These are films that we highlight as being excellent examples of the work of international and US independent filmmakers.
Curated by Mira Niagolova
Five compelling films about five fascinating contemporary artists from five different disciplines. In up-close and personal testimonies: film director Michael Haneke, glass blower Chihuly, writer Salman Rushdie, photographer Gregory Crewdson, band musicians The Hypnotic Ensemble, all share their passion and unwavering commitment to offer through art inspiring conversations about the world we live in.
This popular theme is back this year with 4 films covering many aspects of the role of food in our life. From food production to consumption, from the pleasures of the plate to the work of restaurants, we promise you treats. Some of the films include post-screening talks with food specialists, and some delightful tastings.
Another first for VTIFF, this series includes some amazing films about the people whose life is devoted to a range of sporting activities. Snow and mountains feature largely, but not exclusively, in this series.
True to our roots as an environment film festival, we have chosen this year to focus on Water. Four thought-provoking films take a look at the role of water in our lives and the impact of environmental developments.
Cinema is a wonderful medium for presenting the complexities of the human experience and many of the excellent films we have watched this year have focused on the subtleties of finding one’s identity. Coming of age themes have been particularly strong as well as sexual orientation and we include a delicate and touching film about the gradual change of identity through Alzheimer’s disease.
To Mark the 110th anniversary of Indian cinema we showcase one of the great classics of Bollywood film – PYAASA. Thanks to Professor Sanjukta Ghosh for her advice on Bollywood films.
This year our focus is on all things archival with a keynote lecture by archive.org founder Rick Prelinger, a presentation by archive producer extraordinaire Adrian Wood. These two, together with Alice Apley, Executive Director of DER, Sandra Forman, entertainment lawyer and Caroline Martel, documentary video artist will lead a panel discussion including screening of clips from their work and the work of others.
5 specially curated programs featuring some of the best and most interesting international and US work today.
The best of Vermont films, submitted to our jury. This is the only section in the festival that is a competition.
And, of course, there were parties and receptions galore.