The 1st annual 24 Hour Filmmaking Festival kicked off Oct. 22th, 2004 at 9:43 PM in front of the Boulder County Court House on the Pearl Street Mall. 74 teams entered that event,
And for the last seven years, we have continued to draw participant interest in Boulder’s only annual filmmaking contest and where “Experiences Are Better Than Possessions.”
The Shoot Out Boulder is listed in the 2010 World Trip Planner published by Guardian U.K. to the world’s hottest tickets and little-known events, compiled by the Frommer’s team at Whatsonwhen.com. Other three events listed in the United States are Burning Man, Macy’s Day Parade and the San Diego Surf Dog Competition.
Westword Best of Denver has honored The Shoot Out 24 Hour Filmmaking Festival as the Best Local Film Festival 2009, Best Film Festival 2007, Best New Festival 2004 by their Editors. We are also rightfully included in Keep Boulder Weird
Registrants have come from the Denver Metro, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, and Seattle, WA, Scottsbluff NE, Boston, MA and Gurnee, IL. Colleges represented: University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado Film School, Colorado College, CUS and Westminster Front Range Community College.
The Shoot Out Boulder’s mission continues to be to break through artistic inertia and audience indifference by providing an exceptional creative venue for artistic expression through film.
The top films from previous years were shown at Boulder Adventure Film Festival, Toofy Film Festival, Boulder International Film Festival [BIFF], Moondance Film Festival, ManiaTV’s Too Short for Hollywood, CATV 55 Boulder, International Film Series at CU-Boulder, CU Program Council, Boulder Public Library, Emerging Filmmaker’s Project, the Starz Film Center in Denver, Colorado College Film Union and The Colorado Music Festival.
Press has included cover articles for Friday Magazine Section in the Daily Camera, Boulder Weekly, Colorado Daily, Denver Post, Colorado Springs Gazette, Westword, Longmont Times-Call. Radio interviews on Colorado Public Radio’s “Colorado Matters“, KBCO, KRCC, and KGNU.
The sponsors have been The Boulder Arts Commission, Boulder County Arts Alliance, Boulder International Film Festival, KBCO, Daily Camera, The Boulder Convention and Visitor Bureau, Chimera Perfect Lighting, Sony, Twisted Foundation, Audition for Hollywood, Boulder Digital Arts, Peak Media and Downtown Boulder, Inc., Film/Video Equipment Service Co, Breckenridge Brewery, Bacaro Ristorante, and CROCS to name just a few.
Our demographics show that we now have a growing family category. In 2011, we will designate a new award for that category “Best Boulder Family Award”. Number of junior teams was a 33% increase over 2009 numbers. This age group continues be our growth area with the highest number of participants all teams. The average age is 15, and teams came from Englewood, Denver, Littleton, Boulder and Lafayette. Known High schools represented were Boulder High School, Fairview High School, Golden High School and Dawson School.
All of these highlights point out that The Shoot Out has continued to evolve with the changing times by meeting the needs of the community, participants and audiences to deliver a fun and memorable creative event in downtown Boulder.
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