Food and wine, Hollywood attire and a selection of short films from the 2012 Breckenridge Festival of Film make for a festive evening Saturday at Beaver Run resort in Breckenridge. An annual event, Hollywood & Wine raises funds for the Breckenridge Festival of Film (BFF), the four-day independent film fest that celebrates its 33rd year Sept. 19-22. Although the festival has taken place in June the past few years, this year it returns to a fall schedule. "Film lovers appreciate the wide variety of movies, forums and parties throughout festival weekend and the ability to interact personally with artists and filmmakers," Phyllis Martinez, one of the festival's founders, said of the Breckenridge Festival of Film, which is supported by grants, sponsorships, contributions, in-kind assistance, revenue and fundraisers. Last year, Hollywood & Wine raised more than $4,000 for the BFF. Saturday's Hollywood & Wine event features food, wine, beer, popcorn, a movie trivia contest and a silent auction, with auction items including a night's stay at Ojo Caliente, tennis lessons, golf passes, tickets to the Denver Center for Performing Arts, trekking poles, an alpaca wrap and more. The evening also features five short films from the 2012 festival, in addition to a surprise film. Tickets are $35 and proceeds benefit the 33rd annual Breckenridge Festival of Film.
The Game (6 minutes): The game is chess; the referee is a figure no one wishes to meet; and the high-stakes prize is a gateway to the world of the living. Filmed in Poland, this film won for "Best Animation" in 2012 at the Breckenridge Festival of Film.Dulce (15 minutes): Dulce means "sweet," a fitting title for a tale about falling in love. Two pairs suffer from this "temporary sickness" - 80-year-old grandparents Lily and William, and 10-year-olds Adrian and Laura. Dinner and a game spark memories and imagination in this film from Spain.Bobby Ellis is Gonna Kick Your Ass (11 minutes): High school freshman Mark Buckley impulsively strikes out at school bully Bobby Ellis, then experiences the Kubler-Ross stages of impending death - denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance - while awaiting retribution. Voted "Best Short Comedy" in 2012.The Southern Belle (10 minutes): Two polar opposites - aging taxi driver Bob (Theodore Bouloukos) and upwardly mobile family man Josh (Ethan Sharrett) - discover a shared, dark and destructive bond that changes their lives in an instant. This short thriller was voted "Best Screenplay" in 2012. The Assignment (27 minutes): This is a funny and inspiring coming of age film about a "boring kid," Brian Crane, who is failing his literature class but is pushed by an eccentric teacher to overcome his awkwardness and live better.