About

Since its opening event in 1981, the Breckenridge Film Festival has celebrated the art of filmmaking. Each year a unique and varied array of independent films, premieres, receptions, educational programs and retrospectives honoring featured guests takes place high in the Colorado Rockies.

One of the oldest film festivals in the country, the BFF 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. More than 150 individual volunteers, local theaters and other venues are involved in this annual event.


Mission

To guide a year-round comprehensive celebration of independent film for the community, visitors and filmmakers by presenting diverse film experiences in an authentic mountain environment.

Currently celebrating it’s 35th anniversary, the Festival has hosted such guests 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. Educational outreach programs, children’s films, celebrity guests, independent filmmaker forums and other events celebrating the art of film, contribute to the Festival’s diverse program. The University of Colorado at Boulder has presented classic and foreign films with faculty members leading interrelated discussions.

In addition to a prestigious history of films and honorees, the Breckenridge Film Festival offers a wide spectrum of programs on films and filmmaking.

In a spectacular setting 9,600 feet above sea level, Breckenridge is located approximately 80 miles west of Denver via interstate highway 70. The town was established in 1859 and retains much of the look and historic charm of its prior heyday as a late 1800’s mining town. Today, Breckenridge is 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. Breckenridge is home to two ice rinks, a full recreation center, and a Jack Nicklaus designed public golf course. The town offers historical tours, art galleries, many shops and fine dining.

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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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Jen Mcintosh
Graphic Design

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Lisa Korry Cheek
Marketing Committee Chair

 
 
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Zak Himmelman
Theaters & Tech

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Howard Cook
Programming Committee Chair

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Michael Rath
Sponsorship & Fundraising

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Jim Zafarana
Business & Finance

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Heather Pezzella

 

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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Polly ReQua
Sponsorship Coordinator

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Meredith Fox
Technical Director