About the Film
Years of industrialized agriculture have been a major contributor to climate change. TO WHICH WE BELONG follows a new generation of farmers and ranchers who seek to rebuild their businesses and their planet by embracing the interconnectedness of living things.

On land long depleted by monocultured crops, Trey Hill fills the fields with colorful tangles of plant life, revivifying the soil and bringing new richness to the harvest. In Chihuahua, Mexico ranchers like Alejandro Carrillo practice revolutionary techniques in cattle herding, carving out space for wildlife to thrive again. And off the coast of Connecticut, Bren Smith re-seeds the ocean with kelp, mussels, oysters, and scallops, restoring ecosystems ravaged by commercial fishing.

Despite their difference in culture and location, these farmers and ranchers are rooted in the same belief: that to work with nature, not against it, is the answer.

Science is showing that if we draw down enough carbon from the sky back into the soil through regenerative agricultural practices, we can actually reverse climate change bringing carbon dioxide down to pre-industrial revolution levels.

So, now it’s our turn: to bring awareness and support to the ranchers and farmers doing the work to renew the earth through these simple, yet profound practices.

TO WHICH WE BELONG tells the stories of nine farms and ranches going against the grain to bravely leave behind practices that are no longer profitable or sustainable.

These unsung heroes just might save their livelihoods – and our world itself.

And in this time of turmoil, it might be the best news you receive all year.

Welcome to the 8th annual Boston International Kids Film Festival! We are excited to announce that we have been able to move forward with our festival virtually and in partnership with GBH Boston! Our special three day film festival will take place on November 20 -22, 2020 and will feature 71 films in total, representing 17 countries. The films will be broken up into 10 blocks with a live Q&A session after each block. 

We are also hosting two kids filmmaking workshops, Filmmaking Boot Camp and Stop-Motion Animation, to showcase to students the wonderful world of independent filmmaking!

TICKETS are now available! 

FESTIVAL PASSES:

ALL ACCESS PASS – Individual viewer $55

ALL ACCESS PASS – Two or more viewers ( honor system!): $75

TICKETS TO INDIVIDUAL FILM BLOCKS: $20

For more info on scheduling, ticketing, and/or the films themselves please visit our festival website at www.bikff.org 

“Bridging Communities through Movies” 

Pre-order your tickets NOW on their new Eventive website, where you can virtually watch the films and filmmaker Q&As. Visit BLIFF’s Virtual Catalog for more details about this year’s lineup. 

Check out the BLIFF 2020 Trailer!

Don’t miss out on their free panel, The Gaps in Representation, which will be held on Saturday, September 26th. 

Be sure to follow, share, and post about BLIFF on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook. COVID-19 can’t keep them from Bridging Communities Through Movies!

Visit bliff.org for more information and a complete schedule of this year’s lineup.

We’re excited to announce that we will be hosting a drive-in at the Kowloon Restaurant in Saugus, MA! We will be screening student-made films from our FC Academy summer filmmaking program. Please come and join us for a night out with dinner and a movie!

Kowloon has created a very large area behind their building that is complete with tables, chairs, and spaces for your own chairs and set up. Each spot also has plenty of space to socially distance from one another. Come early and order dinner to be delivered to your table or just enjoy the films from the comfort of your car!

*Each table is allowed a max of 6 people and when not at the table please wear mask. There are sanitation stations and bathrooms available as well.*

The screenings will begin around 8:15pm after the sun begins to set.

For any other questions please feel free to reach out to Natalia Morgan (natalia@filmmakerscollab.org) or Laura Azevedo (laura@filmmakerscollab.org)

An intro to a very important part of filmmaking that you won’t want to miss!

This two-hour virtual, introductory grant writing workshop’s participants will gain an understanding of the mindset of foundations, learn the basics of preparing a proposal, and develop the knowledge required to write winning grant proposals for nonprofits. The focus will be on grant proposals for submission to public, private, and corporate foundations. The workshop isn’t specific to funding films. The workshop will begin with an overview of institutional funding in America, learn what grant makers look for in a proposal, how they approach the review process, plus the role of letters of inquiry (LOIs) and proposal writing as a portion of overall nonprofit fundraising efforts.

The majority of the workshop will be spent looking at examples of and discussing each section of a proposal to understand the essential elements of a proposal narrative and learn what elements make a strong case for support.

JULIANA FIELD: With donkey’s years of fundraising and grant writing experience for varied types of nonprofit organizations, Juliana Field is currently the grant writer at Cradles to Crayons in Newton, MA, and serves on the FC Board. She has secured funds from local and national foundations, including The Ford Foundation, The MacArthur Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. For the past ten years, Juliana also has been a guest lecturer at Lasell University where she has taught graduate-level proposal writing and the introduction to fundraising course. She earned her undergraduate degree in Anthropology with a concentration on Visual (Film) Anthropology and an MA in Renaissance Art History. She has traveled extensively, living in Florence, Italy and London England, along with many places in America. Juliana currently lives in Ashland, MA with her husband who is a former chef and two cats. Her quarantine hobbies included researching and compiling a family history book for her daughter and planting a peace garden (“for the birds”).

*Free for FC members, $30 for nonmembers*

Nonmembers Click here to register

FC Members Click here to reserve your spot

 

Please join us for a webinar with Scilla Andreen, CEO & Co-Founder of IndieFlix.

IndieFlix is an entertainment company offering global screening and streaming services that promote and support social impact films to create positive change in the world.

IndieFlix’s screening service books offline community screenings in schools, corporations and communities around the world. Scilla is going to discuss how the educational arm of IndieFlix works with independent filmmakers in acquiring their work as well as introducing filmmakers to way that the Indieflix platform offers a way for their films to reach a broad audience.

THURSDAY, JUNE 4
12:30pm – 1:30pm

FREE TO CURRENT FC MEMBERS – FC members click here to register

 

ARCHIVAL STORYTELLING FROM HOME

Although we won’t be working from home forever, for now many of us are – and in the coming months, travel is likely to be restricted. How much
work can be accomplished remotely by filmmakers, whether of drama or
documentary, who need to use third-party visuals or music in their films? This webinar offers strategies for discovering music, footage, stills, and artwork online, and discusses what limits you may face. It reviews rights issues involved in licensing materials, and offers options for finding out who owns which rights and how they might be contacted. And it goes over the basics of fair use and public domain, as you continue to develop your project and
budget from home.

Join KENN RABIN and SHEILA CURRAN BERNARD, co-authors of the brand-new Archival Storytelling: A Filmmaker’s Guide to Finding, Using, and Licensing Third-Party Visuals and Music, 2nd edition, as they offer advice and answer questions.

Thursday, May 7, 2020
1:00 – 2:30 pm

THIS WEBINAR IS FREE to CURRENT FC MEMBERS
AND
$15 for NON-MEMBERS

FC MEMBERS CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

NON-MEMBERS CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP
(YOU WILL THEN BE SENT A LINK TO JOIN WEBINAR)

We’re all in this together!  Join us to screen a few trailers of our newer members ( fingers crossed that technology behaves for us!), tell us about how the current crisis has affected your work, discuss how we are all going to move forward and more importantly,  just check in with one another and appreciate the fact that at our best, we are a community of people who care about one another!

Register via the link provided! 

The Boston International Kids Film Festival highlights the talent of independent filmmakers everywhere while inspiring young people to share their own stories with the world.

By screening amazing student-made films from around the world while at the same time offering young people a look at professionally-made films created just for them, we are enabling the next generation of filmmakers to realize the power and potential of media.

The young filmmakers that participate in FC Academy, our after-school and summer filmmaking program, are also given center stage at special blocks throughout the weekend, as we screen the short films that they have created in our program in front of their family and friends.

Combine all that with hands-on workshops on stop-motion animation, storyboarding and filmmakers meetups and you are in for an event that families of Greater Boston will be enjoying for years to come!

It’s time for the Woods Hole Film Festival!

The Woods Hole Film Festival is one of the longest-running film festivals in New England. For 8 days in July and August it offers locals, summer residents, and visitors alike the opportunity to see some of the best independent film and filmmakers in the world. The Festival has been recognized by industry media and filmmakers as one of the top film festivals in the world, garnering 25 Coolest Festivals in the World and Top 50 Festivals Worth The Entry Fee recognition from MovieMaker Magazine and one of the Top 10 Summer Events in Massachusetts by Yankee Magazine.

This year’s lineup includes FC member films Recipe For Disaster: Green Crabs in the Great Marsh produced by Nubar Alexanian and The Queen of Connemara produced by Ed Hannigan.