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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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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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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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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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

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

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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8 people found this review helpful

Every spring. Focus on Film brings scores of great films to Central Vermont audiences at the Green Mountain Film Festival. It's a fantastic celebration of the art of film, and it draws the whole community together. No better way to get rid of the winter blues!

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

the way in which people give so generously of their time to make a great event for the whole community to enjoy.

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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