    January–April
    The International Film Series was Boulder's first arthouse series and has been locally programmed since 1941. The main venue is Muenzinger Auditorium on the University of Colorado campus. A secondary venue is the Visual Arts Complex Auditorium. Whether debuting a premiere film or screening a restored 35mm print of some classic title that hasn't been on the big screen in decades, the IFS plays host to an eclectic mix of genres and filmmakers, screening over 100 films a year.

    Several more CU film events happen throughout the school year.

    Warren Miller Wednesdays

    September-early November
    Vintage Warren Miller ski movies show at the West End Tavern every Wednesday in the fall. Drink specials and epic skiing — oh yeah! And don't miss the screening of the newest Warren Miller Film at the Boulder Theater in early November each year. Here's a rad Weezer-Warren Miller collaboration for your enjoyment: