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Durango Film Institute

In celebrating the art of film, we present the annual 5-day Durango Independent Film Festival, showcasing the diverse and creative voice of independent filmmakers from around the globe. During the festival, we also present our REEL Learning school program reaching over 2,500 students and teachers.

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Four Corners Film Office

Class

Community, Business & Industry 

Beneficiaries

General population

Description

Our organization acts as a liaison between production crews desiring to film in the Four Corners Region and the services that are available. We point them in the right direction for permits, local film crews and other services.

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Evidence of Program's Success

There has been three narrative feature films over the past 3 1/2 years that have filmed in this area. During the 2019 calendar year, 2 short films and 2 commercial spots were film in the Durango/Four Corners region. Local production personnel were hired to work on those productions. Filmmakers are contacting the office expressing interest in resuming local productions.

REEL Learning School Program

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Teachers

Description

For the past 13 years, our organization has brought films and filmmakers to school students in Durango and Ignacio, Co. Through screenings of compelling films and visits by filmmakers for direct Q&A, students are introduced to a new level of media experience and art appreciation. This program is free. Classes are invited subject to the age appropriateness of the movies selected by a committee composed of educators. Student ages range from kindergarten through high school.
Q&A sessions with filmmakers following their screenings greatly impacts a student's learning experience. The program assists school districts in promoting media literacy in the screenings and by purchasing and donating related books, films and other educational materials to participating schools so that students will have access to materials that further their knowledge of the topics explored. Young people will learn to evaluate and think critically about the sheer volume of media and screen time available to them.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Film is a powerful tool in communicating ideas. Student and teacher ballots handed out in screenings seek comments to help us discover the effectiveness of the program in bringing awareness of environmental and social issues, and in helping students analyze media messages. Having filmmakers attend the screenings also greatly impact the program. The following are just a few comments from students and teachers.

"What a powerful video that showed people who have a disability can do what able [people] can do." HS student

"Less forest=less elephants. You can't have one without the other." MS student

"I think it was really interesting to watch, but heartwarming for people who care about elephants." MS student

"I liked how they captured Ronnie's consistent determination. Beautiful images too" HS teacher

Annual Durango Independent Film Festival

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Children (4-12 years)
General population

Description

The annual Durango Independent Film Festival is a 5-day film event taking place in Durango, Colorado the first weekend in March. The festival opens on Wednesday night with Free Movie Night featuring 4 free film programs for community members. In addition to screening films of all genres, the festival offers Panels & Workshops, Coffee Talk with Filmmakers, the REEL Learning school program for area students, and nightly parties and special events giving the community many opportunities to connect with visiting filmmakers.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Durango Film brings the diverse and creative voice of the independent filmmaker in an annual 5-day film festival filling an average of 5,000 seats. Film festivals have broad audiences, so we program all genres; programmers search for films that showcase Native Cinema, Outdoor Adventure, LGBT, and films suitable for the entire family. These programs contribute to the overall experience for filmmakers and audience members. All visiting filmmakers participate in Q&A sessions following their films. This is what sets apart the film festival experience from just going to a film at a Cineplex. The ability to speak to and discuss the film with the filmmaker in this unique festival setting is what attracts the attendee, as well as seeing a film that they might not otherwise have the chance to see.
Documentaries are a popular genre, with subjects that touch on art, the environment, politics, culture, tolerance, and diversity. In the 2018 festival, 99 films were screened, including many foreign films. During the festival, approximately 6,120 were in attendance at all programs including the REEL Learning school program, films, panels, workshops, coffee talk with filmmakers, and parties.

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