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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 and Maintaining a Strong Financial Foundation

Over the last 4 years, the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival has experienced its fair share of challenges to stay relevant and dynamic. In the heart of the COVID pandemic, 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 turned out to be 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 in late August, 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 .

In 2023, 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 and staged the MNFF Sunset Series, “Five Nights with Barry Levinson” in early August under the tent at Swift House Inn. We launched the essential MNFF Travel Fund to help filmmakers cover some of the steep costs of flying to and from the Festival, which resulted in an additional 22 diverse artists coming to Middlebury. And then we presented the record-breaking 9th Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival to the community, from August 23-27. As the year concluded, the 2023-24 edition of MNFF Selects began its rollout and a special version of the MNFF Vermont Tour took place in seven cities and towns around Vermont from November 17-19. So, 2023 turned out to be a profoundly busy and creative year. All of this programming, of course, required significant financial support, and we truly appreciate all of our donors who came forward to help. 

As 2024 has unfurled, MNFF is maintaining a very active programming and development schedule. We awarded another alumni filmmaker a $10,000 grant, the sixth one we have made from the vibrant MNFF Franklin Film Development Fund, an ongoing grantmaking endeavor. The MNFF Selects series concluded in May and will begin a new season of films in October, once again at Town Hall Theater. The vital MNFF Travel Fund is nearing the completion of its second round of fundraising in support of filmmaker travel to the Festival. And this August 21-25, we will bring you the milestone 10th Anniversary Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, which we expect will be a memorable event.

Like many non-profit organizations, we truly count on your steadfast generosity, as we reach our 10th Anniversary and move into our second decade of showcasing first and second time filmmakers from around the world. 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 the Festival and all the other initiatives we undertake. Thank you so much!

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