Mimesis Documentary Festival 2021

Artist-focused, community-oriented, and committed to showcasing the infinite potential of nonfiction media, the second annual Mimesis Documentary Festival, Aug. 4-10, 2021, in Boulder, Colorado, is an immersive theatrical and virtual slate of films, workshops, and more with artists, producers, and scholars from around the world.

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.

With an opening night presentation of Lynne Sachs’s Film About a Father Who, 2020 (Aug. 4, 6 p.m.) Mimesis Documentary Festival highlights more than 80 projects selected from open submissions in traditional, ethnographic, docufiction, experimental, and emerging/student categories. The 2021 edition of Mimesis welcomes iconoclastic filmmaker Pedro Costa as our Featured Artist, screening a survey of work including the critically-acclaimed, Vitalina Varela, 2019, (Aug. 6, 7:15 p.m.) and an editing masterclass based on a new restoration of his iconic 2001 documentary Where Does Your Hidden Smile Lie? (Aug. 7, 9:30 a.m.). Moderated artist conversations will be presented throughout the week (Aug. 5, 6, 8-10 at 9:30 a.m.) as well as a new installment of Flaherty x Boulder curated in partnership with The Flaherty organization programmers-in-residence. While our special events and feature programs will be presented in-person only at our partner venues, we are proud to offer both physical and virtual viewing options for the majority of our programming.  

Tickets will be available soon, with the full program available at mimesisfestival.org.

Wednesday, August 4 at 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Roser ATLAS Center, B2 Center for Media, Art and Performance
1125 18th Street, Boulder, CO 80309