Grand Junction Film Fest ready for big second year

More than 50 short and feature films have been selected for screening during the upcoming Grand Junction Film Festival, including a documentary about an English barber shop circuit, an animated short and a drama about a young boy’s love of a small theater company.

Now in its second year, the Grand Junction Film Festival will be at the Colorado Mesa University’s University Ballroom and starts at 12:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14–15, with the final movie screening at 10 p.m. Friday and 9 p.m. Saturday.

Go to for descriptions of all movies, along with a full schedule.

One of the highlights this year is the screening of “Seven Deadly Words” featuring Jamie Lee Smith, a former Fruita Monument High School and Mesa State College student. Smith acted in and helped direct the film and is scheduled to be at the screening, which opens the festival at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.

Select movies, including “Seven Deadly Words,” will have Q&A sessions as part of the screening.

According to a press release from event organizers, this year’s festival features filmmakers from across the country, with a majority of the films being self-funded projects from up-and-coming directors.

Two-day passes to the festival cost $35 and single-day passes cost $25.

Passes can be purchased at or at Grand Junction City Market stores.


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