Salida Council for the Arts presents our Salida Film Festival Kick-off Event...

"Celebrate Cinema with Local Filmmakers"
"Salida Film Festival 2018!"

Tickets are available at the
Salida SteamPlant Event Center and the Salida Chamber of Commerce

Partnership brings Best of West Chester Film Festival to Salida

We are proud to present to you a one-day film festival. Plan to attend the kick-off event on Friday, Nov. 2nd.

"Celebrate Cinema with Local Filmmakers"
Kick-off for Salida Film Festival

$25.00 / per person
Friday November 2nd - 6:00 - 10:00pm at the Salida Ballroom

Salida Council for the Arts and The Salida SteamPlant Event Center are co-hosting the kick-off event for the Salida Film Festival. The evening will include films, trailers and a panel of celebrated filmmakers in a party atmosphere.

Nathan Ward
Paprika Leaverton
Julie Speer
Beth & George Gage
Ben Knight
Nevin Fowler
Erin Brown Thomas
Lauren Brown

6:00-8:30 - SILENT AUCTION

6:00 - Cocktails
6:30 - Trailers & Discussion
7:30 - Panel Discussion - Leslie Matthews - Moderator
8:30 - Desserts & Continued Discussion
9:00 - HIKO Film (60 min)
Cash bar and free sponsored bites from favorite local restaurants.


Silent Auction 6:00-8:30
Proceeds benefit
Salida Council for the Arts

Friday Night Film Program

The line-up of filmmakers include many from last year’s event with two new filmmakers all showing their latest projects:

  • Salida native, Nathan Ward will team with Julie Speer to show “Breaking the Mold”. Ward’s film productions with “Grit and Thistle” include, “The Rider and the Wolf”. Julie Speer is an Emmy Award winning filmmaker who produces “Colorado Experience” for RMPBS. Her recent films featuring “Whitewater - FIBark” and “Breaking the Mold” will be shown during the Saturday Film Festival.

  • George and Beth Gage of Telluride will return offering the trailer from their newest production, “A Home Called Nebraska”. This film is about a community’s embrace of immigrants from Syria.

  • Ben Knight of Howard has won an amazing 46 film festival awards in the last 10 years. In 2015 he was a National Geographic Adventurer of the year.

  • New to the panel of filmmakers this year are Erin Brown Thomas and Nevin Fowler. Erin’s mother, Lauren, moved to Salida this year and has become an active member of the community. Together this mother-daughter team put on the “Salute Your Shorts Film Festival” in Hollywood, California this summer. Erin will show clips from her films that will be shown in full on Saturday. Nevin Fowler will show a new film, “When The Smoke Clears”, highlighting the local Veterans Expeditions organization.

  • Paprika Leaverton will end the evening showing her latest completed movie, “HIKO - The Women Jugglers of Tongo”.

The evening will include a lively panel discussion with Moderator Leslie Matthews, Chair of the Board of KHEN.  Audience members will have a chance to interact with the filmmakers first hand and ask questions about the films.

Thank you to our sponsors of the Celebrate Cinema with Local Filmmakers event:
Bike & The Baker
Sweet Anna Jean’s Bakery
Drunken Muffin
Wood's High Mountain Distillery


Movie-goers may select from these ticket offerings:

  • $37 All-Festival Pass - includes Friday night "Celebrate Cinema with Local Filmmakers" event plus an All-Day pass for Saturday's film blocks.

Priced Separately

  • $25 Friday Night Event (only) - "Celebrate Cinema with Local Filmmakers"

  • $20 All-Day pass for Saturday

  • $10 Single block of films on Saturday (Students - $5.00)

Saturday’s Salida Film Festival will kick-off with a 3:00pm panel discussion in the SteamPlant Ballroom about the making of a documentary film around the revitalization of small Colorado towns with Creative Districts. The Saturday Film Festival will conclude at about 10:00pm.

In keeping with our Mission Statement to encourage arts education in our community, the Salida Council for the Arts is is offering student admission for $5.00 per block, to the Saturday Film Festival.

Volunteers for the weekend are still welcome to help with the event. Email the Council at: and express your availability. A committee member will get back to you. 

This event is a fundraiser supporting the ongoing programs of the Salida Council for the Arts and co-sponsored by the Salida SteamPlant Event Center.

Tickets are available at these following locations/links:

See you at the Movies!

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