In four short years, what started out as a brief conversation between husband and wife quickly grew into a well-respected yet bohemian gathering that hosts over 100 film screenings a year and brings the town of Kent thousands of dollars in tourism revenue. In 2008 the festival even received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Culture & Tourism, recognition by the state that validates the non-profit organization’s place among Connecticut’s bourgeoning art community.
Unlike Cannes, Tribeca, or Sundance, the Kent Film Festival is unique in its commitment to providing an authentic and intimate atmosphere for the artistic exchange of ideas. In fact, only three things are deemed absolutely fundamental to the success of each year’s event: films, their audience, and the celebration of filmmakers.
Financial support would not only cover basic costs such as salaries, overhead fees, and better equipment, but also extend to the festival’s future plans of building a year-round film center, hosting on-going professional workshops, and developing a flourishing film school.
With such lofty goals, the Galterio’s believe it is imperative to remind the public of how much value a film festival like Kent offers aspiring filmmakers. “We want to honor all filmmakers, no matter how expensive or inexpensive the film was to make. If your film is selected, it means that the festival honors the work that you do,” Frank explains. Patrice offers further insight. “Almost every artist has a way to show their art. Painters have galleries, photographers have galleries, even sculptors have galleries…so a film festival is really like a gallery for filmmakers.”
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About Kent Film Festival
The Kent Film Festival is a non-profit grass roots organization dedicated to the development and education of artists with an independent vision and to create a platform for filmmakers to reach the best possible audience for their work. Started in 2006, the festival brings together filmmakers, industry professionals, and festival attendees to enjoy over 100 independent films. Recent accolades include the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Culture & Tourism, as well as the Distinguished Advocates Award, both given by the state of Connecticut. This year’s festival is currently scheduled to take place
April 22-25, 2010.