The esteemed Boulder International Film Festival may have a big reputation and draw Hollywood stars, but it’s open to anyone, even if you’re on a tight budget of approximately $0.
There’s plenty of free fun offered through BIFF every year. Here are five of our favorite ways to enjoy BIFF on a budget.
1. BIFF Sponsor Happy Hours
Enjoy free food and drinks with a BIFF ticket stub or pass in the BIFF Filmmaker Lounge at the Post Brewing Co., 2027 13th St.. Enter through the west door for these events hosted by sponsors. They’re usually Friday and Saturday late afternoons, during the typical happy hour window.
2. BIFF Singer-Songwriter Showcase
Hear live tunes from singer-songwriters chosen from more than 1,500 entries. This event is also at the Post Brewing Co. Get in for free all day, except during the happy hour window (usually 4-6 p.m.), when you have to have a BIFF ticket stub or pass. Otherwise, it’s free and open to the public, even late night.
3. The BIFF Youth Pavilion
BIFF’s youth offerings are among its best freebies. Head to the Boulder Public Library (enter through the north door) for free programming for kids and teens. Find totally free short films, workshops, speakers, and feature screenings. Don’t miss the opening night party.
4. The XR Experience
Experience the future of movies and storytelling in the free XR Experience. You can slip on a VR headset and watch, er, experience your choice from a selection of short films.
Get virtual at Galvanize, 1023 Walnut St.
5. Talkback Café
Participate in a post-film discussion of select films in the Talkback Cafe, located in the BIFF tent on Pearl Street Mall at 14th Street. The chat is free, and so are the refreshments. In the past, you could enjoy coffee from the Trident Cafe, tea from Celestial Seasonings and snacks from Shamane’s Bakeshop.