Hey, Denver: We've got game. For the last 35 years, we've been able to boast a world-class film festival, and this year's 36th Starz Denver Film Festival only ups the ante. The full schedule, released on Monday and tucked into today's issue of Westword (and also available online), proves the point.
What's hot this year? The DFS lays it out in this press release:
The 36th Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF), sponsored by Starz Entertainment and produced by the Denver Film Society, announced today its full Festival line-up. The complete lineup of films for the November 6-17 Festival is available at denverfilm.org/festival.
SDFF 2013 will screen more than 250 features, shorts, music videos and student films, representing 44 countries, along with Denver Film Society's signature programs such as Cinema Q, Reel Social Club and Women + Film. As previously announced, Red Carpet Galas are Labor Day, Nebraska, August: Osage County and At Middleton.
"A first class city like Denver deserves a first class film festival and we are excited to 'paint the town red' with an exceptional combination of films from around the globe, personal appearances and some of the best social events of the year," said Festival Director Britta Erickson. "This year we have added a music video program featuring an impressive selection of artists as well as an expanded schedule of hot-topic panels. There's really something for everyone."
This year, SDFF shines a spotlight on cinema from the Netherlands, known for its wildly diverse range of cinematic treasures. Fourteen Dutch films are included in the Festival line-up.
"The 36th Starz Denver Film Festival has one of the most eclectic lineups in years. From an amazingly diverse focus on Dutch cinema, a long list of modern day masters, including new films from Jia Zhangke, Agnieszka Holland, Andrzej Wajda, Denis Cote, Paul Verhoeven, Ulrich Seidl and Alex Gibney, and an incredible selection of 28 Colorado-produced films," said Festival Artistic Director Brit Withey.
Start charting your film-going course, ASAP. Ticketing, currently open only to Denver Film Society members, opens up to the public on Friday, October 25, at the stroke of midnight -- that's eighteen hours from now -- on the website and at the Sie FilmCenter box office during business hours. And stay tuned to Show and Tell for SDFF coverage.
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