The BIFF Fort Collins Film Festival features award-winning films from around the world, a Singer-Songwriter showcase, and more. Listen to filmmakers discuss their work, and hear from film subjects and local non-profits making a difference through our Call2Action program. March 8-9 at the beautiful Lincoln Center in downtown Fort Collins. Presented by the Colorado Film Society/Boulder International Film Festival. More info call 303 449-2289.
BIFF Fort Collins Film Festival
March 8-9th, 2019
Lincoln Center, Fort Collins
Friday, March 8, 2019
Opening Night Reception and Music
First 100 ticket purchasers recieve an exclusive invite
to the opening night reception
THE WEIGHT OF WATER
USA, 79 min., Feature Documentary
By BIFF Award-Winner Michael Brown
(Farther Than the Eye Can See, High Ground).
Starring Erik Weihenmayer
Making your first solo-kayak run of the Grand Canyon is daunting, particularly if you are totally blind. Erik Weihenmayer has
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Shorts Film 1
Saturday, March 9, 2019, 10:00 am MST Lincoln Center Performance Hall
Life in Miniature
UK, Short Documentary, 2018 5 min
Direct to BIFF from Sundance 2019
A proud Yorkshire woman reflects on her life and art as she carves her place in the precious world of miniatures.
Directed by Ellen Evans
Ireland, Cuba, Short Documentary, 2017, 2 min
Made as a result of a conversation with Werner Herzog on a park bench in Cuba, this film examines a woman’s unusual motives for visiting the beauty salon every day. Subtitled.
Directed by Bob Gallagher
Italy, Short Film, 2018 14 min
Winner at Aspen and AFI Film Festivals
When an Afghan refugee arrives in Italy with his goat to seek asylum, an Italian immigration officer finds himself in a difficult position because he doesn’t know what to do with the animal. Subtitled.
Directed by Andrea Brusa, Marco Scotuzzi
Mexico, Short Film, 2017 15 min
Winner at Chicago, Berlin, Palm Springs, Mexico and Seoul film festivals
The president of Mexico spends his final days in office making plans for his future. He even dances around his desk. Everything looks in order, until an international conflict disrupts his pleasant dreams of retirement. Subtitled.
Directed by Alejandro Saevich
France, Short Animation, 2017 6 min
Winner of 35 awards
When marine wildlife must adapt to the pollution surrounding it, the rules of survival change.
Directed by Florian Brauch, Matthieu Pujol, Kim Tailhades, Yohan Thireau, Romain Thirion
Canada, Short Animation, 2018, 14 min
Nominated for a 2019 Academy Award
Five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner feelings in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist.
Directed by David Fine, Alison Snowden
Canada, Short Film, 2018 16 min
Winner at 13 film festivals
Alone in the wild, two boys play a game around a surface mine. Will the game be as harmless as they think? Subtitled.
Directed by Jeremy Comte
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
USA, Feature Documentary, 2018, 91 min
“A comfortable level of disharmony is the best you can hope for in this life.” —farming guru Alan York in the Hollywood Reporter
When young urban foodie couple John and Mollie Chester get booted from their tiny LA apartment because of their barking dog, they leap into buying a run-down 200-acre-farm an hour north of the city. But the farm’s soil is so depleted and drought-ridden that it will not even grow weeds, and John and Mollie know nothing about farming. So, they consult a Zen-farming expert named Alan York, who suggested a fantasy-utopian farm, one involving 70 different species of 10,000 fruit trees and 200 different crops, all laid out in Van Gogh whorls, with free-ranging animals like ducks, chickens and pigs to fertilize the soil. When the farm’s ecosystem finally begins to reawaken, so does the Chester’s hope. But as their plan to create perfect harmony takes a series of wild turns, they realize that to survive they will have to reach a far greater understanding of the wisdom of nature, and of life itself.
Directed by John Chester
Shorts Film 2
Saturday, March 9, 2019, 2:45 pm MST Lincoln Center Performance Hall
A New View of the Moon
USA, Short Documentary, 2018 3 min
A man took a telescope around the streets of Los Angeles to give passersby an up-close look at a familiar object: the moon. They are astounded.
Directed by Alex Gorosh
Armor del Amor
USA, Short Animation, 2018 2 min
A kind of nature “documentary” that follows the mating rituals of the armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) to discover the dark underbelly of modern mammalian dating.
Directed by Kirk Kelley
One Cambodian Family Please for My Pleasure
USA, Short Film, 2018 13 min
Direct to BIFF from Sundance 2019
In 1981, a lonely refugee from Czechoslovakia paints an all-too-appealing picture of her American life as she writes a letter begging an organization to send a Cambodian refugee family so that she can help resettle them in her new “hometown of dreams:” Fargo, North Dakota. Based on the true story of the director’s mother, Helena. Starring Emily Mortimer
Directed by A.M. Lukas
Ireland, Short Film, 2017 14 min
A man wakes from a coma speaking a fully formed but unrecognizable language, baffling linguistic experts from around the globe.
Directed by Benjamin Cleary, TJ O’Grady Peyton
USA, Short Film, 2018 16 min
This short film tells the story of an inner-city foster boy with nothing but himself and his imagination to keep him company. His only escape comes through his daydreams to Neverland, where all little boys without mothers and fathers go to fit in as Lost Boys.
Directed by Brett Smith
USA, Short Film, 2018 12 min
Winner at 10 film festivals
In 2005, three children are locked in a car in Texas on a hot day, and six-year-old Caroline must save them.
Directed by Logan George, Celine Held
Age of Sail
USA, Short Animation, 2018 12 min
Shortlisted for a 2019 Academy Award
From Google’s immersive storytelling unit and set on the open ocean in 1900, Age of Sail is the story of William Avery, an old sailor who is adrift and alone in the North Atlantic. When Avery reluctantly rescues Lara, who has mysteriously fallen overboard, he finds hope in his darkest hours.
Directed by John Kahrs
GIANT LITTLE ONES
Canada, Feature Film, 2018, 94 min
Franky Winter and Ballas Kohl are high school royalty: handsome, stars of the swim team and popular with girls. They live the perfect teenage life—until the night of Franky’s epic 17th birthday party, when Franky and Ballas, both wasted, surprise each other by getting intimate. Word gets out, Franky is named as the aggressor and he becomes the subject of catcalls from his former friends, now bullying homophobes. Franky comes by his sexual confusion naturally because his father (Kyle MacLachlan) has recently left his mother (Maria Bello) to move in with his previously unknown boyfriend. Giant Little Ones is a sensitive and touching look at that point in adolescence when freedom is both intoxicating and terrifying. Starring: Peter Outerbridge, Maria Bello and Kyle MacLachlan
Directed by Keith Behrman
A TUBA TO CUBA
USA / Cuba, Feature Documentary, 2018, 84 min
Did you know that America’s greatest contribution to jazz came from black slaves brought to New Orleans from Cuba? Ben Jaffe’s parents, Allan and Sandra, founded the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band in 1961, which has played for presidents and kings ever since. Now Ben, seeking to fulfill his late father’s dream, takes his band from New Orleans to Cuba, where dark and ancient connections between their peoples reveal the roots of jazz. A Tuba to Cuba celebrates the triumph of the human spirit expressed through the universal language of music, and challenges us to resolve to build bridges, not walls.
Directed by T.G. Herrington, Danny Clinch