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Arrive Like a Movie Star to the Vail Film Festival


The Vail Film Festival, taking place March 30 through April 2, has a stacked schedule this year in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, with a special focus on women’s achievements in film.

And this year, the festival is planning to honor well-known actresses Julie Delpy and Christina Ricci with a Vanguard Award and Renegade Award, respectively.

Supported by the Colorado Film Institute, the festival serves as an outlet for the institute’s many initiatives, in addition to fostering “independent film through film screenings, panels, workshops, networking events, and educational projects.”

And this year, they’re screening 51 diverse films, including documentaries, narratives, shorts, student films and more.

So if you haven’t cleared your schedule on those days, now’s the time. And when you’re making your travel plans, consider arriving in style via private jet, just like the stars themselves.

Highlights of the 2017 Vail Film Festival

Thursday, March 30

The first night of the festival kicks off at 7:30 pm, with an opening night film event at the Cascade Theaters. And from 10 pm to midnight, La Tour will host the opening night film party.

Friday, March 31

The second day begins at the Cascade Theaters and CineBistro at 11 am for film screenings, lasting until 11 pm. And in between, festivalgoers can visit the Hospitality Lounge at Cascade between 1 and 6 pm, and then a filmmaker reception at 10th Mountain Whisky between 4 and 6 pm.

Saturday, April 1

Saturday also begins at 11 am with twelve hours of film screenings at the Cascade Theaters and CineBistro, and the Hospitality Lounge at Cascade from 1–6 pm. Then at 3:45 pm, the panel for Women in Film will take place at Cascade Theaters.

The Women in Film panel discussion will feature four creative and talented female filmmakers, all of whom are showcasing films during the festival, to discuss their personal journeys and women’s representation in film. Moderated by Britta Erickson, festival director of Denver Film Festival and producer of several documentary and narrative films, the panel will include:

  • Miranda Bailey, executive producer of “The Squid and the Whale”
  • Courtney Balaker, producer of “The Collector”
  • Leila Diansi, director of “Where Children Play” and recipient of numerous awards
  • Katie Mustard, producer who was named one of Variety’s Top 10 Producers to Watch in 2015

At 7 pm, following the panel, an awards ceremony at Cascade Theaters will honor actresses Julie Delpy and Christina Ricci. Deply, a two-time Oscar nominee, will receive the 2017 Renegade Award for her outstanding achievement in film. And Golden Globe, SAG, and Emmy nominee Christina Ricci will be given the 2017 Renegade Award for her achievements.

After, the closing night film event will be at the Cascade Theaters at 7:30 pm, followed by the closing night party at Larkspur from 9:30 pm until midnight.

Sunday, April 2

The last day of the festival will have film screenings from 11 am to 11 pm at Cascade Theaters and CineBistro, with the Hospitality Lounge at Cascade from 1–5 pm.

Admission Info for the 2017 Vail Film Festival

If you’re interested in attending, you can choose from many admission options. You can purchase individual tickets for screenings fifteen minutes before show time for $10. Festival passes are available for $50, allowing access to all film screenings, the opening night film, closing night film, awards ceremony, and closing night party.

The Prima Patron Pass is $250, and includes a tax-deductible donation. You’ll have access to all film screenings before pass- and individual ticket-holders, along with priority access to all other events.

Or, try volunteering. Many positions are still available, and volunteers who work a minimum of 10 hours and two shifts will receive a pass for film screenings and a ticket to the closing night party.

Travel Info for the 2017 Vail Film Festival

Vail, Colorado is located in the central Rocky Mountains, about 100 miles west of Denver. If you’re traveling by car, you could take the scenic I-70 route.

Beat the weekend crowds and skip out on traffic altogether when you arrive in a private jet >

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