The Bates Film Festival is a collaboration 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; showcase film and television history; and present work that serves as a platform for productive discussions that engage topical social and political issues.

Through film and television, we advance the College’s mission by engaging “the transformative power of our differences” and “cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action.” We welcome a variety of viewpoints, seek out partnerships with local communities, recognize and work against structural inequalities, advocate for individuals from diverse backgrounds, and embrace inclusivity. We connect filmmakers with scholars and students and early career filmmakers with established professionals.