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March 6 - 8, 2020 at the Longmont Museum's Stewart Auditorium 

Named one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” in the world by MovieMaker Magazine, the Boulder International Film Festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world to Boulder for a four-day celebration of the art of cinema. This year, for the fifth year, BIFF is coming to Longmont!

BIFF has developed a reputation as one of the most influential young film festivals in the U.S., with an extraordinary number of new-but-unknown feature films, documentaries, and shorts that have gone on from early screenings at BIFF to significant box-office success and multiple Oscar nominations.The Festival attracts more than 25,000 film enthusiasts, media and industry each year and has been proud to host and celebrate some of film’s most talented artists.

Tickets to the 2020 program are now on sale!

Opening Night Reception

Friday, March 6, 5 pm; free with ticket to Friday night shorts program
Join us as we kickoff the Boulder International Film Festival with complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres and live music. Must have tickets to the Friday night shorts program to attend (see below).

BIFF Longmont Pass

$150. Includes entrance to all BIFF 2020 films and events at the Longmont Museum. You must arrive 20 minutes before start time for guaranteed entrance. This pass is non-transferable. Photo-ID required for entry. Passes will be available for pickup at the Longmont Museum Box Office beginning Friday, March 6. Buy online


The Euphoria of Being
Friday, March 6, 3 pm
Hungary, Feature Documentary, 2019, 83 min
Alone, Eva Fahidi returned home to Hungary after WWII. At 20, she had survived Auschwitz while 49 members of her family were murdered, including her mother, father and little sister. Today, at age 90, Eva is asked to participate in a dance theatre performance about her life's journey. This would be her first experience performing on a stage, and Réka, the director, imagines a duet between the surprisingly limber Eva and a young, acclaimed dancer, Emese. Eva agrees immediately. While the dramatic moments of Eva's life are distilled into theatrical scenes, a truly powerful relationship is formed. Three women—three months—and a story of crossing many boundaries. SUBTITLED 
Directed by Réka Szabó,  Colorado Premiere
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Short Films 1
Friday, March 6, 7 pm
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The Running Pastor
USA, Short Documentary, 2019, 9 min
Sverri is an avid runner who uses his time on the spectacular cliffs of his Danish island to work through the conflicts of others. As the local pastor, he must keep everyone’s secrets.
Directed by Tim Kemple, Boulder Premiere

The Good Shepherd
Estonia, Short Film, 2018, 23 min
On the Academy Award Shortlist for Best Short Film
Ibrahim is a shepherd whose job is to look after his herd as best as he can. One day he receives a phone call from his brother with a plan he wants nothing to do with. SUBTITLED
Directed by Evar Anvelt

Nefta Football Club
France, Short Film, 2018, 17 min
Nominated for a 2020 Academy Award
In this endearing film, two soccer fan brothers bump into a donkey wearing headphones lost in the middle of the desert on the border of Algeria. SUBTITLED
Directed by Yves Piat, Boulder Premiere

USA, Short Film, 2018, 8 min
A baseball fan comes to grips with the fate of his sick cat the only way he knows how.
Starring and written by Ryan Gaul (Superstore)
Directed by Nick Paonessa, Boulder Premiere, Ryan Gaul (in person)

The Neighbor’s Window
USA, Short Film, 2019, 20 min
Nominated for a 2020 Academy Award
Alli (Maria Dizzia), a mother of young children, has grown frustrated with her daily routine and husband (Greg Keller). But her life is shaken up when two free-spirited 20-somethings move in across the street and she discovers that she can see into their apartment. Inspired by a true story, the film was written and directed by four-time Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Marshall Curry.
Directed by Marshall Curry, Colorado Premiere

Hors Piste
France, Short Animation, 2018, 6 min
On the Academy Award Shortlist for Best Short Animation
Two bumbling rescue workers are ready for their new mission. It will not go as planned.
Directed by Léo Brunel, Loris Cavalier, Camille Jalabert, Oscar Malet, Colorado Premiere

Short Films 2
Saturday, March 7, 10 am
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Extra Innings
USA, Short Film, 2019, 9 min
An aggressive sports reporter interviews a major league baseball manager, trying to uncover secrets from his past.
Directed by John Gray, Colorado Premiere, John Gray, Melissa Jo Peltier (in person)

A Sister
Belgium, Short Film, 2018, 16 min
Nominated for a 2020 Academy Award
An emergency services dispatcher finds her professionalism put to the test when she receives a call from a woman in a desperate situation. SUBTITLED
Directed by Delphine Girard, Colorado Premiere

The Other Fab Four
USA, Short Documentary, 2019, 17 min
In the mid-1960s, four teenagers from Liverpool were changing the face of pop music. Their names were Mary, Sylvia, Pam and Val. Meet The Liverbirds!
Directed by Ben Proudfoot

France/Japan, Short Film, 2018, 27 min
Two years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Murai braves danger and wanders through the no-go zone to spend time with Jun, his eight-year-old son. SUBTITLED
Directed by Koya Kamura, Colorado Premiere

The Bird and the Whale
Ireland, Short Animation, 2018, 7 min
Winner of more than 33 awards
The Bird and the Whale is a story about a young whale and a caged songbird. Together, they struggle to survive lost at sea. This short film was created using a near obsolete form of animation—paint-on-glass.
Directed by Carol Freeman, Colorado Premiere

Danny Daycare
Scotland, Short Film, 2019, 4 min
In this funny short, Danny Macaskill takes on childcare the only way he knows how...and it involves a wee bike ride around Scotland!
Directed by Stu Thompson

Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind
Saturday, March 7, 12:15 pm
Canada, Feature Documentary, 2019, 90 min
Gordon Lightfoot, 80, is full of surprises, the best being his honesty and humor. He is not afraid to talk about his many mistakes in life, or which of his major songs he now hates. Lightfoot has had a spectacular career as a singer, but it pales next to his legendary songwriting impact on music. Every Lightfoot lyric is an earworm, of course, and that's why THIRTY-ONE of the world's biggest music stars have recorded Lightfoot songs, many with huge hits. They range from Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton to Barbra Streisand, Johnny Cash, Neil Young and many, many more. Lightfoot went from being an award-winning boy soprano at 12, to selling out stadiums in his 20s, to depression and alcoholism in his 30s, and then back on top again. If you could only read his mind.
Directed by Martha Kehoe, Joan Tosoni, Colorado Premiere
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Corpus Christi
Saturday, March 7, 2:30 pm
Poland, Feature Film, 2019, 116 min
Nominated for a 2020 Academy Award
In juvenile detention, Daniel, 20, more or less finds Christ, but is told that he can never be a priest because of his criminal record. Upon his release, he is sent to a remote town to work in a sawmill, but in an impulsive lie backed by the clerical collar he swiped, Daniel convinces a young local, Marta, that he is a recently ordained priest. He soon meets the elderly vicar, who persuades Daniel to fill in for him while he is away. Nervous at first, Daniel brushes up on Bible passages and looks up priestly protocol on the web. But soon he's improvising impassioned sermons, causing the number of churchgoers to swell. Daniel is a great priest, and the people love him—even more so as he edges towards a dark secret that the community hasn't revealed in the confessional booth. SUBTITLED
Directed by Jan Komasa, Colorado Premiere
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Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly
Saturday, March 7, 5 pm
USA, Feature Documentary, 2019, 78 min
Ai Weiwei, China's most famous artist and activist, recalls his father Ai Qing receiving an anonymous postcard during his long years in a Chinese labor camp, commemorating the publication of Ai Qing’s most famous poem. His father took great solace in the card, and Ai Weiwei never forgot it. Many years later, Ai Weiwei designed "Yours Truly," a monumental art installation in Alcatraz Prison that included portraits—in Lego-blocks—of 172 persons currently jailed for crimes of conscience in the world. Included were thousands of pick-up postcards addressed to the prisoners. Nearly a million people attended the exhibition, and 92,000 postcards were mailed. In interviews with released prisoners, we discover the surprising effect that the postcards had on their lives, and see how small acts can lead to significant change. SUBTITLED
Directed by Cheryl Haines, Colorado Premiere, Christy McGill (in person)
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On Broadway
Saturday, March 7, 7:15 pm
USA, Feature Documentary, 2019, 84 minIn the late 1960s, Times Square was, as John Lithgow puts it, "a rathole, with wall-to-wall junkies and hustlers." There were loads of empty Broadway theaters, and attendance plunged by 50 percent in just four years, reaching an all-time low in 1972. What turned it around? For anyone who loves theater, this 50-year history of Broadway is a joy, packed with legendary stars and performances. Key players—Helen Mirren, Christine Baranski, August Wilson, James Corden, Alec Baldwin, John Lithgow, Viola Davis, Hugh Jackman and Ian McKellen—take us behind the scenes of Broadway’s most groundbreaking shows, from “A Chorus Line” to “Hamilton.” The film includes performances by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Patti Lupone, Bernadette Peters, James Earl Jones and Mandy Patinkin. On with the show!
Directed by Oren Jacoby  
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The Dog Doc
Sunday, March 8, 10 am 
USA, Feature Documentary, 2019, 101 min
Dr. Marty Goldstein is the dog doc. He specializes in a holistic, whole-patient approach to treating animals, particularly those already diagnosed as “hopeless.” Using alternative medicines and unconventional treatments—along with traditional veterinary medicine—he often manages to extend the lives of animals far beyond the expectations of conventional diagnoses. As Goldstein and his staff interact with the animals, the stakes are high and it is often touch and go as we watch the owners struggle with the reality of whether or not their pets will live to see another day. The care and love Marty shows his patients and their guardians offers an immersive view into a seldom seen world...and is something truly magical to watch.
Directed by Cindy Meehl, Colorado Premiere, Dr. Marty Goldstein (in person)
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Henri Dauman: Looking Up
Sunday, March 8, 12:45 pm
USA, Feature Documentary, 2018, 87 min
As one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century, Holocaust survivor Henri Dauman—still enthusiastic at 85—took the international photography world by storm in the ‘50s with his images of icons like Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Miles Davis, Yves Saint Laurent, Andy Warhol, Elvis Presley, JFK and Jean-Luc Godard. But, for all of his achievements, few know the details of Dauman’s remarkable origin story. Orphaned at 13, he set out to rebuild his family at any cost. Through love, persistence and uncompromising vision, Dauman created a brilliant career in New York City, where his bold, naturalistic style quickly brought him fame and fortune at his only job, a 30-year assignment at Life magazine. This film explores both the photographer’s traumatic past and the vibrancy of NYC that would define Dauman's work—through a million negatives—for all of time.
Directed by Peter Kenneth Jones, Colorado Premiere, Henri Dauman, Peter Kenneth Jones, Nicole Suerez (in person)
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Piano to Zanskar
Sunday, March 8, 3 pm
UK, Feature Documentary, 2018, 86 min
Grand Prize winner at the Banff Mountain Film Festival
Facing his future in retirement “sitting in deck chairs and eating lemon drizzle cake,” delightful 65-year-old piano tuner Desmond O’Keeffe decides to attempt the most perilous delivery of his career: transporting a 100-year-old classic upright piano from bustling London to a school in the remote heart of the Indian Himalayas. What could possibly go wrong? Aided by two young apprentices, a team of Sherpas and a motley crew of yaks and ponies, the team’s convictions are tested as they cross sheer mountain passes of breathtaking beauty. If successful, the expedition will be the highest piano delivery in history, but more importantly, it could become the ultimate gesture of music’s universal power: bridging cultures, inspiring strength and bringing joy. Featuring an original musical score by Werner Herzog collaborator Ernst Reijseger (Cave of Forgotten Dreams).
Directed by Michael Sulima, US Premiere, Michael Sulima, Jarek Kotomski (in person)
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Those Who Remained
Sunday, March 8, 5:15 pm
Hungary, Feature Film, 2019, 88 min
Having survived the camps, 42-year old Aldo lives a solitary life as a doctor in Budapest. Outspoken 16-year-old Klara lives with her great aunt and is still writing long letters to her father and mother, hoping they will return. She meets Aldo, a father-daughter relationship begins, and the joy in both of their lives slowly returns. But, as the Soviet Empire rises to power, their relationship is misunderstood and they are investigated by the Communist government. A lyrical story of the healing power of love in the midst of conflict, loss and trauma. SUBTITLED
Directed by Barnabás Tóth, Boulder Premiere
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BIFF Adventure Shorts
Sunday, March 8, 7:30 pm
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The Thousand Year Journey
USA/Peru/Bolivia, Short Documentary, 2015, 4 min
Jedidiah Jenkins quit his job to ride his bicycle from Oregon to the southern tip of Patagonia. Why? Jenkins’ poignant answers are about shattering routines, staying open hearted and keeping the flames of inspiration not just burning, but raging.
Directed by Kenny Laubbacher

Germany, Short Documentary, 2018, 22 min
Antoine Girard explores the high mountains of the Karakorum in Pakistan using only his feet and a paraglider, alone. Three weeks above the world pushes the limits of adventure and sanity. SUBTITLED
Directed by Christian Schmidt, Antoine Girard
Colorado Premiere

USA, Short Documentary, 2019, 7 min
Jon Wilson lost his leg to cancer. Today, crutching up and skiing down mountains at night allows him to explore the idea of "brokenness," and find a more sincere and honest connection with life.
Directed by Simon Perkins

Par For the Course
USA, Short Documentary, 2019, 4 min
Mirna Valerio, a 250-pound African American woman from Brooklyn, takes on a 25-kilometer race in Squaw Valley that encompasses over 1500 vertical meters on exposed ridges, snow fields and massive climbs.
Directed by Kody Kohlman
Colorado Premiere

Camel Finds Water
Canada/USA, Short Documentary, 2019, 9 min
Trevor found the hull of an abandoned fishing boat in a field. He brought it home and built it back to a seaworthy state over the course of a summer. Then, he took it on its maiden voyage to British Columbia in search of waves.
Directed by Ian Durkin

Morocco, Short Documentary, 2018, 7 min
A role model for Moroccan women, Aziza has dedicated her life to long distance racing, balancing home life and overcoming cultural and social challenges to compete in some of the toughest foot races on Earth. SUBTITLED
Directed by Ryan Goff, Matt Pycroft
Boulder Premiere

Chasing the Sublime
UK, Short Documentary, 2018, 7 min
Why do we put ourselves into the path of discomfort, fear and risk? Follow Kate Rew and Kari Furre in this hauntingly beautiful glimpse at the physicality of UK cold water swimming.
Directed by Amanda Bluglass

Reel Rock: United States of Joe’s
USA, Short Documentary, 2019, 22 min
In rural Utah, a valley of world-class bouldering is nestled among a conservative community of Mormons, cowboys and coal miners. After years of antagonism, a ragged band of climbers work with locals to build a harmonious future.
Directed by Peter Mortimer


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