The vision for the Bridgeport film festival is to establish Bridgeport as a diverse hub for filmmakers and other artists to showcase their talents. This will support the long-term goal of enhancing cultural and economic growth to the city of Bridgeport as well as fostering new generations of Artists.
The festival will take place over three days in July and plans to offer both in-person and virtual screenings, as well guest speakers from the film industry and creative workshops for both youth and adults. Led by Artistic Director and Groundwork Bridgeport board member Jason A. Coombs, it will highlight the diversity of the film community in Bridgeport and the surrounding regions by showcasing films directed by over 50% women and POC filmmakers. The programming team will curate a lineup that includes short narrative films, short documentary projects, music videos, one-minute films, student films, environmental-themed works, and films produced during the pandemic. In a ceremony that concludes the weekend, prizes will be awarded to winning films chosen by a panel of acclaimed jurors including Patrick Wimp (Digital Hydra), Sarah Ann Masse (Hire Survivors Hollywood), and AJ Mattioli (Mattioli Productions), among others. Reflecting Groundwork Bridgeport’s mission to “educate, engage, and revitalize,” the festival will provide scholarships for two Bridgeport high school students looking to pursue higher education in the arts.
Bridgeport Film Fest
The Arcade Mall
Bridgeport, CT 06604