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TGIF at NHFF 2017:The Must Do’s and See’s on Friday

The work week is over but The 17th Annual New Hampshire Film Festival is just ramping up. If you haven’t gotten your pass yet, make sure you pick it up at The Discover Portsmouth Center before you jump into Day 2 of NHFF!

New to the festival this year is the Film Fest Silent Auction which gives you the chance to win prizes including tickets to ABC’s Dancing With the Stars; a copy of a script from ABC’s Blackish autographed by the entire cast; Private Dinner Party, Table Design and Chef Services provided by Malloy Events and Chef Nate Gruen and much more. The bidding ends on Sunday at 5PM so don’t wait long!

Friday morning starts off strong with the Mission Cycle Pop Up at The Music Hall. There are plenty of great films to check out at the Short Block 2 and Q&A session at The Music Hall Loft. The Fund Your Film Panel at the Discover Portsmouth Center may also be of interest for any aspiring filmmakers looking to learn more about how you can break into this exciting field.

The afternoon is a great time to check out the 3S Artspace which has Dr. Brinks & Dr. Brinks and Flames back to back. Both films are followed by Q&A sessions with the filmmakers. Stick around the 3S Artspace for a discussion and sneak peek at the TV pilot for The Messenger, starring Tom Bergeron, which is directed by Ben Shelton.

Also in the afternoon, the New Hampshire-affiliated film, Sacred Cod, is playing at The Music Hall with a Q&A session. Just down the street from The Music Hall is the Nancy Phillips Association Filmmaker and Sponsor Welcome at The District which is open to all artists, industry filmmakers and NHFF 2017 sponsors. The Music Hall Loft is playing Maineland also with a Q&A session.

At The Music Hall, walk the red carpet at The Red Carpet Gala & Opening Night Ceremonies before heading to the Opening Night Feature: The Florida Project, starring Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince, Valeria Cotto and Bria Vinaite and directed by Sean Baker. The Florida Project is already receiving rave reviews nationwide so don’t miss out!

If you still haven’t had your fill, make sure you check out the Copley Consulting and Natural Rocks After Party at Gaslight.

By Ben Bradbury-Koster