The Vermont International Film Festival
The Vermont International Film Festival turns 30 this year.
If you’re like me, it’s possible that you haven’t even heard of this local festival that occurs every year. It turns out, Burlington is home to this fantastic annual event and needless to say I’m so excited about it. The VTIFF film curators have picked a selections of films released in 2015 that won’t make it into big theaters and after watching some of the trailers there are a few I’m particularly pumped for.
The 3 Films I’m Most Excited About
- ‘Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution’
With powerful imagery and an incredible soundtrack, this documentary “is an intensely compelling survey of the militantly radical, historically significant, often controversial group.”
Showing @ 8PM on Oct. 24th
- ‘Babushkas of Chernobyl’
In 1986, there was a melt-down of the Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor after a routine test. The area is deserted as the levels of radiation here are dangerously high, except for a population with different priorities in mind. Despite all the health warnings and risks, these women refuse to leave their home.
Showing @ 1:30PM on Oct. 25th
- ‘Goodnight Mommy’
This Austrian horror film is “a slow-burning doozie of a psychological thriller”. If you have the guts, get in the Halloween spirit with this terrifying story.
Showing @ 8:30 PM on Oct. 31st
Don’t Have Time for a Full Film?
The festival also has a collection of short films from the Sundance Film Festival. These ‘Lunchtime Shorts’ start at 12PM every day. Tickets include lunch provided by Kountry Kart Deli! Watch the trailer for a quick preview to all the shorts below:
With discounted prices for students, refreshments after most showings and even the opportunity to meet some of the film directors, VTIFF is worth the walk downtown. Running from October 23rd to November 3rd, there are a number of opportunities to see some of the films.
For a list of the complete schedule of the Vermont International Film Festival, click here.
Did you know you can also get credit for attending the Festival? Next Fall, make sure to register for the VTIFF 1-Credit class to receive credit and a discounted all-access pass to see the films.
See You There!
-Corey from the UVM BORED team