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Opening & Closing Night Films Announced

Women in Film Panelists Announced

CLOSING NIGHT FILM: Sticky Notes  Director: Amanda Sharp  Producer Katie Mustard in attendance  Starring: Rose Leslie, Ray Liotta


Director: Amanda Sharp

Producer Katie Mustard in attendance

Starring: Rose Leslie, Ray Liotta

Vail, CO (March 17, 2017) – Today the Vail Film Festival announced the 2017 Tribute recipients, Opening and Closing Films, and a panel discussion on Women in Film. The 14th annual Festival will celebrate women filmmakers and will screen a diverse slate of 51 films, including narrative and documentary feature films as well as short and student films. The Festival will run from Thursday, March 30th to Sunday, April 2nd.

2017 Vail Film Festival Tribute Award honorees include actor, writer, director, and two-time Academy Award® nominee Julie Delpy, and Golden Globe®, SAG®, and Emmy® nominee Christina Ricci.

Julie Delpy will receive the Vail Film Festival Vanguard award for her outstanding achievement in film, both in front of and behind the camera. Julie Delpy was born in Paris and first featured in Jean-Luc Godard’s Detective at the age of fourteen. She studied filmmaking at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has directed, written, or acted in more than 50 films, including Europa Europa, Voyager with Sam Shepard, Three Colors: White, An American Werewolf in Paris, Jim Jarmusch’s Broken Flowers starring opposite Bill Murray, and The Air I Breathe starring with Kevin Bacon and Andy Garcia. She wrote, directed, and starred in 2 Days in Paris with Adam Goldberg, and wrote and starred in Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight, with co-writer and co-star Ethan Hawke. She wrote, directed, and starred in Lolo which premiered at the prestigious Venice Film Festival, and in her most recent role she stars with J.K. Simmons in the 2017 film The Whole New Everything. She has been nominated for two Academy Awards and won three Cesar Awards, among many other industry accolades.

Golden Globe®, SAG®, and Emmy® nominee Christina Ricci is one of Hollywood's most respected actors and we are proud to honor her with the 2017 Vail Film Festival Renegade Award. Christina Ricci currently stars in the Amazon original series Z: The Beginning of Everything, which she also served as a producer on. The series launched on Amazon on January 27, 2017. Recently, Ricci was seen as the title character in the television series, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, for which she earned a 2016 SAG Award® nomination. Ricci has received great acclaim in various roles including Ang Lee's ensemble film, The Ice Storm, co-starring Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, and Elijah Wood. She then went on to star as Dedee Truit, in the scathing comedy The Opposite of Sex where she was nominated for a Golden Globe® Award, an American Comedy Award, and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress for her work in the film. Soon after, Ricci starred as Layla' in Vincent Gallo's Buffalo 66, earning a National Board of Review Best Supporting Actress Award for her combined efforts in The Opposite of Sex, Buffalo 66 and John Water's Pecker. Additional film credits include a critically acclaimed performance in Patty Jenkins' Monster, opposite Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron; Wes Craven's Cursed, Woody Allen's romantic comedy Anything Else, Sally Potter's The Man Who Cried and a memorable cameo in Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Additionally, Ricci starred opposite Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow, for which she won the Blockbuster Entertainment Award.

The 2017 Vail Film Festival will open with Carry Pilby, directed by Susan Johnson and starring Bel Powley, Nathan Lane, Gabriel Bryne, Vanessa Bayer, and Jason Ritter, and Sticky Notes, written and directed by Amanda Sharp and starring Rose Leslie, Ray Liotta, Justin Bartha, and Gina Rodriguez, will screen as the festival’s Closing Night Film. The Women in Film panel will be moderated by Denver Film Festival director Britta Erickson, with panelists including producer Miranda Bailey, writer/director Susan Johnson, writer/director Leila Djansi, and producer Katie Mustard.

Festival Co-Director, Megen Musegades says, “We are looking forward to honoring two of the film industry’s most groundbreaking female artists in Julie Delpy and Christina Ricci. They have forged their own unique paths in Hollywood, and have blazed a trail for other actors and filmmakers to follow. We are also excited to screen a compelling program of original and often personal work from a wide range of highly talented female filmmakers, and to shine a light on women in film both through our screenings and through our panel with leading female producers and directors.”

Passes are currently on sale on the Festival website. In addition to film screenings, Festival passes provide access to the Women in Film panel, the hospitality lounge, and nightly parties. For more information or to order passes visit

Celebrating its fourteenth year, the Vail Film Festival, is widely recognized in the international filmmaking community for supporting emerging and critically acclaimed talent from around the globe. The festival is presented by the Colorado Film Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to showcasing and fostering independent film.