Program Highlights Include Seven Films from Sundance 2018, Seven Oscar Nominated Films, and an appearance by Oscar Nominated Veteran Hollywood Actor Elliott Gould!
Last Updated: February 2, 2018 7:32 pm GMT
(Boulder, CO--February 2, 2018) The 14th Annual Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) is pleased to announce its full program of 72 films, including seven films straight from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and seven films recently nominated for an Academy Award.
This year, BIFF welcomes Oscar-nominated actor Elliott Gould who will be in Boulder for a Q&A after a screening of his hit new film Humor Me, which was Executive Produced by Boulder-based Superlative Films. Academy Award-winning filmmakers and BIFF alumni Louie Psihoyos and Morgan Neville are among the list of filmmakers, directors, and producers who will be screening their latest projects in Boulder.
New This Year: Augmented Reality BIFF be will one of the first film festivals in the world to have an augmented reality enabled printed program, created by Pat Mallek of Boulder’s Mighty Fudge Studios and Larry Miller from Edutainment Systems.
Simply download the BIFF app, hold your smartphone over a film image in the program, and you’ll see the film’s trailer come to life. Save the BIFF program book, it’s nothing less than a technological milestone!
“We are so excited for this year’s stellar lineup of films, as well as our new BIFF app and Augmented Reality printed program", said Robin Beeck, BIFF Executive Director. "We encourage everyone in Colorado and surrounding areas to visit Boulder - book a room, buy a festival pass and have a total film, technology, and food immersion vacation.”
Full Festival Program: The full festival program is available online and all festival tickets and passes are on sale now at: www.biff1.com
BORG VS. MCENROE Sweden, Denmark, Finland Feature Narrative 100 minutes
Starring Shia LaBeouf as John McEnroe and Sverrir Gudnason as Bjorn Borg.
Opening Night Film at the Toronto Film Festival and People’s Choice Award Winner at the Rome Film Festival.
BORG VS. MCENROE tells the true story of the epic rivalry between Swedish tennis legend Björn Borg and his greatest adversary, the brash American John McEnroe. At the 1980 Wimbledon Championships, both men bring their immense talents — and inner demons — to the court as they finally face off in one of the most suspenseful events in tennis history. As the fierce matchup between these legends in tennis is finally settled on the court, BORG VS. MCENROE recounts the thrilling game that had the world at the edge of its seat.
Jon Nohrstedt Fredrik Wikström Nicastro
Production Company: SF Studios
Opening Night Red Carpet Gala 2 Parties 2 Venues
The Opening Night Red Carpet Gala grants you access to two pre-film parties at the Hotel Boulderado and Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery and Events Center.
The French Quarter Brasserie will serve:
Jambalaya, Chicken Sausage Gumbo, Vegan Red Beans and Rice, Hushpuppiesand King Cake
Wines by Francis Ford Coppola Winery Local Beer by Boulder Beer Music by After Midnight trio
Pasta Jay’s Catering will serve:
Chicken Parmesan, Tortollone Alfredo, Housemade Manicotti, and dessert.
Wines by Francis Ford Coppola Winery Local Beer by Post Brewing Company Music by After Midnight duo
BIFF’s traditional costumed characters, local craft beer, live music, and a “Second Line” band leading all partiers over to the Boulder Theater will round out this festive Red Carpet opening to BIFF 2018!
Closing Night Screening of Untitled James Balog Documentary
Festival Features Locally Produced Documentary Featuring Award-Winning, Boulder-based Photographer, James Balog The Boulder International Film Festival will show an exclusive work in progress documentary screening on Closing Night featuring images from globally acclaimed, Boulder-based photographer James Balog.
For 35 years, Balog (CHASING ICE) has broken new conceptual and artistic ground on one of the most important issues of our era: human modification of our planet’s natural systems. Now, feeling an urgent need to show how climate change is impacting his own country, Balog innovatively combines art and science in a new documentary that reveals how environmental problems are affecting the lives of average Americans. The film is being produced in Boulder at the Earth Vision Institute headquarters. For more information about James Balog, log onto: http://jamesbalog.com/
Sunday, February 25, 2018 Boulder Theater Tickets: $20/person www.biff1.com
Doors open at 6:30 p.m./6:15 p.m. for Passholders Music: 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. by Rabblefish Awards Ceremony: 7:15 p.m. Film: 7:30 p.m. Q&A with Director Matthew Testa, Producers James Balog and Olivia Ahnemann, and other team members following the film.
The Game Changers
Feature Documentary, 90 minutes, USA 2018 Directed by Academy Award Winner Louie Psihoyos Executive Produced by Three-Time Academy Award Winner James Cameron Direct to BIFF from Sundance 2018. Directed by Louie Psihoyos (Racing Extinction, The Cove) and executive produced by James Cameron, The Game Changers tells the story of James Wilks—elite special forces trainer and winner of The Ultimate Fighter—as he travels the world on a quest for the truth behind the world's most dangerous myth: that meat is necessary for protein, strength and optimal health. Meeting elite athletes, special ops soldiers, visionary scientists, cultural icons and everyday heroes, Wilks’ discoveries permanently change his relationship with food and his definition of real strength. Louie Psihoyos in-person.
Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Feature Documentary, 94 minutes, USA 2018 Directed by Morgan Neville Direct to BIFF from Sundance 2018. Academy Award-winning filmmaker and BIFF Alumni Morgan Neville’s (Troubadours, Music for Strangers) latest documentary takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this documentary is an emotional and moving film that takes you beyond zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination. Focus Features.
CineCHEF 2018: Denver vs. Boulder!Boulder’s best chefs meet Denver’s best in this culinary throwdown at the Boulder International Film Festival! Eight chefs will create film-inspired dishes for a fun and friendly competition. Taste and vote on the star chefs’ cinema-based masterpieces while enjoying live music, wine from Francis Ford Coppola, and local beers. May the best chef…and the best city…win!
When: Friday, February 23rd, 5-7pm, Rembrandt Yard
Tickets: $95; to benefit BIFF. Open to the public.
Official Food Purveyor: Sprouts Farmers Markets. Thanks also to Red Pepper K Design + Cabinetry, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Shamane's Bake Shoppe, Tundra Restaurant Supply, Savory Spice Shop and local beers from Boulder Beer.
Directed by Rasmus Dinesen, Produced by Jesper Jarl Becker
All chefs dream of a Michelin star, and those who have one (or more), work tirelessly to keep this distinction. Michelin Stars goes behind the scenes to see how the stars are awarded, talk to the chefs who work tirelessly to maintain their status, and view the impact of the little red book on the world of haute cuisine. The film is a thoughtful and elegant meditation on creativity, business, and the art of perfection.
Get a Room at BIFF for Your Film-and-Food Total Immersion Weekend
Revel in one of 'the coolest film festivals in the world' per MovieMaker magazine with a complete film-and-food immersion weekend! Check out our Accommodations page for information and rates from all of our great hotel partners: https://biff1.com/accommodations/
Check out the Hotel Boulderado's Opening Night package including 2 tickets to the gala and film, and more special rates and offers at the St Julien Hotel and Spa, The Bradley Boulder Inn, the brand-new Hiltons on Canyon, Basecamp Boulder, and even super-luxe rentals from Invited Home.
Early Bird Festival Passes On Sale!
(Only $375 - Limited Availability)
14th Boulder International Film Festival, Feb 22-25, 2018 Festival Pass details: For the ultimate film lover who wants guaranteed and early entrance to most BIFF film programs, parties, and events. The Festival Pass also includes entrance to the Opening Night Red Carpet Gala, the private BIFF Filmmakers Reception, the Filmmakers Lounge, BIFF Noir Party and the Closing Night Event. Learn more about festival passes here: http://biff1.com/festival-passes/
Get a room, buy a Festival Pass and have a great Film-and-Food-Total Immersion Vacation right here. It'll probably be way cheaper than your last getaway, without all the airline hassles. And you'll be immersed in one of "the coolest film festivals in the world." MovieMaker Magazine.