Woodchuck® Hard Cider signs on as lead sponsor for inaugural year of Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival

Middlebury, Vermont—Woodchuck Hard Cider is proud to announce its sponsorship of the inaugural Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF), set for August 27-30, 2015, in Middlebury, Vermont. The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival was created to support, promote and exhibit the dynamic and imaginative efforts of new filmmakers. This partnership unites the Festival’s exclusive emphasis on first and second time filmmakers with Woodchuck’s core values of innovation and creativity.

“We are absolutely delighted to have Woodchuck onboard as our presenting sponsor for this first edition of the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival,” Lloyd Komesar, festival producer, said.  “This exciting collaboration gives the festival a level of visibility that is incredibly valuable.”

“Woodchuck Hard Cider is honored to support this film festival and encouraged that Middlebury has been selected as the home base for the festival,” Bridget Blacklock, marketing director of VT Hard Cider Company, said.  “Woodchuck is deeply committed to our Middlebury community, as well as the ingenuity and innovation that are at the core of everything we do. We are proud to support these budding filmmakers as they share their own creative pursuits.”

MNFF has recently launched its website at www.middfilmfest.org and, beginning January 15th, filmmakers will be able to submit their films through the Withoutabox platform at www.withoutabox.com.

“We appreciate the confidence that this outstanding Vermont company is showing in our efforts to create a truly distinctive Festival for new filmmakers and the filmgoers who support them,” Komesar said.

About Woodchuck® Hard Cider

Woodchuck Hard Cider introduced the U.S. to the craft cider category 23 years ago after it was first handcrafted in a 2-car garage in Proctorsville, Vermont. Staying true to its roots, Woodchuck is dedicated exclusively to cidermaking. In other words, we “Give a ‘Chuck” about authenticity and handcrafting the best cider possible. Innovation is at the core of everything Woodchuck’s cidermakers do, which is why they continuously strive to create unique new ciders using the finest ingredients. That attention to detail has paid off and Woodchuck Hard Cider has recently received awards at the World Expo of Beer, The Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition and the New York International Beer Competition. For more information about Woodchuck Hard Cider visit www.woodchuck.com, or download the new mobile app, available for iOS and Android users

About The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival

The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival celebrates the work of emerging voices in filmmaking.  The emphasis at the MNFF will be entirely on filmmakers who have created within the past 24 months either their first or second full-length feature film or first or second short film. All genres are welcome including narrative, documentary, animation and experimental.  The firm commitment at the MNFF is to offer a level playing field to new filmmakers, 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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