The 2014 Clips Beer & Film Tour, New Belgium Brewing’s beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefitting show, raised $139,524 this year after traveling to 21 cities across the nation. Approximately 20,200 people attended the various tour stops this year. Since its inception in 2010, Clips has raised $506,417 for nonprofit organizations. Kansas City raised the most money this year, bringing in more than $13,000.
Each Clips Beer & Film Tour stop featured New Belgium’s esoteric Lips of Faith beer offerings (and brewery classics) alongside amateur films created by inspired filmmakers from across the country. Volunteers served up popular and rare New Belgium brews with 100 percent of the proceeds from beer sales benefitting local nonprofits. Attendees also enjoyed food from local vendors in addition to a diverse offering of traveling games and contests.
Focusing on New Belgium’s commitment to sustainability, these events also encouraged people to recycle, with an impressive 80 percent of waste diverted from landfills. Alternative transportation was encouraged at each event and some cities even organized local community bike rides to the event.
“Mother Nature challenged us across the nation this year. Even when there was rain, people came out with big umbrellas so they could still see the films and support their local beneficiary,” said Christie Catania, Clips National Special Events Manager. “It was a great season and we are looking forward to planning a couple new cities in 2015.”
New Belgium selects approximately 20 short films for the tour each season. All selected filmmakers for the 2014 tour received a trophy-worthy beer in a custom screen-printed bottle, made exclusively for the winning submissions. This year, the chosen films included a banana with an attitude, ultra marathoners running with stubborn animals, neon spandex, and much, much more. It was a diverse and highly entertaining lineup with something for everyone. Filmmakers who would like to be considered for the 2015 tour can submit entries starting in January 2015 at www.newbelgiumclips.com.