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The 2021 Flatirons Food Film Festival Highlights Indigenous and Black American Foodways

Tune in to the virtual event for 13 film programs, immersive food pairings, discussions with top culinary leaders, and more.

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The Flatirons Food Film Festival (FFFF) is back—pandemic notwithstanding. This year, the Boulder-based event will be virtual, of course, but attendees can expect many of the same components from years past, including live screenings, Q&A discussions with esteemed culinary experts, and ample opportunities to munch on local goodies. 

The eighth annual FFFF, which runs from Thursday, January 28 to Friday, February 5, includes 13 food-centric film programs and post-film conversations. There are also five separate activities that encompass music, art, kid-friendly crafting, and conversation with Colorado hospitality pros. “There’s a lot to tune in to,” says Julia Joun, executive director of the FFFF. 

As always, the festival aims to provide a “well-rounded depiction of our food culture,” says Joun, through the lenses of agriculture, activism, chefs, and restaurants. In 2021, participants will notice an extra emphasis on Indigenous and underrepresented cultures, with films and post-film discussions including: 

For an even more immersive experience, festival goers can buy four paired dinners from local restaurants to enjoy as they watch corresponding films. “Restaurants have supported us so generously every year, and so this is our opportunity to actually help them out and to spotlight their great food and steer business to them,” Joun explains. These pairings include:

Attendees can also order treat boxes from the Inventing Room in Denver and snack packs from the Boulder County Farmers Market to nosh on as they watch the films. 

Yet another highlight of the FFF, which in 2019 drew more than 1,200 attendees: Several of the events are free or pay-what-you-can. “We’re not an elitist festival,” says Joun. “We’re a community festival. And we think that food is important and compelling for everyone, or should be, and so we want to have things that are affordable.” Free and pay-what-you-can events include:

If you attend: The 2021 virtual FFFF runs from Thursday, January 28 to Friday, February 5. Tickets cost up to $15 per event. You can also buy a virtual film pass to view all films (from $90) or ticket packs to view a selection of films (from $22). Most programs are available throughout the U.S. and some are also available internationally. Attendees can watch the films as they premiere, or view them on-demand at a later date, says Joun. Visit the festival’s website for ticketing, a full schedule, and more details on events. 

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