Around this time last year, Denver’s most avid cinephiles were gearing up for the Denver Film Festival and its twelve days of screenings, panels, red carpet events and awards held at the crowded SieFilm Center and at various satellite venues.
This year’s festival will look a little different. Last month, Denver Film announced that the 43rd DFF had been reimagined as a digital experience because of COVID-19. From Oct. 22 to Nov. 8, fans can watch the selected films on their computers and mobile devices or through the Denver Film TV App. Interested viewers will buy digital festival passes and “unlock” passes to the movies they want to watch.
But on Tuesday, Denver Film announced that three DFF films will be available to watch in person, after all. On select dates this month, Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre will host drive-in screenings of three of the festival’s most talked about films. Festival-goers will be able to drive with their quarantine pods into the park to see highly anticipated new films from the safety of their cars and while surrounded by the park’s famous rock formations.
The screenings include Ammonite, a 1840s romantic drama starring Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet; Nomadland, a contemporary road movie led by Frances McDormand; and Nine Days, an existential sci-fi film starring Winston Duke and Zazie Beetz. While the rest of the festival’s films will be available to view virtually, these three selections will be exclusively available at the drive-in screenings.
The screenings will be held out of the park’s Lower Lot #2. As with Denver Film’s other drive-in screenings at Red Rocks, the festival screenings will offer snack packs to each vehicle, and concessions will also be open with limited options.
Tickets to each show run for $90.40 and cover all of the passengers in each car, as well as snack packs. All three showtimes are listed below:
Nomadland: Thursday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m.
Nine Days: Saturday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m.
Ammonite: Thursday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.