Weekend of films made by women, 24th Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival

For the past year, a team of nearly 40 people have watched about 300 films made by women and narrowed a select 34 films for the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, which begins this weekend in Colorado Springs.

The festival, in its 24th year, begins with a gala Nov. 4 and continues throughout the weekend with films screened Nov. 5 and 6, said Linda Broker, executive director of The Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival.

“There is tremendous value of the festival on a number of levels,” Broker said. “The value of documentary film as far informing and educating and enlightening everyone who watches issues both local and global, it’s sort of a window to the world.”

Films will be screened throughout the weekend at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Colorado College’s Armstrong Theater, Richard F. Celeste Theater and Cornerstone’s Film Screening Room.

Each film shown in the Screening Room has a filmmaker in attendance to participate in an in-depth conversation with the audience following the screening. At least a half-dozen film makers are expected to be on hand to discuss their work.

About 1,000 people are expected throughout the weekend for the festival, which  showcases documentary, feature, short and animated films by women. The films are thought provoking, enriching, and encourage global awareness and personal growth, Broker said.

“The festival provides an excellent community event,” Broker said. “People come and experience these films, which are sometimes challenging topics to tackle.”

This year, viewers can expect films that look at a culinary artist, frivolous lawsuits and living with Tourette syndrome.

Films are selected by volunteers and submitted by film makers around the world. The event is billed as the longest continuously running women’s film festival in North America.

“I find it ironic that we may be more well-known among international film makers than we are recognized in Colorado Springs,” Broker said.

Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival is a nonprofit organization. The event, which costs about $140,000 a year to operate, is financed by ticket sales, which makes up about 30 percent of the costs and sponsors who cover the rest of the costs, Broker said.

Tickets range from $35 for a day pass to $125 for the weekend pass, which includes the gala. For details visit, www.rmwfilmfest.org.

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