Starts: Apr 03, 2008 - Ends: Apr 06, 2008
Submission Deadline: Apr 03, 2008
The Vail Film Festival, with presenting sponsor BEST LIFE magazine, announced the complete line-up of films selected to be screened at the 2008 Festival, taking place April 3 - 6, 2008 at America's top-rated ski resort in Vail, Colorado.
The Festival will screen 83 films from around the world, including 16 feature films and 66 documentaries, short films, Oscar shorts, action sports, student, and animated films. The 2008 Festival also will feature the two winning short films from the brand new Red Vision Film Contest.
The 2008 Vail Film Festival opens on Thursday, April 3 with a screening of DIMINISHED CAPACITY, starring Matthew Broderick, Alan Alda, and Virginia Madsen. This entertaining comedy follows a man (Broderick) suffering from memory loss, his Alzheimer's-impaired relative (Alda), and his high school flame (Madsen) to a memorabilia expo where the trio plans a scheme to sell a rare baseball card.
MISTER FOE was selected as the closing film on Saturday, April 5. Starring Jamie Bell,
Ciaran Hinds, and Claire Forlani. Hallam's talent for spying on people reveals his darkest fears - and his most peculiar desires. Driven to expose the true cause of his mother's death, he instead finds himself searching the rooftops of the city for love.
Other feature film highlights at this year's festival include: FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL from director Nicholas Stoller and producer Judd Apatow (director of KNOCKED UP, THE 40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN), starring Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, and Russell Brand, THE LIVING WAKE directed by Sol Tyron and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Redford's directorial debut, THE GUITAR, starring Saffron Burrows, FIX directed by Tao Ruspoli, starring Olivia Wilde and Tao Ruspoli, and ADVENTURES OF POWER directed by Ari Gold and starring Ari Gold and Adrian Grenier.
"2008 marks our fifth year, and we're very proud of the reputation the Festival has developed among filmmakers as a great place to screen and premiere their work," said Scott Cross, co-founder and co-director of the Vail Film Festival. "The submissions we receive are the best in independent film, allowing us to have an exceptionally strong program. This year, we'll screen more films than ever before, with more filmmakers in attendance to support their work. We are honored to have an incredible group of sponsors that believe in the power of film and whose contributions enhance every aspect of the Festival. Their support has enabled us to continue to grow and to create several new and exciting programs for the fifth year."
The 2008 Vail Film Festival will continue its collaboration with (RED), an international initiative founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver to raise awareness and money for The Global Fund, an innovative public-private partnership created to finance a dramatic turnaround in the fight against AIDS.
(RED) and the Vail Film Festival will premiere the RED Vision Short Film Showcase at the 2008 Festival, a screening of the winning films from the RED Vision Short Film Contest. For the second year in a row, the Festival will contribute 25 percent of the sale of each Festival Avanti Pass to the Global Fund.
The Vail Film Festival is also excited to announce a brand new category this year: The Esurance Animation Showcase, the Festival's first stand-alone animation program, presented by returning Supporting Sponsor Esurance.
Highlights include Disney/Pixar's LIFTED; Disney's new Goofy short HOW TO HOOK UP YOUR HOME THEATER; SHUTEYE HOTEL, from two-time Oscar nominee Bill Plympton; a new short from Aardman Animations, creators of CHICKEN RUN and WALLACE & GROMIT; a hilarious Australian-Chinese co-production about the bittersweet relationship between a dog and Chinatown; and more great animated shorts from around the world.
The Esurance Animation Showcase will also feature a very special event: Pixar Animation Studio's Dylan Brown, the Supervising Animator of RATATOUILLE (winner of the 2008 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature), will give a behind-the-scenes presentation on the making of the hit film entitled "RATATOUILLE: Acting and Performance in Animation."
"At Pixar, the best part of making our films is being able to share them with the world, and I can't think of a more pristine setting than Vail to do so. Plus, the skiing there is great!" said Dylan.