FringeFestE PosterSaturday, February 11th, 2017

West County Arts and Culture, Women in Film and Video: New England, and Hermes Strategic Communications invited female filmmakers to submit works which run 20 minutes or less to their “Fabulous February Fringe” through All films should be written and/or directed by women filmmakers and address the theme of LOVE.

Then, on Saturday, February 11th, the winning films (listed below) were screened at the Buckland-Shelburne Community Center for all to enjoy!

Blossom of My Heart (Canada) by Shawna Gnutel
Stray Animals (Brazil) by Maju de Paiva
Family Shadows (United States) by Laura Malatos
I Wish I Were in Batumi (Georgia) by Salome Sagaradze
Hubo un Lugar (Spain) by Irene Garces
Happy Endings (United States) by Rebecca Shoptaw
Mechanical (Spain) by Alba Capilla and Marina Diez
Labyrinth (United States) by Ping-Wen Wang
Notes (Australia) by Samantha Brown
The Future (Australia) by Venetia Taylor
A Love Story (United Kingdom) by Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara and Elena Ruscombe-King
Radio Kaos (Italy) by Linda Fratini
The Joke’s on You (United Kingdom) by Katie Smith and Victoria Muldoon
Interception (United Kingdom) written by Ash Corristine
A Meal With Dad (United States) by Brittany Alsot
Undertow (Canada) by Kristin Shepherd
Date With Fate (Australia) by Venetia Taylor

​What Is Fringe?

Simply put, a Fringe Festival is a live performance art festival meant to provide exposure to artists working independently and outside traditional forms and structures. The first Fringe Festivals were held in Edinburgh, Scotland in the 1940s after several independent and experimental theater companies were denied access to the city’s thriving annual drama festival. Outraged but undeterred, the companies began their own alternative festival, held in pitched tents and storefronts on the outskirts of town, the fringe. Word of these performances spread until the alternative festival proved popular enough to become an annual event of its own. The idea spread to different cities around the globe and has nurtured generations of fringe artists in Europe and Canada. Recently the Fringe Festival movement has been gaining momentum in the United States as a showcase for artists and performers with something new and different to showcase. (source)

About West County Arts and Culture

West County Arts and Culture, a new subsidiary of the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association, presents visual and performing art happenings in the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts.

About Women in Film and Video: New England

The screening is sponsored by Women in Film and Video: New England (WIFVNE) and Hermes Strategic Communications. WIFVNE is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to supporting the accomplishments of women working in the film, video, and new media industries.

Thank you to our sponsor:

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