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With its scenic beauty, history and rich culture, it’s no wonder that National Geographic named the Berkshires number 7 on its list of travel destinations. The area will inspire and enchant you. The Gateways Inn in Lenox, MA is situated in the heart of the Berkshires, making it the ideal place to enjoy all the joys of the area. Due to the artistic history and atmosphere of the Berkshires, it makes sense that one of the premier film festivals is held here each year. If you’re heading to the Berkshires this May, be sure to check out the 2014 Berkshire International Film Festival.
The Berkshire International Film Festival, or BIFF is a world-class festival showcasing independent feature, documentary, short and family films. The 2014 festival marks the ninth year of the event and will take place May 29th through June 1st. BIFF is a world-class event and was chosen by Yankee Magazine as on of the “Top 20” Events in Massachusetts. The mission of the Berkshire International Film Festival is to “provide filmmakers, producers, directors, writers and actors and environment to collaborate, present their work, and interact with each other and with film audiences.” Another major goal of the Berkshire International Film Festival is to provide a platform for Berkshire filmmakers and to exhibit films that are “challenging and topically relevant.” The festival gives attendees to see films they may not see otherwise due to limited release. The Berkshire International Film Festival can open your eyes to a world of film that will enrich and enlighten you.
The four day Berkshire International Film Festival features screenings of films in various genres and formats, including documentaries, feature films, shorts and family films. Along with the screenings, many films are followed by panel discussions and question and answer sessions with the people behind the production. The location of the Berkshires allows the festival to draw in participants from New York, Boston, DC and more. This allows festival-goers to get an inside look at what goes into making the films they enjoy. Notable past attendees include Patricia Clarkson, Kevin Bacon, Chris Noth, Lauren Ambrose and more. Plus, legendary Indiana Jones actress and Berkshires resident Karen Allen is a member of the Board of Trustees along with other members of the Hollywood film community.
One of the great things about the Berkshire International Film Festival is that it gives up and coming Berkshire filmmakers the opportunity to create and progress. Berkshire Bank, in collaboration with BIFF, created The Next Great Filmmaker Award for short filmmakers. The award encourages these filmmakers to hone and improve their craft. So, the Berkshire International Film Festival could be your chance to see and hear from the next big name in filmmaking. Along with this award for short filmmakers Juried Grand Prize Awards for both narrative features and documentaries.
The films screened at the Berkshire International Film Festival sometimes go on to win Academy Awards and other prestigious prizes, so the festival is the perfect opportunity to see these films for the first time. To see the 2014 films to be featured at the Berkshire International Film Festival, click here. The Berkshire International also maintains a presence in the community throughout the rest of the year with events such as screenings and discussions for film enthusiasts.
The Berkshires has great cultural events and attractions all year, so don’t forget to book your stay at the Gateways Inn. Our elegant rooms are the perfect place to relax and recount your day at the festival. When you choose our Lenox bed and breakfast, you’ll get a firsthand experience of why the Berkshires are so exceptional.
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