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Vail Daily’s View: Expanding the Vail film fest a great idea

Vail Daily Editorial Board
Vail, CO Colorado

Expanding the Vail Film Festival to Beaver Creek is a great idea.

Organizers and supporters say the 6-year-old festival is ready to grow, and there’s no more room in Vail. The festival may seek funding from Beaver Creek in an effort to gain more theater space, which in turn would likely bring more stars and directors to the festival.

That would probably bring more visitors to festival events in both resorts, and provide a bigger boost to the local economy, though not all the dollars would be spent in Vail. It would also raise the event’s profile, the only way its organizers will be able to realize their ambition of someday rivaling the country’s most prominent film festivals.

Last year, the festival chose only 60 films out of 1,200 submissions. It wasn’t because the other 1,140 were bad, but because of space and funding constraints.

We hope the festival’s Vail funding sources will take the long-term view and allow Beaver Creek to share the festival, even if the resort next door wants to add its name to the event.

Or it could be called the Vail Valley Film Festival just like the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, which doesn’t seem to suffer from the “valley” in its name and the fact that a few of its events take place as far away as Eagle.

This also spreads the wealth around the Vail Valley, which is a big part of what makes Vail itself special to the outside world. What helps the valley helps Vail, as well as the other way around. We hope Vail’s special events decisions makers won’t take the provincial view that Vail still rules the roost.

Vail has been plagued at times in the past with an awfully provincial viewpoint for a place that prides itself so on its “world-class” standing. Frankly, the “Vail-only” mindset limits the community’s greatness and potential. It’s particularly out of touch with reality in the face of the worst recession in memory.

Vail and Beaver Creek are natural partners culturally as well as economically, as suggested by the common ownership of the ski resorts themselves.

Rather than gripe at contributing to an event that dares stretch to its sister resort community — and amenities for the common benefit of both places — some of Vail’s leaders need to think, ahem, a bit more globally and with a modicum of sophisticated reasoning.

If you are going to call yourself “world class,” it always helps to act that way.

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