Record number of films entered for Midd film festival

While MNFF8 officials remain vigilant about the impacts of COVID-19 — a pandemic that forced the 2020 MNFF to go fully virtual — they are optimistic that the festival will return to its most “normal” programming since 2019.

MNFF Selects concludes film series with ‘The Rider’

MNFF Selects, the monthly screening series presented by the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, will wrap up its season with the acclaimed drama “The Rider,” from Oscar winning director Chloé Zhao, on Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m., at Town Hall Theater in M … (read more)

MNFF Selects presents ‘Grizzly Man’ at Town Hall Theater

This stunning and unforgettable film, directed by the legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog, is a heart rending docudrama that centers on amateur grizzly bear expert Timothy Treadwell who periodically journeyed to Alaska to study and live with the bear … (read more)

Sundance-winning documentary ‘Buck’ screens in Middlebury

‘Buck’ is a revealing and moving exploration of the life of heralded “horse whisperer” Buck Brannaman, who recovered from years of child abuse to become a well-known expert in the interactions between horses and people.

MNFF series revives ‘Duma,’ a classic family adventure

MNFF Selects, the monthly screening series presented by the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, is pleased to announce the revival of the stirring family adventure drama “Duma” on Sunday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m., at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury.

Midd New Filmmakers Fest goes on tour Feb. 3-6

The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) will resume its statewide Vermont tour, following a two year hiatus.

UPDATE: MNFF Selects brings marine wildlife rescue doc to THT

CORRECTION: An outdated version of this press release was published in the Jan. 13, 2022, edition of Arts+Leisure with incorrect information about Town Hall Theater’s COVID protocols. Please see the updated COVID vaccination requirements highlighted below … (read more)

‘Shepherd: The Story of a Jewish Dog’ screens in Middlebury

This special family-friendly holiday film, from award winning director Lynn Roth, sensitively portrays the timeless and unbreakable bond between a boy and his faithful dog as it is put to the ultimate test in late 1930’s Nazi Germany.

‘Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street’ premieres in Middlebury

The film invites viewers to go inside the hearts and minds of the Sesame Street creators, artists, and educators who established one of the most influential and enduring children’s series in television history.

‘It gives us hope’: Alaskan Nets

In its premiere showing at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival last April, “Alaskan Nets” won the Audience Choice Award, the festival’s top overall prize. Here in Middlebury, it won the Best Documentary Feature Award — the best among the 36 feat … (read more)

Family-friendly film series celebrates human-animal relationships

Who doesn’t love feel-good stories of relationships between animals and human beings? That was Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Producer Lloyd Komesar’s rationale when he set the theme for this year’s MNFF Selects film series.

Film festival gave thrills, nostalgia

MIDDLEBURY — Organizers of the seventh annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, dubbed MNFF7, estimated around 600 people took in one or more of the 120 films screened at four venues in the county’s shire town Aug. 25-29. And viewers obligingly adhered … (read more)

MNFF film inspires hope for journalism

A 64-year-old man from a small town in rural Iowa may represent the best hope for community journalism in America. Art Cullen has more than four decades of newspapering behind him but he is developing a concept that could save news outfits like his, the S … (read more)

Local filmmakers explore ‘The Price of Safety’

Sometimes you need to step back to see something clearly; or if your Vergennes filmmaker and photographer Chris Spencer, you use a drone. Flying high over the Little City, Spencer’s footage captures the picturesque falls, homes nestled snuggly on their qu … (read more)

MNFF screens world premieres beginning Aug. 25

The 7th Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is screening the world premieres of 13 films at this year’s festival, which begins on Aug. 25. These premieres include 11 short films and two feature-length films.The short films having their global debut … (read more)


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