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Re-Cap: Berkshire International Film Fest 2016 [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, June 10th, 2016
Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) poster 2016.

Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) poster 2016.

With the final events of last week’s Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) now history, the star-studded event is finally wrapped up. For a few days in June, the Berkshires were filled with luminaries such as Yo-Yo-Ma, Bruce Dern, Karen Allen, Meryl Streep, Ann Roth, Joan Anderson, Sheila Nevins, Mike Haley, Kent Jones, Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow, Gregory Crewdson, Julie Goldman, Ethel Sheffer and Douglas Trumbull. They were among 40 filmmakers in attendance. In addition, the BIFF announced the winners of the annual BIFF Juried Prize Award and the BIFF Audience Award.

In the Juried documentary category, the winner was Untouchable written and directed by David Feige, and in the Juried narrative category the Iranian entry, Wednesday, May 9 was awarded the prize. The Jury prize is sponsored by GWFF USA and was presented at a brunch Sunday at allium Restaurant in Great Barrington. Serving on the BIFF Jury were actors Mary Kay Place and Peter Riegert, Josh Braun and Dan Braun of Submarine Entertainment, casting director Gretchen Rennell, film executive Bob Harper and New York Film Festival director Kent Jones.

The Audience Award Winner for best narrative feature was a tie between Year by the Sea directed by Alexander Janko and starring Karen Allen, and the French film Our Women directed by Richard Barry. The Audience Award Winner for best documentary feature was the Sundance hit film Life, Animated directed by Roger Rees Williams.

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Berkshire International Film Festival 2016 Kicks Off Today [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
Kevin Sprague photo from BIFF 2015 – and 2016 is looking great, too!

Kevin Sprague photo from BIFF 2015 – and 2016 is looking great, too!

The 11th annual Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) kicks off its packed weekend line-up of films today (Thursday, June 2), marked by stronger international programming and continuing dedication to the best in documentary film. The BIFF will showcase 26 documentaries, 26 narrative features and 17 short films from 26 countries, including Germany, Afghanistan, Brazil, Australia, Iran, England, India, France, China, Italy, Israel, Austria, Norway, Hungary, Argentina and Iceland. The festival runs from today (June 2) through Sunday (June 5) in Great Barrington and from Friday-Sunday in Pittsfield.

To quote BIFF Founder and Executive Director, Kelley Vickery: “I believe this is one of the best festivals we have ever programmed. I am absolutely thrilled not only with our special events, but also our incredible line-up of foreign films, documentaries, narrative dramas, and shorts. Once again, we have secured the best in independent film which is what our audience has come to expect. It is exciting to have Yo-Yo Ma, Bruce Dern, Karen Allen, Doug Trumbull, Noah Baumbach, Gregory Crewdson, Jake Paltrow and Kent Jones as highlights in our program. It doesn’t get better than that! The BIFF’s programming has combined our community’s sense of wonder, curious spirit, intellectual needs, and desire to engage in and explore the world around us, as well as to learn about stories close to home. With 26 countries represented, the BIFF truly brings the world to the Berkshires!”

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It’s a Wrap for BIFF: “Romeo is Bleeding” and “H.” Win Awards [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

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By Larry Murray

Now in its tenth year, the Berkshire International Film Festival wrapped up 2015 by announcing the winners of the annual BIFF Juried Prize Award and the BIFF Audience Award. In the Juried documentary category, the winners were Romeo is Bleeding, written and directed by Jason Zeldes. Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia won in the Juried narrative category for their film H. filmed in both Troy and Pittsfield.

The Jury prize is sponsored by GWFF USA and was presented at a brunch Sunday (May 31) at the Allium Restaurant + Bar in Great Barrington. Serving on the BIFF Jury were actors Karen Allen, Mary Kay Place, Scott Cohen and Peter Riegert; Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment; producer Susan Arnold; casting director Gretchen Rennell; film executive Bob Harper; production designer Kristi Zea; and New York Film Festival director Kent Jones.

The Audience Award Winner for best documentary feature was a tie between Crescendo: The Power of Music directed by Jamie Bernstein, and Above and Beyond directed by Roberta Grossman and produced by Nancy Spielberg. The Audience Award Winner for best narrative feature was the Dutch film Secrets of War.

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FEST: Berkshire International Film Festival to Screen 80 New Indie Films This Week [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia’s “H.” has already been been earning buzz before a frame has been screened. Middle-aged Helen lives with husband Roy and finds comfort from a “reborn” baby doll. Meanwhile, successful young artist Helen is expecting a child with her noncommittal partner. Foreboding signs begin to appear: a meteor reportedly crashes nearby; people go missing, and inexplicable, life-altering changes spiral the Helens’ inert realities into a terrifying journey through unknown terrain.

Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia’s “H.” has already been been earning buzz before a frame has been screened. Middle-aged Helen lives with husband Roy and finds comfort from a “reborn” baby doll. Meanwhile, successful young artist Helen is expecting a child with her noncommittal partner. Foreboding signs begin to appear: a meteor reportedly crashes nearby; people go missing, and inexplicable, life-altering changes spiral the Helens’ inert realities into a terrifying journey through unknown terrain.

The four-day festival features 31 documentaries, 27 narrative features and 20 short films

The 10th annual Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced its weekend line-up of films that is marked with stronger international programming and continues its dedication to programming the best in documentary film and highlight films from our region. BIFF will showcase nearly 80 new independent feature, documentary, short and family films from a record 23 countries.

The festival, which takes place from Thursday-Sunday (May 28–31) in Great Barrington and Friday-Sunday (May 29–31) in Pittsfield, will bring films, filmmakers, industry professionals and fans together for a four-day festival celebrating independent film featuring 31 documentaries, 27 narrative features and 20 short films. Some of the countries represented this year are Egypt, Afghanistan, New Zealand, India, Brazil, South Korea, UK, Germany, Mexico, Ukraine, Norway, Sudan, Israel, France and Krygyzstan.

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Stunning Lineup Announced for 7th Berkshire International Film Festival [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
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From Our News Desk: The 7th Annual season of The Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) will celebrate this year with the latest in independent feature, documentary, short and family films. The festival runs from May 31 – June 3, 2012 in Great Barrington and June 1 – June 3rd in Pittsfield, MA and will be showcasing over 70 films in independent filmmaking.

Kelley Vickery, founder and director of the Berkshire International Film Festival, stated, “we are thrilled to once again bring to our Berkshire community an incredibly diverse program with over 70 independent films from around the country and indeed the world.” With an exciting season programmed, the festival will kick off with an opening night party at the historic Mason Library and screening of the intimate documentary ETHEL, presented by members of the Kennedy Family. The screening of ETHEL is so special to us as the Kennedys are part of our Massachusetts heritage and we look forward to members of the Kennedy family joining us for the evening and a special Q&A.”

Adding to the excitement, the festival will also present one of the exclusive screenings of MARINA ABRAMOVIC: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT and Ms. Abramovic, the director and producers will be joining the BIFF. “We are especially pleased that she has chosen the Berkshires to screen her film immediately following the NY premiere screening at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City,” said Vickery. The evening will include an event in her honor prior to the screening.

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Be Here Now: Berkshire International Film Festival, 6/2-5/11

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
Douglas Trumbull

Douglas Trumbull

The Sixth Annual Berkshire International Film Festival is getting underway momentarily with screenings of 70 independent feature films, documentaries and shorts starting tonight through Sunday in Great Barrington and from tomorrow through Sunday in Pittsfield.

Tonight’s opening film at the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington is Page One: Inside the New York Times, a documentary directed by Andrew Rossi that chronicles the turmoil and transformation of the newspaper empire at a critical juncture in media history.

Saturday brings two films with local ties: a special screening of Pittsfield native Kent Jones’ latest film, A Letter To Elia, on the life of Elia Kazan, written and directed with Martin Scorcese and a special preview screening of Never Stand Still, a documentary on Jacob’s Pillow, narrated by Bill T. Jones.

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Watch Some Films…Win A Prize

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Berkshire Bank is seeking some help in selecting the winner of the first Next Great Filmmaker Award, designed to encourage and support short filmmkers. View the shorts, vote for the one you like best and you could win an Apple iPad or a $1000 donation to a local charity in your name. Voting ends May 31st, 2010.

All five films will be appearing at The Berkshire International Film Festival in June 3-6.

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