A New Showcase for Brookfield’s Film Festival

Published: Housatonic Times, Wednesday, February 06, 2013

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Brookfield will be making its mark on the film scene again this year, with a few notable changes.

There will be a new venue, a different calendar slot and a more considered programming focus for the fifth annual “Shorts and to the Point” film festival, according to Mary Daniel, the chairwoman of the Brookfield Arts Commission, which sponsors the event.

“We have enjoyed being at the Brookfield Theatre for the Arts very, very much, but we couldn’t get the dates we wanted this year,” she said.

“Since last August or September, we’ve been looking for a new venue,” she continued. “We visited West Conn [Western Connecticut State University in Danbury] and the Newtown town hall, and the Newtown location seemed perfect, in terms of its short distance from Brookfield and its special character.”

The festival will be held upstairs in the Alexandria Room of Edmond Town Hall at 45 Main St/, and there’s elevator service to that floor.

“It’s a charming room, and we’ll be able to have an additional screening,” Ms. Daniel said. “There’s also a kitchen there, so it will be easy to serve refreshments. There’s also plenty of parking space available.”

According to the town’s Web site, Edmond Town Hall is the seat of municipal government and also houses a movie theater, banquet hall, gymnasium and meeting rooms. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The film festival usually takes place the last weekend of March, but since that is the Easter holiday this year, the festival will be held the following weekend, April 5-7, according to Ms. Daniel.

Since the festival’s inception, “Shorts and to the Point” features short films that have won awards at other festivals.

“We thought this would be a perfect niche for Brookfield,” Mrs. Daniel said in an earlier interview. “We wanted to cultivate an appreciation for independent filmmaking.”

The festival is a project that is undertaken by the Arts Commission, an eight-member board, with the help of a group of volunteers.

“Chris Aher, a Brookfield resident who had been involved with the film festival at Lincoln Center, is part of the group this year,” Ms. Daniel said.

“Shorts and to the Point” continues to grow each year—in recognition, audience and support, according to Ms. Daniel.

“It’s a lot of work to put it together and a lot of fun,” she said.

Given the great tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in mid-December, when 20 children and six adults lost their lives as a result of an attack by a young gunman, the festival organizers are giving a lot of thought to the program selections.

“We’re being very, very selective,” said Ms. Daniel. “We’re deliberately seeking out films are more inspirational this year.”

As in previous years, a video workshop will be offered as part of the festival. “A Production Challenge” will give participants an opportunity to learn how to make their own short film. The three-day workshop will be taught by Dr. J.C. Barone, a professor at Western Connecticut, from March 22 to 24. The fee is $150, and some scholarship money is expected to be available, according to Ms. Daniel.

“He runs the workshop every year, and it is quite popular,” she said.

It is usually open to older high school students and adults, and no prior experience is necessary.

Mrs. Daniel previously noted that it would be useful for anyone interested in producing public service announcements as well as film and video buffs.

For more information about the workshop and to register, contact Ray Dori, the commission’s vice chairman, at 203-740-2019.

Getting ‘Shorts and to the Point’

Published: Friday, March 09, 2012

A scene from “Time Freak.”

A scene from “Time Freak.”

While Hollywood was all abuzz about its golden night at the Academy Awards, glitzing and glamming up for the red carpet, members of the Brookfield Arts Commission and its film committee were hard at work adding the finishing touches to the fourth annual Brookfield Film Festival: Shorts and to the Point. Drawing film enthusiasts from the Housatonic River Valley, western Connecticut and beyond, this film festival celebrates short films often overshadowed by their feature-length counterparts.

But as Brookfield Arts Commission chairman Mary Daniel pointed out, “I think our audiences will find our program a little edgier. We choose films that we hope demonstrate the punch that short films can deliver.” …  [READ ENTIRE ARTICLE]

Film festival will come in March

Published 08:02 p.m., Monday, January 30, 2012

BROOKFIELD — The Brookfield Arts Commission will have its fourth annual Brookfield Film Festival, “Shorts and to the Point,” March 30 — 31 at the Brookfield Theatre for the Arts, 182 Whisconier Road (Route 25). The festival will include…  [READ ENTIRE ARTICLE]

Fourth Annual Brookfield Film Festival


Brookfield, Mar 30th – Mar 31st – The Brookfield Arts Commission is proud to present the fourth annual Brookfield Film Festival (BFF), to be held Friday,March 30 and Saturday, March 31, 2012. Now in its fourth year, the 2012 BFF, “Shorts and to the Point,” will include an arrangement of short films that have been nominated for or received awards from other industry competitions and festivals, such as the MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival… [Read ENTIRE ARTICLE]

Brookfield Film Festival Returns in March

January 31, 2012

The Brookfield Arts Commission is proud to present the fourth annual Brookfield Film Festival (BFF), to be held Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31, 2012.  Now in its fourth year… [Read ENTIRE ARTICLE]

Film festival will come in March

Published 08:02 p.m., Monday, January 30, 2012

BROOKFIELD — The Brookfield Arts Commission will have its fourth annual Brookfield Film Festival, “Shorts and to the Point,” March 30 — 31 at the Brookfield Theatre for the Arts, 182 Whisconier Road (Route 25). The festival will include… [Read ENTIRE ARTICLE]


Published: Wednesday, February 09, 2011

The Brookfield Arts Commission will present the third annual Brookfield Film Festival (BFF) March 26.  The annual festival was created to cultivate appreciation for independent filmmaking and to provide a local screening opportunity for residents to view short films. This year’s event will again showcase a series of film shorts. The 2011 BFF, “Shorts and to the Point,” will include 10 short films that have been nominated for or received awards from other industry competitions and festivals.The films will be showcased in three screenings, at 1, 4 and 8 p.m., at the Brookfield Theatre for the Arts, located on Whisconier Road (Route 25) in Brookfield.



The Fairfield Weekly covers the BFF with a short, but great, article…
BFF Forever

There haven’t been many theatrical venues for short films since, like, 1935, but every so often the opportunity does arise to catch some of the 40-minute-and-under gems that directors are, believe it or not, still making. One such occasion is the Brookfield Film Festival, which loads up a program of them every year. 2010’s festival includes a total of 10 picks, spanning the animated, drama, documentary and indefinably artsy varieties. Notable selections include A Matter of Loaf and Death, the latest in the Wallace and Gromit series of stop-animation comedies; Shikashika, a documentary about a shaved ice drink made fresh on a Peruvian mountaintop and served in the cathedral below every day; and The New Tenants, a Danish drama about an apartment complex filled with crazed characters, Lynchian weirdness and existential dilemmas (all of which are as expected as electricity and hot water in Denmark apartments).
Brookfield Theatre for the Arts, 286 Whisconier Rd., Brookfield. 3 & 7 p.m. $10.

Brookfield Film Festival Plays To Sold-Out Crowd, Movie-goers Enjoy Wine, Cheese and Independent Short Films

Exerpted from the Brookfield Patch….

This, the second annual Brookfield Film Festival (BFF), was well attended, playing to a sold-out audience. Mary Daniel, the chairwoman of the Brookfield Arts Commission (BAC), said they had people calling in from as far as Manhattan for tickets.

The evening started at 6:30 p.m. when guests arrived to receive their complimentary glass of wine, included with their ticket price. Platters of cheese, crackers and fruit were served before the films were shown and during intermission. Wine was donated by Wines & Such and Shakespeare’s Garden donated floral baskets for the raffle. Two tickets to TBTA’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers and t-shirts made by local artist Mark Ekstein were raffled off.

… Clearly the audience loved the choice of films as was heard by their laughter and applause, especially in the last half of the evening. Sue Renz of Brookfield said “the atmosphere was terrific” and “it was a great community event”. Another theater-goer said it was “a great mix of genres” and “the best thing that ever happened to Brookfield.” An older gentleman snickered, “where else can you bring in a glass of wine into the theater while watching great films?

The audience ranged in age from 18 to around 80. Charlene and Bill Weber from Newtown heard about the event through Adrienne and Matthew Conciatore of Danbury. The Conciatores know volunteers with the BFF. Charlene said it was “entertaining and creative.” Adrienne compared it to Danbury’s Film Festival stating that Danbury’s was “too complicated” and she “felt overwhelmed” by the large amounts of choices over the three day event.

The films for the BFF were chosen by members of board. They were previewed by Ann Amorossi and Mary Daniel in New York City and the committee voted on what to show. The festival also featured sign-ups for an educational workshop on digital and video production. The workshop, led by Dr. J.C. Barone of Western Connecticut State University, will take place at a later date.