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Cinema Steamboat

Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
  • Emerald Parking Lot (Next to Yampa River Botanic Park) 900 Pamela Ln.
A pop-up drive-in film festival for Steamboat Springs, showcasing storytelling with altitude!

Cinema Steamboat makes its debut in 2020 as a pop-up drive-in film festival. Nestled between the Emerald Park soccer fields and the Yampa River Botanic Park, the local community is invited to bundle up and drive in for a single evening celebration of short films that represent everything from animation to documentary to drama. The playlist has being curated from more than 250 submissions that poured in from all over the country during the past month, plus one incredible Colorado-story feature film.

5:30 p.m. Emerald Parking Lot gates open
6 p.m. Showtime!

The 2020 Lineup

The Winner | Directed by  Caroline Locke *SPECIAL CITATION!  Future Olympian Filmmaker Award

Blooming Cycles | Directed by  Allison Power 

Home | Directed by Yali Sharon

No Monsters Allowed |  Directed by David Burgis *HONORABLE MENTION!   

America |  Directed by  George ve Gänæaard, & Horia Cucută 

The Legend of Santa | Directed by  Andrew de Burgh 

The Littlest Angel | Directed by Romulo Mena

The Box Assassin | Directed by Jeremy Schaefer     

Hear, Eat, Home: Kinan’s Vision |  Directed by Hsuan Yu Pan    

Push | Directed by Trilina Mai *SECOND PLACE!

D-REP: Fight for Life | Directed by Michael Mazzanti *Watch our filmmaker talk with the D-REP director, producer & featured subjects

Latitude | Directed by  Wesley Walker  *WINNER! BEST IN SHOW

How to attend Cinema Steamboat

  • RSVP and secure your parking spot at the Drive-In. Each car must have a reservation in advance for admission. Spaces will be limited.
  • All reservations must be made online via the Eventbrite link above.
  • Cinema Steamboat suggests a donation of $40 per car, which includes a free snack pack made especially for avid movie goers. Festival donations help support grassroots production of this pop-up festival and future incarnations of Cinema Steamboat. No one will be denied free access while reservation spaces remain.  
  • The festival still needs volunteers to check tickets, direct traffic and more. More volunteer info here.
  • Safety First! In accordance with state and county restrictions, we encourage you to say NO to social gatherings. This event allows you to attend safely with your immediate household. Tickets are per-car, and pleas attend only with people in your immediate household and/or family. If in doubt, take two cars. Masks and distancing are required if you exit your car for any reason.

How the Drive-In works

All details are subject to change or cancellation due to extreme weather or unforeseen pandemic conditions.

How will I see the film and hear the sound?
Movie lovers are invited to watch the films together with safe social distancing, from inside your car. There will be a big screen at the front, and the audio will be delivered to your vehicle radio by an FM transmitter.
How will we stay warm?
Prepare for the cold! Bring blankets, wear warm clothes, bring a thermos of hot cider, hot chocolate or coffee, and snuggle up!
What about the car emissions?
We suggest you only turn your car on for short timeframes to warm up. If you turn your car on for only 5 minutes every half hour, we can stay environmentally safe and stay toasty in our cars.
Will there be a bathroom?
Yes.. There will be a port-o-let with hand sanitizing station available for attendees of the drive-in film festival.
How long is the festival?
About 90 minutes.
How do I learn more about the 2020 films and the festival?
Visit the Cinema Steamboat website  for more information about the festival films, sponsors and inspiration behind the 2020 pop-up Drive-in event.

Cinema Steamboat Sponsors & Support

Cinema Steamboat was honored as a Blueprint 2.0 winner from the state Office of Economic Development. As part of the program to grow a film festival for Steamboat Springs, the state film office provided a full year of mentorship and support from the following experts:

  • Donald Zuckerman, Commissioner, Colorado Office of Film, TV & Media
  • Mariel Rodriguez-McGill, Deputy Commissioner, Colorado Film
  • Taylor Tschida, Program Manager, Colorado Film
  • Britta Erickson, Festival Director, Denver Film Festival
  • Jen Brody, Festival Director/Co-founder, Crested Butte Film Festival
  • Ursla Null, Executive Director, Crested Butte Film Festival
  • Randi Kleiner, Chief Executive Officer/Founder, Series Fest
  • Wade Gardner, Executive Director/Founder, DocuWest
  • Kelly Baug, Deputy Film Commissioner (COFTM)
  • Sarah Konopka, Steamboat Chamber
  • Maren Franciosi, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

Cinema Steamboat has been developed and organized by a local team in Steamboat Springs:

  • Michael Staley, Producer, 2005 Films
  • Kim Keith Executive Director, Steamboat Creates
  • James David Gabriel  Owner/Founder, Whistlebird Productions
  • Jennie Lay Adult Programs Coordinator, Bud Werner Memorial Library
  • Jill Waldman Owner/Event Planner, The Main Event
  • Greg Hughey Media Technician/Teacher, Colorado Mountain College
  • John Bristol Economic Development Chair, City of Steamboat Springs, Routt County & Steamboat Chamber
  • Barbara Robinson General Manager, Holiday Inn Steamboat Springs