We travelled over 700 miles and it was worth it.
The city of Portsmouth is urbane, yet small and friendly enough so that everything is easily accessible. The same can be said for the New Hampshire Film Festival. The festival director, Nicole Gregg, was hospitable and welcoming. The other attendees were interesting to talk with, excited about the art and business of filmmaking.
We saw some great independent films. Of note were “The Busker” [winner of the New Hampshire Jury Award], “Row Hard, No Excuses,” and “War Dance.” The venues were great, particularly the Music Hall, a grand old theater. Some of them were quite cozy as well.
We attended all three after-parties and the VIP event on Saturday afternoon, on a rooftop terrace overlooking the city.
The panel discussions were fascinating and highly interactive. This is where we learned the most, and met the most people. All of the panelists took the time to answer questions and networked with attendees throughout the festival, along with the directors, producers, and screenwriters of the films.
Oh. And I gained 4 pounds from excessive food [and drink.] A small price to pay.