For the last year, like our colleagues at other cultural institutions, we have been physically distanced but socially connected. Our theaters have been quiet, but we discovered that outdoor spaces can house a different kind of theater. We have been shut out, but not shut in. We have found silver linings in these troubled times.
And while dormant, we have continued to foster creativity. We created a “pop-up” drive in, providing a venue for half of BIFF’s 2020 selections, with many filmmakers in attendance. We presented our Filmmaker Summit, virtually, for 2020 selected filmmakers. We launched new, free educational programming, and we continued to offer our popular Environmental Film Focus Series. BIFF not only survived—we thrived.
Today, BIFF is coming back better than ever. We have streamlined our website. Look for fresh and behind-the-scenes content, at www.biffma.org and our social media channels, over the next few weeks. We are hosting a special 15th Anniversary Celebration. And, we are offering passes and tickets to the 2021 Festival.
The 2021 BIFF will be a hybrid. So, if you do not want to attend screenings in-person or can’t make it back to the Berkshires, you can still join us with a Virtual Pass to a curated online selection of films and talks from the actual Festival.
We thank our BIFF community-at-large, near and far, for being there for us and with us. We, in turn, will keep our promise to bring the world of independent film to the Berkshires. The Arts have returned. And, we can’t wait to welcome you back to the Berkshire International Film Festival, September 9-13, 2021!
Kelley R. Vickery
Founder and Artistic Director
Berkshire International Film Festival
Berkshire International Film Festival named to 2020 MovieMaker Magazine’s annual list of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World!