Focus on Film Presents the 17th Green Mountain Film Festival

Welcome to the seventeenth annual Green Mountain Film Festival. Here we are again; Mud season and the arrival of some the finest films from around the world and as our new byline declares... The World Comes To You! As always, our lineup includes a broad range of feature, documentary, short and animated films as well as engaging conversations with distinguished guests, and we are excited this year to continue what we started last year with several sneak previews of high profile films that will show only once (get your tickets early!). 

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Welcome to the seventeenth annual Green Mountain Film Festival. Here we are again; Mud season and the arrival of some the finest films from around the world and as our new byline declares... The World Comes To You! As always, our lineup includes a broad range of feature, documentary, short and animated films as well as engaging conversations with distinguished guests, and we are excited this year to continue what we started last year with several sneak previews of high profile films that will show only once (get your tickets early!). 

Among those, of note, is a premium program with Bela Fleck, the internationally renowned banjo artist. Bela was commissioned last year to write a banjo concerto for the Nashville Symphony and a film was made chronicling the process. Bela will be here in person to talk about the film and to play a passage from the concerto. We have added the Montpelier High School auditorium to our venues this year to accommodate what will surely be a sell-out event. Additionally, Luis Guzman, the acclaimed actor and fellow Vermont resident will take part in an excerpt retrospective of many of his great films with a following Q&A. And Burlington's own Spielpalast Cabaret is paired with the classic film Pandora's Box.

We had a lot of great feedback on last year's festival and we have adapted to suggestions and adopted changes to make your festival experience easier and more enjoyable. Our ticketing system continues to improve and you can purchase tickets: online from our easy-to-navigate festival website (www.gmffestival.org) starting March 3rd, by phone (802-262-3423) beginning March 8th and in person beginning March 10th at our new ticket office at 13 Main St., Montpelier (old Verizon storefront, courtesy of the Jacobs family). 

Our program guide met with high marks and we have continued with the design. Look again for the pull-out film grid and Montpelier map for easy navigation of all screening times and locations. Also, don't forget to use your ticket to weigh in for the Audience Award for the best film in each category. See page 32 in the program guide for details.

We are ever mindful of the founders of GMFF and we again thank Rick Winston, Andrea Serota and Donald Rae for their work building the foundation of what continues as a vital festival. We have a great team again this year and you can find their names listed on page 21.  GMFF remains rated as one of the top ten winter events in Vermont, and we thank the many individuals who have helped nurture the festival over the years. From donors and sponsors who provide the foundation upon which the rest depends, to artists, writers, editors and volunteers whose collaboration is essential to our success and to the filmmakers themselves — we are deeply grateful for the dedication of everyone involved. Lastly, we give our thanks to you, our audience, because whether this is your first GMFF or your seventeenth, we can’t get started without you.

 All best,   Terrence Youk, President/Director, Focus on Film




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