39th Denver Film Festival Guide
The full festival program has been released and tickets are now on-sale for the 39th Denver Film Festival, taking place from Wednesday, November 2 – Sunday, November 13, 2016.
In a previous post, I highlighted this year’s red carpet films and the corresponding red carpet ticket packages.
In this post, I hope to break down the film program a little bit and help direct newbies to films that they might be interested in. Buckle up.
Reel Social Club Screening + Party: Reel Social Club (RSC) is Denver Film Society’s young professionals’ group, aimed at fostering the next generation of cinema lovers. They’ve been known to throw some pretty sweet events, including the epic Summer Scream at Lakeside Amusement Park. Whether you are a current RSC member, or just curious, all are welcome at the RSC Screening + Party. This year’s film selection is Folk Hero & Funny Guy and will include a post-film Q+A with one of the film’s stars, Alex Karpovsky (best known as Ray from Girls), at the Friday night screening. The evening continues with the RSC Party at The Bottling Hall at Great Divide Brewing Co., which includes complimentary food + drink (and eye candy). Tickets are available online but aren’t guaranteed to last.
Focus on National Cinema: Spain – Each year at the fest, the Denver Film Society features one country and the cinema it produces. Luckily for all of us, this year’s country is Spain. Smuggle in some sangria and re-commit yourself to brushing up on your Castellano after the film.
Maysles Brothers Award For Best Documentary – Who doesn’t love themselves a good documentary? I mean, really? While you’ll find plenty of docs sprinkled throughout this year’s fest, this list of films are all in competition for the coveted Maysles Brothers Award for Best Documentary. [I am especially stoked for Off the Rails.]
Krzysztof Kieslowski Award For Best Feature Film – If you like your narratives foreign, then this is the selection for you. [I, Daniel Blake won the Palme d’Or this year at Cannes and there’s been quite a bit of buzz around every other film on this list.]
Shorts Packages – Shorts are fun! And luckily, #DFF39 has a number of shorts showcases to choose from, including animated, documentary, late night, and more #shortsbeforejorts
Late Night Showcase – Geared towards the night owls and the sick f*cks, the Late Night Showcase features all that is creepy and freaky (and bloody) in life. Test the limits of your bedtime and your squeamishness with these films.
Culinary Cinema – Bringing together the topics of food + film, these two docs will provide a different look at a topic we all so often take for granted.
Spotlight on Colorado – Reppin’ the Centennial State, this list of both short and feature-length films provide a local look at filmmaking.
Music Video Mixtape – A sample of the best music videos from the past year, this song, er, showcase goes out to all of the cool kids.
Denver Film Festival Awards Brunch – Finish your fest with a well-garnished bloody, a delicious brunch, and be the first to tweet this year’s award winners. This event is held at the Curtis Hotel and tickets can be purchased in advance online.
And, guess what? This list is just the beginning! Visit the Denver Film Festival site to view even more film categories, learn about special events, and be one of the first to experience the new Festival AnneX at the McNichols Civic Center Building!