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New Hampshire Film Festival Named One of MovieMaker’s 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2021

LOS ANGELES – April 26, 2021 – MovieMaker Magazine today announced that the New Hampshire Film Festival has been named one of MovieMaker’s 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2021, a year that nearly everyone expects to be better than the one before.

MovieMaker determined the winners of the annual list using festival surveys, filmmaker testimonials and independent research.

“I expect film festivals to come roaring back in the coming months — but smartly, and safely, balancing our love of film with our top priority, protecting everyone’s health,” said MovieMaker editor-in-chief Tim Molloy. “These festivals have supported their communities, audiences and filmmakers with never-give-up innovations to celebrate our love of movies. Some of the things they perfected in 2020, like virtual screenings, are here to stay, even for festivals that return to in-person, indoor showings.”

“But we didn’t just choose these festivals based on their handling of the pandemic. They made this list by proving themselves to be of serious value to the next generation of moviemakers, through awards, prizes, distribution deals, and meetings with future collaborators and friends.”

About the New Hampshire Film Festival specifically, MovieMaker says “We celebrated the New Hampshire Film Festival’s 20th anniversary on the last edition of our list, and we’re going to do it again this year. NHFF shuttered its 2020 fest in response to COVID, and plans a full, in-person redo in 2021. Beautiful, coastal Portsmouth has small-town charm galore, but NHFF is a major regional force, filled with networking events. Attractions include workshops, industry panels and awards like all-expenses paid trips to New York City for meetings with Oscilloscope. Plenty of films find distribution, and 2019’s highlights include Andrew Ahn’s Driveways, picked up by FilmRise, and Bob Byington’s Frances Ferguson, picked up by Amazon.”

MovieMaker is dedicated to the art and craft of making movies. The 2021 list of 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee appears in the Spring 2021 issue, with a cover story on Dasha Nekrasova and her feature directorial debut, The Scary of Sixty-First. The issue is available on newsstands on April 27.

For the full list of MovieMaker’s 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee 2021, visit

To enter your film for consideration in the 20th Annual New Hampshire Film Festival, visit