Here’s a list of parties and get togethers connected to this week’s CT Film Festival.
Tonight: Opening night and after-party starts at 7 p.m. with “The Flyboys” and will be followed by a brief question and answer session with Rocco DeVilliers, the movie’s director. There is an opening night party immediately after the movie with hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and soft drinks. There will be live music from the Melissa Mulligan Band.
Opening night tickets are $25.
Wednesday through Saturday: Cousin Larry’s, Toscano and Sabrusura as well as Two Steps Downtown Grille will be the festival’s gathering spots, with industry networking scheduled each day from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at a site to be announced for each day.
Informal receptions after movie screenings are planned Wednesday through Saturday starting at 9 p.m. The phone number at Two Steps is (203) 794-0032.
Wednesday: First, watch the “Kids & Money” Shorts Program at All Nations Baptist Church at 234 Main St. at 5:30 p.m. Two documentaries about Darfur made by students at Danbury High School will be among the movies shown. Then, at about 7 p.m., walk over to the Lebanon American Club at 22 West St. to help Danbury students raise money for children in Darfur. ($25)
Thursday: “Blinders,” a documentary about the New York City carriage industry, screens at 5:30 p.m. at Danbury Public Library. Tickets for the movie are $7. After the movie, a fundraising reception for Equine Angels, a group that rescues horses, will he held at Tuscano at 275 Main St. Donations are suggested.
Friday: The “VIP Party,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Tarrywile Mansion at 70 Southern Blvd. This is an invite-only event, according to festival organizers, open to festival sponsors, filmmakers and others.
At 9:30 p.m., the drama “The Other Side of the Tracks” will screen at the Heirloom Arts Theater at 155 Main St., followed by a screening reception at Two Steps on Ives Street.
Saturday: “Saturday Night Film and Industry Bash.” A red carpet will be rolled out at The Palace Theater at 6:15 p.m., where New Milford cinematographer Christo Bakalov and actress Namrata Singh Gujral will be honored. At 7 p.m., their film, “Americanizing Shelley,” will be shown. After the movie, it’s time for the “industry bash” at the Palace, with food, drinks and live music.
Tickets for the film and party are $25.
Saturday: Watch “Elite Squad,” a critically-acclaimed movie from Brazil, at 7 p.m. at WestConn’s Ives Concert Hall on White Street. An informal post-screening party will be held at 9 p.m. at Delicious Bread Bakery at 35 White St. featuring Brazilian food, drinks and live music. Tribuna newspaper and Hamilton Mortgage are playing host to the after-party. Call (203) 730-0457 to RSVP.
Sunday: 2008 CT Film Festival Awards Brunch, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Amber Room Colonnade at 1 Stacey Road. Audience and judges awards will be given for narrative feature, documentary, international, short, animated and student film. Tickets are $25.
Sunday: Watch “The Pack,” starring Lucie Arnaz, at 5 p.m. at the Palace, then stay for a reception to benefit the American Cancer Society.
Tickets are $25.