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2014 CATTY Winners

 Blackbird – Narrative Feature

In the Blind – Narrative Short

Destiny’s Bridge – Documentary Feature

Brothers of the Black List – Documentary Feature

A Matter of Place – Documentary Short

Warsaw, January 2011 – Animation

Froggy – Music Video

Tramway Trip in the Fog – iPhoneography Any Genre

Us and Them – College Narrative Feature

Into the Silent Sea – College Narrative Short

Adelante – College Documentary Feature

Passion Fruit – College Documentary Short

Generation Loss – College Animation

Elijah and the Moon – Stompin’ – College Music Video

The American Werewolves – High School Narrative Short

Inside the Ring – High School Documentary Short

Regione Caecorum, In the Land of the Blind – High School Animation

Imaginary Friends by Laszlo – High School Music Video

Michael – Middle School Any Genre



David Becker with Joan Burroughs, great-granddaughter of John Burroughs, the naturalist who wrote about the Catskills nearly 150 years ago. (Photo by Kevin Buso.)
David Becker’s TO BE FOREVER WILD to screen at CMFF 2014, Saturday May 3rd, Okun Theater, immediately following the AWARDS PRESENTATION. Q & A with the director to follow.

Directed and produced by David Becker, “To Be Forever Wild” was created by a 15-person team of filmmakers, musicians, and artists based in a little red cabin once used by the author Jack London. Like Thoreau, who took to the wilderness and recorded his reflections in Walden, these artists have presented their view of the Catskill Mountains, known as America’s first wilderness — its people, places, and historical context (http://www.tobeforeverwild.com/).

According to Becker, who will be on hand after the screening for a Q&A session, the making of this film was a “labor of love.” In his view, regional film festivals “help nourish the entire filmmaking community from the ground up.” Becker said he feels honored to have ‘To Be Forever Wild’ as the CMFF’s featured film next month, adding that such festivals “offer important opportunities for young and emerging filmmakers to meet each other, find collaborators, and form lasting friendships.”

Wine-Tasting (1)

CMFF 2014 Wine Tasking event on May 3rd, Farrell Hall - 10am to 10pm - Courtesy of Festival Sponsor – Ray’s Fine Wines and Spirits, Main St. Delhi. Jerry Pellegrino will have three Finger Lakes Wines, and there will be three Brewery Ommegang Beers to sample. Pure Catskills‘ Catskill Family Creameries Farmers are donating wonderful, handcrafted NYS cheese for pairing with the wines! Yum!!

The mission of the Catskill Mountains Film Festival is to promote the film business in New York State, to showcase local talent and to develop a new generation of local filmmakers.

The Film Festival takes place on May 2, 3, and 4, 2014 at SUNY Delhi.
Check out the full schedule by clicking here!

Catskill Mountains Film Festival Welcomes Academy Award Winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams as Judge and Award Presenter.
Williams will also give a Q&A at a Special Screening of His Newest Film, “God Loves Uganda.”

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CMFF Submissions Committee Member and Emmy Award Winning Editor Tony Breuer, with Academy Award Winner and CMFF Presenter Roger Ross Williams. CMFF Chair, Jessica Vecchione and Roger Ross Williams.
Roger Ross Williams Photos (credit: Riikka Olson Photography)

Delhi, NY – (April 9, 2014) – The Catskill Mountains Film Festival (CMFF) today announced the participation of Academy Award–winning  filmmaker Roger Ross Williams at the Festival.  He will be judging some of the submissions  and will be a presenter at The Awards Event,  which will take place on May 3rd, 7:00pm, in the Okun Theater  at SUNY Delhi.

Williams is an experienced reviewer who will bring his talents and expertise to the task of evaluating the documentary feature submissions.  His participation represents a huge feather in the cap of the Catskill Mountains Film Festival, which will take place on May 2-4, 2014, in Delhi, NY.

Mr. Williams began his career as a producer of political satire on Comedy Central as well as the Emmy Award–winning series TV Nation by Michael Moore.  He later did stints as a broadcast journalist for ABC, NBC, MSNBC, and CNN and has since launched his career as a filmmaker.  Williams was the first African American to win an Oscar® for directing and producing the  documentary, “Music by Prudence” at the 2010 Academy Awards.

Video Interview with Roger:

Director and Journalist, David France
to keynote at The Catskill Mountains Film Festival

Filmmaker’s Academy Award nominated film,
“How to Survive a Plague” to be screened at Festival

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CMFF Keynote speaker David France with CMFF Chair Jessica Vecchione. David France during his interview with CMFF on his film, “How to Survive A Plague.”
David France Photo Credit: Riikka Olson Photography

Film Festival takes place on May 2, 3, & 4, 2014, in Delhi, New York

March 4, 2014 (Delhi, NY) — Organizers of the Catskill Mountains Film Festival today announced that Academy Award nominated director/producer and journalist, David France will deliver the keynote address at the festival. The festival is being held on May 2, 3 and 4, 2014 in the picturesque town of Delhi, NY in the beautiful scenic Catskill Mountains.

Says Jessica Vecchione, Chairperson for the CMFF: “We are beyond honored to welcome David France as our keynote speaker for the festival this year. His film about the AIDS epidemic and the beginnings of ACT UP entitled “How to Survive a Plague” is one of the most thought provoking and interesting documentaries made last year. Mr. France’s storied career as a journalist and now a filmmaker will be an inspiration to all the attendees at the festival. He is funny, acerbic, intelligent and talented and we cannot thank him enough for his contribution.”

Mr. France’s film, “How to Survive A Plague” was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Documentary Feature Film at last year’s Academy Awards. Mr. France and his team also acted as consultants for the director of the film, “Dallas Buyers Club”, nominated in several categories this year including star, Matthew McConaughey for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Said Mr. France, “There is room in the world of film for everyone who is passionate about telling stories.

I only began as a filmmaker recently – it’s never too late. I hope that my career and my story will be an inspiration to my neighbors in the Catskills and budding filmmakers everywhere. I love this area and am happy to support such an important artistic endeavor right here in my backyard.”

Bill Pullman joins the Catskill Mountains Film Festival as Honorary Chair

CMFF Honorary Chair Bill Pullman poses with Submissions Coordinator Riikka Olson and Festival Chair, Jessica Vecchione.

CMFF Honorary Chair Bill Pullman poses with Submissions Coordinator Riikka Olson and Festival Chair, Jessica Vecchione.

Bill Pullman began his acting career at SUNY Delhi in 1971 at the suggestion of the Drama advisor. Here he is in one of his first ever acting roles!

Bill Pullman began his acting career at SUNY Delhi in 1971 at the suggestion of the Drama advisor. Here he is in one of his first ever acting roles!

Actor/Director Bill Pullman has come full circle:  started his career in Delhi, and NOW has returned as the proud Honorary Chair of the Catskill Mountain Film Festival.  His film, Fruit Hunters to also be screened at the festival.

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