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ABOUT 2017-09-18T04:22:14+00:00

    ABOUT 

    Since its opening event in 1981, the Breckenridge Film Festival has celebrated the art of filmmaking. Each year a unique and varied array of independent films, premieres, receptions, educational programs and retrospectives honoring featured guests takes place high in the Colorado Rockies.

    One of the oldest film festivals in the country, the BFF is a 501(c)(3), private, non-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. Funding for the Festival comes from local public and private grants, sponsorships, fundraising events, individual contributions, in-kind assistance, and revenue from tickets and merchandise. More than 150 individual volunteers, local theaters and other venues are involved in this annual event.

    MISSION 

    To guide a year-round comprehensive celebration of independent film for the community, visitors and filmmakers by presenting diverse film experiences in an authentic mountain environment.

    Currently celebrating it’s 35th anniversary, the Festival has hosted such guests as Alan Arkin, James Earl Jones, Robert Loggia, Marsha Mason, Sydney Pollack, Mary Steenburgen, Donald Sutherland, Eva Marie Saint, Jon Voight, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jon Favreau, Michael York , Jo Beth Williams, Connie Nielsen, Irvin Kershner, Thomas Haden Church, AnnaSophia Robb and DB Sweeney. Educational outreach programs, children’s films, celebrity guests, independent filmmaker forums and other events celebrating the art of film, contribute to the Festival’s diverse program. The University of Colorado at Boulder has presented classic and foreign films with faculty members leading interrelated discussions.

    In addition to a prestigious history of films and honorees, the Breckenridge Film Festival offers a wide spectrum of programs on films and filmmaking.

    In a spectacular setting 9,600 feet above sea level, Breckenridge is located approximately 80 miles west of Denver via interstate highway 70. The town was established in 1859 and retains much of the look and historic charm of its prior heyday as a late 1800’s mining town. Today, Breckenridge is an internationally known ski resort providing summer and fall visitors a myriad of recreational opportunities from biking, hiking, sailing and rafting, to fishing, golf, tennis and horseback riding. Breckenridge is home to two ice rinks, a full recreation center, and a Jack Nicklaus designed public golf course. The town offers historical tours, art galleries, many shops and fine dining.

    Volunteers

    BOARD 

    Gary Martinez
    Gary Martinez President
    Marty Ferris
    Marty FerrisTreasurer
    Cynthia Gordon
    Cynthia GordonSecretary
    Jen Mcintosh
    Jen Mcintosh Graphic Design
    Lisa Korry Cheek
    Lisa Korry Cheek Marketing Committee Chair
    Zak Himmelman
    Zak Himmelman Theaters & Tech
    Howard Cook
    Howard Cook Programming Committee Chair
    Michael Rath
    Michael Rath Sponsorship & Fundraising
    Jim Zafarana
    Jim Zafarana Business & Finance

    STAFF 

    Janice Kurbjun
    Janice KurbjunExecutive Director
    Dianna Nilsson
    Dianna Nilsson Programming Director
    Ashley Zimmerman
    Ashley Zimmerman Assistant Director
    Steve Kurtz
    Steve Kurtz Technical Director
    Ashley Kujawski
    Ashley Kujawski PR Specialist
    Henry Taylor
    Henry Taylor Technical Assistant

    CORE VOLUNTEERS 

    Cheryl Jones | Volunteer Coordinator
    Cynthia Gordon | Ticketing Coordinator & Web Manager
    Rae Anderson & Phyllis Martinez | Information Center Coordinators
    Sinjin McNicholl | VIP Lounge Coordinator
    Sheila Hollenbeck | Liaison Coordinator
    Ann Lukacs & Emily Levine | Talkback Coordinators
    Megan Bushman & Rosemary Neel | Teen Workshop Coordinators
    Steve Moos | High School Program Coordinator
    Kathye Conti | Children’s Program Coordinator
    Ambur & Bob Stevens | AfterHours & Welcome Party Coordinators
    Heather Pezzella | Parties & Events Coordinator
    Taryn Power | Awards Ceremony Coordinator
    Elisabeth Lawrence | Awards Ceremony Emcee
    Sharon Schoeffield | Lodging Coordinator
    Christi Johnson & Debra Fox | Special Programs Coordinators
    Sharon & Ray Smith, Patty Blank, Kyle & Diann Preston, Kathy & Steve Swanson, Samantha & Michael Cheek, Collette Russell Promotions | Street Team
    Irelene Ricks & Ashley Connally | Survey & Evaluations Coordinator

    SELECTION COMMITTEE
    Steve Kurtz – Drama Bill Bolthouse & Tony Busnardo – Spiritual
    Howard Cook – Animation Ricky Daly – Documentary
    Beth Groundwater – Short Drama Lisa Shultz – Comedy & Short Comedy
    Christi Johnson – Adventure Steve Moos – High School Films

    THEATER MANAGERS & PROJECTION
    Zak Himmelman | Joanne Stolen | Ryan Cudahy | Susan Knopf | Henry Taylor | David D’Andrea | Jeremy Nye | Carlos Moldenado |
    Tony Busnardo | Bill Bolthouse

    We have so many fabulous volunteers helping all the time! We apologize if we left anyone out!