BRATTLEBORO FILM FESTIVAL
1st ANNUAL YOUNG FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE
Now in its third year, the Brattleboro Film Festival is proud to announce the call for submissions to our first annual Young Filmmakers’ Showcase. Continuing in the Brattleboro Film Festival’s tradition of highlighting new work by both established and emerging filmmakers, this year we are sending a special invitation to filmmakers under the age of 25 to submit their original work to be celebrated alongside the frontrunners of our 2014 program.
- Best filmmaker under the age of 18 wins $250
- Best filmmaker between the ages of 18-25 wins $500
- The filmmaker is under the age of 25
- Submissions of any genre, length, or content – made within the last three years – are welcome
- No fee for submission needed
- Please include a short written statement (less than 300 words) about your piece and a connection it has to the state of Vermont. The connection can be personal, geographic, or thematic – stretches of the imagination welcome! Be creative!
- All necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances, and permits necessary to present the work have been obtained. The Brattleboro Film Festival is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement related to the work.
- otherwise DVD copies can be sent to:
Brattleboro Film Festival
294 South Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
attn:Young Filmmakers Submissions
- otherwise DVD copies can be sent to:
- All submissions must be received by October 15, 2014
BRATTLEBORO FILM FESTIVAL EYES AUDIENCE EXPANSION WITH GRANT AND NEW FUNDRAISING HEAD
27 MAY 2014, BRATTLEBORO, Vermont: The Brattleboro Film Festival (BFF), which premieres its third season October 31, 2014, announced today the receipt of a generous grant from the Vermont-based John M. Bissell Foundation and the appointment of a new fundraising chair in order to expand its mission and support outreach to new and underserved audiences.
The Stowe-based Bissell Foundation’s grant will help the BFF pursue its mission of bringing films that inform, challenge, entertain, and inspire to more diverse audiences by underwriting free tickets to high school students and by providing American Sign Language interpretation for the deaf for select films.
“We are grateful to the Bissell Foundation for helping BFF expand access to people who otherwise may not be able to see these great films,” Merry Elder, President of the BFF Board of Directors, said. “We are especially excited for help underwriting this year’s commitment to provide free tickets to high school students as part of our youth outreach efforts.”
The BFF also announced that Prudence Baird, a BFF Advisor who oversaw the Festival’s successful Green Carpet Gala last fall, is appointed to the post of Fundraising Chair. Baird will spearhead new efforts to expand the organization’s mission while enhancing the positive economic and cultural benefits that the BFF brings to Brattleboro. Baird, who has worked with a number of film commissions from around the country and has an extensive background in marketing, says “The Brattleboro Film Festival, which stretches for ten days and includes two full weekends, is a key rainmaker for our community as it brings a steady stream of people into downtown Brattleboro and helps solidify the town’s reputation as a destination location. Any bump in our budget goes directly back into our community and will have big payoffs for small businesses, restaurants and other Brattleboro entities that benefit from arts and culture tourism.”
Annual Brattleboro Film Festival Announces 2014 Festival Dates,
Accomplishments and Goals for Year Ahead
BRATTLEBORO, Vermont (January 20, 2014): On the heels of a very successful November 2013 event, the Brattleboro Film Festival (BFF) announced the 3rd Annual Brattleboro Film Festival will take place from Friday October 31 to Sunday November 9, 2014 at the Latchis Theatre in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont.
BFF is a unique, all volunteer-led and -run festival. The 30 films and accompanying events of the 2013 festival were enthusiastically received by more than 2,200 festival-goers. Enough revenue was brought in by attendance to get a strong start to this year’s fundraising effort, which has already commenced.
2013 audience favorites--like Best in Fest winner ‘Short Term 12” and “Maidentrip,” as well as the more controversial films such as “Act of Killing” and others--have gone on to gain international attention and accolades. “It was a privilege to bring these groundbreaking films to the community early on,” Merry Elder, BFF President and Head of Film Selection, said. “The film selection folks are already hunting for another great lineup in November.
The Brattleboro Film Festival (BFF) would like to take this opportunity to formally, publicly thank the many volunteers and companies who made the November 2013 festival such a success.
We thank all volunteers involved in Pre-Festival Planning, PR and Special Events: Kathleen Hathaway, Michelle Immler, Nancy Eddy, Judith Thomas, Radha Newsom, Prof. Larry Benaquist, Ian Hefele, Prof. Sander Lee, Michelle Ranieri, Jerry Levy, Jodi Turner, Darren Mark, Emma Mullen, Elizabeth Bissell, Ian McPherson, Nora Jacobson, Steve Silverstein,Tristan Toleno, Spencer Loggia, Elery Loggia, Terry Carter, Cyndi Ferrante, Sophia Mark, Casey and Ethan Metcalfe and Emma Davis. Thanks to musicians Andy Davis, Keith and Aidan Murphy for keeping us humming at the Gala. Thanks to Quinn Field for poster and other designs and thanks to Jeff Potter for designing and editing the great BFF supplement to The Commons which serves as our program.