The first year we screened about 80 films and started our workshop tradition having a film historian and commercial director participate with their expertise.
The following year Lynn Redgrave joined us and screened Annhilation of Fish, hosted a Q & A, and gave out the awards to thrilled filmmakers. Campbell Scott screened his fantastic film, Off the Map, and hosted a Q & A as well. That same year, Elizabeth Perkins and Julio Macat flew east to share their expertise with terrific workshops, along with a Peter Minor, Professor, Columbia University.
Year three once again was thrilling for us, Albert Maysles came to Kent to hold a Master Class, Gary Null, health and fitness guru screened Vaccine Nation. Robert Clohessy held an acting workshop, along with panel discussions with George Norfleet, Director, Connecticut Office of Film, Television and Digital Media.
Year Four Lynn Redgrave was back to grace us with her presence at the Gala Award Party to once again hand out the awards.
Years Four and Five we held amazing workshops with industry professionals on Distributing, Composing, Indie Filmmaking and Documentary Filmmaking.
So along with screening amazing films from all over the world and local flavor we have always including education in the mix.
The Kent Film Festival has expanded and is called the
Litchfield Hills Film Festival.
We want to be even more accessible to people who love independent film.
As you can see from our new logo, we have kept our recognizable look.
It is important to us that you know that although the name and location has changed everything else remains the same.
The debut year 2011, in New Milford was electrifying success! The town was overrun with filmmakers and their guests along with attendees starting Thursday and they didn’t stop buying tickets until the last film screened Sunday at 5:00.
The Gala Award party was held Saturday evening at the Festival Headquarters,
77 Railroad Street. The headquarters was adorned with the artwork from the winner of the “Lynn Redgrave award”, Fake, a feature that tells the story of a prolific artist who in his struggle to sell his own art finds his true genius is in the forgery of great masters and ends up involved with the mob. There were 20 awards given at the event and was attended by over 200 people, following the award party was the screening of the film at two sold out venues.
The 2011 Litchfield Hills Film Festival featured 125 films, including 22 documentary films, 14 feature films and 89 short films which have all been a staple of the festival since its inception 6 years ago. This year’s festival played host to films from over 14 countries and had more than 55 filmmakers in attendance.
We were very excited to have Governor Dannel Malloy and First Lady Cathy Malloy attend the Festival Sunday to view the groundbreaking documentary film, In a Town This Size. Filmmaker Patrick V. Brown paints a compelling picture of a small Oklahoma town and it’s long-suppressed tragedy of childhood sexual abuse. The victims and their families tell their stories through first person interviews.
The Governor and First Lady are outspoken advocates against sexual abuse. Cathy Malloy is the current executive director of the Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education in Stamford.