Indie Spirit Film Festival comes to UCCS Oct. 19

ISFF-vector-Logo-cutout-orange-smallThe Indie Spirit, Colorado Spring’s annual international film festival, will present its finale and awards ceremony Oct. 19 at UCCS.

The awards ceremony begins at 7:45 p.m. Oct. 19 in Centennial Hall and culminates three days of workshops, screenings and lectures about film content and production at venues on campus and in the Colorado Springs community.

The Indie Spirit Film Festival showcases selected feature, documentary, and short films, and awards several prizes. In addition to the screening and competition, the festival also presents filmmaker and film culture panels and film technical workshops. Most events are open only to ticket holders. For a complete schedule and ticket prices, visit

Robert Dassanowsky, professor, Department of Languages and Cultures, and Visual and Performing Arts, and Teresa Meadows, associate professor, Department of Languages and Cultures, and Visual and Performing Arts, worked with Indie Spirt director Steve Kurtz to bring festival events to campus.

“The new cooperation links VAPA and the campus with community and global cinema, and has also provided VAPA film studies students with internships in film festival production and management,” Dassanowsky said. “Several students have been working in this capacity with Director Kurtz since spring semester.”

Teresa Meadows
Robert Dassanowsky
Robert Dassanowsky

Dassanowsky and Meadows plan to base the festival at UCCS in the next few years.

Dassanowsky, Meadows, and Fernando Feliu-Moggi, associate professor, Department of Languages and Cultures, will host an open-to-the-public filmmaker’s panel at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 18 at the Antlers Hilton Hotel. The panel will discuss current film production modes.

Campus workshops include a demonstration on the use and function of the Arri Alexa camera by John Bourbonais, owner, Bourbon Street Productions, a story development workshop presented by filmmaker and editor Kaleb Kohart, and a digital cinema package workshop on the process of converting film to cinema quality digital video by Matt Stevens, manager, Kimball’s Peak Three Theater.

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