Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Three state agencies partner with New Hampshire Film Festival

Three NH Agencies Collaborate and Promote Hospitality, Tourism and Arts
Group Partners With New Hampshire Film Festival


Portsmouth, NH – In an unprecedented collaboration to support hospitality, tourism, and culture in the state, three major New Hampshire agencies have joined forces with the New Hampshire Film Festival to promote the film fest and the economic benefit it brings to New Hampshire’s Seacoast Area.

The cross-promotional effort will include the NH Liquor Commission, the NH Division of Travel & Tourism and the NH Film & Television Office, a part of the NH Department of Cultural Resources. To support hospitality and tourism, the NH Liquor Commission has joined forces with film sponsors Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Absolut Vodka, and Mo√ęt & Chandon Champagne.

“The NH Film Festival has established itself as a destination cultural event,” said Joseph Mollica, Chairman of the NH Liquor Commission. “It presents the opportunity to enjoy film and culture, and to enjoy an evening out at the many restaurants in the Seacoast. It creates a positive impact on the economy of this region and ultimately benefits the image and quality of life of the state as a whole.”

“Simply put, NHFF is the highlight of the year for New Hampshire’s independent film community,” said Van McLeod, Commissioner of the NH Department of Cultural Resources, which oversees the NH Film & Television Office. “Our department has long supported this treasured cultural event and we are proud to again lend support in this new capacity.”

“The film festival helps make NH even more of a destination in the fall,” said Lori Harnois, Director of the New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism Development. “It’s a cultural treasure for the state and working collaboratively to support NHFF is a win-win for NH tourism.”

The promotional partnership between the three state entities and the non-profit film festival is a mutually beneficial collaboration that ultimately supports business, arts and culture in the state, according to Nicole Gregg, NHFF Executive Director.

NHFF drew an estimated 9,000 people to Portsmouth as well as media coverage from around the country when it celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2010. In 2011, NHFF is planned for Oct. 13 - 16 at a dozen venues in historic downtown Portsmouth including The Music Hall. The four-day fest features independent film from NH, the United States and the world, as well as educational seminars and networking events. It has drawn hollywood celebrities and indie film luminaries from around the world.

Working with the three state entities in such a collaboration is a benchmark for the non-profit NH Film Festival which has grown into one of NH’s most prominent social and cultural happenings since starting in 2001 in Derry, NH as the NH Film Expo. It is now one of the largest independent film festivals held annually in the Northeast.

More information about the NH Film Festival is available at www.nhfilmfestival.com.