News from Baby Cecil
The stars are aligned, the weather arranged and the popcorn purchased for the auspicious date of September 19, 2015, the evening of the 9th annual Ashfield FilmFest.
In past years the FilmFest has partnered with local organizations who have collectively been beneficiaries of thousands of dollars. These organizations include: Ashfield Food Pantry, Belding Memorial Library, Ashfield Town Hall Restoration Committee, the Ashfield Trails Committee, and Ashfield Community Hall.
We will continue with our extended prize category list with one modification. This year Ashfield is celebrating the 250th anniversary of the town’s incorporation. To honor the anniversary, we would like to focus our Documentary category on Ashfield. We will award the 2015 prize to an entry that celebrates the town’s history. It will be called Best Historical/Ashfield prize.
All of the categories listed below will not necessarily be awarded every year, depending on the quality and quantity of entries in each category. Prizes, as always, are awarded by an independent and diverse community panel whose members change each year.
Grand Prize - $500
Best Narrative - $400
Best Actor in a Narrative-$200
Best Documentary - $300
Best Historical/Ashfield - $300
First Prize Youth (18 and under) - $300
Best Technical - $200
Best Music Video - $200
Audience Award – local gift basket
The rules of qualification for submission remain the same and are listed below:
Each entry must have a minimal connection to Ashfield such as:
1. The filmmaker can be from Ashfield and make a film on any topic.
If the filmmaker is not from Ashfield then the entry must include some reference to Ashfield
albeit minor & clever.
2. The entry can be shot in Ashfield, even partially.
For example, if you are a resident of Ashfield, you could submit a film about Italy, shot in Italy. If you were Italian, or from Colrain, you could submit a entry of any kind, as long as you make at least a brief and/or clever reference to Ashfield within your entry.
This year the committee has set the submission deadline of August 17, 2015. to continue the FilmFest’s mission to “further the education of filmmakers young and old” this submission date will allow a committee review of entries. The sole purpose of the review is to determine suitability for Ashfield audiences with the possibility of proposing suggestions [not demands] to filmmakers, prior to final judging, so they might adjust entries to better fit our audience. In addition an entry form must be be submitted with each entry. This will give the Committee necessary contact as well as format information in order to streamline event preparation. The form will be available on line as a PDF.