BRATTLEBORO -- On the heels of a successful November 2013 event, the Brattleboro Film Festival announced the third annual Brattleboro Film Festival will take place from Thursday, Oct. 31, to Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Latchis Theatre.
BFF is a 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 begun.
"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."
BFF’s Southern Vermont festival premiere of "Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie" was a hit. BFF’s first "Green Carpet Gala" at The River Garden offered a chance for local filmmakers to rub shoulders with the many community leaders who attended. Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin extolled the festival’s positive creative and economic impact for the region in a videotaped greeting. BFF provided free tickets to opening night showings and discussion with Director Nora Jacobson to all high school students, a practice BFF seeks to repeat in 2014 with community support.
Leading up to the 2013 festival, BFF partnered with the BEAMS after school program at the Brattleboro Area Middle School to offer a free film appreciation class with a focus on media literacy and the vocabulary of film. The collaboration continues with BFF’s Diane LaVerdi teaching another free, after-school video production class that started in January. Students from area schools provided community service at the festival in a new relationship with Brattleboro Union High School. BFF seeks to expand its work with schools and increase family programming in the year ahead.
BFF’S screenwriting primer with Hollywood screenwriter and BFF Advisory Board member Tim Metcalfe was well attended. BFF hopes to expand community access to such workshops and educational/professional events in 2014.
BFF’s first free classic film noir screenings and discussions at Brooks Memorial Library went so well that Brooks Memorial Library has inaugurated a free, weekly film noir series throughout the spring with discussions led by Metcalfe and journalist Tom Bedell.
BFF’s collaboration with Burlington’s Vermont International Film Festival will continue in 2014.
The Brattleboro Film Festival presents films from the U.S. and around the world that inform, challenge, entertain and inspire, emphasizing viewpoints and characters often unseen in mainstream media. Partnering with local organizations, BFF creates educational initiatives and promotes special events spotlighting issues that raise awareness, facilitate dialog and increase audience diversity through community participation.
The community can continue to invest in BFF’s continued success by volunteering, becoming a sponsor or by making a tax-free donation to BFF through the Arts Council of Windham County. BFF also values film suggestions and all feedback. Visit www.brattleborofilmfestival.org and BFF’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BrattleboroFilmFestival) for information.