The International Film Series is run by a small but dedicated staff of movie lovers. Look for us at any show and let us know how we're doing.

Jason Phelps

Jason Phelps, IFS Program Manager Jason started working with IFS and the Cinema Studies department as a student way back in 2012. Moving his way up from a cashier and archivist, his role here has grown tremendously as he has taken over as IFS Program Manager after Pablo’s retirement in September, 2022. While the IFS will no doubt see some changes with a new person at the helm, the heart of the series will remain intact. Cinema is amazing in that it is both an undeniable reflection of our culture as well as its influence. Jason recognizes this fact and plans to continue to bring the best that cinema has to offer to Boulder.

John Adams

John Adams, Graphic Design & Layout John Adams does the layout and graphic design for the IFS schedule and print ads. He's a Boulder area painter, digital graphic artist and cartoonist. He submitted the first comic book and video to be seen as part of a Master’s Thesis to the Fine Arts Department (MFA 1974). His hobby is memorizing poetry and he can recite, among other works, Howl. To see what he is up to now, go to

Martin Mapes

Martin Mapes, Webmaster A software engineer and former film critic, Marty keeps all the various versions of our web site up and running, along with our iOS app, daily reminders, weekly updates, custom schedules, and automatic tweets, to name a few.

Kendra Nelson

Kendra Nelson, Academic Services Professional Kendra Nelson graduated from CU with a Cinema Production degree in December 2021 and now works full time within the department. She enjoys movies, films, and the moving image. In her free time, she is often found crocheting, partaking in happy hour, and staring directly into the sun. Stop by ATLAS 327 for candy and to view her extensive knick knack collection. Kendra runs our Instagram page, puts together our preshow trailers, creates some flyers for our events, and projects some of our shows!

Student employees

Student Employees The IFS employees a handful of dedicated student employees - mostly from the Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts. These employees are invaluable to our operations and are usually the first faces you see when you come to an IFS show. They also are usually the ones in the booth making the magic happen by projecting great movies on our DCP system or our pair of 35mm projectors.

We’ll meet again

An open letter to fans of the IFS, from Pablo Kjolseth

July of 2022 marks my 25th anniversary at the helm of the International Film Series. I will be stepping down from this position the following month at the end of August. As I told my friend and boss, Chair of the Department of Cinema Studies, Ernesto Acevedo-Muñoz, it has been a singular privilege and one of the highest honors of my lifetime to oversee and program the longest-running, continuous arthouse calendar flm series west of the Mississippi.


10 films for $60 with punch card
$9 general admission. $7 w/UCB student ID, $7 for senior citizens
$1 discount to anyone with a bike helmet
Free on your birthday! CU Cinema Studies students get in free.


Pay lot 360 (now only $1/hour!), across from the buffalo statue and next to the Duane Physics tower, is closest to Muenzinger. Free parking can be found after 5pm at the meters along Colorado Ave east of Folsom stadium and along University Ave west of Macky.


Park elsewhere and catch the HOP to campus

International Film Series

(Originally called The University Film Commission)
Established 1941 by James Sandoe.

First Person Cinema

(Originally called The Experimental Cinema Group)
Established 1955 by Carla Selby, Gladney Oakley, Bruce Conner and Stan Brakhage.

C.U. Film Program

(AKA The Rocky Mountain Film Center)
First offered degrees in filmmaking and critical studies in 1989 under the guidance of Virgil Grillo.

Celebrating Stan

Created by Suranjan Ganguly in 2003.

C.U. Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts

Established 2017 by Chair Ernesto Acevedo-Muñoz.

Thank you, sponsors!
Boulder International Film Festival
Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts

Looking for a gift for a friend?
Buy a Frequent Patron Punch Card for $60 at any IFS show. With the punch card you can see ten films (a value of $90).

Cox & Kjølseth
: Filmmaker Alex Cox & Pablo Kjølseth discuss film topics from their own unique perspectives.

: Pablo and Ana share Zoom-based briefs on what's currently playing at IFS

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Index of visiting artists

Sun Mar 10, 2024

Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

At Muenzinger Auditorium

Mon Apr 1, 2024

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At Muenzinger Auditorium

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