The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is all about the work of first and second time filmmakers. It is our sole focus. It is what we love to showcase. The event takes place in scenic Middlebury, Vermont in late August each year. Our 4th Annual event will roll out August 23-26, 2018. We have booked three venues to screen the films: the historic Town Hall Theater, the recently renovated Marquis Theater and the beautiful Dana Auditorium at Middlebury College. We anticipate screening about 90 films at MNFF4, a diverse array of features and shorts across all genres, as selected by Artistic Director Jay Craven.

We encourage our filmmakers to come to the Festival, support each other’s work and engage in Q&A sessions with audiences following the screening of their film. More than 60 directors, producers, writers and cinematographers from around the world attended MNFF3 this past August and had a wonderful time here in Middlebury. We also welcome other distinguished guests to our stages and offer compelling panel discussions and conversations on topics of interest to both our filmmakers and the folks who come to see these films. To round out the Festival experience, multiple parties are scheduled during the event at lovely venues including an Opening Night party, an exclusive Filmmakers-Only champagne reception, Festival Happy Hours and enjoyable afternoon and evening parties for our Passholders.

The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is a juried competition and our winning filmmakers all receive the coveted VTeddy Award in the Best Feature Narrative, Best Short Narrative, Best Feature Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Audience Award Feature and Audience Award Short categories. MNFF also offers multiple cash prizes and in-kind awards to feature and short film directors.

MNFF Winter Screening Series in Middlebury

The 2017/18 MNFF Winter Screening Series at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury returns for a highly successful third season with an expanded slate of outstanding films by first and second time filmmakers.  We want to stay connected with our supportive local audience and the Winter Screening Series does exactly that.

Here is the schedule for this season:

Menashe  |  Sunday, December 3 @ 2pm  |  Directed by Joshua Z. Weinstein  |  Narrative Drama  |  Introduction by and Q&A with Shalom Goldman, Pardon Tillinghast Professor of Religion, Middlebury College

California Typewriter  |  Sunday, January 7 @ 2pm  |  Directed by Doug Nichol  |  Documentary  |  Introduction by and Q&A with Jay Craven, MNFF Artistic Director

I Am Evidence  |  Sunday, February 18 @ 2pm  |  Directed by Trish Adlesic, Produced by Mariska Hargitay  |  Documentary

Novitiate  |  Sunday, March 11 @ 2pm  |  Directed by Maggie Betts  |  Narrative Drama

Lady Bird  |  Sunday, April 7 @ 7pm  |  Directed by Greta Gerwig   |  Narrative Drama

The Judge  |  Friday, May 11 @ 7pm  |  Our Spring Film!  |  Directed by Erika Cohn  |  Documentary

Our Commitment

The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival was formed to support, promote and exhibit the dynamic and imaginative efforts of new filmmakers. The emphasis at MNFF is entirely on filmmakers who have completed within the 24 months prior to the Festival either their first or second feature film or first or second short film. All genres are welcome including narrative, documentary, animation, experimental and virtual reality.

Our commitment at the MNFF is to offer a level playing field to new and emerging voices in filmmaking, to give audiences an opportunity to discover fresh and engaging talent and to give filmmakers a chance to be discovered in a setting that is all about their work.

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