Film fanatics won’t want to miss the Boulder International Film Festival, an annual winter event in Colorado. Quickly becoming an internationally acknowledged talent hub for theater, this yearly soiree is proof that the arts are alive and well in Colorado. The 2023 event offers big names and incredible films over 4 days.
In the past, this event has hosted celebrities like Chevy Chase, Oliver Stone, William H. Macy, James Franco, and Martin Sheen. There are also experience events featuring renowned chefs, happy hours, musical performances, and more to round out the high-quality entertainment festival.
Typically held over President’s Day weekend, the 19th annual film festival will be held from Thursday to Sunday, March 2nd – 5th, 2023. Sponsored by the Colorado Film Society, this quickly expanding celebration of all things motion picture draws cinephiles from all around the globe.
Boulder International Film Festival Activities
Chockablock with pre-parties, film screenings, panels, workshops, and hobnobbing, you’ll never be bored at this nearly city-wide festival. Check out the CineCHEF fundraiser, where locally renowned chefs create film-inspired meals for you, or go to the singer-songwriter showcase to watch other performing artists at their best while also participating in a whiskey tasting.
There’s also a youth education program and a teen short film competition to enjoy. Local hotels often provide themed afterparties for the 21+ crowd, where you can dress to impress, sip on some of Boulder’s best cocktails, and keep your eyes peeled for celebrity sightings.
This event has grown so large that part of it stretches into surrounding towns, like the opening night party held at the Longmont Stewart Auditorium. Some film selections are also taking place at this Longmont location. If you can’t attend in person, you can buy BIFF at Home passes for virtual screenings. For film festival guests, Hop rides are often discounted, as is garage parking.
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Date: Thursday – Sunday | March 2 – 5, 2023
Cost: Fees differ for the festival pass and individual screenings