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.

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.

Pablo Kjølseth

Pablo Kjølseth, IFS Executive Director Duties & Responsibilities: Handling finances related to IFS, classroom, and PA accounts, including all invoiced payments due, scope-of-work employees (website, print media, calendar), student hourly supervision & payroll oversight, office coordination, as well as oversight over three media specialists. Responsible also for IFS film programming, screening IFS submissions, providing content for all ads, programs, posters, and flyers. Film trafficking: making sure all film and DCP inbound and outbound shipping is taken care of in timely fashion. Other financial responsibilities include filling out box-office reports, billing out payables, coordinating special-events (sneak previews, four-walled events, academic outreach, visiting filmmakers, etc.), sales, marketing, press releases, interviews, ad contracts and meeting with ad reps and entertainment editors, overseeing customer service for the IFS, and three or four business trips a year to meet with other film exhibitors and distributors to keep abreast of changing models for the business of film exhibition. Coordinating Norlin & Film Studies acquisitions. Oversight on all equipment upgrades taking place in screening spaces (critical studies & IFS). New duties include providing content for social media that include the IFS FB page and Twitter feed, and donor relations & fundraising.

Jason Phelps

Jason Phelps, Operations Coordinator & Media Relations Jason started working with IFS and the Cinema Studies department as a student back in 2012. Moving his way up from a cashier and archivist, his role here has grown tremendously. At the International Film Series, he functions under two branches - hence the dual title. As Operations Coordinator, Jason is responsible for employee hiring, training, and scheduling, as well as print trafficking, accounts payable, box office reporting, customer relations, projector maintenance & upkeep, tech support, and some minor programming (particularly with those underground Hit List titles, as well as some assistance with Tournées Festivals). The Media Relations side of his job focuses on trailer branding and editing, digital media management, preshow content production, PSA production, social media, podcast production for “Cox & Kjolseth” (alongside others TBA), some graphic design, marquee creation, DCP transcoding, minor website updates, and digital marketing. There’s also always the added stuff that randomly comes up here and there. Alongside this Jason does similar work for the Cinema Studies department, but all that is for another time...

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.

Julia Joun

Julia Joun, Promotion and Flatirons Food Film Festival Organizer Julia Joun created and organized the first IFS Food Film Festival in 2013. She also coordinates and implements promotional campaigns for IFS films.

Ana Mathews

Ana Mathews, Projectionist/Cashier Ana Mathews is a graduate student focusing on film archiving and preservation. She works as a projectionist between reading, painting, and getting distracted by horror movies and ‘90s sitcoms.

Alex Britti, Projectionist/Manager

Kendra Nelson

Kendra Nelson, Manager Kendra Nelson is a Cinema Production major who is overstaying her welcome as a 5th year. She enjoys movies, films, and the moving image. In her free time, she is often found crocheting, rollerskating, and staring directly into the sun. She will accept hot and spicy cheez-its as a bribe.

Robert Coller

Robert Coller, Cashier is a senior cinema studies major, religious studies minor, and is on track to graduate with a BFA in 2023. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies, reading books, and impersonating as Chris Evans at various small-time film festivals in order to get free food.

Maeve Rubin, Cashier

Rob Ruiz, Cashier


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).

Virtual titles to stream from home

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

Sprocket Damage
: Sprocket Damage digs deep(ish) into current and classic films and film-related subjects to bring to you insightful, humorous, and enlightening perspectives on the industry.

Search IFS schedules

Index of visiting artists

Thu Feb 16, 2023

They Came Together

At Muenzinger Auditorium

Fri Mar 17, 2023

Death to Smoochy

At Muenzinger Auditorium

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