Focus on Film

Rating: 4.96 stars   23 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 26 Main St Montpelier VT 05602 USA

Mission: The Green Mountain Film Festival is presented by Focus on Film a long established Vermont organization whose purpose is :-(i) to provide public film showings of cultural, social and historic interest; (ii) to sponsor discussions of such films; and (iii) to provide an opportunity for independent filmmakers to exhibit their work.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 10,000+ tickets sold each year
Programs: The main program of Focus on Film is the annual Green Mountain Film Festival, a ten day festival with total attendance in excess of 10,000.

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

As always for the past 13 years, the GMFF was a highlight of my year, educating, enlightening, and exciting me. I saw 11 films (and am eagerly awaiting retirement when I can see them all!!), volunteered on 2 days and hope to do more next year. The festival generates an excited downtown where conversations are sparked between strangers, friends, and people from greater Vermont who come to Montpelier for the GMFF. Many thanks for all the hard work by festival organizers!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The commitment and the knowledge of the organizers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I saw 11 movies during the festival (8 with my husband and the rest on my own), including documentaries and foreign features. I loved every one of them, and honestly would have seen everything the festival had to offer if it were humanly and financially feasible. (My work schedule dictated my choices, so I missed some of the films offered during weekdays.) The talks/Q-and-A with some of the filmmakers and film subjects was a wonderful bonus. I can't thank the festival organizers enough for all you do to screen, select, and schedule the films and then smoothly herd all of us through the venues. All three locations were great. I only wish we could bring food and drink into the Pavilion and City Hall. Sustenance is required if one is sitting through multiple movies in a row.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

broadening my horizons.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

The three venues worked well, and the charming restaurant in between provided a relaxed atmosphere for talking about and enjoying films.I block off this week in my calendar every year, and it certainly makes sometimes dreary March go much faster. Terrific films. I especially enjoy the documentaries, and all the discussions after the films.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending festival for 10 years.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I try to see every film every year. It is not possible to do so, but with careful planning, one can attend almost every film. This year, a "daytime-weekday" pass made the fest super affordable for those with flexible work schedules.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I enjoyed this years film festival more than ever. I volunteered plus saw about 20 films. It was a tremendous week, a way to submerge myself in film,with documentaries, music and other types. I like all the venues; the new ona at the Pavilion is very comfortable. I plan to volunteer next year to help keep this enjoyable, enlightening and community festival going.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It gets the community out in droves; a good respite from the end of winter.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

My husband and I look forward to this festival every year. We get our yearly movie fix by watching about 6 great films in one weekend. There are always too many movies to choose from!! We really love the documentaries and always learn something new to bring back and share with our families and friends. The people of Montpelier are wonderful, hospitable, kind and genuine during our visit.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they open our eyes to non-hollywood films and all the talent and ideas and creativity that is out there.

Ways to make it better...

...can't think of anything!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

The Green Mountain Film Festival is a treasure. Each year I look forward to the most provocative and inspiring films and the shared experience with friends and neighbors. If a great film, the audience responds with such enthusiasm at the end. This year I viewed, "The Most Dangerous Man in America" about Daniel Elsburg and the Pentagon Papers. A truly remarkable film which benefits from all the released documents and audio tapes today. Also, the beautiful and haunting "Seraphine" introduced this remarkable artist to me. Thanks GMFF. You had another fabulous festival. I can't wait until next year. Jana Bagwell, Adamant, VT

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attending films at various venues in Montpelier VT.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The well chosen films and the shared experience with friends and neighbors.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Fabulous

Ways to make it better...

Popcorn at the City Hall venue.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

As always, a great festival. I was disappointed that there were no films from Africa, but I enjoyed "The Lemon Tree" quite a bit. I LOVE the fact that the Savoy is a 35mm venue and I wish there could be another 35mm venue for the TRUE CLARITY of silver nitrate. I really enjoyed "The Heretics" and "Secret of Kells" as well. The Pavillion had nice seating, but the projection cut off about 1/3 of the film image. Sacrilege! Thanks to EVERYONE--organizers, volunteers, board, and all, for a great 10 days in Montpelier! I look forward to it every year.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Film fests over the past 6 years.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have a juried student film competition.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Great diversity of films from all over the world.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Great!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Install more 35mm projectors in town and ship in 35mm prints!!

Ways to make it better...

Ushers at City Hall had little flashlights for latecomers.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Money, I'm guessing.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Once again, I was treated to my cultural highlight of the year. This festival is the best complement to living in Vermont. It's warm, accessible, intriguing, educational and transports me far and wide. I spend a couple of hours in a completely different place and then get dropped back into my friendly, beautiful home, sometimes with the benefit of a formal or informal discussion to bring the two worlds together. It's a departure and a homecoming with each film.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Include on the website some kind of guide to choosing films if you're not the kind (like me) who will spend a few hours making the difficult choices. e.g. If you like x, you might like y film.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

see above - getting a big dose of different cultures, intellectual intrigue and just ideas and images that don't often cross my path here.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

terrific. It's great to get a friendly, funny, interested intro.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

MAYBE hire enough people to make life easier on Andrea, Rick and cohorts... Provide great film opportunities to area schools during (or before/after) the festivals.

Ways to make it better...

I didn't have to keep feeding my parking meter on the days when I don't have time to park outside of downtown.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

attracting enough viewers. seemed like quite a few showings weren't well attended. Did the festival do well enough?

One thing I'd also say is that...

I'm forever grateful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

The Green Mountain Film Festival is a highlight of the year for me. I see films I would never see otherwise here in central Vermont; there is a wide range of kinds of films; often directors, actors and others come to lead discussions about their film after its showing. These are all reasons why I am so very grateful for this event. It is a gift to the community of film-goers. Thank you!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending the films

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help find ways to keep the benefits of being simple and well-organized, which you already are.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

attending the films

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fine. When those who greeted us before the showings were warm, excited and thorough in their remarks, it added something special to the showings.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

I hope it doesn't really need 10 million bucks!

Ways to make it better...

It was great this year to have the festival schedule mailed out to me.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Not being an insider, I am not aware of challenges.

One thing I'd also say is that...

THANK YOU for a amazing 2010 festival!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

The annual Green Mountain Film Festival is one of Vermont's premiere cultural and educational events. It seems to be curated with an eye toward bringing both a wide and deep selection of film experiences to the community, with the movies themselves and with various events (lectures, meet-the-artist sessions, etc.) planned to coincide with them. I also love the range of films, which runs from socio-political to arts-oriented, to just plain fun. The GMFF makes me proud to live here.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Allow for the option of purchasing a ticket via phone, and picking it up at Will Call at the festival. Phone operators are also sometimes not very courteous.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

EASILY rival (and surpass) Telluride or Sundance.

Ways to make it better...

I could have bought tickets online.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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