Listen Up!

New to BIFF this year will be an amazing Singer/Songwriter Showcase!

All pass holders and ticket holders are invited to visit the Filmmakers Lounge at the Lazy Dog on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 4 pm, to check out tons of local talent.

It’s a fantastic opportunity for festival-goers and filmmakers to hear original music they might otherwise miss.

Who knows, maybe someone will hear the perfect match for their next film’s score?? Visit for updates on the line up.

The Preview: Your Insider’s Guide to All Things BIFF!

Welcome to The Preview, your insider’s guide to all things BIFF! This year we are shaking things up and letting you in on some of the best, yet little-known tips for making the most of your Boulder International Film Festival experience. Here, you’ll find valuable information about BIFF’s special programs and events, and all the little “extras” that make BIFF such a uniquely Boulder event.

What’s Better Than A BIFF Opening Night Party? TWO Parties!

For the first time, our red-carpet-walking guests will be able to enjoy a pre-event party so big that it’s spread out across two fabulous venues–the Hotel Boulderado and the Rembrandt Yard.  Partiers can hop from one site to the other, enjoying live music, delicous food from Whole Foods and Boulder Brands and complimentary Coppola wine, local beers and Bhaktinis.

Then head to the Boulder Theater for a breathtaking performance by Boulder’s famous aerial dance troupe, Frequent Flyers, as you settle in for the evening’s presentation of music doc Muscle Shoals, direct from the Sundance Film Festival.

There will be reserved seating in the Boulder Theater.  Passholders and sponsors must RSVP to, to receive their seats on a best-available basis.

Show your ticket stub or pass for these valuable perks during BIFF! More to come, keep watching!

  • $5 off your $25 purchase at Riffs Urban Fare
  • Receive one complimentary glass of house wine or beer in the St Julien at Jill’s or T-Zero Lounge
  • Buy one, get one half price at the Tuscan Table lunch buffest at Jill’s restaurant in the St Julien
  • $5 off your $25 purchase at West End Tavern, Zolo, Centro, The Bitter Bar, or Jax
  • Sample delicious plant-based and gluten-free bites in the Boulder Brands tasting tent
  • Ride the HOP for free

Fill Up at St. Julien’s Tuscan Table

Are you attending the Digital Media Symposium on Friday, February 15th? Need to refuel between films? Pop into the luxurious St.Julien Hotel with a friend, and feast at the Tuscan Table at Jill’s Restaurant. Buy One, Get One Half Off for all BIFF pass holders AND ticket holders!!

BIFF Gold Sponsor St. Julien Hotel & Spa offers delicious Italian comfort food at the Tuscan Table. It’s the perfect stopover between films, or before the DiMe!

Bonus Insider Offer:

Bring your BIFF ticket stub, DiMe registration or Festival Pass to T-Zero Lounge for a FREE house wine or beer. Restrictions apply, see below.

Special Lover’s Bonus at the Boulderado Corner Bar:

While you’re enjoying the festival, redeem your BIFF ticket stubs (or show your Festival Pass) to get Happy Hour Drinks at Happy Hour prices, whatever the Hour!

Insider Booze Bonus:

One of our favorite (and most delicious) sponsors Bhakti Chai, has inspired the Bitter Bar to craft a special drink, re-imagined for the 2013 Film Festival, called the Bhakti Uprising.

Generously shared for your enjoyment, the secret recipe appears below, courtesy of the Bitter Bar and Bhakti Chai.

The Bhakti Uprising

A “revolutionary” cocktail from the Bitter Bar, re-imagined for the Boulder International Film Festival. Sláinte!

  • 2 oz Michael Collins Irish whiskey
  • 1 Bhakti Chai Ice cube*
  • Old fashioned glass
  • Garnish with a Cinnamon stick

*Bhakti Chai ice cube:

  • 1 oz Bhakti Chai concentrate
  • .5 oz Vanilla Almond milk
  • .5 oz Agave syrup (1 part agave nectar, 1 part water)

Youth Up!

Teens and tweens can filmup all weekend at the BIFF Youth Pavilion, located at the Boulder Public Library, 1000 Canyon Blvd. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 15-17th)  All films and workshops at the Youth Pavilion are free to ages 13+ (10+ for some programs).

The Youth Pavilion kicks off with Opening Night  (Friday, Feb. 15th 6:00pm) with Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom (PG 13), a RAD raffle and an after-party at Twirl (1727 15th Street) with Fro-Yo galore, a DJ and dancing!!!

Beginning Saturday morning (2/16) students 10+ can get their  AnimationUp at the Animation Workshop @ 10:30-noon.  Grab lunch then head back to BP Library for  the Teen Short Film Showcase at 1:00pm so see the work of Boulder’s budding filmmakers!  Chillax with some yogurt at Twirl Frozen Yogurt and come back to the BPL for a 5:00 screening of one of the greatest true stories of all time–50 million YouTubes hits great, “Once in a Lullaby-The PS-22 Chorus Story” (ages 10+).  Then for the gear heads, roll into the 3D Salon to get the inside scoop on making a film in 3D!!!

Sunday wraps up with two AMAZING workshops at the Youth Pavilion:

Producing Your Own Documentary at 12:30pm and Screenwriting at 3:00pm with acclaimed screenwriter, Tod Davies.

And did we mention, all this is FREE to students 13+!!! Visit Youth Pavilion Program