For the third year, Olde Town Arvada is home to the Intendence Film Festival, a three-day experience of 63 films from local, national and international filmmakers.
Animation, art and experimental, documentaries, features, music videos, science fiction, horror, shorts, webisodes and films done by student filmmakers are featured this year.
Filmmakers are from Colorado as well as Japan and Europe.
“We’re very fortunate with the types of films we’ve gotten,” said IFF founder and executive director Bob Webb. “They’re amazing films. There are stories you won’t see anywhere else.”
One of those films is “A Common Man,” starring Ben Kingsley.
“‘A Common Man’ surprised me when I began watching it,” Webb said. “It’s a really interesting twist on a terrorist plot.”
“A Common Man” will play at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the Arvada Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.
Another talked-about film is “Sleeping with the Bear” starring Eileen Gruba.
“Sleeping with the Bear” is about a former Olympic-hopeful, Emily, having to overcome challenges and pain of a crippling accident that destroyed her leg and dreams. The short is about friends helping each other overcome life’s obstacles.
“She is a very strong advocate for handicapped actors and the film is designed to show that a great actor is a great actor whether they are handicapped or not,” Webb said.
“Sleeping with the Bear” plays at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at the Festival Playhouse.
Following the screening of the film, attendees will be able to do a question and answer session via Skype with Gruba, who is currently filming on location in England.
The film festival will also feature several other question and answer sessions with filmmakers over Skype or in person.
Three workshops are also being offered during the film festival, including Film for Tweens and Teens, the Importance of Sound in Film and Acting for Adults.
The workshop for youth will focus on the best way for teens and children 10 -18 to get involved in the film industry and how to avoid scams with advice from talent agents and parents whose children are in the industry.
The tweens and teens workshop is free and is from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the Arvada Library, 7525 W. 57th Ave.
The other two workshops are $10 each.
The Importance of Sound in Film is from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the Arvada Tavern, 5707 Olde Wadsworth Blvd. and Acting for Adults is from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the Global Goods and Coffee Shop, 5613 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.
“I think what we’re providing is an experience,” Webb said. “It includes seeing films you usually don’t see, the chance to talk to the filmmakers, and it’s small enough that we can really talk to all the people involved and see what they’re about and up to. It’s an interesting fusion.”
After-parties will also be held each night after the film festival to allow attendees the chance to mingle with filmmakers and fellow attendees at venues in Olde Town.
The festival kick-off is at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at DiCicco’s, 5660 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.
The festival will close Sunday, June 30, with an award luncheon at DiCicco’s at 11 a.m.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.intendence.org or they can be purchased at the ticket booth in Olde Town Square during the festival.
Tickets range from $10-$75 with ticket options ranging from single-day passes to three-day VIP passes.
For a full list of films and the schedule for screenings and events, visit www.facebook.com/IntendenceFilmFestival.