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Colorado Film Society

Your generous donation will help fund our 15th Annual Festival (Feb 28-Mar 3, 2019). BIFF brings world culture, films, and filmmakers from around the world to Boulder, and helps fund our free Youth Pavilion, our critically-acclaimed Call2Action Program, and our Senior Outreach Program.

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Senior Outreach Program

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens

Description

The Boulder International Film Festival brings films to senior centers throughout the year, and also gives free tickets to low-income seniors to attend BIFF each year. We work with other organizations to provide transportation to and from the festival.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The program reaches nearly 1,000 seniors each year, who are happy to have an opportunity to see BIFF films.

BIFF Youth Pavilion

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Parents

Description

Located at the Boulder Public Library, the 2018 Pavilion offered free films and workshops to students ages 6-18 and their teachers, from Friday through Sunday during the Festival, reaching over 1,000 students. The Pavilion was programmed, organized, and promoted by the Youth Advisory Council and an extended advisory committee of Boulder students and teachers, under the direction of the BIFF Educational Outreach Director. A variety of programs are offered, including workshops, films, and filmmaking contests. We also bring films into local schools, as part of our Cinema to Schools program. After the Festival, we continued screenings and discussions at diverse schools such as Fort Morgan, CO, and will continue this into 2019.
We are very pleased that the BVSD is our community partner , and assists us with publicizing the BIFF Youth Pavilion to all BVSD middle and high school faculty and administration.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We have had many positive comments from teachers at the schools we screen in during BIFF. They indicate that the Cinema to Schools program is a very positive benefit to their students.

Boulder International Film Festival

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizen
Children ages 5 to 21
General Public
General population

Description

The Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) offers audiences a unique opportunity to see films from all corners of the world and to learn from a diverse group of filmmakers. A majority of the filmmakers accompany their films to Boulder and are available for Q & A sessions following their screenings. BIFF has gained a reputation as one of the most influential and innovative film festivals in the U.S. Our films have won Academy Awards, Grand Jury awards at Sundance, and the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, among many others. We have been proud to host some of the industry's most talented artists, including Elliott Gould in 2018, Bruce Dern at BIFF 2016, Alan Arkin at BIFF 2015, Shirley MacLaine at BIFF 2014, Peter Fonda in BIFF 2013, Martin Sheen and William H. Macy at BIFF 2012, Oliver Stone and James Franco at BIFF 2011, Alec Baldwin and Blythe Danner in 2010, Chevy Chase, Maria Bello, and many other film artists. In 2009, BIFF was voted "One of the 25 Coolest Film Fests" by MovieMaker Magazine. BIFF 2018 had over 25.000 attendances. BIFF 2019 is Feb. 28-Mar 3.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Evaluation findings for the past year indicate: greatly increased awareness for the Festival from increased social advertising, a 30% increase in earned media, an increase in pass sales and event ticket revenue, and a 283% increase in website hits.

Qualitative responses to surveys from attendees and volunteers were very positive: (a) 99% Good-Excellent response on Overall Film Festival Experience; (b) 98% of attendees learned something they didn't previously know; and, (c) 96%-Festival provided a diverse look at different cultures and ideas.

CFS Outreach Programs

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children ages 5 to 21
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Gays/Lesbians

Description

The 12 member "Youth Advisory Council" (YAC) consists of students aged 13-18 that assist in the selection of youth programs, develop a curriculum for outreach within the student community, produce and direct their own films, and volunteer and plan the BIFF Youth Pavilion during BIFF.

The "Senior Outreach Program" at BIFF includes free admissions for low and fixed-income seniors at the Festival. We also screen films at senior centers throughout the year.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Evaluations from the Youth Advisory Council were very positive. The YAC added diverse members from the student community; CFS offered free screenings for students and a free "students only" workshop, and reached nearly 1,000 seniors with free film programs.

Call 2 Action Program

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Gays/Lesbians
General Public
Physically Disabled nec

Description

The "Call 2 Action Program" at BIFF is unique because many of the film programs involve the collaboration of a variety of diverse community organizations. These groups co-present and introduce a film that addresses their interests, interact with and give the audience specific 'action items', are profiled in the BIFF program, and are included in our marketing campaigns. We erect a large 40' x 60' "Call 2 Action" tent outside the main venue for extended post-film discussions, where the public is able to further speak with these organizations and learn concrete ways to translate energy into action on important issues.

An example of a past Call 2 Action film at BIFF was the world premiere of the film High Ground, about 11 wounded U.S. veterans whose road to recovery includes climbing a 20,161 ft. Himalayan peak. One veteran is blind, three have lost limbs, and many suffer from the mental ravages of war. After an unforgettable Q & A with the filmmakers and the wounded heroes, the nonprofit groups Soldiers to the Summit and Veterans Helping Veterans spoke at the Call 2 Action tent about the best ways to help improve the quality of life of our wounded heroes. The CFS has shared this innovative program with other Festivals and has unveiled a free online "Call 2 Action Toolkit" to assist other festivals in creating a "Call 2 Action Program" for their communities.

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Evidence of Program's Success

As a direct and immediate result of the Call 2 Action of the film High Ground discussed earlier, a city council member who attended the post-film discussion put forward and passed an initiative to provide three months free access to Boulder's rec centers to returning vets.

Twelve films were featured as Call 2 Action films in 2018, representing over 30% of the program. The CFS has shared this innovative program with other Festivals and has unveiled a free online "Call 2 Action Toolkit" to assist other festivals in creating a "Call 2 Action Program" for their communities. To date, five other festivals have adopted the Call 2 Action program.

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