PITTSFIELD – The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative (BFMC) is pleased to announce the three final screenplays selected for their first Short Screenplay Contest. Dozens of submissions were received from amateur
writers in the four western Massachusetts counties.
The finalists are: “Francie” by Victoria Lucia, ”Human Obsolescence” by Andrew Rinkavage, and “Judgement Day” by Seth Newton. Prizes totaling $2500 will be awarded July 23rd at BFMC’s 4th Annual “Posh Picnic at Tanglewood.”
Stephen Glantz, BFMC Board member and Chair of the Selection Committee describes why he was inspired to create this competition, “I had a feeling that there were a lot of people out there writing scripts — and was not only thrilled by the number of entries but by the quality of many of them……They were fun, moving, outrageous and serious by turn. Also very satisfying was the enthusiasm of the judges who embraced the idea of the contest and worried over the hard choices they had to make in selecting the finalists.” The esteemed panel of judges included local film professionals; Jayne Atkinson, Tony Dunne, Juliane Haim, Marc Maurino, Maria Nation, John Orloff, Paige Orloff, Matthew Penn, and John Lawrence Ré.
BFMC’s fourth annual Posh Picnic at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA will take place from 12:00 noon – 2:30pm and includes a gourmet catered picnic lunch, silent auction, and Shed seating for the matinee performance of The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s concert by Ken-David Masur. This unique event raises funds for BFMC’s educational initiatives, which include workforce development courses and college workshops that teach the skills necessary to work on film sets.
The Posh Picnic at Tanglewood will also honor acclaimed feature film, commercial and theatrical Production Designer/Art Director, Carl Sprague. Carl is a Berkshire resident who has worked with such illustrious directors as Wes Anderson, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese and Stephen Spielberg. Carl was recently made a new member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Tanglewood is the major sponsor of The Posh Picnic. Other sponsors include Berkshire Mountain Distillers and Blue Q.
Tickets for the Posh Picnic at Tanglewood are $160.00 per person and available through the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative. For tickets and more information: www.berkshirefilm.org
Since 2009, the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative (BFMC) has created educational, workforce and production opportunities in Western Massachusetts as a creative economic engine for the region. BFMC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.