Published: July 30, 2021

Tickets are now available to the public and CU Boulder community for the second-annual Mimesis Documentary Festival, to be held Aug. 4-10 in Boulder, Colorado. The festival is hosted by the College of Media, Communication and Information’s Center for Documentary and Ethnographic Media.

Presented in conjunction with Boulder’s Dairy Arts Center and the ATLAS Institute B2 Center for Media, Arts and Performance, the festival brings together a week of screenings, installation-based documentary arts pieces, workshops and conversations with some of the most dynamic voices in documentary and ethnographic media to explore the pressures and possibilities of contemporary global culture.

Mimesis will highlight more than 80 projects selected from open submissions in traditional, ethnographic, docufiction, experimental and emerging/student categories. Moderated artist conversations will be presented throughout the week, as well as a screening of a new installment of Flaherty x Boulder, curated in partnership with The Flaherty organization’s programmers-in-residence program. While some special events and featured programs will be presented in-person only at partner venues, Mimesis’ organizers are proud to offer both physical and virtual viewing options for the majority of this year’s programming. 

The 2021 Mimesis Documentary Festival is a nonprofit project of the Center for Documentary and Ethnographic Media to help secure and promote Colorado’s place in a local, regional and international community of nonfiction creators and scholars. Artist-centered, community-driven and dedicated to promoting transparency and inclusion, the festival’s organizers are committed to programming 80% of projects from open submissions, offering complimentary virtual screening passes and feedback upon request to all artists, and waiving submission fees for CU Boulder students.

The Mimesis Documentary Festival is brought to life with major support by the Stewart Family Foundations and additional support from festival partners, the College of Media, Communication and Information, the Departments of Anthropology and Critical Media Practices, the Research and Innovation OfficeATLAS Insitute's B2 Center for Media, Art and Performance, and by the ongoing support of our donors, audiences and artists. A limited number of free tickets are available for students through the CU Student Pass, as well as 50% discounts for faculty and staff through our CU Community Membership program. Please email the festival to receive a unique purchase code to receive your CU Community Membership or CU Student Pass. Please indicate whether you are faculty, staff or a student, as well as your expected year of graduation (if applicable). Tickets for in-person events are limited!

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