BIFF IS SHAKING IT UP IN OCTOBER!

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BIFF IS SHAKING IT UP IN OCTOBER!

2018 BIFF PASSES ON SALE NOW!
FILM SUBMISSIONS OPEN NOW!

REEL FRIENDS FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS
THE FLORIDA PROJECT THIS WEEK,

BIFF PRESENTS AWARD WINNING FILM
CITY OF GHOSTS AT CORNELL,

AND BIFF’S CLOSING NIGHT FILM, LUCKY, OPENS AT THE TRIPLEX NEXT WEEK!

NEW REEL Friends Event!

This Thursday, October 12, the BIFF REEL Friends presents a screening of one of the most anticipated films of the season, with major Oscar Buzz coming out of all the major festivals this fall…THE FLORIDA PROJECT at the Triplex!Warm, winning, and gloriously alive, Sean Baker’s (TANGERINE, PRINCE OF BROADWAY) THE FLORIDA PROJECT is a deeply moving and unforgettably poignant look at childhood.

Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, THE FLORIDA PROJECT follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince in a stunning breakout turn) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite, another major discovery) over the course of a single summer. The two live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel managed by Bobby (a career-best Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion.

Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates—including Jancey, a new arrival to the area who quickly becomes Moonee’s best friend—fearlessly explore the utterly unique world into which they’ve been thrown. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the toil and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter.

The film stars Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince, Valeria Cotto and Bria Vinaite

“Glorious and gorgeous!”- Manola Darghis, New York Times
Prior to the screening, a wine and cheese reception will begin at 6PM, screening at 7PM.
Tickets for the reception and screening are $15 for Reel Friends,
$20 for yet-to-be Reel Friends. 

Tickets available at the Triplex Box Office.

BIFF HEADS TO THE CORNELL UNIVERSITY CAMPUS!

After a powerful screening at the BIFF last year, the Berkshire International Film Festival is very proud to be co-sponsoring the extraordinary film
CITY OF GHOSTS on the campus of Cornell University! Thank you to award winning director and BIFF alum Matt Heineman and to the heroic journalist and subject of the film Aziz Al-Hamza who will be skyping in from overseas after the screening for a Q&A with Cornell students and members of the audience!

2018 BIFF FILM PASSES OPEN NOW! 

Don’t wait…get your pass for the 13th Annual BIFF today! The exciting, engaging and fun filled 4-day film festival, kicking off the Berkshire cultural season, will be held May 31 – June 3, 2018.

Please go to the BIFF website www.biffma.org to purchase online or call
1-866-811-4111 and purchase your pass for films, talks, parties and events.  Single tickets to films will go on sale at the end of April 2018 when the complete program is announced.

2018 FILM SUBMISSIONS ALSO OPEN NOW! 

Calling all filmmakers!  Film Submissions are now open! We are already hard at work to program another exciting and engaging weekend in the Berkshires.  Please submit your film through Withoutabox and it will be in consideration for the 2018 festival. www.biffma.org

BERKSHIRE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FILMS COMING TO A THEATER NEAR YOU!

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It is impossible to see every film during the film festival, so we are excited to inform you that some of the most popular films are now releasing nationwide and will be coming to the Triplex Cinema in Great Barrington!

This Friday, THE HERO will be opening at the Triplex.  THE HERO stars Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon and Katherine Ross and is the story of an ailing movie star coming to terms with his past and mortality.  In a review of the film, the New York Times called Sam Elliott “a national treasure.”

Also coming soon to theTriplex is the BIFF Opening Night inspirational film STEP, BIFF Audience Award winner PATTI CAKE$, Pittsfield Opening Night film THE TRIP TO SPAIN and BIFF comedy hit LANDLINE.

And, the Beacon Cinema has begun their renovation of the new and improved seats…be sure to check them out!

WE THANK OUR BIFF SPONSORS!

Premiere sponsors of the festival include the Triplex Cinema, Beacon Cinema, GWFF, The Jane Iredale Companies, Studio Two, Max Ultimate Food, The Red Lion Inn, Town Vibe, and Berkshire Bank.

Supporting sponsors include Karen Allen Fiber Arts, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Inc., Stella Artois, Abbotts Livery, Harney & Sons Teas, Stonover Farm, Haven Café, Prana Bar, Blantyre, The Barrington, Carlo Huber Selections and Fairfield Inn and Suites.

BIFF Wraps 12th Festival

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THE BERKSHIRE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WRAPS THE 12TH LARGEST AND MOST SPECTACULAR YEAR!

Juried Prize and Best of Fest Audience Awards Announced!

June 5, 2017, Great Barrington, MA – Sunday, the Berkshire International Film Festival wrapped a spectacular festival, filled with luminaries such as Christopher Plummer, John Carroll Lynch, Karen Allen, Steven Cantor, Sheila Nevins, David Edelstein and Paul Krugman, among 40 filmmakers in attendance.  In addition, the BIFF announced the winners of the annual BIFF Juried Prize Award and the BIFF Audience Award.

The BIFFMA Jury

The BIFFMA Jury

In the Juried documentary category, the winner was NOWHERE TO HIDE directed by Zaradasht Ahmed, and will be released by East Village Entertainment (EVE) film releasing soon. In the Juried narrative category the Israeli entry from Film Movement, BAR BAHAR or IN BETWEEN, was awarded the prize. The Jury prize is sponsored by GWFF USA and was presented at a brunch Sunday at allium Restaurant in Great Barrington. Serving on the BIFF Jury were actors Mary Kay Place, and Scott Cohen, Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment, casting director Gretchen Rennell, screenwriter Maria Nation, Academy Award film directors Peggy Rajski and Karen Goodman, production designer and film director Kristi Zea, film executive Bob Harper, and film director and New York Film Festival director Kent Jones.

The Audience Award Winner was the closest in BIFF’s 12 year history with the Narrative Feature going to the Sundance hit PATTI CAKE$ directed by Geremy Jasper and distributed by Fox Searchlight. The Audience Award Winner for best documentary feature was a tie between TAKE MY NOSE….PLEASE! directed by Joan Kron and BENDING THE ARC directed by Kief Davidson and Pedro Kos.

Winners of the Next Great Filmmaker Award

Winners of the Next Great Filmmaker Award

The winner of the Berkshire Bank “Next Great Filmmaker Award” was Denmark’s Helene Moltke-Leth short film RUNNING THROUGH LIFEprovides an insight into the relationship between individuals, their community and technology and the desire to live balanced life.  The filmmaker was in attendance from Denmark, made a moving speech about being at the BIFF and winning this award.  After the ceremony, BIFF presented a sold-out screening of the buddy road trip comedy TRIP TO SPAIN starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon releasing in August by IFC.  The evening was also sponsored by Berkshire Bank.  Prior to the screening, patrons were invited to a party at Hotel On North.

Opening Night

Opening Night

Highlights of the 4-day festival included the opening night screening of the Sundance audience award-winning film STEP! The film was greatly received with an enthusiastic ovation to a packed house at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, and the audience enjoyed a wonderfulQ&A afterwards with the award winning producer, Steven Cantor. STEP will be released in August by Fox Searchlight.  The Opening Night party was held at the St. James Place with dinner, dancing and cocktails underwritten by Jane Iredale and catered by Rita Welch.  Saturday evening in Great Barrington, the BIFF honored legendary Academy Award winning actor, Christopher Plummer for his Achievement in Film.

Tribute Night with Christopher Plummer

Tribute Night with Christopher Plummer

In conversation with Chief NY Film Critic David Edelstein, Mr. Plummer shared with the audience wonderful and funny stories from his more than 7 decades in film and theater.  Upon accepting the award he generously praised the BIFF and said “you probably can’t realize how much this means to me.” Immediately following the conversation, BIFF screened his new film THE EXCEPTION directed by David Leveaux and released by A24. The tribute evening was generously sponsored by GWFF USA and the dinner party was held at the St. James Place catered by MAX Ultimate Food. The BIFF also presented its’ new initiative

Tea Talk at St.James Place

Tea Talk at St.James Place

“TEA TALKS” including 3 talks from Sheila Nevins, President of HBO documentaries; Karen Allen and Kristi Zea honoring Carsen McCullers with their short films A TREE. A ROCK. A CLOUD. and DOMESTIC DILEMMA; and Sunday BIFF presented a screening of ALL THE PRESIDENTS MEN followed by a conversation with Paul Krugman and Dr. Alan Chartock.  Closing out the 12th year, BIFF presented LUCKY followed by a conversation with director David Carroll Lynch, moderated by BIFF board member Mary Mott.  LUCKY will release this summer by Magnolia.

Screening a record 80 features, documentaries, and shorts, BIFF hosted over 40 filmmakers and offered free children’s programs, Berkshire filmmakers, and parties in the BIFF throughout downtown Great Barrington and Pittsfield including a delicious filmmaker cocktail party sponsored by the Red Lion Inn on the Mahaiwe Theater stage.

In its twelfth year, BIFF proudly presented the sixth annual Filmmakers Summit, a two-day industry summit offered to the 2017 film selection filmmakers. Offering a diverse, multi-dimensional program of panel discussions, lectures, and special events, lead by known industry professionals, the BIFF Filmmakers Summit is designed to celebrate and support the advancement of filmmakers and recognize film as a relevant and important medium.  Highlights of this years Filmmaker Summit was a studio visit with Douglas Trumbull, panels with Molly Thompson, Peggy Rajski, Diana Holtzberg, Elisabeth Holm and Gregory Rehm and the keynote address by Sheila Nevins.

Alan Chartock and Paul Krugman

Alan Chartock and Paul Krugman

Premiere Sponsors of the 2017 BIFF include the Triplex Cinema, the Beacon Cinema, GWFF USA, Jane Iredale, The Annie Selke Companies, Max Ultimate Food, Studio Two, The Red Lion Inn, Berkshire Bank and Townvibe. Presenting Sponsors include Karen Allen Fiber Arts, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Stella Artois, Haven Cafe, Stonover Farm, Abbott’s Livery, Blantyre, The Barrington, Fairfield Inn and Suites and Carlo Huber Selections.

With nearly 800 film submissions this year, the Berkshire International Film Festival has quickly become a destination festival that filmmakers seek due to the enthusiastic audiences it attracts.

BIFF 2018 will be held May 31 – June 3, 2018….passes and submissions will open October 1, 2017.

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A HAPPY FILM Special BIFF Event

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THE BIFF REEL FRIENDS SOCIETY
ANNOUNCES A SPECIAL FILM EVENT!
2017 All-Access Passes Sold-Out!

 

Kick-off the Memorial Day Weekend with THE BIFF REEL Friends Society special screening of THE HAPPY FILM at the Mahaiwe Theater on Friday, May 26th at 6:30PM with artist and co-director Stefan Sagmeister, co-director Ben Nabors and Dr. Sheenah Hankin in attendance.  This event is generously sponsored by The Annie Selke Companies.

Austrian designer Stefan Sagmeister is doing well. He lives in New York, the city of his dreams, and he has success in his work, designing album covers for the Rolling Stones, Jay-Z and the Talking Heads. But in the back of his mind he suspects there must be something more. He decides to turn himself into a design project. Can he redesign his personality to become a better person? Is it possible to train his mind to get happier? He pursues 3 controlled experiments of meditation, therapy, and drugs, grading himself along the way. But real life creeps in and confounds the process: art, sex, love, and death prove impossible to disentangle. His unique designs and painfully personal experiences mark a journey that travels closer to himself than ever intended.

A fun and interactive panel discussion will follow the screening with Sagmeister, Nabors and Dr. Hankin.  This is an event not to miss!

Tickets are $20 for the film and panel discussion and $50 for film, panel discussion and an “After Party” with Sagmeister, Nabors and Dr. Hankin at a private home. The “After Party” is generously sponsored by Kate and Hans Morris.  Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Mahaiwe Box Office or through the link below.

https://themahaiwe.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F1600000megj0EAA

Trailer:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/35lo1seqodm2nck/AACJZWE-qVY7lEATQhJMyroGa?dl=0

 

BIFF IS PROUD TO BE COLLABORATING WITH SANDY NEWMAN AND THE BERKSHIRE IMMIGRATION CENTER TO PRESENT
A FREE  COMMUNITY SCREENING OF 

SALAM NEIGHBOR 
AT THE BERKSHIRE MUSEUM ON SATURDAY!

FREE THIS SATURDAY!  A showing of the documentary film “Salam Neighbor,” depicting life in a Syrian refugee camp, is the centerpiece of UNITY IN DIVERSITY, an event organized by Sandra Newman, founder of Community Access to the Arts, in collaboration with the Berkshire Immigrant Center, and the Berkshire International Film Festival. The screening, which will be followed by a discussion and a reception, will take place on Saturday, April 22, at 5 p.m. at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

The brief panel discussion after the film will be led by Sherwood Guernsey, a Four Freedoms Coalition founder and Outreach Chair for the First Congregational Church of Williamstown, and will feature voices from diverse backgrounds. The reception will include hors d’oeuvres, wine, and desserts from Berkshire restaurant owners and chefs, many of whom are immigrants from countries all over the world.

“I feel this film is very important to share with our community in the spirit of bringing together all races, religions, and cultures and to honor the values of inclusivity, respect, and equality that are at the heart of our local and national identity,” says Newman. “The response to this event has been very positive. I’m proud to live in a community that embraces the concept of unity in diversity.”

“We urge you to join us,” says Sherwood Guernsey, “to learn about and understand the Syrian tragedy and to reaffirm the Berkshires’ continuing belief in tolerance and respect for all peoples. Stand with us to support, not reject, our Syrian brothers and sisters.”

Those wishing to make a donation at UNITY IN DIVERSITY may do so by writing checks to The Berkshire Immigrant Center.  For more information, call (413) 298-4756.

DATE:  Saturday, April 22, 2017
TIME: 5.00 PM Screening with Panel Discussion and reception to follow
PLACE: The Berkshire Museum
PRICE: FREE

BIFF Announces Full Festival Line-Up
on April 26th!
2017 All-Access Passes Sold-Out!

The BIFF will announce all the films and events at the ANNOUNCEMENT PARTY, Wednesday, April 26th from 6 to 8 at Haven!  Cocktails, appetizers and the announcement of the BIFF 2017 schedule – be the first to hear the exciting news of the opening and closing night films, the new special events, the short films for the Next Great Filmmaker Award, new parties and of course…the honoree!  Enjoy a drink and delicious food from Shelly Williams and the Haven Team, while we reveal the full  line-up of film and events! Don’t pass up this opportunity to gather with other BIFF-sters in celebrating the best in independent film!  If you would like to attend the BIFF Announcement Party, you must be an Opening Night, Special Event or All-Inclusive Passholder, a Sponsor OR a REEL Friends Society Member at the Friends With Benefits, Producer or Executive Producer Level.

EARLY TICKET PURCHASE FOR THE BIFF REEL FRIENDS ONLY!

The BIFF will announce the FULL line-up of films and events on APRIL 26. This year, ALL BIFF REEL Friends will have priority access to purchasing tickets to BIFF films and events before they go on sale to the general public on APRIL 29!  Take advantage of this opportunity so you don’t get shut out of the most popular films and events. Details to follow!

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Special Event Screening: A STREET CAT NAMED BOB

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THE BIFF’S REEL FRIENDS FILM SOCIETY
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
MOUNTAINSIDE TREATMENT CENTER & BERKSHIRE HUMANE PURRADISE

ANNOUNCE
A SPECIAL SCREENING EVENT

February 8th (Pittsfield) & February 9th (Great Barrington)
Pre-screening reception at Rubi’s (Feb 9th only)
Post-screening discussion with
the film’s director Roger Spottiswoode,

screenwriter Maria Nation, and
Mountainside Treatment Center’s Jessica Dunn

Based on the international best seller, A STREET CAT NAMED BOB tells the true story of James Bowen, a young British street singer struggling with addiction, and his remarkable road to recovery thanks to the unexpected arrival of a stray ginger tom cat.  When the cat won’t leave James’ side he names him Bob and the heartwarming partnership becomes the key to James’ recovery.

A STREET CAT NAMED BOB stars, Luke Treadaway, Joanne  Froggatt, Ruta Gedmintas and Anthony Head with original songs by Charlie Fink.

click here to watch the trailer

“A STREET CAT NAMED BOB is an incredible feel-good movie that, despite its darks subject matter, makes your heart swell.  It’s a story of survival and the strength of friendship. This is a tale that highlights the healing powers of feline friends.  It will lift your spirit and heal your soul.”
…The Hollywood News

Prior to the screening will be a reception at Rubi’s (Thursday only, limited tickets).

After the screening, join us for a discussion and Q & A with the film’s director, Roger Spottiswoode (Turner & Hooch, And The Band Played On,Tomorrow Never Dies, Shake Hands with the Devil, etc), the film’s screenwriter (and BIFF Advisory Board member) Maria Nation, and Jessica Dunn who will discuss Mountainside Treatment Center’s work, philosophy and success in addiction treatment.

The Berkshire Humane Society’s Purradise will be bringing some special (feline) guests to the Triplex who will be available for adoption.  If you bring a donation for Purradise (cat food, blankets, cash, toys, etc) the Triplex will give you a complimentary kiddie popcorn.

Director Roger Spottiswoode and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at the London Royal Premier of A STREET CAT NAMED BOB.
AT A GLANCE:

WHAT:  BIFF Special Screenings of A STREET CAT NAMED BOB

MORE:  Pre-screening reception at Rubi’s (Thursday only; limited space)

EVEN MORE: Post- screening Q & A with director Roger Spottiswoode, screenwriter Maria Nation, and Jessica Dunn, Mountainside Treatment Center’s Alumni Relations Manager 

WHEN:  7PMWed., February 8 at the Beacon Cinema, Pittsfield 
              7PMThurs., February 9 at the Triplex Cinema, Gt. Barrington 
              6PM – Limited Pre-screening reception held
at Rubi’s on Thursday ONLY
PRICE:  $10, screening and Q&A
              $20, reception, screening and Q&ATickets can ONLY be purchased at the respective theaters and will go on sale January 30th.
The BIFF REEL FRIENDS SOCIETY send deep thanks to
our co-sponsors for this event:
THIS SPECIAL EVENT IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY
THE BIFF REEL FRIENDS FILM SOCIETY
Kelley Vickery with HBO’s Sheila Nevins, Yo Yo Ma & family at the BIFF premiere of THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS
The BIFF invites you to join its REEL FRIENDS FILM SOCIETY which presents special screenings, filmmaker appearances, parties and events in the Berkshires and New York City throughout the year.
Click here to become a REEL Friend!
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THE BERKSHIRE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WRAPS AN ELEVENTH STAR-STUDDED YEAR

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Juried Prize and Best of Fest Audience Awards Announced!

Great Barrington, MA – Sunday, the Berkshire International Film Festival wrapped a star-studded festival, filled with luminaries such as Yo-Yo-Ma, Bruce Dern, Karen Allen, Meryl Streep, Ann Roth, Joan Anderson, Sheila Nevins, Mike Haley, Kent Jones, Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow, Gregory Crewdson Julie Goldman, Ethel Sheffer and Douglas Trumbull among 40 filmmakers in attendance. In addition, the BIFF announced the winners of the annual BIFF Juried Prize Award and the BIFF Audience Award. In the Juried documentary category, the winner was UNTOUCHABLE written and directed by David Feige and in the Juried narrative category the Iranian entry, WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, was awarded the prize. The Jury prize is sponsored by GWFF USA and was presented at a brunch Sunday at allium Restaurant in Great Barrington. Serving on the BIFF Jury were actors Mary Kay Place, and Peter Riegert, Josh Braun and Dan Braun of Submarine Entertainment, casting director Gretchen Rennell, film executive Bob Harper, and New York Film Festival director Kent Jones.  The Audience Award Winner for best narrative feature was a tie between YEAR BY THE SEA directed by Alexander Janko and starring Karen Allen, and the French film OUR WOMEN directed by Richard Barry. The Audience Award Winner for best documentary feature was the Sundance hit film LIFE, ANIMATED directed by Roger Rees Williams.

The winner of the Berkshire Bank “Next Great Filmmaker Award” was Lisa Grissom’s powerful short film TATTOO YOU taking a unique look at the issue of bullying from the adult perspective based on the award-winning play of the same name written by Grissom. After the ceremony, BIFF presented a sold-out screening of the Sundance hit LIFE, ANIMATED directed by Roger Ross Williams about the remarkable story of how Owen found in Disney animation a pathway to language and a frame work for making sense of the world. Award winning director Julie Goodman was in attendance. The evening was also sponsored by Berkshire Bank.  Prior to the screening, patrons were invited to a party at Hotel On North with chef Brian Alberg.

Highlights of the 4-day festival included the opening night screening of the Sundance audience award-winning film MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO-YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE. The film was greatly received with a standing ovation in a packed house at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, and the audience enjoyed a wonderful Q&A afterwards with the one and only Yo-Yo Ma and Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films. The Opening Night party was held at the BIFF Tent with dinner and cocktails underwritten by The Annie Selke Companies and catered by Mezze. Saturday evening in Great Barrington, the BIFF celebrated Bruce Dern for his Achievement in Film. In conversation with Doug Trumbull, Dern regaled the audience with wonderful and funny stories from his more than 40 years in Hollywood and he generously praised the BIFF as being “the Sundance of the East.” This special evening was generously sponsored by GWFF USA and the dinner party was held at the BIFF Tent, with music by Andy Kelly jazz band and dinner was catered by MAX Ultimate Food. The BIFF presented more packed screenings at the Mahaiwe including YEAR BY THE SEA, starring Karen Allen, who was in attendance for a Q&A following the screening with the author Joan Anderson and the director Alexander Janko; BECOMING MIKE NICHOLS followed by a conversation with BIFF honoree Mike Haley, Academy Award winning costume designer Ann Roth and Academy Award winning actress Meryl Streep. Closing out the 11th year, BIFF closing night presentation was DE PALMA followed by a conversation with directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow moderated by internationally acclaimed artist, Gregory Crewdson.

Screening 75 features, documentaries, and shorts, BIFF hosted over 40 filmmakers and offered free children’s programs, Berkshire filmmakers, and parties in the BIFF throughout downtown Great Barrington and Pittsfield including a delicious filmmaker cocktail party sponsored by the Red Lion Inn.  Highlights of the weekend included ART AND HEART: THE WORLD OF ISAIAH SHEFFER with the director Catherine Tambini, Ethel Sheffer and Beryl Jolly in attendance; EVERYBODY KNOWS…ELIZABETH MURRY with Oscar Nominated production designer Kristi Zea; HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST with Harry Benson in attendance for a Q&A with directors; HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT followed by a Q&A with director and New York Film Festival Director Kent Jones; PETER AND THE FARM with Hudson filmmaker Tony Stone and producer Melissa auf der Maur; FORGOTTEN FARMS with Berkshire filmmaker Dave Simonds and producer Sarah Gardner; and REBEL CITIZEN, with award winning filmmakers Pamela Yates and Paco de Onis.

In its eleventh year, BIFF proudly presented the fifth annual Filmmakers Summit, a two-day talent academy offered to the 2016 film selection filmmakers. Chrysler Capital and Momentary Pictures sponsored this years’ summit. Offering a diverse, multi-dimensional program of panel discussions, lectures, and special events, lead by known industry professionals, the BIFF Filmmakers Summit is designed to celebrate and support the advancement of filmmakers and recognize film as a relevant and important medium.  Highlights of this years festival was a studio visit with Douglas Trumbull and the keynote address by Sheila Nevins.

Premiere Sponsors of the 2016 BIFF include the Triplex Cinema, the Beacon Cinema, GWFF USA, The Annie Selke Companies, Max Ultimate Food, Studio Two, The Red Lion Inn, Berkshire Bank and Townvibe. Presenting Sponsors include Karen Allen Fiber Arts, Jane Iredale Companies, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Stella Artois, Haven Cafe, Stonover Farm, Abbott’s Livery, Blantyre, Greylock Federal Credit Union, The Barrington, Fairfield Inn and Suites and Carlo Huber Selections.

BIFF will present TWO FREE family films this summer on Tuesday, July 12th, BIFF will screen the classic family baseball film, FIELD OF DREAMS and on Tuesday, July 26th the heart-warming family favorite, BABE will be shown. Films will be in Lilac Park in Lenox at 8PM. Bring a picnic and a blanket and watch the film under the Berkshire stars. Popcorn is FREE as is the film!

SAVE THE DATE! BIFF presents the first ever HOUSE PARTY on Saturday, September 3 at 6PM. This year’s theme is HAUTE HOEDOWN and will be hosted at a private Richmond Estate with outstanding views of the surrounding counties. Cocktails and hors d-oeuvres, an elegant seated farm to table dinner by MAX Ultimate Food plus games, live band, mechanical bull, line dancing and live auction! Wear your denim or drip in diamonds or be glad to wear plaid…anything goes! For more information, call 413-528-8030.

With nearly 800 film submissions this year, the Berkshire International Film Festival has quickly become a destination festival that filmmakers seek due to the enthusiastic audiences it attracts.

BIFF 2016 will be held June 1 – 4, 2017 and passes and submissions will open October 1, 2016.

Photos from BIFF 2015

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Photos from BIFFMA 2015 – What a great festival it was!
All photos by Kevin Sprague

THE BERKSHIRE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WRAPS THE TENTH SPECTACULAR YEAR

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 1, 2015

From: Berkshire International Film Festival
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Contact: Kelley R. Vickery (413) 528-8030

THE BERKSHIRE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WRAPS THE TENTH SPECTACULAR YEAR

Juried Prize and Best of Fest Audience Awards Announced

Great Barrington, MA – Today, the Berkshire International Film Festival announced the winners of the annual BIFF Juried Prize Award and the BIFF Audience Award. In the Juried documentary category, the winners were ROMEO IS BLEEDING written and directed by Jason Zeldes. Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia won in the Juried narrative category for their film H. filmed in both Troy, NY and Pittsfield. The Jury prize is sponsored by GWFF USA and was presented at a brunch Sunday at allium Restaurant in Great Barrington. Serving on the BIFF Jury were actors Karen Allen, Mary Kay Place, Scott Cohen and Peter Riegert, Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment, producer Susan Arnold, casting director Gretchen Rennell, film executive Bob Harper, production designer Kristi Zea, and New York Film Festival director Kent Jones. The Audience Award Winner for best documentary feature was a tie between CRESCENDO directed by Jamie Bernstein, and ABOVE AND BEYOND directed by Roberta Grossman and produced by Nancy Spielberg. The Audience Award Winner for best narrative feature was the Danish film SECRETS OF WAR.

The winner of the Berkshire Bank “Next Great Filmmaker Award” was Chris King’s powerful short film BIRTHDAY about a wounded war veteran returning home to his wife and how they put their lives back together. After the ceremony, BIFF presented a sold-out screening of the Sundance hit THE END OF THE TOUR directed by James Ponsoldt and stars Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segal which was also sponsored by Berkshire Bank. Immediately following the screening, patrons were invited to a party hosted by and at the new Hotel On North with chef Brian Alberg, the Berkshire Shenanigans and DJ BFG.

BIFF Highlights of the 4-day festival included the opening night screening of the Sundance audience award-winning film MERU. The film was greatly received by a packed house at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, and the audience enjoyed a wonderful Q&A afterwards with director and producer Chai Vasarhelyi and elite climber Conrad Anker and his wife Jenni Lowe Anker. A special anniversary film in honor of the 10th anniversary was produced by Joshua Crane and The Trumbull Studios, and premiered at the opening. The Opening Night party was held at the BIFF Tent with a live band, dinner was catered by Max Ultimate Food, and was generously underwritten by Jacqueline and Al Togut. Saturday evening in Great Barrington, the Mahaiwe was sold-out for the special event screening of PEGGY GUGGENHEIM: ART ADDICT. Immediately following the screening, director Lisa Immordino Vreeland, producers Josh and Dan Braun and famed art historian Donald Kuspit were heartily greeted by the audience and they held a panel discussion on the stage of the Mahaiwe. This special evening was generously sponsored by GWFF USA and the dinner party was held at the BIFF Tent, with music by Andy Kelly jazz band and dinner was catered by Michael Ballon of Castle Street Cafe. The BIFF presented yet another sold-out presentation at the Mahaiwe on closing night of LIVE FROM NEW YORK! with producers JL Pomeroy and Tom Broecker in attendance for a Q&A.

Screening 80 features, documentaries, and shorts, BIFF hosted over 40 filmmakers and offered free children’s programs, Berkshire filmmakers, and parties in the BIFF throughout downtown Great Barrington and Pittsfield including a filmmaker cocktail party sponsored by the Red Lion Inn. Highlights of the weekend included Karen Allen’s new film BAD HURT with Allen in attendance along with director Mark Kemble and cast members Iris Gilad and Michael Harney (Orange is the New Black); A live performance from the young musicians of Kids for Harmony in Pittsfield took place outside the Triplex immediately following the screening of CRESCENDO; Famed Hollywood actor Tab Hunter was in attendance for the documentary film about his life TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL; Berkshire filmmaker Larry Burke screened his film AUTUMNAL prior to the screening of A SMALL GOOD THING highlighting 6 people in our community with filmmakers in attendance; THE PAPER TRAIL featuring Simon Winchester, Courtney Maum, John Patrick Shanley and Luc Sante screened with the filmmakers in attendance; and BOB AND THE TREES, completely filmed in the Berkshires by Sandisfield resident and director/writer Diego Ongaro, writer Courtney Maum and the entire cast of the film in attendance.

In its tenth year, BIFF proudly presented the fourth annual Filmmakers Summit, a two-day talent academy offered to the 2015 film selection filmmakers. Offering a diverse, multi-dimensional program of panel discussions, lectures, and special events, lead by known industry professionals, the BIFF Filmmakers Summit is designed to celebrate and support the advancement of filmmakers and recognize film as a relevant and important medium.

Other films screened at the festival included ‘AUF DAS LEBEN! TO LIFE!,’ ‘THE DARK HORSE,’ ‘DON’T WORRY BABY,’ ‘GEMMA BOVERY,’ A HARD DAY’ ‘HENRI HENRI,’ RESULTS,’ ‘SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE’ ‘STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT,’ ‘TRACES OF SANDALWOOD,’ ‘THE TRIBE,’ ‘BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS,’ ‘BEST OF ENEMIES,’ ‘CARTEL LAND,’ ‘CITY OF GOLD,’ ‘THE DIPLOMAT,’ ‘DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD,’ ‘FRAME BY FRAME,’ ‘ HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO,’ ‘THE MAN WHO SAVED THE WORLD,’ ‘(T)ERROR,’ ‘WELCOME TO LEITH,’ and ‘THE WOLFPACK’ and 18 unforgettable short films.

Premiere Sponsors of the 2015 BIFF include the Triplex Cinema, the Beacon Cinema, GWFF USA, Jacqueline and Al Togut, Max Ultimate Food, Studio Two, The Red Lion Inn, Berkshire Bank and The Annie Selke Companies. Presenting Sponsors include Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Stella Artois, Karen Allen Fiber Arts, Stonover Farm, Abbott’s Livery, The Barrington and Fairfield Inn and Suites.

With over 700 film submissions this year, the Berkshire International Film Festival has quickly become a destination festival that filmmakers seek due to the enthusiastic audiences it attracts.

BIFF 2015 will be held June 2 – 5, 2016 and submissions will open October 1, 2015.