Mark your calendar: it’s time to say goodbye to the beloved Flatirons Culinary Film Festival, which has been hosting its signature event of food films, food events, talks and more in Boulder for eight years. The festival is ending its run so that its organizers can move on to other projects.
“The Flatirons Food Film Festival has been an incredible and magical adventure,” says Julia Joun, Founder and Director of the Flatirons Food Film Festival. “The generosity of local restaurants and other food-related businesses, as well as volunteers, sponsors and funders, made it so special for so many. We couldn’t have done it without them. However, we are an all-volunteer non-profit organization and it takes a lot of effort and fundraising throughout the year to keep it going. It’s time to relax and enjoy life outside the festival.
Although there is no festival this year, organizers are having a last hurrah on October 20 to say goodbye and thank the community.
After eight years of festivals, the organizers have decided to move on to other projects. It’s called ‘The Feast on Reel Food: The Final Meal’ and includes a screening of ‘The Truffle Hunters’, a documentary about men who hunt for rare and expensive white Alba truffles in the forests of Piedmont, Italy. . The event will also include bites from Basta, Big Red Restaurant Group, Capello’s and Farow, as well as treats from Bread and Baklava.
The event is scheduled for October 20. Tickets are $25 and available for purchase online. It’s held at the Boulder Public Library at the Canyon Theater and kicks off at 7 p.m. with a reception and screening, followed by a discussion with Eduardo Valle Lobo, Culinary Director of Frasca Food and Wine, and Antonio Laudisio, a well-known chef. beloved of Boulder.
Although the festival does not hold its flagship multi-day event, the organization does not completely disappear. Organizers hope to hold smaller-scale community events in the future that align with the festival’s mission to use films and events to entertain, educate and inspire.
Over the years, the festival has held over 127 individual events, screened over 55 feature films and 119 short films about food, and held important discussions with the likes of Jeremiah Tower, Jonathan Gold, Sandor Katz, Adrian Miller , Claudette Zepeda and Bobby Stucky.
The festival also held many intriguing events, including a children’s film class, an edible marijuana speakeasy, fermented food and pollinator fairs, opera performances accompanied by food and movies, and a presentation. on molecular gastronomy, to name a few. Over the years, he has explored diverse and important topics such as regenerative agriculture, sustainability, organic farming of local foods, lab-grown meat, world cuisines, and fermentation.
Joun founded the organization in 2012 with the aim of bringing together his two passions: cooking and cinema.
“Food and drink are amazing topics that have something to do with so many aspects of life,” she writes. “As such, there is an incredible diversity of films that deal with these subjects. I make a conscious effort to reflect this variety in the films I select. So I make sure to select a mix of documentaries and feature films, international and national subjects, and always select at least one film that has an overtly political dimension. The pleasure we feel when preparing and eating food or drink is also important to me. »