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.
2013 Film Festival – Director’s Notes
The flagship activity of the Vermont International Film Foundation is to present the annual film festival, and it’s happening now! We have a truly exciting line up this year. The programming committee watched endless films between February and August and gradually whittled them down to 37 feature-length films and over 40 shorts. Many good films never made it to the final round: either because the distributor would not let us show them, or because the license fee was too high, or because their style or theme skewed the overall balance of this curated program. Luckily for all of us, there were enough excellent films to include in the final selection and we hope you will study this guide and have your curiosity piqued. A festival is about total immersion and about making connections: between films and between people. We have a number of filmmakers attending and we hope you will engage in conversation with them. We also have a number of notable speakers at our symposium – this is a rare chance to listen (and question) some of the most expert people in their field. Building on last year’s success of the daily Lunchtime Shorts, we bring you again five programs of shorts. So why not eat your sandwich while nourishing your mind at the same time? The sandwich is included in the price of the ticket. And don’t forget the free screenings of Vermont films. These juried selections will play both weekends. Support your local filmmaker!
We are occupying Burlington’s Waterfront this year! Three screening locations within less than a minute’s walk from each. Festival HQ will be in the lobby of The Film House in Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. There you will always find volunteers or VTIFF board members ready to help you with any questions. There you will also find other filmgoers to chat to and argue about the merits of the film you’ve just seen. Hang out, eat the delicious snacks provided by our concessionnaires and move on to the next film.
And did I mention the receptions and parties? A festival would not be the same without them. Check the guide to see when and where and make sure to come along. You never know which filmmaker, musician or avid filmgoer you might encounter.
Our thanks go to all who have worked tirelessly to make this festival a success:
Design Reserve for the fabulous design work on the posters and program guide; Signal Kitchen for providing their cool space for our parties; BCA Center for their continuous help and support throughout the year; VCAM for projection equipment and unstinting advice; Urban Rhino Visual for helping with our tech work and promotional videos; Subatomic Digital for printing the festival posters and making such a delightful prize object; Main Street Landing for sponsoring the last day of the festival.
We are especially indebted to our major sponsors: Green Valley Media, Healthy Living Market, The Vermont Community Fund, Smuggler’s Notch Resort and our Anonymous sponsor; and to our primary donors and staunch supporters: Bill Stetson, Robin Lloyd, Kate and Bill Schubart, Barbara McGrew, Kevin & Marina Meehan, John Douglas, John Mech and Bob Summers; We’re also very grateful to Wondermind for producing the inspiring festival trailer; to Bobbie Lanahan who livened up the sidewalks with the VTIFF icon; to Jane Kramer who is a passionate proselytizer for what we do. Please take a moment to read through the entire list of sponsors and donors in this program guide. They deserve to be recognized. These also include those who have donated in kind or who have given of their precious time to help. Our volunteers are invaluable and our Development, Marketing and Programming Committees have worked tirelessly.
I’d personally like to thank the VTIFF Board of Directors who have been a pillar of strength and support and who have contributed so much to help make this event possible.
Orly Yadin, Executive Director, VTIFF.