Colorado film festival parties with the stars

The nonstop parties kept spirits warm during the 35th Telluride Film Festival this past weekend. Distribs slotted more gatherings than usual, keeping filmmakers and sponsors huffing up and down Colorado Street.

At the Miramax dinner on Saturday, prexy Daniel Battsek chatted with Mike Leigh about the upcoming release of the helmer’s “Happy-Go-Lucky.” Meanwhile, Danny Boyle felt the love at the Fox Searchlight dinner after his standing-room-only screening of “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Over at the Sony Classics feast, “Waltz With Bashir” director Ari Folman was thankful for the back-to-back bashes, saying, “Everything else in this small town shuts down at 10 p.m.”

The Filmmaker’s Dinner at the home of fest directors Joseph, Diane and Sarah Steinberg on Sunday, hosted by Variety and ICM, saw agency prexy Chris Silberman mingling with Greg Kinnear, Tracy Chapman, Salman Rushdie, Lauren Graham and Jeff Goldblum. “It’s my first time here,” Goldblum said. “It’s been fascinating and interesting.”

“It surprises me when people doubt they’ll find good films here,” said fest co-director Tom Luddy. “Everyone who comes has their mind blown by something in our slate.”

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