02/15/2011 01:12 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

$25,000 Grant Supports Future Expansion of Boulder's Digital Media Symposium

The Digital Media Symposium, or DiMe, returns for its second year in Boulder on Friday, February 18 with a great lineup of national and local panelists weighing in on new digital media. Tickets, at $50, are on sale at

DiMe recently received a $25,000 grant from the City of Boulder's Arts and Business Collaborative (ABC) grants program, and the funding will help support the expansion of the symposium into a multi-day event with workshops, digital art exhibits and opportunities for collaboration.

The DiMe, which starts at one pm at the St. Julien Hotel in downtown Boulder, takes place during the Boulder International Film Festival, which runs February 17-20. DiMe is an initiative of BIFF, the Governor's Office of Creative Industries and the Boulder Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Two panels will fill the afternoon event, covering "Digital Distribution and Monetization" and "The Future of 3D." A full listing of panel members is on the DiMe site, but panels will include Andrew Steele, a TV and cable writer with Funny or Die, and Don Hahn from Stone Circle Pictures, a Los Angeles-based animation and 3D film producer.

DiMe is a great event, not only to learn more about new digital media technologies, but following the event you can mingle at a cash bar reception starting at five pm with local leaders and artists in Boulder's growing sector of film, broadcasting, gaming, mobile and other entertainment-based digital media.