We are pleased to announce the forthcoming Intersections Film Festival™ (IFF), three-day event, which will be held 14-16 October 2011 and scheduled to take place on the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) campus as well as the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. In 2009, IFF was exceedingly successful, receiving support from the campus and the Front Range community at large and public feedback indicated overwhelming interest in the curation of IFF 2011. As before, the festival is committed to offering free public screenings in order to reach the broadest segment of the Front Range community possible and reinforce UCCS’s commitment to scholarly outreach and the promotion of diversity. For the upcoming festival, award-winning Middle Eastern feature films and documentaries explore multiple contexts of displacement due to economic need, war, imprisonment, and occupation. The festival will feature co-produced transnational feature films and documentaries by award-winning filmmakers. "Talk back"-styled discussions follow screenings led by either filmmakers, leading experts, or regional scholars from UCCS, Metro State, CSU, CU-Boulder, and CC, or from amongst our cultural partnerships. The discussions are designed to prompt a dialogue with the audience in hopes of making global subject matters relevant at the local level. Thus, IFF selects films that exhibit relevancy to the varied demographic of the Front Range and the UCCS campus.
In 2009, attendance by the student bodies of Pikes Peak Community College, the Air Force Academy, Colorado College, and the University of the Rockies demonstrated the scope of IFF outreach. As evidenced in statistics taken from the inaugural festival in 2009, the diverse range of attendees is testament to its vibrant position along the Front Range (see appended Statistics for age breakdown of attendees). Community involvement and support for IFF 2011 extends to Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs Diversity Forum, and Catholic Charities, as well as cultural outlets (Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, Colorado Creative Industries, Contemporary Art Colorado, Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS). Festival outreach to these organizations helps to define UCCS as a promoter of innovative, public cultural programming along the Front Range. With the expansion of the North Nevada corridor, the university is dedicated to a long-term vision defining its growing student population (currently at 9,200), faculty and staff as cultural leaders in the Colorado Springs community. Evolving student enrollment and an institutional commitment to campus development make for a broadening economic, social and cultural outlook.
All screenings are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, and we encourage audience members to arrive early. We hope that connections made at this festival will prompt dialogue along the Front Range as well as expand an already vibrant fall film festival line-up in Colorado Springs.
It is important to continue this work, please consider donating to IFF at the CU Foundation.