Sure, BIFF was founded three years ago as a forum for local, international and most of all avant-garde filmmakers to exhibit their cinematic ingenuity, but like Dick Cheney and scandal, after-parties and film festivals just go together. And the Aireoke contest, during which participants will compete for a free air guitar ("Just joking," Beeck guffaws), is a perfect example of the conviviality along with screenings, panels, workshops and discussions that will span the entire weekend.
The four-day fete commences this evening with an Opening Night Gala followed by a screening of Breach, a thriller starring Laura Linney, Chris Cooper and Ryan Phillippe. The party begins at 6 p.m. (and will run till about 10:30) at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street. Tickets are $50 per person, free for VIP pass-holders.
The festival wraps up Sunday with In the Shadow of the Moon, which BIFF acquired earlier this month after its lauded appearance at Sundance.
Tickets, $8 to $10, may be purchased up to ninety minutes before each program at the Boulder Theater box office or by calling 303-786-7030. Tickets are also available at www.bouldertheater.com or www.biff1.com, where you can find a full schedule of films and events. For more information, call the Colorado Film Society at 303-449-2283.