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Breck Film Fest rolls out red carpet for fundraiser

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Red carpet between two rope barriers.

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.

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, according to a news release.

The event titled "Hollywood & Wine: A Night on the Red Carpet" will be the festival's annual fundraiser in 2017. It features a red-carpet evening of wine and local beers with an Academy Awards watch party, food and a silent auction with goods and services straight from the Summit County business community and beyond up for sale.

Featured silent auction items include experiences such as hot air balloon rides, a float at VIVE Float Studio, Food Hedz In-home Catering and rounds of golf at Breckenridge Golf Course. Also included are weekend getaways to Crested Butte, Vail, Historic Georgetown, Colorado Film Festivals, Keystone Wine & Jazz tickets, Denver Botanical Gardens concert tickets and more musical and gastronomical adventures.

Featured artwork is coming from Art on a Whim artists David Gonzales and Lelija Roy, among other photographers and painters. The auction includes entertainment with Summit County's arts nonprofits, shopping and dining opportunities across the county as well.

"We are always incredibly excited to host the annual Academy Awards fundraiser," said Janice Kurbjun, Breck Film Fest executive director, in the release. "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."

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One new feature this year is an online auction for the fundraiser's keynote item, the HP ZBook donated by Breck Film Fest presenting sponsor, HP Workstation in Fort Collins. Running through March 1, the online auction will allow supporters from everywhere to bid on the $4,683 laptop computer with a 15.6-inch screen and the world's first quad core workstation.

Guests wanting to participate in the Academy Awards voting poll can do so by purchasing a ballot with their ticket and turning it in by 6:15 p.m. the night of the event. There will also be a chance to win a wine tasting for up to 16 friends.

Now in its second year, the Gold Ticket Club allows community members who sign up for the program to provide sustainable financial support to the Festival as a special donor group, enabling the organization to expand its offerings to include premium events and educational programs beyond the four days of the festival.

The fundraiser will also be the launching pad for a new Breck Film Fest initiative — the Film Society — which includes a monthly screening of a variety of acclaimed, independent films rarely accessible in Summit County. Individual Film Society memberships will be available for purchase throughout the event.

Advance individual tickets and Couples Night Out packages — which features four tickets at a discount — are available at BreckFilmFest.org.

If you go

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 silent auction, Academy Awards ballot competition, giveaway for two in-home wine tastings, Gold Ticket Club and Film Society. 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.