MIDDLEBURY—Since the Covid-19 pandemic descended on the country, the state, and the community, MNFF organizers have been patiently watching developments and maintaining a cautiously optimistic position that a limited version of the 6th annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival could be staged in late August. Indeed, the progress that the state of Vermont has made in combating the virus is remarkable, thanks in no small measure to the sacrifices that the people of Vermont have made. But, in recent days, it has become clear that all the key elements they would need to present even a scaled back event will not come together this summer. So, the physical version of MNFF6 will not take place this August. There will not be a joyous gathering of filmmakers and festival goers on the streets and in the theaters of Middlebury.
But there is definitely good news to share! Instead, an online version of the 6th annual MNFF will take place around the same late August dates of the physical festival, with a robust collection of both feature films and shorts, documentaries and dramas, from first and second time filmmakers, including interesting Q&As with filmmakers. Viewers can expect to engage with the Festival not on a tight day-by-day, film-by-film schedule but rather a flexible schedule that lets you watch a film whenever you’d like over the course of the event.
Look for many more details about the 6th annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Online Edition in the weeks to come, including the exact dates, the film offerings and how to purchase festival passes. As always, they welcome your continued support. Please consider making a donation to help cover the cost of bringing MNFF6 to life online. For more information visit middfilmfest.org.