The Best in Fest is Here!

4th Runner-Up
showing Sunday at 2:00pm


2015 Jason Zeldes 93 min  USA Doc

A fatal turf war between neighborhoods haunts the city of Richmond, CA. Donté Clark transcends the violence in his hometown by writing poetry about his experiences. Using his voice to inspire those around him, he and the like-minded youth of the city mount an urban adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, with the hope of starting a real dialogue about violence in the city.

3rd Runner-Up
showing Sunday at 4:00pm


2016  Keith Maitland  96 min  USA  Doc

On August 1st, 1966, a sniper opened fire from the top floor of the University of Texas Tower, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes. When it was finally over, a shaken nation was left trying to understand. This gripping reconstruction combines archival footage with rotoscopic animation in a dynamic, never-before-seen way. TOWER reveals the untold stories of the witnesses, heroes, and survivors of America’s first mass school shooting, when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others. Produced by Meredith Viera


2nd Runner-Up
showing Sunday at 6:30pm


2016  Kathlyn Horan  90 min USA  Doc

When Seattle police officer Kim Bogucki asked a group of incarcerated women a critical question, she struck a chord with repeat offender Renata Abramson. Renata took it upon herself to answer that question in writing, and invited her fellow prisoners to do the same. When Bogucki returned a month later, Renata handed her a stack of raw and poignant essays and The IF Project was born.   Director and Officer Bogucki  present.  



The Best in Fest!
showing Sunday at 8:30pm

2015  Hannes Holmes 116 min  Sweden  Drama

A touching comic crowdpleaser that may call for a tissue or two by the end, it’s a heartwarming tale about a stubborn, short-tempered man with steadfast beliefs, strict routines and the feeling that everyone around him is an idiot — and no reticence about telling them so. After new neighbors accidentally run over his mailbox, the cantankerous old git’s solitary world is shaken in ways he would never have imagined.          


Congratulations to ALL the Best in Fest!


BFF Roundtable Sponsored by BCTV


CONTACT: Merry Elder (802) 257-2461



30 Films Represent the Best Cinema Today
with Something for Everyone at Latchis Theater

BRATTLEBORO, Vermont (October 19, 2016) --  The Fifth Annual Brattleboro Film Festival (BFF) will present a 10-day cinematic feast of 30 unique and unforgettable films beginning Friday, November 4 through Sunday, November 10th at the historic Latchis Theatre in the heart of downtown Brattleboro, Vermont.

“We are honored to bring award-winning documentaries, dramas and shorts that truly represent the best of current cinema today to our community to share on the big screen ” Merry Elder, BFF President and head of Film Selection said.

The all-volunteer, community film festival focuses on mostly independent and award winning productions from the USA and around the world that offer viewpoints and characters often unseen in mainstream media. Discussions with visiting filmmakers and other experts follow some screenings  Schedules are posted on the BFF website.  BFF’s full program will also appear as supplement in the Wednesday November 2, 2016 edition of the weekly newspaper The Commons.


BFF opens Friday, November 4 with a free, open-to-the-public reception in Latchis Hotel Lobby starting at 5:00 p.m. where trailers for all 2016 films will be shown continuously.  Reception guests can hobnob with festival organizers and their fellow cinephiles prior to the opening night films, which begin at 6:30 pm and 8:30 p.m.  (These start times -- 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. -- are standard throughout the festival with 12:00, 2:00, 4:00 p.m. showings on weekends.)  Film previews will continue to be shown in the Latchis Hotel Lobby for the duration of the festival.

Kicking off this year’s film festival at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, the 4th is “Tanna” (2015  105 min  Martin Butler, Bentley Dean  Australia  Drama), Australia’s entry to the upcoming Academy Awards, this is the first feature film beautifully shot entirely in the paradise of Vanuatu. Based on a true story, it’s an exotic echo of Romeo and Juliet, tense with intertribal strife. Variety called it an “emotionally engaging story of forbidden love.”  It plays again Tuesday, November 8 at 6:;30 pm  

Opening night's second feature begins at  8:30 p.m. with BFF’s annual late Gallery Walk Art Screening of “Tyrus” (2015  Pamela Tom  78 min  USA Doc) a portrait of the under credited Chinese American artist behind the artistic style of “Bambi” and the style of many Hollywood films for years after.


Films show weeknights at 6:30 and 8:30 pm, starting Monday November 7 with the 6:30 pm screening of “IF Project” followed by a discussion with the film’s director and Detective Bogucki, a central figure in the film..  The full film schedule can be seen on the BFF website (link).


The festival will close Sunday, November 13th with the audience-chosen “Best in Fest” and “Countdown to Best in Fest” films.  These films represent movies voted by festival-goers as the best films overall. The Countdown films begin with repeat screenings of the top three runners-ups at 2:00 p.m., 4:00 and 6:30 pm. This crowd-pleasing feature gives moviegoers a second chance to see (and bring their friends to) festival favorites.  The Best in Fest -- the one film that filmgoers voted for above all others--rescreens at 8:30 p.m. Sunday night and closes the Fifth  Annual Brattleboro Film Festival.  Votes must be tallied Saturday evening.  Results will be announced by midnight on the BFF website and Facebook pages.

Check the website for many more discussions and events with filmmakers and special guests.


In an effort to share the joys of watching movies on the big screen with a generation known for watching videos on the very small screens of phones, tablets and laptops, BFF is offering free tickets to all high school students throughout the film festival. Students need only to show current and valid high school I.D. to receive a ticket for any festival film at the box office in the Latchis Theatre.


Partnering with local organizations, BFF uses film to raise awareness, facilitate dialogue, and increase civil discourse and community participation. BFF major sponsors include Latchis Arts, the Marlboro Graduate School and Vermont Independent Media’s The Commons.  Several local organizations are sponsoring individual films and BFF also has a working collaboration with the Vermont International Film Foundation in Burlington, Vermont.    


BFF tickets are $10 per film, $8 for seniors and children under 15  and can be purchased the day of screenings at the Latchis Theatre box office. Pre-sold packs of five tickets for $40 (a $10 savings) and the $140 All Festival Passes are available at Everyone’s Books and during Festival theater hours at the BFF Desk in the Latchis Lobby.  Tickets for children under 12 are $5 at designated daytime family screenings.  High school students enter free with a valid school ID.  

The Brattleboro Film Festival is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 corporation.  Please see the BFF website at: for full screening details and up-to-the minute events.





AUGUST 27th at the New England Youth Theater!  One last taste of summer!

This year's Slam presents a slate of films made by Vermonters followed by Q&As with the filmmakers - a hallmark of this film-focused event. During the outdoor intermission, guests can sample offerings from Taste of Thai, Messers Mobile Melts or Farm Concessions, and top off a meal with free ice cream provided by the organizers. This year's micro-brewery is new to Windham County, J'ville Brewery will have several of their craft beer selections on tap as well as wine by the glass from Honora Winery available for purchase.    

Location:  New England Youth Theater, 100 Flat Street, Brattleboro.

Parking:  Available at NEYT and Flat Street


5:30PM Doors Open
6:15PM Shorts Program (with Q&As) 
8:00 - 9:00PM Intermission (Food trucks, Beer & Wine, Live Music) 
9:00 - 10:30PM Feature Film (with Q&A) 
11:30PM Event Closes


Prices: $15/adult, $10 Senior/Student/Children
Buy In Advance starting August 5, 2016 up until 2pm day of the event
In Person at Everyone's Books, 25 Elliot Street, Brattleboro
Or buy Tickets Online 

Summer Cinema Slam is a fundraiser for the Brattleboro Film Festival and the Northern Routes Film Collaborative - a networking group for film and media professionals in Windham County.  Partnering together along with venue host The New England Youth Theater, the event inspires conversations and participation in the arts, and strengthens the filmmaking community in Vermont. 

Event is sponsored by Mondo Mediaworks
Filmmaker Sponsorship by Southern Vermont Young Professionals 

(photo above: a scene from "Bad Robbers")

(photo above: a scene from "Bad Robbers")

(photo above: a scene from "Bad Robbers")


FIRE | Ben Silberfarb | Norwich | 20m

Set in the snowy cold landscape of Vermont, this narrative short is a modern version of Jack London's short story, 'To Build A Fire". The film touches on human's relationship with nature and deals with transformations to the afterlife.  

THE LAND | Erin Davis | Middlebury | 22m

Guest Speaker:  Morgan Leichter-Saxby    

The Land is a short documentary film about the nature of play, risk and hazard set in a Welsh "adventure" playground.  At 'The Land,' children climb trees, light fires and use hammers and nails in a play-space rooted in the belief that kids are empowered when they learn to manage risks on their own.

BAD ROBBERS | George Woodard | Waterbury | 14m

'Bad Robbers' is a black and white slapstick comedy that pays tribute to the silent film era. The director uses his own dairy farm as the stage and his old pickup truck assumes the leading role.  Subtitled (English)

MAN WITH A PLAN | John O'Brien | Tunbridge | 90m

In this feature length comedy, Fred Tuttle, faced with his father's impending hip operation and his failing farm, needs to make a six-digit salary with a fourth-grade education. So he runs for U.S. Representative in a campaign that could only be run in Vermont.  Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the film proves its enduring appeal in an 2016 election year that doesn't feel all that different.  




It's time to get


The Brattleboro Film Festival is pleased to announce ...

The Brattleboro Film Festival and The Northern Routes Film Collaborative present the second annual Summer Cinema Slam on August 27, 2016 in Brattleboro. Featuring a slate of Vermont films, filmmaker Q&As, outdoor entertainment between films with regional food trucks, local craft beer and music. The Cinema Slam gives filmmakers and audiences a place to connect.    

The event is a fundraiser for the Brattleboro Film Festival and the Northern Routes Film Collaborative – a networking group for film and media professionals in Windham County.  Partnering together along with venue host The New England Youth Theater, the event inspires conversations and participation in the arts, and strengthens the filmmaking community in Vermont. 




May 08, 2016, 4:30 PM

Where: The Latchis Theater
General Admission: $15

Watch Trailer Below

Produced by the Vermont Progressive Party | Directed by Ralph Newman
USA | 1916 |  35 min (3 reels)
With a new music score composed and played by Bob Merrill
Tour sponsors: Vermont Humanities CouncilNational LifeUrban Rhino Digital;
John M Bissell Foundation; Media sponsors

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Paul Carnahan, Vermont Historical Society; Nora Jacobson, filmmaker.
This screening is in partnership with the Brattleboro Film Festival and ARTsravaganza.

We’re delighted to present the results of this restored and digitally remastered 2K version of the film produced through a partnership with the Vermont Historical Society. The screening, a fundraiser for VAMP, is a special celebration of the film’s centenary and is part of a statewide tour – traveling Vermont throughout the spring of 2016.

The 1916 film, A Vermont Romance, is the first feature film ever made in Vermont. The Vermont Movie Archive Project (VAMP) and the Vermont Historical Society partnered on the digital restoration of the film to create a high definition 2K version. This screening is part of a statewide tour presenting the the film with live piano accompaniment and a panel of experts, in six large venues and 12 small ones throughout Vermont in the spring of 2016 to celebrate the film’s 100th birthday.

This movie is an extraordinary piece of Vermont folklore. It was commissioned by the Vermont Progressive Party (affiliated with Theodore Roosevelt’s national Bull Moose party) and its newspaper, The Vermont Advance. Scenes were filmed in Burlington, Grand Isle, Newport, St. Johnsbury, White River Junction, Rutland, Chester and Bellows Falls. This fueled interest from theater owners from all corners of the state to host screenings. The plot is a fairly standard silent melodrama with no apparent political bent. The film is both a romance and a scenic tour of Vermont. It tells the tale of Dorothy, a country girl who befriends a rich girl and two city gents who are out for a drive in the country. Upon the death of her father she loses the farm where she lives and works. Almost penniless, she moves to Burlington to find work, and her adventures begin. Filming began Wednesday June 21, 1916 and was completed 10 days later! The first screening of the film was held Saturday, Sept 16, 1916 in Burlington to an audience of 4,000 followed byEssex Junction, Waterbury, St. Johnsbury, Rutland, South Royalton, Bethel and more..
For samples of the Call for Actors that The Vermont Advance published April 1, 1916 CLICK HERE.

The original music score for A Vermont Romance is yet to be discovered. As part of the project VAMP has commissioned Bob Merrill, a veteran silent film composer and pianist to create a new score and the screening will be accompanied, as were most silent films of that time, by live piano, played by Merrill to his new score.

A Vermont Romance is a window through which the public can view the people and landscape of Vermont one hundred years ago. Its tour will help VAMP build a statewide appreciation of Vermont films and filmmakers and increase awareness of VAMP’s growing digital archive of films.

Find out more about VAMP