BIFF Background

Berkshire Bank, America’s Most Exciting Bank®, in collaboration with the Berkshire International Film Festival, has created The Next Great Filmmaker Award. This annual award is designed to encourage and support short filmmakers.

Winner will be announced on June 3rd, 2016 at the Pittsfield Opening Night Prior to the screening of Life Animated

Here are the nominated films:

  • How to Lose Weight – by Benjamin Berman
  • Emperor of Time – by Drew Christie
  • Bacon and God’s Wrath – by Sol Friedman
  • January – by Craig Pospisil
  • Tattoo You by S.R. Bindler & Lisa Kenner Grissom


To read the official rules, click here.

Nominated Films:

How to Lose Weight – by Benjamin Berman


Emperor of Time – by Drew Christie

Bacon and God’s Wrath – by Sol Friedman


January – by Craig Pospisil


Tattoo You – by S.R. Bindler & Lisa Kenner Grissom