Screenings & Events

The 8th Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival

August 24-28, 2022
Middlebury, Vermont

5 Days | 6 Screens | 120+ Films | Panels, Parties & Special Guests

Welcome to the 8th Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival!

The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival has a sole focus – to showcase the feature films and short films of talented first- and second-time filmmakers from around the world. Our Festival takes place in scenic Middlebury, Vermont in late August each year.  Our 8th Annual event will take place in person and on the ground in beautiful Middlebury, Vermont this August 24-28, 2022.  And we will be following the COVID health and safety protocols in effect at our screening venues.

Festival Passes and Opening Night Tickets

Festival Passes for MNFF8 will be $100 and go on sale June 1, 2022 through the Town Hall Theater box office – online, over the phone or in-person.  Beginning August 1, the Fest Pass price will rise to $110. Fest Pass sales will close on August 22, just prior to the start of the Festival.

MNFF8 Day Passes will be available for each day of the Festival for $45, also available as of June 1 through the Town Hall Theater.

MNFF8 Student Fest Passes can be purchased in person at Town Hall Theater for $50 with the presentation of a valid student ID. MNFF8 Student Day Passes can be purchased for $25 with the presentation of a valid student ID.

Tickets to the MNFF8 Opening Night Film and AfterParty [at Swift House Inn] are $60 and go on sale June 1 through the Town Hall Theater box. These tickets will be in very limited supply. If you are unable to secure a ticket during this initial availability, please add your name to the Opening Night Waitlist from which several tickets typically shake free for last minute purchase.

Individual Advance Tickets

Individual advance tickets [$17] will be available in early August, once the film screening schedule is finalized, through our partners at the FilmFreeway platform. Watch for details here.

Screening Venues

We anticipate showing more than 120 films on 6 screens at MNFF8, a diverse array of features and shorts across all genres, as selected by MNFF Artistic Director Jay Craven, with screenings at Town Hall Theater, the Marquis Theatre, the beautifully refurbished Dana Auditorium and Twilight Hall [both on the campus of Middlebury College]. Additionally, MNFF8 will offer nightly screenings outdoors under the tent at Swift House Inn, a well received innovation that was introduced last summer.  And this year will see the return of our Friday Late Night feature film screening at the Marquis Theatre.

Film selections will be announced on August 1, 2022 and the entire program with all MNFF8 events will be available here at

Special Event

The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO) are joining hands to present an extraordinary film/concert event on Friday, August 26 at MNFF8. An Afternoon at the Movies features a live, 22-piece VSO chamber orchestra accompanying the screening of seven documentary and animated films, all with Vermont ties. Assembled and produced by the VSO’s Matt LaRocca, the event will combine live performances/screenings of four of the previous collaborations between MNFF filmmakers and the Orchestra with new arrangements/screenings of three additional films. And to conclude the proceedings, the 2022 winner of MNFF’s prized VSO Award for Best Integration of Music into Film will be announced. This must-see/must-hear event takes place at 4pm at Mahaney Arts Center’s Robison Hall on the campus of Middlebury College. For Festival Pass and Friday Day Pass holders, there is no charge for admission. General public tickets are $13 and are now available through the VSO website.

Attending Filmmakers

We encourage our filmmakers to come to the Festival, to support each other’s work and to engage in Q&A sessions with audiences following the screening of their films. Even with the incursion of the Delta variant last August, nearly 45 filmmakers came to town and were thrilled to see their work up on the big screen.  For MNFF8, we anticipate a robust turnout of creative and inspiring new filmmakers along with special guests and insightful panel discussions and presentations.

Awards & Prizes

The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is a juried competition and our winning filmmakers all receive the coveted VTeddy Award in the Best Narrative Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short, Audience Award-Feature and Audience Award- Short categories. MNFF also offers multiple cash Prizes and valuable in-kind awards to selected directors of both shorts and features.  The VTeddy Awards Ceremony will be held at Town Hall Theater on Closing Night, August 28, and is free and open to all.

With roughly 10,000 film festivals worldwide, MNFF is proud to be consistently selected as a Top 100 Best Reviewed Festival by the principal global film submission and viewing platform, FilmFreeway. Thank you to all our visiting filmmakers from previous Festivals who have taken the time to let us know why they enjoy coming to our joyous event in beautiful Middlebury.  And to all the filmmakers who will be joining us this August from close to two dozen countries, we say welcome and thank you for your spectacular work!