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Balancing Artistry and Audience

By Gene Chen (BFF 2022, Bates Class of 2022) In 2022, one of the most exciting additions to the Bates Film Festival was our partnership with Neon, a leading production and distribution company renowned for its involvement in some of today’s most refreshing and exciting independent films.  The partnership with Neon led to BFF screenings of three remarkable movies: The …

On Programming

By Audrey Soss (BFF 2022) As bell hooks states in the introduction to her book Reel to Real, “Whether we like it or not, cinema assumes a pedagogical role in the lives of many people. It may not be the intent of a filmmaker to teach audiences anything, but that does not mean lessons are not learned” (2). Although the …

Long Story Short: Programming Short Films at the Bates Film Festival

By Rabih Chughtai (BFF 2022, Bates Class of 2023) Many of the most established filmmakers in the world, including George Lucas, Damien Chazelle, Wes Anderson, and Sofia Coppola, got their start in short films. Short films are particularly significant for us at the Bates Film Festival because they tend to be made for the festival circuit, not for wide release …

Balancing Films, Programs, Audiences, and Questions

By Amanda Metzger (BFF 2022, Bates Class of 2022) When we began creating this film festival, I had many expectations for what it would look like and what our tasks would be. Reading the syllabus at first felt overwhelming!  Not only were there several pages worth of mini assignments, but we were also expected to watch all these films, reach …

The Bates Film Festival as Performance

By Max Younger (BFF 2022, Bates Class of 2022) For the 2022 iteration of the Bates Film Festival, one of our primary goals was to rework our mission statement. Before our revisions, the statement was lengthy, spanning two paragraphs and covering an array of subjects. As a class, we discussed what we wanted this festival to be and ultimately settled …

Programming Movies and Planning Panels

By Cole De Magistras (BFF 2022, Bates Class of 2024) The 2022 Bates Film Festival (BFF) was an experience unlike any other. When I sent in my petition to join Professor Cavallero’s “Film Festival Studies” seminar, I was unaware of the true nature of the endeavor I was about to undertake. After my acceptance into the class, I was declared …

Santo Pelletier (BFF 2019): A Remembrance

By Jonathan J. Cavallero, Bates Film Festival Founding Director Two days before the start of the 2022 Bates Film Festival, we received some devastating news.  Santo Pelletier, a BFF board member in 2019, had passed away at the age of 23.  We dedicated the program to them, and I made mention of their loss at the first screening but neither …

“Festival Recap – Selecting the Films and Programming”

By Tristan Van Rooden (BFF 2019, Bates Class of 2020) Being a part of the festival board for the 2019 Bates Film Festival has without a doubt been one of the most fulfilling experiences that I have had throughout my time as a student both at Bates and in high school. The ability to experience so much of how a …

“A Festival for Students or a Festival for Locals?”

By Drew Collins (BFF 2019, Bates Class of 2020) I was lucky to be one of the 22 students on the board for the 2019 Bates Film Festival. But, I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I sat down on the first day of the Fall Semester. From the moment I stepped into the room on …

“The Mission Statement and Programming Priorities”

By David Sparks (BFF 2019, Bates Class of 2020) When signing up and petitioning for Film Festival Studies, I didn’t know exactly what to expect from the course. I had gotten a taste of what the Bates Film Festival would be like during my sophomore year at Bates when I attended a few screenings. At the time I first walked …