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Colorado Independent Women of Film celebrates a unique style, perspective, and artistic vision within Colorado’s indie filmmaking community. The two-night festival features short films (narrative and documentary), music videos, experimental works, trailers, web-based programming, animations and excerpts from feature-length movies, with the filmmakers in attendance to take part in a spirited ‘talkback’ with the audience.  Films directed and/or written by women will receive the highest priority, as well as works under 8 minutes. Movies featuring Colorado actresses, cinematographers, or other prominent contributions by local women will also be considered.

“I am hoping that Colorado Independent Women of Film will bring together the passionate women filmmakers we have in our state and spur on more great works to come,” says Sarah R. Lofti, an award-winning student filmmaker whose short film The Last Bogatyr, a national finalist in the 37th Student Academy Awards, screened at the 2011 festival alongside the trailer for her next film, Waking Eyes. “There are many national women’s film festivals that promote women from around the country, but there is something spectacular about encouraging women here in Colorado to rise to the occasion.”

“I think anyone who likes movies should attend,” says filmmaker Kristine Hipps. “So many people’s experience with movies is limited to what they see in their local Cineplex, they have no idea of the myriad of forms out there –short, alternative, experimental, documentary, etc., and that they can be as entertaining and thought-provoking as anything on the ‘big screen.’”

“The LA Times recently reported that women account for only 7% of the directors working in Hollywood today,” says filmmaker and CIWF Program Director Eileen Agosta. “The female voice is sorely unrepresented in mainstream cinema.”

“I hope it will foster a sense of community among women working to create indie film in Colorado,” says Katharyn Grant, a filmmaker and actress who screened two pieces in the 2011 festival. “There are very few of us, so it’s helpful if we can look to one another as a support network.”

“There’s an amazing amount of talent in the Denver filmmaking community, and it’s important that we recognize and celebrate it,” adds Agosta.

Colorado Independent Women of Film is part of The Bug Theatre’s Emerging Filmmakers Project (EFP). The EFP has been showcasing Denver’s locally-produced movies and documentaries the third Thursday of every month since 2002. To date, The EFP has screened more than 600 locally-produced works. The EFP also sponsors the annual EFPalooza Film Festival.  The EFP and all of its associated festivals are a great place to meet and network with area filmmakers, actors, writers and many of the talented folks who work behind the camera.

Local filmmaker Patrick Sheridan is the Director of The EFP and oversees public screenings at The Bug, including Colorado Independent Women of Film and the EFPalooza Festival.  Said Sheridan, “This festival came about because so many women directors, writers, editors, and producers along the Front Range asked if there was something we could do to bring these talented filmmakers together to celebrate their work.  We knew it was a great fit for The Bug because of everything we do with the indie filmmaking community, but it wasn’t until Eileen Agosta came on board that things started moving forward.  She deserves all the credit for making it happen.  The Bug is proud to be able to bring together these fantastic artists and showcase their work.”

The Fourth Annual Colorado Independent Women of Film will take place August 15 and 16 at The Bug Theatre (3654 Navajo Street, Denver, CO 80232). To learn more visit the CIWF website at http://ciwf.wordpress.com and The Bug Theatre’s website at www.bugtheatre.org.

Go ahead, call them chick flicks. We dare you.

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