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The 34th annual Vermont International Film Festival (VITFF) ran Oct.16-27 in downtown Burlington and featured films produced by Champlain faculty and alumni. The festival featured almost 70 independent films shown at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington City Arts, and Echo Lakeside Hall.  Continue reading

Swift at the Box Office from Bulgaria: “Butterflies”

Official Rotten Tomatoes movie critic and Assistant Professor of Filmmaking Julia Swift has returned to mychamplainvalley.com—this time from Bulgaria!—to discuss the new film “Butterflies” by Tolga Karacelik. The film, which is Turkish, was screened at the Sofia International Film Festival in Bulgaria where Swift was in attendance. “Butterflies” made Swift “laugh so hard [she] cried,” she […]

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CCM Dean Heads Vermont International Film Foundation

Congratulations to Paula Willoquet-Maricondi, the new Board President of the Vermont International Film Foundation (VTIFF), a Vermont based cultural non-profit organization founded in 1985 whose mission is to enrich the community through film.  Willoquet-Maricondi is the Dean of the Communication and Creative Media Division at Champlain College.

Willoquet-Maricondi has been a member of VTIFF’s Board and on the Programming Committee for its International Film Festival since 2014, having also been the Board’s Vice-President.  During her time with the Foundation, she has contributed to its efforts to foster film appreciation, support Vermont filmmakers, and be a year-round resource for culture, education, and social justice through film. She is excited about her new role and future initiatives for the organization.

“I am honored to have been chosen by my Board colleagues to carry forward VTIFF’s mission to bring the best of independent filmmaking to Vermont, support Vermont filmmakers, and be a vibrant platform for the enjoyment of film and the exchange of ideas. ”

A film scholar and enthusiast, Willoquet-Maricondi has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature & Film Studies from Indiana University, and a MA in French from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the editor of Framing the World: Explorations in Ecocriticism and FilmPedro Almodóvar: Interviews; and Peter Greenaway’s Postmodern/Poststructuralist Cinema.

Prior to moving to Vermont in 2013, Paula taught film studies at Marist College in New York. She was born and raised in Brazil.

Champlain student filmmakers appear on FOX 44

Champlain students Serena Gauthier and Anna Cuevas guest-starred on the FOX 44 “Community Matters” segment with their film professor Julia Swift on Oct. 20. The students debuted a film together at the Vermont International Film Festival. Both juniors, Gauthier and Cuevas spent their sophomore year collaborating on a film for one of their classes. Cuevas describes Don’t Touch the Camera as a documentary “about gender inequality in the film industry from the perspective of seven female students at Champlain.”

Kennedy Trabold and Aenea Thorne, also Champlain students, edited the commercial for this year’s Vermont International Film Festival.

“Our AV editing teacher told us that Julia Swift had a project she wanted us to work on,” said Trabold.

Thorne and Trabold received links to the trailers and instructions on how to download them for use. From there, each student made her own trailer and submitted them to Swift who combined the trailers. The commercial opened the “Community Matters” segment.

Watch the full video here.

VTIFF trailer by Kennedy and Aenea.