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New Hampshire Film Festival: The Inside Scoop
Tue, 09/24/2013 - 10:07 – admin
Are you looking to apply to the New Hampshire Film Festival? Or just be an audience member? Our 2013 Festival Partner gave us the inside scoop in this festival profile.By Alli Rock
Co-founder Dan Hannon gives us the skinny on the New Hampshire Film Festival.
Number of Yearly Submissions: Our submissions grow every year. We estimate 1,000 entries for this season.
Number of Films Typically Accepted: We accept about 100 films each year.
What are you looking for when choosing which films you select?
The NHFF Programming Team is an eclectic group of people including filmmakers and producers on the international and local levels, film students, and film enthusiasts. The result is a wide variety of tastes and interests, as well as viewpoints from the filmmaking aspect and the audience aspect, which hopefully leaves very little room for a great, undiscovered indie film to fall through the cracks.
All films are objectively judged on quality, regardless of content, with attention paid to specific aspects including lighting, sound, music, performances, plot movement and more. We look for films that effectively and professionally tell a story that is not only entertainment, but that is also in some way meaningful, important or intriguing.
What are your biggest pet peeves from filmmakers?
What is your advice for filmmakers looking to apply to your festival, or to others?
What is your advice to audience goers for how best to enjoy your festival?
Our best advice to enjoy the festival is to first sit down with our gorgeous printed program and map out your long weekend with us, because it is far more than just brilliant films screening from morning through night. The festival is filled to the brim with excitement from constant press and activity at Headquarters, to special VIP events, to entertaining and educational panel discussions, to extravagant parties.
In addition, the festival’s location of Portsmouth, NH is a strikingly beautiful destination. It combines the charm of a quaint seacoast village with the amenities of a small city. Settled in 1623, Portsmouth is the nation’s third-oldest city. Great care has been taken to preserve its history, culture and quality of life. It is consistently honored on “best places to live” lists and has been named one of the “Top 100 Walking Cities” in America by Prevention Magazine. Forbes Traveler recently listed Portsmouth as one of America’s Prettiest Towns.
So that attendees can take advantage of our pristine location, we arrange discounted rooms at conveniently located hotels all across town each year. We select a few ranging area accommodations to offer something for everyone’s budget and taste. And since few things in life are better than great films and great cuisine, we also introduced the “New Hampshire Film Festival Restaurant Program” in celebration of our 10th Anniversary. The program highlights participating restaurants in a festival map that goes out to 10,000 festival guests every year. Each restaurant offers specials and discounts to festival pass and ticket holders.
MovieMaker Magazine recently called Portsmouth and the New Hampshire Film Festival "the film center of New England." The magazine also added the festival to its 2013 "Top 50 Film Festivals in the World Worth the Entry Fee." We welcome audience goers to come and find out why!
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