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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.

BERKSHIRE INTERNATIONAL FILM KICKS OFF THE 10TH WITH A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EVENING

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 4, 2014
From: Berkshire International Film Festival, Great Barrington, MA 01230
Contact: Kelley Vickery, Executive Director – (413) 528-8030

BERKSHIRE INTERNATIONAL FILM KICKS OFF THE 10TH WITH A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EVENING

(Great Barrington, MA) – The Berkshire International Film Festival presented a spectacular first-ever gala on Friday, August 29, 2014 in celebration of the 10th anniversary season. Under beautiful summer skies, the gala was a huge success, selling out 350 seats at a sit down dinner held at the Great Barrington Airport. The evening honored Governor Deval and First Lady Diane Patrick for their support of the Berkshire arts and community.

The evening took place in the airport hanger where Gala Chairs created the feel of being in the sky with a draped cloud ceiling, blue and white ambient light and a plane suspended from the ceiling. A delicious seasonal 3-course dinner was catered by MAX Ultimate Food of Boston. A special BIFF video produced for the 10th Anniversary was unveiled by Doug Trumbull Studios and Kim and James Taylor sent a special video congratulating the Patrick’s and the BIFF before embarking on the QE2 for England. The live auction presented four unique and exciting auction items including a trip to le Sereno on St. Barth’s, a trip to Ecuador to Hacienda Cusin and Casa Gengotena, a luxurious New York City weekend and a BIFF Producer package. The excitement began to build when at the last minute, Governor and First Lady Diane Patrick offered a dinner party for 8 people at their Richmond home prepared by the Governor. The auction item went for thousands of dollars and was given out twice. To end the celebratory evening, the patrons danced the night away on the tarmac under the stars to live music by the Rhythm Dogs from New York City.

The gala was chaired by Jacqueline and Al Togut, and co-chaired by Dan Mathieu and Tom Potter, Kate and Hans Morris and Annie Selke and Mark Dove. The event was sponsored by Drouhin Wine Cellars, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Stella Artois, and MAX Ultimate Food.

BIFF 2015 will be held May 28 – 31, 2015 in Great Barrington and Pittsfield. Film submissions and festival passes go on sale October 1, 2014. For more information, please visit www.biffma.org.

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BERKSHIRE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WRAPS A SPECTACULAR NINTH YEAR!

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BERKSHIRE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WRAPS A SPECTACULAR NINTH YEAR!

Juried Prize, Next Great Filmmaker 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 CASE AGAINST 8 written and directed by Ben Cotner and Ryan White. Gillian Robespierre’s romantic comedy, OBVIOUS CHILD won in the Juried narrative category. The Jury prize is sponsored by GWFF USA and was presented at a brunch Sunday at allium Restaurant. Serving on the BIFF Jury were actors Karen Allen, Mary Kay Place and Peter Riegert, producers and distribution gurus Josh Braun and Dan Braun of Submarine Entertainment, producers Susan Arnold and Tom Jacobson, directors Karen Goodman and Matt Penn and New York Film Festival director Kent Jones. The Audience Award Winner for best documentary feature was ALIVE INSIDE: A STORY OF MUSIC AND MEMORY and the Audience Award Winner for best narrative feature was a tie between HANK AND ASHA and UNDER THE SAME SUN.

The winner of the Berkshire Bank “Next Great Filmmaker Award” was Matt Slamowitz’s short film WATER DOGS starring Bob Jaffe. Slamowitz was on hand to accept the award in a ceremony during the Friday opening night in Pittsfield. After the ceremony, BIFF presented a sold-out screening of the Sundance hit THE TRIP TO ITALY directed by Michael Winterbottom and stars Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan, which was also sponsored by Berkshire Bank.

Highlights of the 4-day festival included the opening night screening of the narrative feature film MAY IN THE SUMMER.

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 writer and director Cherien Dabis. 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 yet again packed for the special event screening of THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL.

Immediately following the screening, directors Chapman and Maclain Way were heartily greeted by the audience and they held a Q&A with baseball player Jim Bouton. This special evening was generously sponsored by GWFF USA and the dinner party was held at the BIFF Tent, with music by Lucky 5 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 THE TRIP TO ITALY.

Screening 75 features, documentaries, and shorts, BIFF hosted over 40 filmmakers and offered free children’s programs, Berkshire filmmakers, a collaboration with The Mount showing EDITH WHARTON: THE SENSE OF HARMONY, a special retrospective of French films and parties in the BIFF throughout downtown Great Barrington and Pittsfield including a filmmaker cocktail party sponsored by the Red Lion Inn.

In its ninth year, BIFF proudly presented the third annual Filmmakers Summit, a two-day talent academy offered to the 2014 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 ‘A Thousand Times Good Night,’ ‘Beside Still Waters,’ ‘The Double,’ ‘Hellion,’ Lucky Them’ ‘My Sweet Pepper Land,’ Hank and Asha,’ ‘Venus in Fur’ ‘Love is a Perfect Crime,’ ‘Art and Craft’ ‘Blue Gold: American Jeans,’ ‘E-Team,’ ‘Freedom Summer,’ ‘The Green Prince,’ ‘Happy Valley,’ ‘Ivory Tower,’ ‘Keep on Keepin’ On,’ ‘Paul Taylor,’ ‘Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa,’ ‘To Be Takei,’ and ‘When Jews Were Funny,’ and 14 unforgettable short films.’

Premiere Sponsors of the 2014 BIFF include the Triplex Cinema, the Beacon Cinema, GWFF USA, Studio Two, Jacqueline and Al Togut, Max Ultimate Food, 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 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 May 28 – May 31, and submissions will open October 1, 2014.

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING AND BEING PART OF THE BIFF!

We’re Excited to Announce the Line-up of Films for the Ninth Annual BIFF

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The wait is over! We’re proud to announce the line-up of films we’ve chosen for the Ninth Annual BIFF. We are showing a lot of really great films this year.

Come journey with us in this incredible ninth season, as we travel to Jordan, Afghanistan, Philippines, India, Chile, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Iceland, Morocco, Israel, and across the US. As we promise to do each and every year, the BIFF brings a diverse program to our wonderfully engaged and dynamic community.

We have programmed an incredible array of films dealing with complex and inspiring subjects: politics, activism, the environment, faith, education, innovation and of course, love. On that subject, we are thrilled to have the East Coast Premiere of MAY IN THE SUMMER for our opening night film. A wonderful story that weaves the clash of cultures, traditions and family, beautifully filmed with the exotic backdrop of Amman, Jordon. Celebrate one of the most stirring and inspirational, but little-known story in America’s favorite pastime with the BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL. Whether or not you are a baseball fan, this crowd-pleasing film, tells the true underdog story of the irrepressible Bing Russell (father of Kurt Russell) and the rise of the Portland Mavericks which he bought for $500. It will leave you cheering. England’s favorite comedy duo, returns to the big screen with THE TRIP TO ITALY. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, reprise their hilarious culinary and cultural road trip through Italy improvising their impressions of their favorite actors over plates of delicious pasta and seafood. The trips just keep getting better! In addition to those highlights, BIFF brings 75 of the best independent narratives, documentaries and shorts from 18 countries…BIFF brings the world to you!

2012 FESTIVAL LINEUP

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

From:          Berkshire International Film Festival
Triplex Cinema, Great Barrington, MA
Beacon Cinema, Pittsfield, MA
www.biffma.org

Contacts:   Kelley Vickery, Founder and Executive Director
Lauren Ferin, Executive Assistant
(413) 528-8030

7th ANNUAL BERKSHIRE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2012 FESTIVAL LINEUP

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2011 Lineup Announced

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 29, 2011

From: Berkshire International Film Festival
Triplex Cinema, Great Barrington, MA 01230
Beacon Cinema, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Contacts: Kelley Vickery, Founder and Executive Director
Lauren Ferin, Executive Assistant
(413) 528-8030

BERKSHIRE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2011 SEASON IS ANNOUNCED

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