Since the beginning of 2018, the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative (BFMC) has fielded dozens of calls from local organizations and filmmakers wanting to explore the possibility of shooting videos in the Berkshires. Most of the organizations are non-profits who need video for their branding, marketing, fundraising and social media. No longer is a nice website with pretty pictures sufficient to get one’s message “out into the world.” An organization must create original video content and then use that content to populate social media outlets like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
In response to this need, BFMC is establishing a Community Film Fund in order to support our local organizations. The Community Film Fund will match whatever monies are raised by an organization to help them create high-quality, message driven videos. Many times, this essential marketing and fundraising tool is cut from non-profit budgets. We believe the Community Film Fund will help give a “voice” to our local organizations as well as create jobs for our local filmmakers.
BFMC announced the creation of the Community Film Fund at our annual Posh Picnic fundraiser at Tanglewood this past summer. Our first pledge was made by Director Martin Scorsese in honor of his colleague and our 2018 Posh Picnic Honoree, Kent Jones, an award-winning director, author, film festival programmer and Berkshire native. Our goal is to raise $50,000 and launch the Community Film Fund by late spring of 2019.
If you would like to contribute or need additional information about the Community Film Fund, please contact BFMC’s Executive Director, Diane Pearlman, at firstname.lastname@example.org.