About Us

Founded in 1981, Breck Film Fest is one of the oldest film festivals in the country. At its annual flagship event, Breck Film Fest serves 2,500+ unique guests and engages 250+ volunteers. New year-round programming expands that reach through a monthly Summit Film Society and various partner programs.

The Breck Film Fest 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.


Mission

The Breck Film Fest delivers compelling film experiences year-round and through an annual Film Festival that enrich the lives of Summit County citizens, visitors and filmmakers.

Vision

Breck Film Fest will play a key role in the cultural emergence of Summit County.


In a spectacular setting 9,600 feet above sea level, the flagship festival takes place in the authentic mountain town of Breckenridge. Each fall, the festival celebrates vibrant fall color intertwined with spirited personalities and storytelling in an easy-to-access location just 80 miles west of Denver via Interstate 70.

Breck Film Fest is ranked as a USA Today Top 20 Film Festival and continually hits the Top 100 Film Festival list on the FilmFreeway submissions platform. It presents 100+ films in four days with 30+ filmmakers in attendance to engage with audiences, including interfacing with local media professionals. Partnerships with major studios bring high-caliber films and industry guests to Breckenridge throughout the year.

Industry guests from acclaimed outlets such as Pixar, Disney, ReFramed Pictures (Susan Sarandon-operated production company), Laika Entertainment, and more are festival programming highlights. Recently, the festival hosted guests such as Michael Shannon (Shape of Water), Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite) and Matthew Glave (The Wedding Singer). The festival strives to connect audiences to film and filmmakers, advancing the art of storytelling and all that goes along with it: composing, music and sound; cinematography; the business of filmmaking/production; directing; and so much more.

“Film matters on so many levels. As an art form, it rounds out the community in which we live. As an affordable art form, film (particularly as presented in our festival) is accessible to everyone. Our free programming provides entry points to film for anyone in the community. We additionally make available film that isn’t available elsewhere.” — Janice Miller, Executive Director

An all-new High School Program engages students across the state in a partner program that has caught the attention of the Colorado Film Office. Selected filmmakers are invited to show their films theatrically at the festival with a feedback luncheon with professional filmmakers following. It complements the long-running Children’s Program, which introduces young children to film with hands-on activities.

Music Videos were introduced in 2018 as a partnership with The Music District out of Fort Collins with the goal of promoting Colorado musicians in a new way. Breck Film Fest additionally partners with CU Denver’s College of Arts & Media to engage university students at the annual festival.

The Breck Film Fest’s rich history includes guests such 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. A past partnership with the University of Colorado at Boulder presented classic and foreign films with faculty members leading interrelated discussions.

The Town of Breckenridge (est. 1859) is home to 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. Today, Breckenridge retains much of the look and historic charm of its prior heyday as a late 1800’s mining town. The town is home to a world-class network of mountain bike trails, a recreation center with redesigned tennis center, acclaimed fly-fishing, and a Jack Nicklaus designed public golf course. The town offers historical tours, art galleries, many shops and fine dining.

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“Film is everything. It is writing, editing, photography, drawing, acting, music -- excellence in all art forms is what makes an excellent film. Supporting film is supporting all forms of art.” — Janice Miller, Executive Director

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BOARD

 
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Gary Martinez
President

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Marty Ferris
Treasurer

 

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Cynthia Gordon
Secretary

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Bob McIntosh
Board Director

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Lisa Cheek
Marketing Committee Chair

 
 
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Zak Himmelman
Board Director

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Howard Cook
Programming Committee Chair

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Michael Rath
Board Director

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Jim Zafarana
Board Director

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Heather Pezzella
Board Director

 

OPERATIONS TEAM

 

Janice Miller
Executive Director

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Ashley Zimmerman
Assistant Director

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Dianna Nilsson
Programming Director

 
 
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Kim Dykstra
Marketing Coordinator

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Meredith Fox
Technical Director