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The New Hampshire Film Festival celebrates its 13th anniversary in 2013 and will screen the best in independent film over four days. NHFF runs Oct. 17 – 20 in downtown Portsmouth, NH this year and is always held the weekend after Columbus Day. Stay tuned for more Media Opportunities during 2013!
NHFF relocated to Portsmouth in 2004 after starting in Derry, NH in 2001 when it was known as the New Hampshire Film Expo. In 2001, NHFF’s first year, the festival showed 40 films, had 60 submissions, and drew about 500 people. In 2010, NHFF received more than 700 films and 200 screenplays for consideration, and expects to show 80 films and draw an estimated 9,000 people. NHFF has garnered national press coverage. Moviemaker Magazine has called NHFF “the film center of New England.”
More than a half dozen Academy Award-nominated films – as well as films from Academy Award-winning directors – have screened at New Hampshire Film Festival. With a lineup of films from international festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, and Cannes, (NHFF had more than 20 international films in 2009) the NHFF program has evolved to compare to major film festivals. NHFF entries are being accepted in the following categories: Feature, Documentary, Shorts under 30 minutes, Shorts 30 – 60 minutes, Student, Animation, and NH Films.
NHFF 2011 will feature five sanctioned parties! We hope you’ll join us:
The NHFF Screenplay Competition celebrates the contribution of writers to film. We accept and receive both feature and short screenplays from around the world. The Best Screenplay Award is presented during Closing Night Ceremonies to the winner of this competition. Submissions are accepted only through Withoutabox (www.withoutabox.com).
NHFF’s Young Filmmakers Workshop provides a weekend-long, hands-on instructional experience for young filmmakers 14 – 18 years-old to study the filmmaking process and to produce short films which are shown at the end of the festival.
NHFF 2010 Highlights
“The Extra Man” starring Kevin Kline, Paul Dano, John C. Reilly, and Katie Holmes”Leaves of Grass” starring Ed Norton, Kerry Russell, Richard Dreyfuss, and Susan Sarandon
“Brotherhood” 2010 South by Southwest Audience Award winner
“El Vuelco del Cangrejo” (The Crab Trap), a winner at the Berlin International Film Festival
“The YellowBrickRoad” 2010 Slamdance Feature shot in NH
“Highwater” From the son of Dana Brown, director of “Endless Summer.” Action-packed doc on about Triple Crown Surf Championships in Hawaii
“Family Affair” Director Chico David Colvard delves into his family’s painful past to produce what the Boston Globe called “One of the most psychologically complex movies ever made.”
“Do It Again” Robert Patton-Spruill’s film about about newspaper reporter Geoff Edgers’s irrational quest to reunite the Kinks.
“Herbert White” Directed by James Franco
“Mary Last Seen” A 2010 Cannes Film Festival winner directed by Sean Durkin
“The Fence” A insightful look at the the effectiveness of the US’s $3.1 billion fence on its Southern border.
NHFF 2009 Highlights
Oscar-nominated documentary “Food, Inc.,” with a Q&A session with Stonyfield Farm CE-Yo Gary Hirshberg
New England premiere of Boston-filmed “Don McKay,” starring Thomas Haden Church
Farrely-brothers produced “Lost Son of Havana,” with appearance by Red Sox great Luis Tiant
“The Burning Plain” with Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger
“American Violet,” the story of a mother who fights wrongful drug charges in Texas.
“That Evening Sun,” with veteran Actor “Hal Holbrook”
Documentary “The Third Jihad” which explores radical Islamism
Documentary “The Way We Get By” which follows greeters of US troops at an airport in Maine
Ticket and Pass categories:
VIP passes grant all-access for the entire weekend.
All-weekend passes grant admission to all screenings, workshops and parties.
Day passes grant access for all NHFF activities on the day they are purchased.