- BIFF canceled its festival this year due to Covid19 but pivoted with a collaboration with Shakespeare and Company to bring a pop-up Berkshire Drive-In to their Lenox campus. Over 8 weekends, we welcomed more than 2,000 film lovers to nearly 40 curated, independent films with 2 dozen filmmakers in attendance
- The opening weekend presented Academy Award winning filmmaker and director, Barbara Kopple and her new documentary DESERT ONE with Q&A following the film
- Other films and their filmmakers included director Mary Wharton with her documentary JIMMY CARTER: ROCK N ROLL PRESIDENT, Award winning Animated Shorts collection in partnership with the Palm Springs International Animation Festival with founder and director Brian Huff in attendance. Also, local filmmaker and director Dave Simonds was on hand for Q&A following the screening of his documentary film THE HOY BOYS, along with director Norman Anderson and one of the subjects of his film, his mother, Dorset Anderson with his documentary THE DONUT DOLLIES and executive producer Gina Marial Leonetti with her documentary film, PLAYING WITH FIRE
- Berkshire Bank’s “Next Great Filmmaker Award” competition was still held on line and that award was given to director Jennifer LaFleur for her short narrative film, BABY KATE
- Sponsors of the Berkshire Drive-In included Canyon Ranch, Toole Insurance, Ellen and Scott Hand, Mary Mott and Gordon Simmering, Stone House Properties, Nejaime’s Wine Cellar and Williamstown Theater Festival
- BIFF also partnered with the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA and the Basilica in Hudson, NY to present two BIFF evenings at their drive-ins
Our sponsors included Canyon Ranch, Toole Insurance, Ellen and Scott Hand, Mary Mott and Gordon Simmering, Stone House Properties, Nejaime’s Wine Cellar and Williamstown Theater Festival.
We also want to thank our friends at the Mahaiwe and the Basilica for partnering with BIFF to present two BIFF evenings at their drive-ins.