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Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival offers documentary 'The Punk Singer'

October 29, 2013

YellowBrix

Oct. 29--With 25 years of movies in the books, the folks at the Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival just want to show good stories that haven't already been told.

This year's crop of 32 films from around the world fit the bill. The festival, which is the longest running women's film festival in North America, runs Friday through Sunday at the Fine Arts Center and two Colorado College venues.

"Over the years, we've done a good job curating the festival," says Linda Broker, executive director of the festival. "People know they're going to see great movies."

Broker estimates about 1,300 people attended the festival last year to see films in all lengths and styles, including shorts, animation and feature-length documentaries.

Perhaps the biggest misconception is the festival is only for women.

"Every year more and more men show up," Broker says. "As a man, you won't feel out of place."

And it's important for female-centric films to have a way of getting out into the public eye.

"The statistics out of Hollywood are depressing, " she says. "The percentage of films directed by women in the top grossing category hasn't increased in 20 years. Women are slightly better represented in the documentary genre because they are self-funded. The obstacle for women is they can't get funding. Lenders don't like to loan money to women."

Criteria for entry into the festival is simple: A woman must have had a primary role in the making of the film, such as director, producer, editor or subject matter. A committee of seven people starts the selection process around March. The festival doesn't put out a call for entries, so the group does research and solicits for suitable films. About 300 screeners are shaved down to 30 to 35 films for the festival.

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