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Oscars watch party: Breckenridge Film Festival rolls out red carpet

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This screenshot was taken from the trailer for Pixar's "Piper," a short annimated film that was selected at the Breck Film Festival and has been nominated for an Academy Award. Altoghter, three films from the festival received nominations.

The Breckenridge Film Festival is celebrating one of the hottest nights of the year in Hollywood with a viewing party at 5:45 p.m. Sunday, and because three selections from the local festival are up for Academy Awards, a little extra excitement is in the air.

It's a big night in more ways than one, and it's also the nonprofit's biggest fundraiser of the year. Knowing this, local film festival organizers have assembled what they hope is an impressive array of experiences and items for their silent auction. The lineup features hot air balloon rides, a float at VIVE Float Studio, Food Heds In-home Catering, rounds at Breckenridge Golf Course, weekend getaways to Crested Butte, Vail and historic Georgetown, and tickets to Colorado film festivals, Keystone Wine & Jazz, concerts at Denver Botanical Gardens and much more.

They also will be auctioning off artwork from Art on a Whim artists David Gonzales and Lelija Roy, among other photographers and painters

If that's not enough, the auction items also list various entertainment options with Summit County's arts nonprofits, shopping and dining opportunities across the county as well.

On top of all that, there's another new feature to the fundraiser, a separate online auction for the keynote item, a HP ZBook donated by Breck Film Fest presenting sponsor, HP Workstation in Fort Collins.

Running through March 1, the online auction allows supporters from anywhere and everywhere to bid on the $4,683 laptop computer with a 15.6-inch screen and the world's first quad core workstation, according to the company.

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Guests of the festival will walk the red carpet, snap photos for the paparazzi and enjoy a wine and beer cocktail party at the Speakeasy Movie Theatre and Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center community rooms.

For anyone who thinks they know whom the big winners are going to be, that person can participate in the Academy Awards voting poll by purchasing a ballot with their ticket and turning it in by 6:15 p.m. the night of the event. At stake is a chance to win a wine tasting for up to 16 friends.

"We are always incredibly excited to host the annual Academy Awards fundraiser," Breck Film Fest executive director Janice Kurbjun said in a prepared statement. "It's a chance for locals to slip on those heels and bowties — if they want — and come out for a social evening and to support our cause. Not to mention, we have a great silent auction that really has something for everyone."

And to make things extra special, three selections from Breck Film Fest are up for awards. They are "Piper," a Pixar short film production that preceded "Finding Dory;" "Borrowed Time," a short film produced as a side project, also by Pixar animators; and the acclaimed documentary "Life Animated." '

"We have had a number of Breck Film Fest official selections show up in the Academy Award nominations in the past, but this year is probably the most in one cohort," Kurbjun said. "We are thrilled for these films, excited for the filmmakers, and have our fingers crossed that they'll receive the award during the Feb. 26 ceremony."

According to the release, The Breck Film Fest has had one Oscar winner in the history of the festival — the 2013 film "The Lady in No. 6."

What: Breckenridge Film Festival’s Hollywood and Wine annual fundraiser

Where: Speakeasy Movie Theatre at the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center, 103 S. Harris St.

When: 5:45 p.m. Sunday

Info: There will be a red-carpet walk, silent auction, Academy Awards ballot competition, costume prizes, a giveaway for two in-home wine tastings and more. Cost is $48 in advance, $58 at the door, or $175 for four people as part of the Couples Night Out package. Go to breckfilmfest.org for more info.