You may not be able to walk the red carpet at this year's Denver Film Festival—but you can drive it!
If you enjoyed the Film on the Rocks event this summer, you're going to love what Denver Film has in store for you next. In addition to the Film Festival's virtual event, you can now buy tickets to three drive-in style red carpet screenings!
“Despite the challenges that 2020 has thrown at us, and the belief that we would have to be 100% virtual for this year’s Festival, we’re thrilled to be able to present these three Red Carpet Drive-In experiences and provide our audiences with some select in-person screening opportunities at DFF43," said Kevin Smith, Director of Marketing and Partnerships.
The Film Festival kicks off Thursday, Oct. 22, and runs through Nov. 8. Denver Film announced the three unique film experiences coming to you at Red Rocks in a recent press release. Here's what you can look forward to:
Opening Night: Nomadland
Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.
This film, about a modern-day nomad exploring the American West, has received widespread acclaim—and is the recipient of the Festival's Rare Pearl Award. Directed by Chloé Zhao and starring Frances McDormand, Nomadland is part of the Women+Film Showcase.
Completely mesmerised by NOMADLAND. An utterly transporting experience - legitimately had to reacclimatise myself having stepped out of the cinema. Chloé Zhao confirms herself as one of the most observant, empathetic and authentic filmmakers working today. pic.twitter.com/MKltJXiWbL— Sammy Paul (@ICOEPR) October 17, 2020
Centerpiece: Nine Days
Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.
Writer/Director Edson Oda expertly uses the ethereal backdrop of a Sci-Fi genre to explore genuine human emotions and conflicts. Winston Duke delivers a stellar performance as the reclusive Will, tackling existential and introspective dilemmas.
Nine Days: One of the most thought provoking and creative films I’ve seen in years. Beautifully filmed & contains such a powerful score. Strong performances all around but Winston Duke is on another level here. Blown away with this one, doubt it’ll be leaving my mind anytime soon pic.twitter.com/gO3twDF9V4— Connor Movies 💀👻🎃 (@ConnorMovies) October 15, 2020
Big Night: Ammonite
Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.
Part of the Sheila K. O’Brien Spotlight on UK/Ireland Cinema, Ammonite is a romantic drama set in 19th-Century England starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan. This highly-anticipated film, written and directed by Francis Lee, is the Festival's "Big Night" feature.
Had the great privilege of watching #Ammonite tonight as part of #LFF and I found it utterly beguiling, exquisitely beautiful, so much to appreciate + enjoy, from the direction to the costumes to the lead performances. Congrats @strawhousefilms on an incredible film 💙 go see it! pic.twitter.com/mBqGCJkQvm— Becca Parkinson (@becca_parkinson) October 17, 2020
Admission to a Red Carpet Drive-In experience is $85 per car for the general public and $75 per car for Denver Film Members. The Red Rocks' Lower South Lot 2 can accommodate up to 300 vehicles, so tickets may not last long.
Don't forget about the virtual line-up! This year's Festival is bringing you more content than ever—with over 100 titles, popular and local showcases, bonus content, and exclusive filmmaker conversations—all accessible from your living room.
Head to Denver Film's website to purchase individual screening tickets and all-access virtual passes (member discounts available). You can also browse the Festival's programs and titles, download the Festival Guide, and learn how to become a Denver Film Member.
What do you think about the drive-in style screenings, and what films are you most excited to see? Let us know in the comments!