January 01, 2019
The Region 9 Economic Development District of SW Colorado is pleased to announce that the Four Corners Film Office (4CFO) program will be moving under the Durango Film Institute.
As of January 1st, the Durango Film Institute which includes the Durango Independent Film Festival board and staff will be the point of contact for the 4CFO in its role as a liaison between production companies, the region, the Colorado Office of Television & Media and other partners in the surrounding four corners states; New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. 4CFO assists filmmakers, production companies, local business and communities by acting as an information hub and facilitator for production needs in Southwest Colorado and the Four Corners Region.
The Four Corners Film Office was launched in May of 2011, under the administrative umbrella of the Region 9 and since that time has worked with between 20 to 30 production inquiries a year with total impact (excluding major feature films) of $5.5 million. This includes everything from independent films to commercials and photography shoots.
“Marc Snider was the key person who not only brought the concept to Region 9 but gave of his time for five years to make the idea a reality,” said Laura Lewis Marchino, executive director of Region 9. “We all knew that our region needed to be on the film radar, and that films bring a positive economic impact to an area not to mention the industry has proven to be recession-proof.”
Over time, the 4CFO Advisory Board realized that funding was limited, and new energy and ideas were needed for the program’s long-term success. The Durango Film Institute was interested.
Joanie Leonard, executive Director of the Durango Film Institute says they are in a position to continue operations smoothly and efficiently. “We have long-time connections with the artistic side of the industry and a nonprofit status should help as well. We’re already working on ideas to actively promote film production in the area.”
Though Region 9 will not be running the program, they have a strong interest in keeping the regional coverage and the current 4CFO contact at Region 9, Stephani Burditt, will join the DFI Board of Directors to help with the transition and any learning curve. For more information about the 4CFO, please go to www.4cornersfilmoffice.org or their Facebook page. You can reach DIF at (970) 946-1108.
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