The Fourth Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival has already broken records, months before the Festival this August 23 – 26. This year MNFF received more than 475 submissions from 37 countries, a 32% increase compared to the 2017 Festival.

“It smashed all of our previous records,” said Lloyd Komesar in an interview with the Addison County Independent. “These are huge jumps for us.”

This sharp increase in attention from international filmmakers coincides with Film Freeway recognizing MNFF as a Top 100 Festival, a status only the top 2% of more than 6,000 film festivals on the platform receive.

“When filmmakers get ready to spend their dollars to send films, they look at our listing… and I think it helps their decision,” Komesar said.

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