Welcome to the sixteenth annual Green Mountain Film Festival. We are delighted to welcome you to a truly remarkable tradition: the March arrival of some the finest films from around the world in the heart of Vermont. 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 especially excited this year to offer several sneak previews of films that will show only once (get your tickets early!).
You’ll likely notice a few other changes also, all designed to make your festival experience easier and more enjoyable. Thanks to a new ticketing system, you can now purchase tickets in any of the following ways: online from our easy-to-navigate festival website (www.gmffestival.org) starting March 4, by phone (802-262-3423) beginning March 9, in person beginning March 12 at our new ticket office at 44 Main St., Montpelier (courtesy of the Jacobs family). We have also redesigned our logo and given our program guide a completely new look (many thanks to the folks at Ravenmark graphic design!), adding a pull-out film grid and Montpelier map for easy navigation of all screening times and locations. And this year
we are inaugurating our first-ever Green Mountain Audience Award for the best film in each category, inviting you to weigh-in on your favorite films. See page 20 in the program guide for details.
Even as the guard changes this year, we hope you will find that we have stayed true to the core vision of the festival’s founders,
and we can’t thank Rick Winston, Andrea Serota and Donald Rae enough for their work bringing the festival such success. As my predecessors have said in previous years, GMFF is rated 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, graphic designers, writers, editors and volunteers whose collaboration is essential to our success, to our community partners who promote events with enthusiasm and generosity, to the filmmakers themselves—we are deeply grateful for the dedication
of everyone involved. And we give our thanks to you, our audience, because whether this is your first GMFF or your sixteenth, we can’t get started without you.
– Terrence Youk, President, Focus on Film