The Berkshire International Film Festival and the Beacon Cinema team up once again to participate in the 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival in downtown Pittsfield for the second year, from Feb. 14-24, 2013. And once again, they present the Smartphone Film Festival—a fun and growing take on the film festival scene.
The BIFF is looking for submissions of films shot using the iPhone, iPad and various alternative cinematic ‘apps’ to create a desired look or effect. Experimental, action, drama and even music videos are just some of the genres that will be considered. Films must be submitted to Lauren Ferin at email@example.com by February 1. Selections will be announced in early February. Prizes will be awarded—sponsored by Mad Macs in Pittsfield, Mass.—given to the top three local submissions as chosen by their audiences.
Spearheaded by Barrington Stage Company and the City of Pittsfield, sponsored by Berkshire Gas, the 2013 festival (formerly 10×10 on North) expands in size and geography to include more programming in venues throughout the city’s newly designated Upstreet Cultural District. Last year’s inaugural 10×10 festival attracted more than 3,000 people to downtown Pittsfield to enjoy 44 performances and events featuring more than 120 new works including plays, songwriters, poets, visual art, film and dance.
In addition to the BIFF and the Beacon, 2013 festival partners also include Alchemy Initiative, Barrington Stage Company, Berkshire Art Association, Berkshires Jazz, Berkshire Museum, Gallery 25, Hancock Shaker Village, the Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe, WAM Theatre, and WordXWord, as well as a comedy show presented by Thomas Attila Lewis. This year, the 2013 festival will also include a family arts component, as the festival takes place during February school break. Family programming participants include Berkshire Museum, Bisque, Beads & Beyond, Hancock Shaker Village and Miss Hall’s School.
The 2013 10×10 Upstreet festival will include the return of Barrington Stage’s 10×10 New Play Festival featuring ten 10-minute plays; the TEN SPOT art show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, including ten billboards around Berkshire County featuring local artists; a 10×10 art show at Gallery 25; 10 singer/songwriters at Mission Bar + Tapas; and 10 poets at yBar. New festival programming includes 10 decades of jazz composers from Berkshires Jazz; 10 improvised mini-musicals by the Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe at Berkshire Theatre Group’s venue The Garage located inside The Colonial Theatre; PechaKucha (10+10)×(10+10) at Berkshire Museum; the 10×10 Kickoff One Billion Rising Dance Party at Spice Dragon; the 10×10 Stand-Up Comedy Show; Berkshire Art Association and Storefront Artist Project’s 10×10 RAP/REAL ART PARTY at Berkshire Museum; a visual art exhibit by Hancock Shaker Village; and 10×10on10—an interdisciplinary spoken word and art exhibit by WAM Theatre and Alchemy Initiative.
More programming may be added in the coming weeks. A full schedule of events, venues, dates and times will be announced in January 2013. Visit discoverpittsfield.com/10×10 or find 10×10 Upstreet on Facebook for more information about tickets and the schedule of events.
Along with Berkshire Gas, additional support is generously provided by the following sponsors: Massachusetts Cultural Council, Berkshire Magazine, The Berkshire Eagle, Lamar Advertising, Barrington Stage Company, and the City of Pittsfield.
About 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival
The festival is a collaborative effort spearheaded by Barrington Stage Company and the City of Pittsfield and coordinated through a steering committee that includes the Beacon Cinema, Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF), Berkshire Museum, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts and the City of Pittsfield, Mission Bar + Tapas, and y bar. For more information, visit discoverpittsfield.com/10×10, find 10×10 Upstreet on Facebook, or contact the City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development at 413-499-9348 or firstname.lastname@example.org
BIFF 2013 will be held May 30-June 2 in Great Barrington and Pittsfield. Call for entries are now open for the 8th annual festival.