Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase
The Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase will reopen for submission in June 2018.
The line up of VT films for 2017 and Award-winning films
Burned: Are Trees the New Coal? – Winner – VCAM Audience Favorite Award
Directed by Alan Dater & Lisa Merton
Burned tells the little know story of the accelerating destruction of our forests for fuel, and probes the policy loopholes, huge subsidies, and blatant greenwashing of the burgeoning biomass fuel industry.
The Crest – Winner – Hotel Vermont Award for Best Sense of Place and Urban Rhino Award for Best Cinematography
Directed by Mark Covino
Two cousins on opposite sides of America – both surfers and both unaware of the other’s existence – discover they are both descendants of An Ri, the last King of the Blasket Islands, a collection of rocky islands off the western-most point of Ireland.
It’s Criminal – Winner – VT PBS Made Here Award for Best Documentary
Directed by Signe Taylor
A potent critique of the economic and social inequities that divide the U.S. Shot in intimate verite style, the film shares the life-changing experiences of incarcerated women and Dartmouth College students working together to write and perform an original play about the lives of the imprisoned women.
Hidden Blueprints: The Story of Mikey – Winner – James Goldstone Award for Most Promising Newcomer
Directed by Jeremy Lee MacKenzie
A hybrid film that details the history and creation of a collection of wood-scrollwork that was designed and hidden in prison. It tells the story of a champion fighting mantis named Mikey, that won all of its fights only to become an enduring myth after being martyred in a prison riot.
Kairos Dirt and the Errant Vacuum – Winner – Zero Gravity Brewery Award for Most Innovative Film
Directed by Madsen Minax
The film follows a middle school lunch lady and her multiple lovers, her religious co-worker, a genderqueer student, and a phone sex operator/psychic medium. Through collective dreams a trans-worldly ghost invades the characters’ sleep to reveal an alternate realm of wanton, subconscious desire.
Looking Back at Me
Directed by Alex Escaja
Sade Bolger is an 18-year-old musician who has recently come out as non-binary. A portrait of Sade in relation to their passion for music, their unapologetic authenticity, and their place in Vermont in a genuine endeavor to influence the future, both online and in person.
Waking the Sleeping Giant: the Making of a Political Revolution
Directed by Jon Erickson
From the presidential campaign trail with Senator Bernie Sanders to a local political race in the failing economy of rural West Virginia, from a mass sit-in on the U.S. Capitol steps to racially charged police commission hearings in Los Angeles, the film wrestles with the state of US politics, Donald Trump’s electoral victory, and challenges ahead for those hoping to build a re-energized progressive movement.
The Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase is underwritten by the Grace Jones Richardson Trust with additional funding from a grant from the Arts Council of Vermont and the Vermont Community Fund.
All Vermont films selected to the Showcase are eligible for these awards
- James Goldstone Award, a $1,000 cash award given to an Emerging Vermont Filmmaker and sponsored by Bill Stetson & VTIFF.
- Zero Gravity Award, a $500 cash prize for the Most Innovative film.
- VT PBS Made Here Award, a $500 cash prize for Best Documentary
- Hawk Award, a $350 cash prize for Best Screenplay, sponsored by Hawk Ostby.
- Ben & Jerry Award, a $300 cash prize given to a filmmaker who documented and raised awareness of an important social or environmental issue with verve and ingenuity.
- Footage Farm USA Award, a credit for stock footage worth $600 from the Footage Farm collection given for most creative use of archival footage.
- Hotel Vermont Award, a $250 cash prize, given to a film that creates the Best Sense of Place.
- Urban Rhino Visual Award, a $250 cash prize given for Best Cinematography.
- VCAM Audience Favorite Award, $200 by popular ballot.
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The 2016 Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase took place Oct 21-22 in the Black Box Theater at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center.
The 2016 Award-Winners were:
- James Goldstone Award Winner: Black Canaries
- Ben & Jerry Award Winner: Sunday 1287
- Zero Gravity Award Winner: The Collinwood Fire
- Hawk Award. Winner: Dad’s 50th Surprise Party
- Footage Farm USA Winner: The Collinwood Fire
- Hotel Vermont Award Winner: High Water Mark: The Rise & Fall of The Pants
- Urban Rhino Visual Award Winner: Black Canaries
- VCAM Audience Favorite Award Winner: Peace Has No Borders
- VTIFF Best Acting Award Winner: Chris Caswell in Becoming a Woman
The full 2016 Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase Lineup:
Directed, animated & written by Sofy Maia
Animation | 7 min 48 sec
Becoming a Woman
Written & produced by Marianne DiMascio & Angie Albeck
Fiction | 7 min
Directed & produced by Jesse Kreitzer
Fiction | 18 min 30 sec
Dad’s 50th Surprise Party
Directed, written & edited by Matt Lennon
Fiction | 9 min 31 sec
Don’t Touch the Camera
Directed by Anna Cuevas & Serena Gauthier
Documentary | 17 min 37 sec
High Water Mark: The Rise & Fall of The Pants
Directed, written, edited & co-produced by Bill Simmon
Documentary | 60 min
In the Bight
Directed, written, edited & produced by Ben Finer
Fiction | 28 min
Joan in Owl Land
Directed, written, edited & produced by Martin Castaneda
Fiction | 8 min 51 sec
Directed & written by Jon Andrews
Fiction | 17 min
Directed, written & produced by Cal Hopwood
Fiction | 12 min 30 sec
Peace Has No Borders
Directed by Deb Ellis & Denis Mueller
Documentary | 70 min
Directed & written by Brandon del Pozo
Fiction | 11 min
The Collinwood Fire
Directed by Daniel Houghton
Animation | 6 min
Directed, edited & produced by James Lantz
Documentary | 14 min
The Tent Village
Co-Directed, produced, & edited by Nilima Abrams
Documentary | 27 min 34 sec
The 2016 Awards are:
- James Goldstone Award, a $1,000 cash award given to an Emerging Vermont Filmmaker and sponsored by Bill Stetson & VTIFF
- Ben & Jerry Award, a $300 cash prize given to recognize and support a Vermont filmmaker who, through the lens, documented and raised awareness of an important social or environmental issue with verve and ingenuity
- Zero Gravity Award, a $500 cash prize for the Most Innovative film
- Hawk Award, a $350 cash prize for Best Screenplay, sponsored by Hawk Ostby
- Footage Farm USA Award, a credit for stock footage worth $600 from the Footage Farm collection given for most creative use of archival footage
- Hotel Vermont Award, a $250 cash prize, given to a film that creates the Best Sense of Place
- Urban Rhino Visual Award, a $250 cash prize given for Best Cinematography
- VCAM Audience Favorite Award, $200 by popular ballot
- VTIFF Best Acting Award, Two Patron Annual Memberships to VTIFF, value $338
Vermont Filmmakers: We have created a VimeoPro channel just for you: send us your films and/or trailers to upload, or links to your Vimeo channel and extend your visibility!
LAST YEAR’S SHOWCASE WINNERS:
Congratulations to all of the Vermont Filmmakers Showcase Award winners at #vtiff2015!
The winners were:
Pillow Talk – Lincoln Hayes & Rachel Riendeau Hayes for Best Screenwriting & the James Goldstone Award
Headliner – Cal Hopwood & Michael Fisher for Best Cinematography
Sabra – Bill Phillips for Best Film About a Vermonter
She Sings to the Stars – Larry Cedar for Best Actor
Hurt – Ethan Murphy for the Hotel Vermont Award for Best Use of Place
The Resurrection of Victor Jara – John Summa for the Ben & Jerry’s Award
Nelson Algren: The End is Nothing, The Road is All – Dennis Mueller for the Footage Farm Award for Best Use of Archival Footage
She Sings To The Stars – VCAM Award for The Audience Favorite
Sabra & Fairies’ Child – won the most votes using the special Rating App developed by Champlain College, Emergent Media Center
VTIFF is proud to celebrate Vermont filmmaking with our annual Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase™, the oldest and largest juried presentation of Vermont films in the state. The showcase takes place annually during the Vermont International Film Festival.
* Please note: the Showcase is the only part of the festival that is a Call-for-Entry. The main festival is curated and by invitation only. We do not accept submissions.
The Selected films were screened at The Vermont International Film Festival Oct 23 – Nov 1, 2015
The 2015 Awards were:
- The James Goldstone Award, a $500 cash award given to an emerging Vermont filmmaker and sponsored by Bill Stetson & VTIFF
- The Ben & Jerry Award, a $300 cash prize given to recognize and support a Vermont filmmaker who, through the lens, documented and raised awareness of an important social or environmental issue with verve and ingenuity
- The Footage Farm USA Award, a credit for stock footage worth $600 from the Footage Farm collection given for most creative use of archival footage.
- The Hotel Vermont Award, a $250 cash prize, given to a film that creates the best sense of place
- The VCAM Audience Favorite Award – $200 by popular ballot
- The VTIFF Donations Award – Cash prize from voting donations to the audience favorite
- The VTIFF Award for best film about a Vermonter
- The VTIFF awards for Best Cinematography, Best Screenwriting, Best Acting, Best Film About a Vermonter
Indiepix Films Distribution Award 2015
We’re thrilled to be partnering this year with Indie Pix Films to offer all films selected to the Showcase an opportunity for VT filmmakers to distribute their films on mobile and VoD platforms and more. CLICK HERE for info about Indie Pix Films
We accept all genres, styles and lengths. There is no fee for Vermont films or videos submitted. The selected films will be screened at the Vermont International Film Festival and will be eligible for a range of awards. Please note these awards are subject to change, and some may not be awarded if no film fits their criteria.
- All films in the Showcase must have been completed within 12 months of the festival’s submission deadline.
- Works in progress cannot be submitted.
- The applicant must be a senior creative team member on the work submitted (producer, director, writer or DoP).
- The applicant must be a resident of Vermont or a student at a Vermont educational institution at the time of submitting the film.
- Please submit one piece only. Choose the work you most want to be considered for the festival.
You may upload your screener online and send us a link but we strongly urge you to send a DVD as backup.
We cannot guarantee the film will be previewed if the link doesn’t work when the jury convenes and you may lose your eligibility. We only accept DVDs playable on DVD players – do not provide data files (.avi, .mov) on a DVD.
VTIFF gives preference to VT premieres. If VTIFF will be the first public screening of your film, please make sure you indicate that on your submission form. If selected, we may advertise your film as a “premiere” in our promotional materials. Please note: by “public screening” we mean open-to-the-public, advertised screenings and or television broadcasts. If your film is available for viewing online, that does not count as a “public screening” and it can still be eligible as a Vermont premiere.
On or before September 15th, you will be notified via email about the status of your entry. The Selection Committee decisions are final. This application must be printed and mailed or dropped off at the festival office with the DVD. Submissions that are not complete will not be considered.
VERMONT PBS Screenings
Award winners will be eligible to be broadcast on VT PBS
Vermont Filmmakers are represented online, on the Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase Vimeo Pro channel. There you can find contact details for the filmmakers, trailers and more.
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