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The 5th Annual Front Range Film Festival is the premier cultural event centered around film in Longmont. FRFF is proud to focus its energy on creating a platform for visionary film makers originating from the Colorado Community . This is Colorado Craft Cinema at its best.

Celebrating Colorado Craft Cinema in the Front Range. The Firehouse Art Center and Colorado Festival Productions are proud to present the 5th Annual Front Range Film Festival April 20-23, 2017. FRFF provides a platform for our aspiring filmmakers in our communities and showcases talent from all over the world. The four-day festival unfolds in eight venues in Longmont with screenings, panels, workshops, music and dancing.

We kick-off the cinema celebration with our Opening Night Thursday, April 20th at Left Hand Brewing Company. Watch us tap the first keg of Festival Fanatic Chocolate Porter brewed with Cholaca from Boulder for a rich cocoa taste. Raise a toast to our talented Front Range Filmmakers as we dine on appetizers for a food and beer pairing in the Malt Room. Enjoy a few inspiring short films crafted by Colorado filmmakers. The evening’s festivities continue with an after party at a downtown gallery. It’s 4/20. It’s Colorado. So we’ll have an optional cannabis treat — you must be over 21 to attend. There will be music and dancing for everyone.

Friday, it’s time to celebrate nature at the Longmont Museum. Howl at the moon and sing to the sea for Earth Week. Your toes will be tapping to the acoustic roots music provided by Masontown, as you enjoy our festival beer, wine and appetizers in the atrium.

“Wolf Conservation: Past, Present and Future” features a wolf ambassador, a documentary film and a panel produced with the Defenders of Wildlife and the Sierra Club of Colorado. Can we find common ground with ranchers, hunters and environmentalists in the Front Range? Stay tuned for Sonic Sea, a documentary about noise pollution in the oceans will open your eyes to why so many whales are beaching themselves.

Do you know anyone interested in filmmaking? Young and old will learn something new at our Saturday morning film workshops. There’s animation for the younger crowd. Tips on film distribution, fundraising and social media platforms plus how to make a film in a weekend – you’ll want to grab your cellphone and make your own film.

Kick back at the Firehouse Art Center Saturday, 4/22 to enjoy an afternoon of short films. You’ll see everything from experimental art films to documentaries about outdoor adventures to a collection of shorts from Dubai. Most of these short works are being screened for the first time. Come see the world in a whole new light.

There’s an exciting evening ready to unfold on Saturday at the Longmont Theater. Get your heart beating as the Seven Falls Indian Dancers kick off our screening of Beyond Standing Rock. This timely film documents the Native American land rights in North Dakota as the fight against the construction of an oil pipeline comes to it’s dramatic conclusion. Be the first to see this film in your community before it plays on Rocky Mountain PBS.

We’re not done with our nod to Colorado Cannabis. Join us for the late night screening of My Friend’s Rubber Ducky. When two college buddies reconnect over drinks they will discover redemption and friendship through a comedic kidnapping, philosophical tai chi and copious amounts of weed! If you get the munchies, come join us for our After Party at Hefes Tacos and Tequila.

What’s a film festival without awards? Sunday morning, we’ll greet the day with much coffee and some delicious food at The Roost. Come meet the filmmakers as they receive the Audience Award, Best Short Film, and Best Feature Award. Across the street, bring the kids to see Sonic Sea, an hour-long documentary about noise pollution in the world’s oceans. Start political activism early and join the cause to save our whales and dolphins.

Habitat for Humanity of St Vrain has been a longtime partner with the Front Range Film Festival. To support their wonderful work, we’ve screened films from Lesotho, Cambodia and now, Paraguay. El Tiempo Nublano (Cloudy Times) was nominated for the Goya award (Spain’s Oscar) in 2016. Arami Ullon’s film is a personal look at how your life can take a dramatic turn when you must become the primary caretaker for an aging parent. After the screening, take the trolley to The Paraguay Experience—the Habitat party to build excitement and raise funds for their upcoming work in Paraguay. Listen to local harp players as you enjoy beer and wine. Learn to make empanadas and yerba mate and see arts and crafts from Paraguay.

All Access Passes for the four-day film festival are on sale now. There are also tickets for film events, parties and workshops. We look forward to seeing you in Longmont on April 20-23, 2017. Come support the arts and your community in the Front Range and look for our other film festivals in Lyons, Nederland and Boulder County breweries.

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