The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival returns August 21-25 with its 10th Anniversary event.
Support our efforts to showcase the great work of first and second time filmmakers from around the world, the emerging voices of independent filmmaking.
You can donate either electronically via PayPal below or by sending to a check to MNFF, P.O. Box 604, Middlebury, VT 05753.
If the donation is for the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, please make your check out to MNFF, Inc. If you are supporting our film development fund, please make your check out to MNFF Franklin Film Development Fund. And if you are supporting our new travel fund for filmmakers, please make your check out to MNFF Travel Fund. Thank you so much for your generosity!
Rebuilding a Strong Financial Foundation
During the last 3 years, as the challenges to stay relevant and connected mounted, MNFF stepped up and presented MNFF6: ONLINE, a successful virtual Festival in August 2020 that we truly enjoyed creating for our audiences around the world. Next came Split/Screen, the monthly multi-film online series that brought you a wide variety of excellent films to sample and savor. In the summer of 2021, as the pandemic seemingly receded here in Vermont, we presented the MNFF Sunset Series, outdoor screenings of Martin Scorsese classics under a tent, as we all began to socialize once more around film. And then our in-person 7th Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival in August 2021 became a resounding success, adhering to a strict set of health and safety protocols and offering a wide array of terrific films and outdoor social events.
In the winter of 2022, we jump started the MNFF Vermont Tour, taking a pair of great feature films all around the Green Mountain State over one amazing weekend. In early August 2022, we again staged the MNFF Sunset Series and presented a week of classic Meryl Streep films outdoors under a tent and soon thereafter presented the 8th Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, August 24-28, a joyous five day in-person event that offered an enormous number of film choices and social events for our audiences to sample and enjoy .
As 2023 has unfurled, we successfully delivered our popular MNFF Vermont Tour in late March and early April, presented our exciting MNFF Selects monthly film screening series at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, staged the MNFF Sunset Series, “Five Nights with Barry Levinson” in early August under the tent at Swift House Inn and then brought the record-breaking 9th Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival to the community, August 23-27. As the year concludes, the 2023-24 edition of MNFF Selects has begun its rollout and a special version of the MNFF Vermont Tour will take place in seven cities and towns around Vermont from November 17-19. So, it has been a profoundly busy and creative year. All of this programming, of course, requires significant financial support, now more than ever.
We continue to welcome donations to the vibrant MNFF Franklin Film Development Fund, an ongoing grantmaking endeavor. And we launched our important MNFF Travel Fund in January 2023 to assist filmmakers in getting to the Fest by partially defraying the cost of their airfare to Burlington International Airport from far flung domestic and international cities. The Travel Fund was directly responsible for 22 additional filmmakers coming to MNFF9 and broadening the diversity of the Festival. It’s a game changer and we hope you will support this important initiative.
Like many non-profit organizations, we truly count on your generosity, as we emerge steadily from the uncertainties of life in a pandemic and actively rebuild. We understand that many other incredibly worthy non-profits have significant needs. But, we truly hope you’ll join our MNFF Circle of Friends and help us fashion a strong and enduring financial foundation for MNFF and all the other initiatives we undertake. Thank you so much!