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Film festival draws raves in its debut

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Posted on September 3, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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THE FIRST EVER Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival last weekend drew good crowds to both screenings, below right, and panel discussions, like the one above with MNFF Artistic Director Jay Craven, left, screenwriter and filmmaker Bill Phillips, screenwriter and film professor Fred Strype and producer David Laub. Independent photos/Trent Campbell and Oliver Parini

MIDDLEBURY — If the first-ever Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) were to be judged by the rating scale coined by the late movie critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, it would certainly earn “two thumbs up.”

Way up.

The festival, which ran last Thursday through Sunday, exceeded expectations for attendance, film submissions and the enthusiasm with which it was embraced and supported by the community, according to MNFF founder and board President Lloyd Komesar, who on Monday was already thinking ahead to next year’s edition.

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