Jan 29, 2013 1:14 PM by JD Downing

Colorado celebrates CINEMA Day

Denver - Colorado is preparing to honor the local film industry next week.

CINEMA, the statewide advocacy group promoting Colorado's media industry, is holding a 2013 kick-off event at the History Colorado Center on Friday, February 8 from 5 - 8pm on the one year anniversary of CINEMA Day in Colorado when the legislature recognized the media creation industry and went on to approve an increase to incentives offered to promote production in the state.

"We encourage everyone who is interested in film and media to join us as we celebrate our industry and discuss what's in store for 2013," Michael Haskins, President of CINEMA said. "This is an exciting year for film in Colorado. Already, the state has incentivized $1.5 million in production and we are launching our first ever student film competition."

Academy Award Winner Daniel Junge will address the crowd who will enjoy a Republic Tequila tasting, hosted beer and Cima Collina wine, light refreshments and live music by Left Hand Stranger. This event is an opportunity to meet Coloradans involved in the film industry and active members of the preservation community. Guests will tour the History Colorado exhibits after hours, hear from Donald Zuckerman on the state of the Colorado media industry; hear details on the CINEMA Student Film Competition and meet some of the students participating all from the top floor of the History Colorado Center.

CINEMA is partnering with History Colorado and the Denver Film Society to present a CINEMA Student Film Competition. This unique opportunity to shoot in amazing, historic Colorado locations is open to any student, grade school through grad-school, participating in a film program. The professional style film competition will highlight preservation, and promote film production in Colorado by capturing the beauty of our state and showcasing the benefits of filming here. An exclusive group of only ten projects will be green lighted and those will be eligible for reimbursement of production related expenses up to $400. Students will be partnered with an industry professional who will serve as a mentor and will also be provided a Preservation Specialist at History Colorado who will serve as a resource for access to sites, and for direction in research. Top films will be loaded to a website for People's Choice voting and will be screened by a jury on May 16, 2013 at the Denver Film Society's SIE FilmCenter. Jury members will include top producers, and the Colorado State Film Commissioner. Winning films will be announced at an event May 17, 2013 at the History Colorado Center.

To attend the event, please visit feb8cinema.eventbrite.com or call 303-877-4018 for more information.


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