Berkshire International Film Festival 2015The tenth annual Berkshire International Film Festival, scheduled for May 28th through the 31st, 2015, is a four-day, world-class film festival focusing on the talent that resides on both sides of the camera.

Founded in 2005 and held each year in Great Barrington, MA, the Berkshire International Film Festival features a selection of independent films, including feature-length movies, documentaries, short films, and animation screenings. Panel discussions and other film industry-related special events are also part of this popular festival that kicks-off the Berkshires’ cultural season.

While the Berkshire International Film Festival (aka BIFF or BIFFMA) is scheduled for May 28th through May 31st, related screenings and other events occur earlier in the season:

2015 Berkshire International Film Festival Schedule

Sunday, Apr 19, 11am – 1pm
Pressure Cooker
Best of Fest – Recipient of the 2009 Audience Award
Triplex Cinema – 70 Railroad St, Great Barrington, MA
Three seniors at Philadelphia’s Frankford High School find themselves in Mrs. Stephenson’s hilariously blunt boot-camp method of teaching Culinary Arts. Shot against the backdrop of working-class Philadelphia and under the fierce direction of their instructor, the usual distractions of high school are swept aside as the three struggle to achieve well beyond what anyone else expects from them as they come face to face with the decisions and lessons that will make or break them and their future.

Friday, April 24th, 7pm – 8:30pm
Hollywood Costume
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center – 14 Castle St, Great Barrington, MA
Ever wonder what the story is behind Dorothy’s iconic Ruby Slippers, Indiana Jones’ whip and hat or Holly Golightly’s sultry little black dress? Join the Berkshire International Film Festival and Academy-Award Winning Costume Designer, Deborah Nadoolman Landis at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center on April 24th for a behind the scenes look into costume as character and the magical relationship between costume designers and filmmakers – a must see event for film buffs and fashionistas alike!

Saturday, April 25th, 7pm – 9:30pm
Animal House Reunion
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center – 14 Castle St, Great Barrington, MA
The Berkshire International Film Festival presents a special cast reunion and screening of the 1978 classic, National Lampoon’s Animal House. Director John Landis, cast members Karen Allen (Katy), Peter Riegert (Donald), Stephen Furst (Flounder), Mark Metcalf (Neidermeier), Martha Smith (Babs), and Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Judy Belushi and Otis Day will be in attendance following the film for a Q&A. Otis Day will also be on hand for an unforgettable evening at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.

Saturday, April 25th, 9:30pm – 11:45pm
Animal House After Hours
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center – 14 Castle St, Great Barrington, MA
After the screening the evening continues with an exclusive after hours party, including cast members from the film, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and cocktails inspired by the infamous Toga Party scene.

Berkshire International Film Festival 2015Sunday, May 3rd, 3pm – 5pm
A Film About Coffee
No. Six Depot Roastery and Cafe – 6 Depot St, West Stockbridge, MA
A love letter to specialty coffee, “A Film About Coffee” examines what it takes, and what it means, for coffee to be defined as “specialty.” Taking audiences around the world, from farms in Honduras and Rwanda to coffee shops in Tokyo, Seattle, Paris, and London, through the eyes and of farmers and baristas, the film bridges gaps both intellectual and geographical to evoke the flavor and pleasure of a good cup of joe.

Berkshire International Film Festival 2015

Thursday, May 28th – May 31st, All-Day
Great Barrington, MA
For more information and tickets, please visit: www.biffma.org

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