The Bates Film Festival is a collaborative experience between Bates College undergraduates and the College’s faculty, staff, alumni/ae, parents, and friends. Students are involved in every aspect of the festival’s organization, planning, and execution. Together, we foster an appreciation for the artistry of screen media and present work that cultivates productive discussions of topical social and political issues.
Through film and television, we advance the College’s mission by engaging “the transformative power of our differences.” We work for equity and justice by welcoming a variety of viewpoints, seeking out partnerships with local communities, recognizing structural inequalities, and advocating for individuals from diverse backgrounds. We connect filmmakers with scholars and students and early career filmmakers with established professionals.