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Steamboat Mountain Film Festival starts tonight

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What: Steamboat Mountain Film Festival

When: 7 p.m. today; 8 p.m. Friday; 3 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday (submitted films are screened from 3 to 6 p.m., with awards presented at 9 p.m.)

Where: Steamboat Springs Mountain Theater in Ski Time Square and the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel Ballroom

Cost: $10 for each screening (there are five separate screenings)

Call: 870-9676

Visit: www.steamboatmoun...

— The fifth annual Steamboat Mountain Film Festival starts tonight with a screening of two movies at the Steamboat Springs Mountain Theater.

"Hello My Name Is" by First Line Productions and "Linescore" by Coreshot Productions start at 7 p.m. at the theater in Ski Time Square. On Friday, the festival will screen Teton Gravity Research's "Lost and Found" at 8 p.m. at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel Ballroom.

This year, local filmmakers were invited to submit movies of 20 minutes or less for the Reel People category, which goes beyond skiing and snowboarding to cover lifestyle. Online voting for a favorite from the eight films has been under way for about three weeks through festival partner NossaTV.com

With the Reel Open category, which focuses on adventure, there are 10 films entered in the festival, with $1,000, skis and gear up for grabs. Submissions will be screened from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain Theater.

Festival founder and organizer Michael Martin said the level of quality has been upped for this year.

"The returning filmmakers have really stepped it up and went to different locations," Martin said. "There have just been some neat innovations on prior filmmakers' work and (they) really stepped up the filming and editing."

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