The Monadnock International Film Festival (MONIFF) held April 10-12, 2014 included five feature narratives, three feature documentaries, a shorts program and industry panels.
The 2014 Jonathan Daniels award was presented to the Sundance award-winning film, “Watchers Of The Sky”. This unique accolade is presented annually to a socially conscious filmmaker of great artistic merit that echoes Daniels’ courage, purpose and spirit by using film in a powerful, transformative way. Attending the April 12 closing ceremony for “Watchers” was Academy Award nominated filmmaker and director, Edet Belzberg, with producer, Amelia Green Dove, and Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
“Watchers” provides a framework for activists who “seek to bring protection, justice, memory and healing to the victims of mass slaughter, and persist against all odds in an attempt to decrease the horrors of the future.”
The festival expanded into Peterborough and Jaffrey on the weekend prior to the three-day MONIFF event in Keene, NH. On Friday and Saturday, April 4-5,2014 MONIFF was in downtown Peterborough as part of Comcast’s Local Look programming. One feature documentary, a shorts program and table readings of screenplays created by Conval High School students participating in MONIFF’s Screenwriting in the Schools program, led by MONIFF Program Director, Aaron Wiederspahn were featured. The screenwriting program, the first of its kind, was underwritten by Conval High School and Final Draft, the industry standard screenwriting software. The weekend was entirely free, underwritten by the Goyette Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation, Comcast Local Look and the Town of Peterborough.
On Sunday, April 6, 2014 MONIFF was in Jaffrey to celebrate the Park Theatre’s renovation efforts.