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NHFF Named One of 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2020

For six years running, we’ve received MovieMaker’s seal of approval! The New Hampshire Film Festival has been included on MovieMaker’s annual list of the 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2020.

The list includes the best film festivals from all over the country, as well as some international favorites. To be considered worth the entry fee, festivals have to provide the best possible return for moviemakers—on their valuable time, on their intense effort, and of course on their money.

Many of the festivals on this list have been disrupted or delayed this year, and some have gone online. Of course, festivals didn’t lose points for cancellations or delays. And many festivals will need to adapt, scale down or shift priorities. This year’s NHFF is still on as scheduled and entries are pouring in!

Whether you’re a filmmaker or a film fanatic, this year’s chosen festivals are likely to pique your interest. We encourage you to check out the full list here.

Here’s what MovieMaker had to say about us:

The festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year (congratulations!)—and there are many reasons for its staying power. “The city is the best possible location for a film festival, ever. We don’t think when it was settled in 1623 they had NHFF in mind, but the layout of downtown Portsmouth couldn’t be better suited for it,” says executive director Nicole Gregg. Robert Eggers, whose film The Lighthouse made its regional debut here last year, says he loves to screen in this charming seaside town, which balances state-of-the-art screening venues with quaint local shops. The many gatherings include a dockside hospitality party and penthouse brunch looking out at breathtaking views of the harbor and city. The prizes have historically included expenses-paid trips to New York City for a meeting with Oscilloscope Laboratories and a similar trip to meet with Factory 25. Other highlights include a three-day young-filmmakers workshop for moviemakers ages 14 to 18. It also boasts the heaviest award in the film industry: a 15-plus-pound prize made of granite brick in honor of the Granite State.

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