Gala Party Kicks Off Tenth Anniversary of Salem Film Fest

Salem Film Fest Gala Creative Salem2017 Salem Film Fest milestone schedule includes more than fifty documentaries and shorts, over twenty-five visiting filmmakers, Gala Party,  and a very special 10th-anniversary tribute book.

Salem, MA: Celebrating ten years of unparalleled success, Salem Film Fest 2017 (SFF) one of the nation’s leading all-documentary film festivals, will kick off on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm with an impressive Gala at the historic Hawthorne Hotel in Salem. The ticketed event opens with a catered reception and will fire up with live music and dance.

Film screenings take place March 3-9 at CinemaSalem, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), and the National Park Service Visitor Center. The schedule and full breadth of the week-long events can be viewed at Attendance at this year’s screening is easily expected to surpass last year’s record-setting 6,000+ viewers.

At the Gala, SFF organizers will present the inaugural Salem Film Fest Storyteller Award to David Fanning, Founder, and Executive Producer at Large of PBS’ acclaimed FRONTLINE TV series. Salem Film Fest alumni filmmakers and guests from WBUR 90.9, Salem Film Fest’s official media sponsor, will be on hand to acknowledge Fanning’s contributions to documentary filmmaking. Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, State Senator Joan Lovely, and State Representative Paul Tucker are expected to attend.

Gala attendees receive a complimentary Salem Film Fest Tribute Magazine and Program, with photos, memories, and highlights from the festival throughout the years. Music will be provided by the Boston-based Nephrok! Allstars, whose music spans several decades and many genres including Soul, R&B, Rock, and undoubtedly Funk.

Proceeds from the Gala will support an endowment for the continuance of an all-volunteer, nonprofit SFF. Tickets are available online and at Cinema Salem and Salem Chamber of Commerce offices on Essex Street, Salem. Tickets are $55.00 if purchased by February 23 ($75 after).


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Salem Film Fest concentrates on well-told stories with strong technical elements and interesting visual approaches, letting narratives unfold that wind their way through the human experience in the USA and foreign lands. Many of the films represent a US, East Coast or regional premiere. Filmmakers are expected to be present for more than half of the screenings, giving audiences a unique advantage to learn about the documentary process.
SFF 2017 offers a diverse schedule of feature-length and short documentaries, parties, discussions, meet-and-greets, family-friendly screenings, student film showcases, and opportunities to meet visiting filmmakers in intimate settings.

Salem Film Fest 2016

Highlights from the 2016 Salem Film Fest. Photos by John Andrews for Creative Salem Entering its ninth year, Salem Film Fest is one of New England’s largest documentary film festivals and presents a rich and diverse collection of the year’s best work from all over the world.

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