For this last weekend before the autumn solstice, the Nederland Film Festival will celebrate local filmmakers and films over two days in the mountain town west of Boulder. The film entries are as unique as their custom rectangle sticker, which features a tie-dyed theme complete with branding and tagline taking center stage above an embedded photo strip.
There will be 12 local films with five features and 21 short films, two of which won Audience-favorite awards at previous festivals, and there will be nine International shorts. Nederland is a small mountain town on Denver's Front Range, with a backdrop of the beautiful Indian Peaks Wilderness and the Continental Divide.
It's a quirky spot, famous for the Annual Frozen Dead Guy Days Festival and Eldora, the local ski resort for Boulder County residents. Another plus is that it's just down the Peak to Peak Highway from Rocky Mountain National Park, a Crown Jewel in our National Park System. There's always something to do in Nederland, and fall colors will welcome this gathering of film fans with a naturally cinematic backdrop.
Attendees can take in the award-winning short “Happy F’ing Valentine’s Day” filmed at Black Forest restaurant. Then there's “Ex- pedition” filmed in the surrounding Indian Peaks. Catch "The Cove," an Oscar-winner with footage from local filmmaker, Eric Abramson. Another highlight will be the journey in “The Trail of Kezbegi,” where some Boulder mountain bikers careen through the Caucasus Mountains of Russia. There's something for everyone, and those that make the trip will find something that strikes their fancy.
The Nederland Film Festival is one of seven others that are organized by Colorado Festival Productions, a full-service production and equipment rental company committed to building the film industry in Colorado. They also have a streaming platform and other production offerings. Check out their site.
Starting on Friday night, The Clockwork Collective hosts the Kickoff Party that will offer a sneak preview of the shorts screening at the festival. Then Salto Coffee Works/Tin Shed Sports will have beverages and desserts and more of the Film Festival program and ticket sales. Saturday is Italian Night with music and dinner pairing with Mt Midlife. Folks will be heading to the After Party at Very Nice Brewing House. Sunday is all films, all day until after dark, wrapping up a glorious weekend of entertainment under Rocky Mountain skies.
We wish everyone a wonderful weekend of inspiring films and captivating mountains views.