Thursday, October 13, 2005
What began as a chance for a few local filmmakers to show their work has become a full-blown, three-day film festival in its third year.
The Steamboat Mountain Film Festival has partnered with the Flagstaff Film Festival to bring a wide array of adventure and travel films along with the local outdoor recreation films that are the foundation of the event.
As in the past, three local movies will be chosen for a contest on the last day of the festival. The staff of Warren Miller Entertainment will judge the winner. The films must be no longer than 35 minutes and must have been shot in the Yampa Valley in the past year. All films must include an aspect of an action sport from any season.
The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Oct. 31. Entries can be in video or DVD format and can be delivered to Room 238 in Bristol Hall at Colorado Mountain College or mailed to Steamboat Mountain Film Festival, c/o festival organizer Michael Martin, P.O. Box 883322, Steamboat Springs, CO 80488.
A few already have come in, but Martin expects more.
Festival passes went on sale this week for $49, which includes three days of film-related classes during the day and films at night. The festival will be limited to 500 people.
The Steamboat Mountain Film Festival is planned for Dec. 16 to 18.
On Dec. 16, Dori Weiss will teach a screenwriting workshop. Weiss has been a senior vice president at Imagine and a studio executive at Paramount, Warner Bros and MGM.
A class is planned for "Action Sport Video Photography" on Dec. 17, but organizers are working to find the right instructor.
On Dec. 18, Benjamin Weissman will teach editing. Weissman has edited more than 60 movies and has been nominated for several Emmy awards and Eddies, the American Cinema Editor Association award for excellence. On the same day, Sean Waterman of Warren Miller Entertainment will lead a workshop about music licensing for filmmakers.
On the evenings of Dec. 16 and 17, films from the Flagstaff Film Festival will be shown, including "Trout Grass," "Between Earth and Sky: Flying Over Khumbu," "Across Australia" and "Twice Upon a Time in Bolivia."
"We realized this film festival was ready to expand when we had to turn people away at the door last year," Martin said. "We were at capacity with 600 people. There is a large demand."