The 12th annual Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) is set to be the biggest one ever with over 80 films to screen in four days. Plus this year’s festival is honoring Academy Award-winner Christopher Plummer. This is one BIFF you won’t want to miss! June 1st through June 4th, 2017 in Great Barrington, MA!
The Berkshire International Film Festival is always a wonderful diversion but this year’s event is truly shaping up to be something else! 30 documentary films, 29 narrative features, and 21 short films are on the schedule. True to the festival name, the 80 films hail from 23 different countries. These include Afghanistan, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Egypt, India, Iraq, Israel, Russia, and Syria.
Screen legend Christopher Plummer is the 2017 Berkshire International Film Festival honoree. The 87-year-old Academy Award-winner’s career spans 50 years and a diverse array of film and TV roles.” The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Thorn Birds,” “Star Trek VI,” and “The Sound of Music!”
Christopher Plummer will be honored on June 3rd at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, followed by a screening of his new film, “The Exception.”
Other celebrities scheduled to be on-hand include Award-winning actress Karen Allen, known for her roles in the “Indiana Jones” series, “Scrooged,” and “Starman,” among many others. She will be making her directorial debut at BIFF 2017 with her short “A Tree a Rock a Cloud.”
Other notable attendees include Academy Award-winning documentary producer Sheila Nevins, award-winning producer Steven Cantor, actor-turned-filmmaker John Carroll Lynch, and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman.
Highlights for this year’s Berkshire International Film Festival
6pm: Opening night film and dance party at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center featuring “Step.” documentary by Amanda Lipitz. Followed by opening night party at St. James Place with cocktails, dancing, and dinner-by-the-bite from Rita Welch Catering.
3:30pm: Tea Talk with Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films. St. James Place, Great Barrington.
5:30pm: Pittsfield opening night party, Hotel on North, Pittsfield.
5:30pm: Great Barrington Filmmaker Cocktail Party. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, hosted by Red Lion Inn.
7:30pm: Pittsfield opening night screening: “The Trip to Spain” with Steve Coogan and Ron Bryden. Beacon Cinema.
3:30pm: Screening and Tea Talk with Karen Allen and Kristi Zea. “A Tree, A Rock, A Cloud,” directed by Karen Allen, and “Domestic Dilemma,” directed by Kristi Zea. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.
6:30pm: Honoring Christopher Plummer. Conversation between the award-winning actor and New York Film Festival director Kent Jones, followed by screening of “The Exception.” Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.
2pm: “All the President’s Men” screening and Tea Talk. Join New York Times op-ed columnist Paul Krugman and WAMC’s Alan Chartock at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.
7pm: BIFF closing night presentation: “Lucky” with Harry Dean Stanton, Tom Skerritt, David Lynch, and Ed Begley Jr.
Berkshire International Film Festival 2017
June 1st through June 4th, 2017
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Triplex Cinema, and the Beacon Cinema
Berkshire International Film Festival tickets always sell out quickly, so claim yours well in advance. Special tickets offer a range of exciting perks including admission to all of the films, VIP events, and more! Visit the Berkshire International Film Festival online at www.biffma.org for directions, tickets, and more details.
Berkshires lodging will also be at a premium during BIFF. If you’re planning on attending, now is the time to acquire your accommodations! Applegate Inn’s convenient location in the heart of the Berkshires puts you within 20 minutes of the festival. Book your stay at Applegate Inn today!