Schedule by Day

Still Moving: A Tribute to Pilobolus @ Main Street Landing Film House
May 1 @ 7:00 pm
Still Moving:  A Tribute to Pilobolus @ Main Street Landing Film House | Burlington | Vermont | United States

Reception  - snacks and cash bar – at 6pm at the Lake Lobby, screenings at 7pm
Awareness Theater and the The Dance in Film program present:
Still Moving: Pilobulos At Forty directed by Jeffrey Ruoff
Toby MacNutt: Body of Work directed by Elizabeth Rossano and Ashley DeLucco
My Vision of the Good Life, a scene from I am in here by Emily Anderson and Jim Heltz

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The 3 films in the program all received awards at VTIFF 2013′s  Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase™.
Pilobulos at Forty will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, led by John Killacky.
The evening will also include the trailer for Lukas Huffman’s “Dear Pina”.

Lunafest @ Main Street Landing Film House
May 2 @ 6:00 pm

Lunafest Burlington:  6pm Reception, 7:30 Film screenings
Short films by, for, about women. This year’s featured short films include stories of reflection, hope and humor from around the world – treating such diverse subjects as – a winning basketball team of grandmothers in their ’70s – a high school wrestler from inner-city Brooklyn preparing for her first co-ed match – and a girl with a high-flying approach to dealing with her Tourette’s syndrome, among other compelling themes.

Special guests at the reception:

  • Hannah Dreissigacker - Hannah has just returned from her first Olympics – the U.S. Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia! Hannah hails from Morrisville and  competed as part of the U.S. Biathlon Team, of which she has been a member for the past two years. Hannah currently trains full-time with the Craftsbury Green Racing Project. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2009, majoring in engineering, sustainable design and studio art. At Dartmouth, she served as captain of the women’s ski team and also helped launch the college’s Sustainable Living Center. Come meet an Olympian and a wonderful role model for young  women today!


An event to benefit Vermont Works for Women & the Breast Cancer Fund.
85 percent of event proceeds will go to Vermont Works for Women; the Breast Cancer Fund will receive 15 percent of proceeds as the nationwide beneficiary of LUNAFEST.

Global Roots: Belvedere @ North End Studios - Studio A
May 11 @ 5:00 pm
Global Roots: Belvedere @ North End Studios - Studio A | Burlington | Vermont | United States

Directed by Ahmed Imamovic | Bosnia-Herzegovina | 2010 | 90 min
Bosnian w/English subtitles
Bianka LeGrand, Bosnian-born Burlington City councilor will be present for Q&A


An emotionally rich portrait of war’s troubled aftermath, Belvedere paints an uncommon image of patience, faith, love, and above all, forgiveness.

Bosnia & Herzegovina’s official submission to the 2012 Academy Awards

Main Street Landing Presents: Maidentrip @ Main Street Landing Film House
May 22 @ 7:00 pm
Main Street Landing Presents: Maidentrip @ Main Street Landing Film House | Burlington | Vermont | United States

maidentripposter Main Street Landing Presents Maidentrip A film by Jillian Schlesinger A BURLINGTON FILM SOCIETY SCREENING (FREE for VTIFF Members, CLICK HERE to find out more about membership)  Documentary / First Run Features / English, Dutch w. English Subtitles / 2013 / 82 Min Genevieve Jacobs, a professor, psychotherapist, writer and native Vermonter who grew up sailing and boat-building with her parents, will be introducing the film. Winner Visions Audience Award – 2013 SXSW Film Festival 15-year-old Laura Dekker sets out—camera in hand—on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. In the wake of a year-long battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny, Laura now finds herself far from land, family and unwanted attention, exploring the world in search of freedom, adventure, and distant dreams of her early youth at sea. Jillian Schlesinger’s debut feature amplifies Laura’s brave, defiant voice through a mix of Laura’s own video and voice recordings at sea and intimate vérité footage from locations including the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Australia, and South Africa. View trailer HERE. BUY TICKETS Co-Sponsored by:


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Tibet in Song @ Fleming Museum
May 30 @ 6:00 pm
Tibet in Song @ Fleming Museum | Burlington | Vermont | United States

Director: Ngawang Choephel | Tibet | 2009 | 90 min.
Director and musicologist Ngawang Choephel presents his film Tibet in Song. Winner of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize, among many other awards, the film weaves a story of beauty, pain, brutality, and resilience, introducing Tibet to the world in a way never before seen on film. Read more…


BAMF: Max And Mona @ Arts Riot
Jun 4 @ 7:30 pm
BAMF: Max And Mona @ Arts Riot | Burlington | Vermont | United States


Director: Teddy Mattera | South Africa   |   2004   |   98 minutes English with some Tswana, Afrikaans & Zulu, w/English subtitles |
Presented with Arts Riot as part of the BAMF movie and dinner series Watch Global – Eat Local

Synopsis Traditional beliefs say that the souls of the dead will not join their ancestors until the mourners cry at their graves. Max Bua, 19, from a South African farm community, has inherited his grandfathers talent for mourning. Despite this heaven-sent gift, Max has his sights set on becoming a doctor and must travel to Johannesburg to begin his studies. With money the villagers collected for his tuition fees, and a wedding gift, he sets off to the city. Arriving too late to register and secure his room at the university, Max must seek out his infamous Uncle Norman. Director Teddy Mattera has constructed a slapstick comedy about a young boys coming of age and his wild adventure with a most unlikely partner in crime.

About the Director Teddy Mattera was born in South Africa in 1963, and studied at the London International Film School and the Maurits Binger Film Institute in Amsterdam. He interned on the Oscar-nominated Hoop Dreams (1993). His early experience ranged from work on documentaries for television in South Africa and the UK, and on shorts, commercials and music videos. He scripted the short Waiting for Valdez (2001) and directed the short Norman Comes to Jozi (2002). Max and Mona is his first feature film.


Patagonia Burlington Presents: DamNation @ Patagonia Burlington
Jun 5 @ 7:00 pm

Burlington Patagonia Presents:  DamNation


Burlington Patagonia, in partnership with the Vermont Natural Resource Council (VNRC), will be presenting the film DamNation, a documentary that examines the issue of dam removal.

For more information, click HERE.

Global Roots: Adrift @ North End Studios - Studio A
Jun 8 @ 5:00 pm
Global Roots: Adrift @ North End Studios - Studio A | Burlington | Vermont | United States

Directed by Bui Thac Chuyen | Vietnam | 110 min | 2009
Vietnamese w/English subtitles



A disappointed newlywed seeks connections and intimacy outside her marriage in Bui Thac Chuyen’s moody and sensuous second feature.  View the trailer HERE.

The film will be introduced by Hyon Joo Yoo, Associate Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Vermont. Hyon Joo teaches film theory and global cinema and will also lead the discussion post screening.


Sponsored by:

  • Marcia Hemley
  • Jane Kramer
  • Joel & Hinda Miller

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Main Street Landing Presents: Beyond the Hills @ Main Street Landing Film House
Jun 26 @ 7:00 pm
Main Street Landing Presents: Beyond the Hills @ Main Street Landing Film House | Burlington | Vermont | United States


Main Street Landing presents:

Beyond the Hills
A film by Cristian Mungiu

Followed by an exclusive live Skype Q&A with Ioana Uricaru!

A Burlington Film Society Screening
(FREE for VTIFF Members, CLICK HERE to find out more about membership)

Unrated | Romania | Romanian w. English Subtitles | Sundance Selects & IFC Films | 2012 | 150 Minutes

In an isolated Orthodox convent in Romania, Alina has just been reunited with Voichita after spending several years in Germany. The two young women have supported and loved each other since meeting as children in an orphanage. Alina wants Voichita to leave and return with her to Germany, but Voichita has found refuge in faith and a family in the nuns and their priest, and refuses. Alina cannot understand her friend’s choice. In her attempt to win back Voichita’s affection, she challenges the priest. She is taken to hospital and the people of the monastery start to suspect that she is possessed. After ruling out all other options, the priest and nuns decide to read her prayers to deliver those possessed by the Evil One. They perform an exorcism, but the result is not what they had hoped, and Voichita begins to doubt the religious choice she has made. She decides to free Alina – but her decision comes too late.

Following the screening, there will be a live Skype Q&A with Ionan Uricaru, who served as a script consultant on Beyond the Hills and was also present at about half the shoot. She has collaborated with the writer/director/producer (Cristian Mungiu) before, and she directed a segment of the omnibus Tales From the Golden Age and the short Stopover, both written and produced by him. At Middlebury College she is teaching production classes and screenwriting.

View trailer HERE.

BAMF: Bonsai People @ Arts Riot
Jul 2 @ 7:30 pm
BAMF: Bonsai People @ Arts Riot | Burlington | Vermont | United States


Synopsis Celebrating the Vision of Muhammad Yunus from micro-credit to social business. What if you could harness the power of the free market to solve the problems of poverty, hunger, and inequality? To some, it sounds impossible. But Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus is doing exactly that. Yunus did his part to fight poverty by micro-lending $27 to 42 women, an effort which has now grown to 8 million women and 8 billion dollars. But he didn’t stop there; whenever he sees a problem he starts a social business – showing the world that complex problems sometimes do have simple answers. It’s not about handouts, it’s about a hand up.


Global Roots: Qarantina @ North End Studios - Studio A
Jul 13 @ 5:00 pm
Global Roots: Qarantina @ North End Studios - Studio A | Burlington | Vermont | United States

Iraq | Drama | Arabic w/English subtitles | 90 min | 2010
Directed by Oday Rasheed



Sunday, July 13 – 5:00 pm
North End Studios – Studio A

A broken family lives uneasily within the gated courtyard of a dilapidated Baghdad house.  Hard up for money, the family must live with a sullen and imperious boarder, a contract killer.  Iraqi filmmaker Oday Rasheed’s second feature gorgeously captures contemporary Baghdad’s moody interior and stunned atmosphere, echoed in performances by a formidable cast who suggest unexpected resilience in the wake of catastrophe.

Read reviews of the film HERE and HERE.

Sponsored by:
Joel & Hinda Miller
Marcia Hemley
Jane Kramer

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Main Street Landing presents: Documented @ Main Street Landing Film House
Jul 17 @ 6:00 pm

Main Street Landing presents:  Documented


In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in the New York Times Magazine. Documented chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in person in over 20 years.

I Am In Here @ Ethan Allen Homestead
Jul 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

I Am In Here, special screening of this award-winning film with the director Mark Utter

I am in Here

Burlington Film Society: Best of NYC Children’s Film Festival – Animated Shorts – presented by Main Street Landing @ Main Street Landing Film House
Jul 24 @ 7:00 pm
Burlington Film Society: Best of NYC Children's Film Festival - Animated Shorts - presented by Main Street Landing @ Main Street Landing Film House | Burlington | Vermont | United States

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A Burlington Film Society screening presented by Main Street Landing:

Best of NYC Children’s Film Festival: Animated Shorts

Animation, 60 minutes
In English or Musical/No Dialogue
Recommended for all ages!

FREE for VTIFF members. Click HERE for information about membership.

A kaleidoscopic showcase of the best short film and animation from around the world. Program includes films from Sweden, New Zealand, France, Switzerland, Australia, the UK, and the United States.

The Little Bird and the Leaf
Animation, Lena von Döhren, 2011, 4 min 
It’s winter. At the end of a branch hangs a single leaf. A little black bird comes along to water it  but just as the bird reaches the end of the branch, a swift winter wind carries the leaf away.

France, Matthieu Gaillard, 2012, 4.5 min
In this stunning watercolor-come-to-life, a young girl is preparing for a trip to the beach with her dad  and decides that her pet goldfish should come along for the ride!

Notebook Babies
USA, Tony Dusko, 2011, 1 min x 3
From NYICFF alumnus Tony Dusko, a series of short, humorous meditations on life calibrated for the self-actualized preschooler. Selected titles include “Believe in Yourself”,” Moving Forward”, and “Sharing”.

Goat Herder and His Lots and Lots and Lots of Goats
UK. Will Rose, 2012, 7 min 
Beneath a fuchsia sky, a goat herder leads his flock of goats up and down the mountains of Spain. Inspired by the filmmaker’s daughter, this multi-award winning film uses a lovely muted color palette, beautiful design and subtle humor to excellent effect.

How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep?
UK, Anna Ginsburg, 2012, 3.5 min
A little boy visits the moon as it exists in dreams  an iridescent orb surrounded by translucent jellyfish and cellophane streams. Based on an Italo Calvino short story.

The Squeakiest Roar
UK, Maggie Rogers, 2011, 4 min 
The littlest lion in the family just can’t seem to find his big bad roar, but his little squeak might turn out to be his greatest asset.

Animal Beatbox
Australia, Damon Gameau, 2011, 3 min
Dogs and cats and dogs and cats and dogs and cats and dogs and cats and dogs and cats and dogs and cats and

Munggee, Not Again
Switzerland, Rothlin/Walthert, 2011, 6 min
Sleepwalking can be very dangerous, especially in the mountains! In this delightful stop-motion movie, two marmots and a hedgehog attempt to rescue their somnambulant friend.

Apache (Danger Beach)
New Zealand, Ned Wenlock, 2011, 2.5 min 
Neon paper cutouts create a continuously spiraling stage for an Apache guitarist and his Yeti band mate, as they perform a twangy throwback to 60′s surf-rock and spaghetti western soundtracks.

The Day of the Dead
USA, Gary McGivney, 2011, 8 min
With sugar skulls, sweet-smelling marigold petals, and joyful songs, a family welcomes back its ancestors in this spirited and colorful tribute to a unique holiday.

Red Sand
France, Audrey Bussi, 2011, 2 min 
A little boy picks up a shell on an empty, secluded beach. Putting it to his ear, he becomes lost in the sounds of the sea.

Aston’s Presents
Sweden, Lotta and Uzi Geffenblad, 2012, 9 min 
Impatient for his birthday, Aston whiles away the hours giftwrapping everything he can lay his hands on. When the big day arrives, he discovers that the “real”


The Stones Cry Out @ Merrill's Roxy
Jul 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Stones Cry Out @ Merrill's Roxy  | Burlington | Vermont | United States

The Stones Cry Out: Voice of the Palestinian Christians
In the presence of the filmmaker Yasmine Perni

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In May 2014 Pope Francis made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. His visit brought renewed attention to the need for a just peace in the Land of Peace. This part of the world lies at the core of the religious history and beliefs of the three great monotheistic religions. What is life like in the Holy Land for Christians today, particularly those who are the descendants of the first people who believed in Jesus’ message? These communities, while shrinking in population under the pressures of military occupation—Christians comprise only 2 percent of the West Bank’s population today—continue to practice their faith and maintain the holy places that are vitally important to fellow believers throughout the world. All are invited to join filmmaker Yasmine Perni for a free, public screening of her film The Stones Cry Out ( followed by discussion.

BAMF: Future of Hope @ Arts Riot
Aug 6 @ 7:30 pm
BAMF: Future of Hope @ Arts Riot | Burlington | Vermont | United States



Directed by Henry Bateman | Iceland/UK | English & Icelandic w/English subtitles | 2010 | 75 min

Future of Hope is a documentary film following individuals that strive to change the world of consumerism, a system of credit and debt that the Icelandic economy was built upon for the past 10 years or more. Focusing on sustainable developments in organic farming, business, innovation, renewable energy and the environment – filled with positivity and emotion as we are taken on a story of struggle, determination and most importantly… hope. From the midnight sun, to dark winters lit only by the snow, from geysers to volcanoes, this movie truly explores the magnificent country of Iceland. Future of Hope takes you on a journey from the history to the present and even into the future of a new and sustainable Iceland.


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Global Roots: Sudan Film Factory (Shorts) @ North End Studios - Studio A
Aug 10 @ 5:00 pm
Global Roots: Sudan Film Factory (Shorts) @ North End Studios - Studio A | Burlington | Vermont | United States

Sudan | Shorts | Arabic w/English subtitles | 2010-2012 | 75 min


Sunday, August 10 – 5:00 pm
North End Studios – Studio A

The Sudan Film Factory is a project of the Goethe-Institut Sudan.  The project’s mission is to train young Sudanese talents in the area of filmmaking – script writing, directing, cinematography, and editing.  Through the films created, Sudanese daily lives and worlds, stories and thoughts, dreams, hopes and frustrations as well as passion for cinema are expressed. 

To read more about the Sudan Film Factory and the Goethe-Institut, visit their website HERE.

Sponsored by:
Joel & Hinda Miller
Marcia Hemley
Jane Kramer

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