2020 Berkshire International Film Festival moved from late May to mid-September

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GREAT BARRINGTON — Berkshire International Film Festival is moving its 15th annual edition from the end of May to Sept. 10 through 13.

"After thoughtful consideration and in response to the growing uncertainty of the coronavirus outbreak, we have decided to reschedule our 2020 festival to this fall, " Kelly Vickery, the festival's founder and artistic director said in a news release.

The move was made, Vickery said, "to ensure the health and well-being of the Berkshire community, visitors, staff and volunteers during this unprecedented time.

"We are incredibly grateful to our festival partners for their willingness to host the BIFF in September and to all of our patrons for their understanding and ongoing support.

"Our hearts go out to our fellow cultural organizations here in the Berkshires and to our colleagues around the world as we navigate this difficult time."

The festival made its debut May 12-14, 2006 with a weekend of film programming and ancillary events at Triplex Cinema, Club Helisnki, and Mixed Company, all in Great Barrington. In the years since, the festival has grown to screening more than 80 feature length and short narrative and documentary films and special events and programs at Triplex Cinema and Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, both in Great Barrington, and Beacon Cinema in Pittsfield. Joining those venues this year is Tanglewood Learning Institute.

Each year, the BIFF also honors a filmmaker for his or her career achievements beginning in 2006 with Pittsfield native Michael Haley, an assistant director who worked with director Mike Nichols on 10 major projects. Among the honorees since: director Martin Scorsese, actor Christopher Plummer, actress Rachel Weisz, New York Film Festival director Kent Jones, director and special effects specialist Douglas Trumbull, film critic, professor and historian Richard Brown, and actor Kevin Bacon. This year's honoree is yet to be announced.

Complete information is available online at biffma.org.

                                                                                                    

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