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Join Us for the BIFF 10th Anniversary Gala!

By June 18, 2014September 4th, 2014No Comments


Live Auction Bidding Procedures
Bidding at the Live Auction is done by raising your Auction Card located in your Boarding Pass.
The winner of each Lot, MUST sign a bid sheet immediately upon the completion of the bidding of your lot.
Payment in cash, personal check or credit card is accepted. Payments in FULL are expected the night of the auction.

LOT 1. “SWEPT AWAY” – Value $5000 
Voted “Our favorite hotel in the world” by Vogue magazine online, Le Sereno is the ultimate beach resort destination. Enjoy 4 nights for 2 in a Grand Plage Suite overlooking the Grand Cul de Sac. You will receive complimentary breakfast each morning in your suite or in the hotel restaurant, VIP reception at the St Maartin airport by a Le Sereno representative to expedite your passage through customs and on to your St Barth’s flight. Transportation to and from the St Barth’s Airport to Le Sereno by a private hotel driver is also included.
Le Sereno is an intimate beachfront hotel and spa located in St. Barthelemy. Inspired by the island’s magical contradiction of luxury and simplicity, renowned Parisian designer Christian Liaigre has helped Le Sereno earn its reputation as the most stylish and private sanctuary among St. Barth’s select group of hotels. Stretching 180 meters (600 feet) along the beach at Grand Cul de Sac, virtually all of Le Sereno’s suites and villas offer views of the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. With a focus on personalized attention, an impeccably trained, around-the-clock staff prides itself on anticipating and satisfying guests’ every whim with an array of “laid-back luxury” amenities and services.
Le Sereno is the first hotel in St Barth’s to obtain the coveted five-star classification under the revised French standards, and has consistently been rated by the international press and the travel industry as one of the most impressive places to stay in the world. The Award-winning Le Sereno Restaurant demonstrates the sophisticated essence of St. Barth’s with a menu that seamlessly blends French fare with Asian influence utilizing vibrant local flavors and ingredients. Off- island produce and meats are flown in fresh daily to enhance the local selections. Le Sereno also offers a full-service spa and gym.
The hotel will be happy to arrange outings, restaurant reservations, and car rentals and suggest island activities for you. For more photos and descriptions of the island and Le Sereno accommodations please visit:
NOTE: Gratuity not included. All personal incidentals beyond what is listed above are the responsibility of the guests. A credit card will be required when reserving to cover these incidentals. The voucher may be used between the dates of April 15, 2015 and December 15, 2015 (All hotels on St Barth’s close late August to mid October for hurricane season).
This package for the Berkshire International Film Festival is generously donated by: Anne Fredericks, Marc Fasteau, and Le Sereno, St Barth’s.

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Lot 2 – “THE GREAT ESCAPE” – Value $6000
The Tatler, London touted Hacienda Cusin as “one of the world’s best kept secrets.”
Your party of 4 will be hosted for 4 nights in 2 luxury double rooms at the glorious Hacienda Cusin, a beautifully restored, 17th-century estate high atop the Ecuadorian Sierra with spectacular views and access to a wide range of activities and excursions. This very personal hotel, with attentive staff and world famous gardens are 1 hour from Quito’s new International airport, near the Equatorial line, and 2 hours from Spanish-colonial Quito. The intimate garden cottages, suites and salons, are furnished with antiques, artwork and Andean craft, most with log-burning fireplaces and beamed-ceilings, overlook several acres of landscaped perennial gardens, ancient trees, and often snow-capped mountains. It is a pristine spot for great food, hiking, quiet reflection and fantastic daily excursions.
Since purchasing the Hacienda in 1990, British born owner Nik Millhouse has restored this Andean retreat to the highest standards, drawing guests from around the world. The Hacienda serves as a fabulous destination in its own right, with lots to explore in the immediate region, and a jumping off point for the Amazon and cloud forest, Cotapaxi Park, a Galapagos cruise, or other enticing destinations further afield.
Upon arrival, you will be met at Quito International Airport and transported to your mountain oasis. Your visit will be personally customized to be as adventurous or as relaxing as you desire. The cordial and attentive staff can arrange your daily itinerary choosing from over 20 activities, local tours and expeditions. Available are numerous day trips around the region, including an Andean train journey through many eco-systems including the Chota desert, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, perusing village markets, antique stores, and museums plus guided tours to archeological sites. AND treat yourself to fine dining, massages, Spanish classes and other deluxe hotel amenities as you also repose at the Hacienda.
For more photos and descriptions of Hacienda Cusin, please visit
You will be transported to Casa Gangotena, a newly restored historic mansion overlooking Plaza San Francisco situated in the heart of Spanish-colonial Quito. Here your party of 4 will enjoy 2 luxury double rooms in the three-story Casa Gangotena, a showcase of eye-catching style, contemporary design, antiques, fine furnishings, modern technologies and quintessential comforts, approximately 2 hours from Hacienda Cusin. The hotel boasts an internationally acclaimed restaurant, extensive wine cellar and award-winning head chef.
Beautifully and eclectically appointed, the hotel invites its guests to explore and to relax, whether in the dining room, glassed-in patio, garden redolent with the perfume of native flowers, wood-paneled library, or else atop its panoramic third-floor terrace.
Sophisticated and eclectic, historic yet contemporary, at Casa Gangotena style, passion and service blend seamlessly and delightfully. Beyond its doors, explore world-class restaurants, shopping, museums, art galleries, historic churches and other monuments. A half-day guided tour of historic Quito is recommended.
For more photos and descriptions of Casa Gangotena, please visit
NOTE: This holiday package is available for 1-year from auction date of August 29, 2014, excluding December 18 – January 2 and Easter Week. All reservations are subject to availability. It is recommended to book at least 2 months prior. Minimum 10% gratuity and personal expenses are the responsibility of guests. Imbabura and Quito, Ecuador are on the East Coast time zone, use $US and 110v. Your destination is easily accessed by major carriers: American via Miami, Delta via Atlanta, Continental via Houston, COPA via D.C. and LAN Airlines direct from JFK.
This package for the Berkshire International Film Festival is generously donated by: Nik Millhouse, Hacienda Cusin.

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LOT 3 – “LE WEEKEND” – Value: $3000
The only thing better than BIFF in the spring, is the New York Film Festival in the fall. You will be treated to a luxury weekend in New York City, October 11 and 12, 2014 – the closing weekend of the New York Film Festival.
You and your guest will enjoy a 2-night double room stay at The University Club, a private membership club ideally located at the corner of 5th Avenue and 54th Street, one block away from MoMA, and in the heart of shopping and the excitement of mid-town Manhattan.
Compare stage and film! Your weekend visit features 2 producer tickets to a Broadway Show of your choice (subject to availability and certain exclusions) PLUS the added highlight of 2 tickets to the closing night screening of the 52nd New York Film Festival with the North American premiere of BIRDMAN starring Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakas and Emma Stone. In between shows, prepare yourself for the red carpet and enjoy personal pampering at John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman’s. The gift certificate (valued at $1500) includes a hair cut by John Barrett, color by Parvin Klein, eyebrow shaping, manicure and pedicure.
Even film buffs need to eat! LE WEEKEND capitalizes on exquisite French dining at two of New York City’s finest French-inspired restaurants. Delight in a lunch Tasting Menu for 2 at Bouley, located in trendy Tribeca at 163 Duane Street. Renowned chef David Bouley continues to dazzle his patrons with his creative, seasonally and locally inspired haute cuisine. Set in his sumptuous chateau-like dining room, you and your taste buds will truly be transported.
Another slice of France awaits you uptown with dinner for 2 at Bistro Cassis, located at 225 Columbus Avenue between 70th and 71st. This charming premiere French bistro offers an authentic French atmosphere and cuisine that Francophiles and foodies alike call “Magnifique!”
NOTE: All personal charges at The University Club are the responsibility of guests. Certain Broadway shows (including “Book of Mormon”) may be subject to exclusion and tickets to all shows are subject to availability. All bookings should be made as soon as possible. All meals are exclusive of liquor and gratuity. All services are exclusive of gratuity. John Barrett Salon services may be booked in whole or in part up to one-year from the date of auction.
This package for the Berkshire International Film Festival is generously donated by: James Finkel; John Barrett; John Hart/Evamere Entertainment; Kent Jones/New York Film Festival; Bouley; Bistro Cassis.

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Lot 4 – “The ProducerS” – Value? Priceless!
Watch, shop and dine ‘til you drop! You’ll be ALL over BIFF’s 10th anniversary film festival! (May 27 – 31, 2015)
Your 2 BIFF 10th anniversary All-Inclusive VIP Producers Film Passes ($1000) provide access to all BIFF film screenings, 2 reserved seats at all major events at the Mahaiwe, and invitations to all parties and special events (including announcement party, opening and closing night parties, filmmaker cocktail party and jury brunch).
In between films, shop and dine in Great Barrington with Gift Certificates from fabulous local establishments: allium ($100), Bizallion’s (lunch for 2), Castle Street Café (dinner for 2), Prairie Whale ($50), Karen Allen Fiber Arts ($350), One Mercantile ($100), and Seeds ($100). Finally, treat yourself to the Seven Salon Spa “Indulgence Package” with a gift certificate for massage, facial, mani/pedi and blow dry ($350).
This package for the Berkshire International Film Festival is generously donated by: allium; Bizallion’s; Castle Street Café; Karen Allen; One Mercantile; Prairie Whale, Seeds; and Seven Salon Spa.
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