CREATIVE CURRENTS AT MNFF6: A NOTE FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
We’re halfway through the 6th Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival and, even though we’re online, we’re getting a sense of the buzz on the (virtual) street. Yesterday’s New York Times considers this year’s phenomenon of the online festival: "The first casualty of any virtual festival, unavoidably, will be the collective voice of the audience: rising in laughter, shocked in silence, making its disapproval or happiness known. Festival films, more than others, need this barometer, since their charms are often untested. They’re (the films) desperate to make a connection.” What The Times says is true. Despite this, we’ve gotten messages from a…
MNFF6: ONLINE ANNOUNCES RECIPIENT OF INAUGURAL THADDEUS STEVENS AWARD
The Middlebury New Filmmakers is pleased to announce that Sisters Rising, a documentary feature from directors Willow O'Feral and Brad Heck, is the recipient of the inaugural Thaddeus Stevens Award for Social Engagement by a Vermont Filmmaker. The award pays tribute to the heroic Vermonter, Thaddeus Stevens, a native of the Northeast Kingdom and a U.S. Congressman, who played a decisive role in the abolition of slavery and the establishment of free public schooling in America. Congressman Stevens was played by Tommy Lee Jones in Steven Spielberg’s film, Lincoln. We are delighted to honor his monumental life and legacy. Sisters Rising is a penetrating documentary…
MNFF6: ONLINE ANNOUNCES THIS YEAR’S AWARD-WINNING FILMS
We are thrilled to announce the Award Winners for MNFF6: ONLINE, the 6th Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival: BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Finding Yingying, directed by Jiayan "Jenny" Shi BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE: Murmur, directed by Heather Young BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT: Teranga - Life in the Waiting Room, directed by Daisy Squires, Lou Marillier and Sophia Seymour BEST NARRATIVE SHORT: Whiteout, directed by Lance Edmands Congratulations to all these fine filmmakers on their exceptional work! Be sure to watch their films during the Festival.
MNFF6: ONLINE Announces Special Festival Honoree, Acclaimed Director Ken Loach
The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is pleased to announce that legendary British filmmaker Ken Loach has been named its 2020 Honoree for Sustained Excellence in Narrative Feature Filmmaking, celebrating Mr. Loach’s courage in making films that go beyond the surface to capture complex and unguarded moments of lived experience and social engagement. As part of its program at MNFF6: ONLINE, the Festival will screen two of Mr. Loach’s films, his most recent picture, Sorry We Missed You (2019), that tells the story of a British gig economy delivery driver who faces impossible complications to his work, and The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006) that…