Focus on Film

Rating: 4.96 stars   23 reviews

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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  

7 people found this review helpful

This event is mis-characterized as a great Montpelier event. It is truly a phenomenal regional event, and it does draw from other areas of New England and New York. It is one of the best things about Central Vermont each year. The selections are very thoughtful and diverse, with something that will appeal to almost anyone. Although it is a separate event and organization, it continues and amplifies the great work done by the Savoy (in admittedly smaller and less frequent doses than the festival is able).

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

that it has really pushed me to become more knowledgable about and exposed to film.

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

committed, intelligent and interested in helping!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Simply...the best Fest in Vermont. I think of it as the States Film fest. While some may say there are too many festivals, in fact there too many mediocre events and too few honest, ernest ones such as this.

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

personal and professional ways.

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

That it remains humble but world class

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

not attempting to tell me what is best for me.

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

Become a focal point for the states film industry.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

These dedicated people pull together an amazingly special cultural experience and enliven Montpelier, a city of only about 9000 - but during the film festival it feels like we're a city of 100,000 people from all over the world. They brighten up the winter in the Green Mountains, and that's saying something!

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

their wonderful organization and ability to keep all their ducks in a row.

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

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

the way they blend into the background and let you enjoy your experience!

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

part of my community and gave me a real feeling that this is a community effort!

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

go huge! Or market the heck out of the festival so that people from all over New England knew about it and could come enjoy it!

Ways to make it better...

you could order tickets online!

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

marketing oriented. It's expensive to get the word out!

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

thanks!

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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5 people found this review helpful

This is a great, well-balanced film festival. The organizers take a lot of care in selecting the very best documentaries and feature films, and their winning programs are comparable to much larger festivals.

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

the people connected with it.

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

courteous and interested in their festival.

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

Continue to operate at its current high standard.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Ten years ago I moved to Montpelier Vt., from Buffalo, NY, which had several very good film programs (at the university and in a downtown location), but none better than the Savoy Theater (home of Focus on Film's Green Mountain Film Festival). I was happily surprised. I've donated to the film festival ever since, sponsoring several movies I am proud to have my named attached to. This is a wonderful, warmly welcoming festival. I will continue to donate to it and attend.

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

tThis is not only one of the leading cultural organizati9nos (and events) in Montpelier, it has become a model for film as an art form in New England.

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

Who knows? It could certainly use more money, as who couldn't in the arts, and no doubt could expand its depth and breadth.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Every March this organization brings a fantastic and diverse range of films and guest lectures to Vermont's capital city. While I don't always love every film I see, I do love the excitement generated as film buffs descend from the hills and gather to share this perfect antidote to Bowling Alone. It's lasted 13 years through the efforts of a small and dedicated staff, long-lasting volunteers, local financial support and consistently high quality management.

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

Discovering so many places through film

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

Friendly and helpful

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  

7 people found this review helpful

Focus on Film brings to Vermont a great event. The film selection, lectures and life that you see in Montpelier is great. The atmosphere is comparable to festivals in Montreal and Switzerland. Plus, this event generates a income for the city!.

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

letting people know that we have an awesome festival!

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

very, very kind. People who moves the world.

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

make of this festival a major destination for movie lovers in New England and Quebec regions.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I have been going to the Green Mountain Film Festival for about six years. They make the entire Montpelier community come to life with people from all over Vermont and beyond enjoying cinema at its best. I have been moved, delighted, surprised, shocked and overwhelmed with some of the offerings there. I particularly enjoy the workshops and special lectures and talks they plan each year with industry insiders and professionals. Restaurants are full, stores are buzzing and the sidewalks full of people talking cinema and culture and life. It has become the spring renewal I look forward to every year.

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

attending the variety and depth of workshops and film exhibits. I especially like listening to industry experts stories, opinions and experiences in the film business.

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

Begin to ask for a minimum fee from filmmakers to have their film screened for consideration. Join WithoutABox and filmmakers will send their films in, along with their application fee, in droves. This will provide much needed income to the festival.

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

the generosity of ideas and talent. They are willing to work with filmmakers and members of the Monteplier community to make the weeklong festival the best from all angles.

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

extraordinarily helpful and generous.

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

Buy the kind of exhibition equipment it needs. PRovide scholarships to filmmmakers in Vermont, give film awards to filmmakers at the festival, have a film banquet and awards event to highlight new and emerging film talent.

Ways to make it better...

An awards presentation would spice up the week.

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

financial. But if they start to charge a fee for film submissions and enlist a group of folks to screen films, this problem could be solved...or lessened.

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

this is a terrific event for Vermont and to the community of Montpelier. As a filmmaker I feel like this festival is "mine" and for "me". It is a treasure.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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5 people found this review helpful

The Green Mountain Film Festival is one of the best film festivals in the region and without a doubt the best in Vermont. The quality of the programming is fantastic. The festival has had a great line up of film makers and critics like Al Maysles, Les Blank, Christine Vachon, Robin Swicord, Kenny Turan, Godfrey Cheshire and David Thomson. It's just a great festival.

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

providing a top quality film festival year after year after year.

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

Build them a purpose built multiplex cinema with state of the art projection and sound systems.

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

Great people, well organized, friendly and great programming!

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

courteous and competent

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

Set up an endowment fund so that they don't have to start from scratch with their fund raising every year. It would allow the ED more time to build the festival and hire more staff.

Ways to make it better...

The sight lines in one of the cinemas was a little better

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

Its' a small community with limited resources. The festival organizers do a great job but a small endowment fund (one or two million) would help them enormously.

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

Film festivals like this are a rarity.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

Here's an arts organization that makes a whole town happy! Whoever thought march in Vermont could be so much fun and so enlightening? The folks who run Focus on Film and the Green Mountain Film Festival put on 10 days of films and events that keep MOntpelier's downtown filled with lively discussion. The buzz is electric, the films range from hilarious to thought-provoking and the speakers add depth and sparkle to it all. Local nonprofits sponsor films so they get their messages out to a wide audience at the same time.

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

seeing a wide range of films from all over the world and right here in Vermont.

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

It is a true community endeavor, bringing in local business, non-profits, and an audience that is film savvy and very appreciative.

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

Courteous, well informed and excited to be on board.

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

Build it's own theater and present great films and education all year round.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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