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

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: 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  

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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