Breckenridge Film Fest celebrates 28 years |

Breckenridge Film Fest celebrates 28 years

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO, Colorado

BRECKENRIDGE ” The Breckenridge Film Fest returns June 5 through June 8.

Features include over 50 independent films and a host of Hollywood premieres. Past notable films include “La Vie en Rose” (featuring actress Marion Cotillard, winner of the 2008 Acadamy Award for best actress, and winner of the 2008 Golden Globe award for best actress in a musical or comedy), “Rescue Dawn,” “Surf’s Up” (2008 Academy Award nominee for best animated film), “Babel” (the 2006 Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee for best picture), “The Shawshank Redemption,” “L.A. Confidential,” “American Beauty,” “Lost in Translation,” “Frida,” “The Joy Luck Club” and “Like Water for Chocolate.” Features also showcase young student talent, are an arena for gay and lesbian topics, focus on spiritual themes. This year there’s a new Latin films category.

“For each of the past 27 years, the Breckenridge Film Fest has made a commitment to highlight award-winning premieres, innovative independent films, forums, intriguing yet sometimes controversial topics, learning opportunities, and fun events in an idyllic setting,” said Dawna Foxx, Breckenridge Film Fest executive director. “The relaxed atmosphere found at this festival offers a rare opportunity for filmmakers, filmgoers and industry guests to meet and interact.”

Each year, the Breck Film Fest is hosted by WNBC-TV Film Critic and “Reel Talk” co-host Jeffrey Lyons, along with his son Ben Lyons, the E! Network Daily Top 10’s film critic. More than 80 Hollywood luminaries have appeared in Breckenridge over the past 27 years, including Donald Sutherland, Jon Voight, Michael York, Connie Nielsen, Eva Marie Saint, Alan Arkin, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jon Favreau and the late Rod Steiger.

“The appearances ” and the premieres ” are always a surprise as these films are announced at the very last minute,” Foxx said. “The anticipation becomes a huge part of the excitement surrounding the festival. Those who have joined us over the years know they’ll be among the first to see the season’s best films.”

In addition to showings and premiere events, the Breck Film Fest features the University of Colorado (CU) Film Studies program, free forums ” including topics such as children in films ” and presentations by a host of notable industry experts, as well as a High School Films Program presented by participants from Summit High School and Denver School of the Arts.

The festival also showcases Breckenridge, which was established in 1859 as a Victorian mining town.

The Breckenridge Film Festival’s call for entries is currently open and all films must be submitted for consideration by March 30, 2008. To enter a film for festival consideration, visit for details.

Prices for the event range from $10 for individual tickets, to $199 for an all-access pass. All tickets are available for purchase online at

For more information about the 28th Annual Breckenridge Film Festival visit or call 970-453-6200.

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