To be aware is to be alive, but it was only by accident that the Boston Film Industry Examiner found out about the 8th Annual Independent Television and Film Festival. It is being held soon, from September 26th through the 28th. We wish we had known about it sooner as it is a concept we are only happy to support.
For its first seven years, the festival had been held in Hollywood. This year, the small town of Dover in Vermont will be the venue. Fall in the Green Mountain State is lovely and with a little luck the foliage will cooperate and enhance the experience.
So what is the raison d’être for the event? According to the website,
In 2006, there did not exist a festival for independent television content creators to showcase their work. Hence, ITVFest was born to fill that void. Also in 2006, YouTube launched, beginning the inevitable merging of TV and web. As web content became increasingly professional, ITVFest kept current by accepting both TV and web projects.
Today, there are still a limited amount of legitimate, respectable options for highly talented content creators to showcase their independent works. ITVFest prides itself on being one of them and continues to grow as new talent emerges.
This year film submissions are being accepted.
So what is on tap at the Independent Television and Film Festival? Again from the website,
The 2013 ITVFest presents 58 of the best independent television, web and film projects from around the world. There is over 20 hours of new and exciting content for you to enjoy ranging from comedies to dramas to documentaries and more.
All the selected projects play on a repeating, rotating schedule so you'll have the chance to see everything at least once. If you want to see what shows are playing, you can see the trailers here.
ITVFest also has live music performances, comedy shows, shopping areas and industry panel discussions sprinkled throughout the days to give you even more to enjoy.
For more information, click here http://www.itvfest.com/
It's late notice, but if you’ve nothing going on this Thursday, there are worse places than rural Vermont.