Grand Junction Film Festival returns Feb. 14-15
WHAT: Grand Junction Film Festival
WHEN: Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15; Film screenings begin at 12:30 p.m. both days
WHERE: Colorado Mesa University Ballroom
COST: Single day pass is $25; two-day pass is $35; tickets are available at City Market or online at http://www.gjfilmfest.org.
The Grand Junction Film Festival is currently accepting entries for the 2015 festival through December, 2015. Submission is free. For more information, email email@example.com.
Film DVDs can be submitted by mailing to: Grand Junction Film Fest, Attn: Founder Ross Deardorff, 2497 Interlochen Ct., Grand Junction, CO 81505
More than 50 films from around the world will be shown during the second annual Grand Junction Film Festival, held at Colorado Mesa University, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15.
A wide spectrum of movie genres will be represented — anywhere from comedy to horror, documentaries and drama, in both short-form and feature-length films.
This year’s film festival includes several Middle Eastern and Eastern European entries, as well as a number of documentaries and family melodramas, festival founder Ross Deardorff said.
“I was happy to see a lot of family melodrama entries,” Deardorff said. “There’s a lot of depth in those topics with themes everyone can relate to.”
About a third of the films are from local and regional directors.
A movie by Grand Junction independent filmmaker Todd Braley will be screened Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m.
His film “Liar” is about three women who have all been abused by their “significant other,” Braley said. Billed as a suspense film, another man comes to their aid, only for the women to later turn against him.
Braley will be present for a question and answer session after Saturday’s film showing.
Each year the audience is invited to vote for their favorite film. Last year’s Audience Choice award went to “Happiness…Promised Land” for best feature, and “Audio Tour” for best short film.
One of Deardorff’s personal favorites from this year’s festival is one by Belgium filmmaker Jan Eilhardt’s “The Court of Shards,” about two disabled women who live together.
The film, which screens Friday evening, is an “uplifting, positive,” story, he said.
Deardorff also noted “Poustinia,” about an artist who draws bones his entire life, as a film he particularly enjoyed.
Several of the films’ directors will be on hand to answer questions from the audience. Some will be selling copies of their films at the event.
Tickets to the festival are $35 for a two-day pass, or $25 for either Friday or Saturday.
Film screenings begin at 12:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.
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