The 2015 Vermont International Film Festival – Oct 23 – Nov 1
FESTIVAL AT A GLANCE – CLICK HERE to see all of the films, events and talks and purchase tickets.
FESTIVAL A-Z – CLICK HERE for an alphabetical list of all films and events.
FESTIVAL GUESTS – CLICK HERE to see all of the filmmakers and other guests who are attending the festival.
Director’s Notes for the 2014 Festival:
Welcome to the 29th Vermont International Film Festival – the flagship event of the Vermont International Film Foundation. If you study this guide, we hope that you’ll not only quickly find many films to entice, but that you’ll take a few risks and discover films you might not normally rush to view. An intriguing and exciting discovery was made during the process of viewing hundreds of films: we noticed that many of the most interesting titles were made by women or concerned girl or female empowerment. We are thrilled to share these films with you. We’re also pleased to celebrate two very different landmark films from 1964 – 50 years-old this year, but as vibrant and relevant as ever: Nothing Like a Man, and Dr. Strangelove, both in lovingly restored versions.
This year we’re thrilled to have launched 3 new sections: weekday Student Matinees for high schools, a series of Family-friendly films on weekend mornings and for the thrill seekers among you, we present VTIFF After Dark – three 10pm (the Burlington midnight) screenings of off the beaten path horror films. We also continue our tradition of weekday Lunchtime Shorts – a sandwich and a program of shorts, all for the price of the ticket. And, in time-honoured manner, we present the best of Vermont films – a juried selection and eligible for 7 awards. These screenings are free. Support your local filmmaker!
A festival is not just about watching isolated films. It’s about total immersion and about making connections: between films and between people. We have a number of filmmakers and guest speakers attending and we hope you will engage in conversation with them and join us in welcoming them. Some have come a long way to be with us.
Festival HQ will be in the Lake Lobby of the Film House on the 3rd floor in Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. There, you’ll always find volunteers or VTIFF board members ready to help you with any questions. We invite you to hang out in the Atrium where we’re installing a cafe with delicious snacks, or come to the Lake Lobby for the tasting receptions before the early evening film, thanks to our generous sponsors. Wherever you are you’ll find other filmgoers to chat to and argue about the merits of a film you’ve just seen. Hang out, eat and drink, and catch the next film.
Don’t forget the parties. Opening Night party is when we announce the Vermont Filmmakers’ awards and we have a special musical treat for Closing party. Check the guide to see when and where and make sure to come along.
Our thanks go to all who have worked tirelessly to make this festival a success:
Dave Barron for the branding and updated website, Sadie Moody for her fabulous work on the posters and program guide; Signal Kitchen and Skinny Pancake for providing space for our parties and Arts Riot for being our VTIFF After Dark venue; Burlington City Arts for their continuous help and support throughout the year, not just during the festival; Urban Rhino Visual for helping with our tech work and promotional videos; Subatomic Digital for printing the festival posters; Main Street Landing for creating such a splendid space and for sponsoring some of the days.
We’re especially indebted to our major sponsors: Green Valley Media, Champlain College, UVM, National Life, Ben & Jerry’s, the City of Burlington and The Vermont Arts Council; and to our primary donors and staunch supporters: Bill Stetson, Robin Lloyd, Todd R. Lockwood, Barbara McGrew, Bob Summers, as well as the anonymous donors – you know who you are; we’re also very grateful to Albinson Design for producing the inspiring festival trailer; and to Bobbie Lanahan & John Douglas who liven up the sidewalks with the VTIFF icon. We urge you to read through the entire list of sponsors and donors in this program guide. They are many and we couldn’t do without them. These also include those who have donated in kind or who have given of their precious time to help. Last, but definitely not least, we are so grateful to our volunteers who run the box office, answer your questions, and are present before, after and throughout the festival with the sole purpose of ensuring that your experience is a pleasurable one.
I’d personally like to thank the VTIFF Board of Directors, the programming, marketing and development committees who assist in making it all possible and who ensure our continuing and expanded year-round activities.
Orly Yadin, Executive Director, Vermont International Film Foundation