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Vail Film Festival looks downvalley

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Organizers of the Vail Film Festival, which has run in Vail, Colorado for six years, are considering taking some films to Beaver Creek.

Festival organizers cited venue and parking constraints in Vail that may prevent the event from continuing to grow, said Sybill Navas, events coordi-nator for Vail’s Commission of Special Events.

” What’s happened is that we’ve lost a lot of our theaters over the years,” she said. ” They didn’t feel they had the lev-el of support from the community as a whole in order to expand. Eventually they want this to be an international-level festival.”

Beaver Creek is considering becom-ing a co-sponsor of the event, coming up with a proposal that would involve hosting about half of the films at venues such as the Vilar Center.

No decisions have been made and organizers are still discussing what will happen with next year’s festival, Navas said.

Film festival organizer Scott Cross did not return calls for comment.

However, the idea of half the festival leaving Vail didn’t sit well with town officials, who said they preferred to see events that they fund staying within the town.

“I’m offended that we give people money (for events) and they go shop-ping next door (for another sponsor),” said Councilman Mark Gordon.

Some council members suggested prohibiting event organizers who get town funding from taking their events somewhere else within a certain dis-tance of Vail.

The town’s special events commis-sion, which is in charge of supporting, helping to organize and distributing funding for community events from the Teva Mountain Games to the annual Christmas-tree lighting, might also be scrutinizing Vail-sponsored events more closely.

Vail aims to sponsor events that build community, bring economic vitality to the town and create an atmosphere that will bring people back to Vail, Navas said. In the coming years, all events, from the Vail Dance Festival to the Fri-day Afternoon Club, will be evaluated based on those goals.

The town also expects to be operating on much less money in the coming years, and event organizers will be encouraged to find sponsors and grad-ually rely less on town money, she said.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or

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