The critically-acclaimed Boulder International Film Festival (March 5-8, 2020) has gained a reputation as one of the most influential and innovative film festivals in the U.S., with a large number of new-but-unknown feature films, documentaries, and shorts that have gone from early screenings at BIFF to significant box-office success and multiple Oscar nominations.
Feature length films compete for the Grand Jury Prize of $10,000 for Best Feature Length Film (narrative or documentary). Short films (documentary, narrative, or animated short) compete for the Best Short Film prize of $3,000. All films are eligible for the Audience Choice award.
The BIFF Programming Board includes members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences?, who assist with programming and attend BIFF annually. Major industry who attend BIFF have included major-leaguers like The Hollywood Reporter, DreamWorks, IFC, 20th Century Fox, A & E IndieFilms, MovieMaker Magazine, The Orchard, Lionsgate, and worldwide film sales company Submarine Entertainment.
For four jam-packed days, visiting filmmakers at BIFF enjoy complimentary luxurious accommodations and an exclusive Red-Carpet VIP pass to legendary late-night galas and unforgettable parties, where plenty of interaction with award-winning filmmakers and celebrities is the norm. Of course, most people come to Colorado in March to ski! Filmmakers can head up to the slopes for some of the best skiing of the year, compliments of BIFF.
We have been proud to host some of the world?s most admired talents including Emilio Estevez, James Franco, Shirley MacLaine, Alec Baldwin, Martin Sheen, William H. Macy, Alan Arkin, Bruce Dern, Maria Bello, Peter Fonda and director Oliver Stone, along with many filmmakers and special guests including legendary musician David Crosby, Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree Congressman John Lewis, Grammy Award-winning musician Jakob Dylan, Elliott Gould, directors Lawrence Kasdan (?The Big Chill?, ?Raiders of the Lost Ark?), Anthony Bregman (?Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind?), legendary comedian Chevy Chase, and writer John August (?Big Fish?).
?If happiness is a state of mind, Boulder is its capital?, Jim Axelrod, CBS News Sunday Morning.
Located at the foot of the stunning Rocky Mountains and just 45 minutes from the Denver International Airport, easy-going Boulder Colorado is a traditional magnet for the tech-savvy, music & film-loving outdoors-person who also likes to party. We have hundreds of miles of running, skiing and hiking trails, world-class restaurants, hotels, galleries, shops and bars, all surrounded by a scenic 46,000-acre moat of Boulder Open Space. Boulder was voted ?Happiest Town in America? in a Gallup poll, ?Smartest Town in the U.S? by Forbes Magazine, “The Worst-dressed City That Looks Best Naked”, by GQ Magazine ,”The Foodiest Town in America” by Bon Appetit, and ?#1: Best Place to Live? by Men?s Journal.