Educational Outreach Program

“Great storytelling is the oldest of all arts, the glue that holds together our culture and ourselves.”

Robin Beeck, Executive Director,
Boulder International Film Festival


To use film as a visual form for great storytelling — an effective way to open student eyes to the world outside their communities, and help them gain an understanding of critical issues facing our society. Additionally, to use film like literature to develop critical analysis skills and to reach a non-traveling student population with information on other cultures and societies. Finally, to encourage students to see film as an important avenue of expression, in addition to a potential career path.

OPEN CALL: Short Films Made by Teens

DEADLINE FOR ENTRY: January 25th, 2013

The Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) is currently accepting entries of short films made by teens (ages 12-18). Winning films will be screened at the Boulder International Film Festival Youth Pavilion on Saturday, February 16th, 2013.

Requirements: Your film must be no longer than 7 minutes and should be acceptable to PG-13 audiences. Please make the first 5 seconds of your fi lm black. Do not start right into your movie. Please submit a copy of your film on a DVD. Drop your DVD at the drop box at the BIFF offices (1906 13th Street, Suite 301). Films will not be returned to you. If your film is selected to be screened, you will be contacted by Ruth Wight, Educational Outreach Director for the Boulder International Film Festival,

Screening Date / Time / Venue: If selected, your film will be screened at the Boulder Library Canyon Theater, 1001 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder CO 80302, between approximately 1:00pm and 2:45pm on February 16th, 2013 (Exact time TBD). You are welcome to invite friends and family to the screening.

If you submit a film you must be avai lable to attend the awards ceremony on February 16th, 2013 from 1:00pm to 2:45pm.

Please print the entry form (PDF) and submit it with your film to the BIFF offices

Programs and Activities

Boulder International Film Festival

Free tickets for students to films, panels, workshops • Students meet filmmakers • • Student Volunteer Program • Short Filmmaking

World Cinema Days

BIFF hosts several 'World Cinema Days' throughout the school year. The goal is to keep students meaningfully engaged by screening thoughtful student appropriate documentaries, films and animation during unstructured days off such as teacher “professional development” or “in-service days,” and to help parents arrange activities for their child on these non-school days. World Cinema Days features a free film program, presentation and group discussion for students in grades 4 through 12.

Youth Advisory Council

In keeping with its commitment to bringing independent films to a wider audience the Festival formed a Youth Advisory Council (YAC). The Council was founded in 2008 and is made up of 12-15 local film enthusiasts in grades 8-12. The Council represents a youth voice at the Festival by assisting in the selection of films for the festival's FREE student film program and promoting the films to students in Boulder County. The Council writes also produces, directs and edits several of its own films and assists in other filmmaking projects. Applications are available through our website in the spring for openings in the fall. Information about the Youth Advisory Council can be directed to

Visual Literacy Library

Grants teachers and community groups access to BIFF films that can be integrated into various curriculums and film programs.

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