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New film series starting in November

The Vermont International Film Festival (VTIFF) and the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) announce the creation of “Split/Screen,” an online monthly movie series partnership that will begin in November and run through June 2021. The two festivals will each curate a selection of four or five films in alternating months, with MNFF leading off in November and VTIFF then creating a December program, and so forth into the new year. Information and film previews will be available on vtiff.org/splitscreen or middfilmfest.org/splitscreen, along with opportunities to purchase both monthly passes ($40) and individual tickets ($12.50). 
Split/Screen will kick off Nov. 20-29 with an MNFF-curated documentary program that embraces the gathering of families during Thanksgiving with a broadly appealing selection of films including “The Booksellers,” “Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind,” “Mountain” and “Through The Night.” 
“The pandemic has few upsides,” said MNFF artistic director, Jay Craven. “But one of them is the opportunity to explore new collaborations — both in terms of audience building and combining artistic sensibilities. We look forward to this.”
“We are very pleased to continue VTIFF’s tradition of partnering with other film festivals and organizations in Vermont” said VTIFF Executive Director Orly Yadin. “Split/Screen, the new virtual partnership with MNFF, will provide our expanded audiences with diverse offerings and provide opportunities for a rich curated experience.”
“We are genuinely thrilled to be collaborating with VTIFF on this new initiative that blends our mutual and ongoing commitment to building film culture,” noted Lloyd Komesar, MNFF Producer.  “Split/Screen will display remarkable breadth and depth over its eight-month run and its online presence gives us the distinct opportunity to extend our collective reach across the U.S. and beyond.”

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