Monday, March 25, 2013

Stanley Film Festival Kick-Off Party


- Official SFF Kick-off Party Scheduled for March 27 in Denver -

(Denver, CO) – The Stanley Film Festival (SFF) announced today its call for volunteers for the inaugural four-day event that will run May 2 – 5, 2013 in Estes Park, Colo. Celebrating the best in independent horror cinema, it will showcase a full slate of films, panels, student competitions, audience awards and receptions – all at the beautiful and historic Stanley Hotel. Aside from its local reputation as a haunted landmark spanning many years, the Stanley Hotel served as Stephen King’s inspirational Overlook Hotel in The Shining and is where the majority of the Festival will take place.

As an essential component to the success of this first-year festival, SFF is seeking dedicated and energetic film lovers to fill positions across five departments: Customer Service & Guest Relations, Hospitality Lounge, Special Events, Theater Operations & Production and Transportation. SFF volunteers are required to commit 15 hours at minimum and will receive a festival volunteer pass giving access to screenings plus an official volunteer t-shirt. Details about the SFF volunteer program including department descriptions are available at

SFF has also announced its official kick-off party on Wednesday, March 27 (5:30 pm) at the Sie FilmCenter (2510 E. Colfax Avenue) in Denver. Open to the public, this free event will highlight the festival program, information about SFF and offer a pre-release screening (7:30 pm) of a soon to be announced horror film. The Denver Film Society will generously provide complimentary drinks in Henderson's Lounge.

For local attendees without a need for lodging, individual passes to attend SFF are now available. Packages to attend the Stanley Film Festival are also sale and include lodging at the Stanley Hotel. All purchase options are available
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Important dates:
•    March 27: SFF Kick-off Party at the Sie FilmCenter in Denver, Colo.
•    April 1: Full program announced.
•    April 5: Press accreditation closes.
•    April 8: Individual tickets on sale to the public.

To keep up to date with the Stanley Film Festival, visit

The Stanley Film Festival is sponsored by: 5280 Magazine, Art Institute of Colorado, Colorado Film School, Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media, Denver Film Society, Grit., Indiewire, Mile High Cinema, Stack Wines, University of Colorado Denver, Visit Estes Park,, Zerosun Productions

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Stanley Film Festival: The Stanley Film Festival showcases classic and contemporary independent horror cinema all set at the haunted and historic Stanley Hotel in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. The Festival presets emerging and established filmmakers, enabling the industry and general public to experience the power of storytelling through genre cinema. Founded in 2013 by the Stanley Hotel to celebrate the property’s iconic Hollywood heritage, the four-day event showcases filmmakers latest works, Q&A discussions, industry panels, the “Stanley Dean’s Cup” student film competition and special events for cinema insiders, enthusiasts and fellow artists.

The Stanley Hotel: Famous for its old world charm, The Stanley Hotel boasts spectacular views in every direction and is less than six miles from Rocky Mountain National Park.  Multi-million dollar renovations have restored this 155-guestroom hotel to its original grandeur.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and member of Historic Hotels of America; only an hour away from Denver, it is ideal destination for a Colorado getaway.


Katie Shapiro
Media + Industry Director, Stanley Film Festival

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