After shifting gears and rolling out a virtual event last year, producer Denver Film announced last week that the annual Denver Film Festival will return in-person Nov. 3-14.
“When you see someone in the theatre, you can tell it’s a relief that people are back enjoying experiences with each other and back seeing people in person. And certainly the communal experience with watching a film with others is something we know that people have missed,” said Denver Film CEO James Mejia. “We’re very pleased to once again offer that opportunity to people throughout Colorado,” he added.
This year’s Denver Film Festival will give audiences a chance to participate in the events from their homes through a virtual platform Denver Film used last year for the event. Those who prefer to watch films from the comfort of their own homes can do so at denverflim.org and by downloading the Denver Film app for Apple TV or Roku TV.
Meija noted that he believes virtual programing is something that is going to be with us to stay.
“It was something we started during the pandemic because obviously people couldn’t come into our facility. We’re excited to welcome people back, but we still want to take advantage of showing films on a platform where either folks still aren’t comfortable coming in or prefer to watch films in the comfort of their own homes,” he said. “The film viewing experience is different for everyone, and we want to make sure we’re providing multiple opportunities for our patrons.”
Denver Film staff is currently scouting international films in France and said it wants to also include some award-winning films that it thinks will be Oscar worthy. They plan to announce its film lineup in the coming weeks.
Red carpet screenings will be featured daily along with events and entertainment throughout Denver. Pop-up events will also take place, and screenings will take place at Sie Film Center, McNichols Civic Center Building and Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
Tickets and ticket packs are on sale and can be found at denverfilm.org. General admission tickets cost $13 for Denver Film Members and $17 for non-members. The Denver Film Festival began in 1977 and has featured high-profile international guests and highly acclaimed films from around the world since its inception.
“We’re very excited to announce the dates for the Denver Film Festival and bring our audiences back in-person. After a fully virtual Denver Film Festival last year, we know our members and film lovers throughout the area are eager to come together again to enjoy a robust lineup of screenings, events, panels and more,” Denver Film Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Smith said in a press release.