New Hampshire Film Festival being planned in Portsmouth

Union Leader Correspondent
September 18. 2017 6:11PM

This is the selected cover for the New Hampshire Film Festival, which will draw thousands to Portsmouth next month. (Courtesy Photo)

PORTSMOUTH — The 17th annual New Hampshire Film Festival is scheduled for Oct. 12 to 15 at venues throughout downtown Portsmouth.

Nicole Gregg, the executive director for the film festival, said screenings, panels and workshops will be held at The Music Hall on Chestnut Street, The Music Hall Loft on Congress Street, Moffatt-Ladd House on Market Street and 3S Artspace on Vaughan Street.

“We’re working on bringing some incredible films from some incredibly talented filmmakers to Portsmouth this October,” Gregg said in a statement.

Organizers are working on developing an app to help festival-goers easily navigate the four-day event. It is being created in partnership with InHouse Worldwide, a web application and development agency located on Islington Street.

Details on celebrity guests, filmmakers and movie premiers are still being finalized, but organizers have already revealed this year’s cover art, which was designed by Ali Baxter and features photography from Phillip Case Cohen.

“The New Hampshire Film Festival is one of the most incredible events that we have on the Seacoast,” Cohen said in a statement. “It’s always a great time and a unique opportunity to interact with so many passionate and talented artists from near and far and to enjoy thought-provoking films and documentaries.”

Baxter, who also designed the film festival cover art in 2016, said the image of the Seacoast was a resounding favorite.

“Phillip Case Cohen is truly a talented photographer,” Baxter said. “We’re honored to use his work this year.”

The Discover Portsmouth Center on Middle Street will once again serve as the festival headquarters. It is also the staging area for press conferences, photo shoots and interviews.

Last year, Emmy-Award winner Tom Bergeron, the host of ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ and actor Josh Meyers of ‘Mad TV’ spoke at the Discover Portsmouth Center. Both men have connections to the Granite State.

Bergeron, who was once the host of “Granite State Challenge” on New Hampshire Public Television, said he holds a special place in his heart for the Portsmouth community and the film festival.

“You’re seeing a lot of people starting their careers, first films. That’s always very exciting when you watch something and suddenly you go, ‘There’s a different perspective, a different angle on something, a unique eye into their corner of the world.’’’

Gregg said about 10,000 people attended last year’s event.

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