Budding filmmakers compete for top honors at Middlebury film festival


More than a hundred different films in a wide range of styles, in four different venues, over four days. That’s what you can see in downtown Middlebury.

The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival got underway on Thursday, and it continues through Sunday.

This is the fifth annual competition for the festival’s unique VTeddy Awards, custom-made by Vermont Teddy Bear Company. Organizers say the event has gained a great deal of traction in the community, just within that short span of time.

“Our filmmakers stay with families around the area,” festival producer Lloyd Komesar said. “There’s a lot of bonding that goes on. It’s really a great festival, highly unusual. We don’t focus on celebrities; we focus on first- and second-time filmmakers.”

“(We’ve) got films that’ll be nominated for Oscars and Emmys; got filmmakers that’ll be nominated,” festival artistic director Jay Craven said. “We’ve got filmmakers that have won Oscars, so we are here with the best of the best.”

Some of the festival’s events are sold out, but tickets for many of them are still available. You can buy them by clicking here.

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