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Community Partner Spotlight: New Hampshire Film Festival

Great cinema and great times continue in Portsmouth in October, when the 11th Annual New Hampshire Film Festival takes place October 13-16. The festival offers a total immersion into an international feast of entertainment, enlightenment, gastronomy, and socializing. The Music Hall is a proud sponsor and host of the NHFF, which presents the best in recent independent narrative, documentary, and short-subject cinema. Directors, writers, producers, cinematographers, actors, and film buffs of all ages descend upon downtown Portsmouth to catch exclusive screenings, meet-and-greets with filmmakers, interactive panel discussions, and lively after-parties.

A Community Partner with The Music Hall, the NHFF is an event that is best experienced from beginning to end. Generous sponsors, including Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Moet, Absolut, Stella Artois, Vital Design, and the best of Portsmouth’s hotels and restaurants, make the event even more enticing. Festival attendees take great pleasure in checking into a downtown hotel, leaving the car behind, shutting off the cell phone, and picking up a VIP All-Access Pass from our box office.

Founded in 2001, NHFF began as a small, grassroots event to support local, regional, and student filmmakers. It now holds a coveted place as a highly recognized event that showcases the brightest talent on the international film festival scene. It encapsulates over a dozen exciting locations around Portsmouth, including four state-of-the-art screening venues ranging in size from 65 to 900-seat theaters, all within walking distance.

To learn more about what this year’s event has in store, visit the official website:

The Music Hall is a vital part of the Seacoast and the Seacoast is vital to The Music Hall!

At The Music Hall, we embrace this belief and we show it daily through the relationships we foster with our valued Community Partners. We provide crucial infrastructure for community-wide events such as New Hampshire Film Festival, Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth with Strawbery Banke Museum, and the Portsmouth Herald’s Spotlight on the Arts Awards. We also share our access to world-acclaimed artists with such groups as Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC) and New Outlook Teen Center. This creates a ripple effect throughout the community, helping to foster love for the arts and provide unforgettable experiences for so many.

The Music Hall gives back in a multitude of ways, such as offering free Writers on a New England Stage tickets to local students and discounted rental rates and services to local nonprofit Community Partners. Our staff serves as liaisons and mentors to a wide variety of local arts groups and nonprofits. Our Film Matters (formerly Wildcard) series connects The Music Hall with dozens of local experts each year and provides a community forum for discussing global issues presented in high quality documentaries. We know we can only thrive in a community which is also thriving. By reaching out and giving back to our Seacoast community, we find that what we get in return enhances our organization in countless and unique ways!

Our Community Partners

African Burying Ground • Art-Speak • Arts In Reach • Berwick Academy • Business Committee for the Arts • Canterbury Shaker Village • Cocheco Arts and Technology Academy • Currier Museum • Education for All Children • End 68 Hours of Hunger • Families First • Granite State Choral Society • Great Bay Academy of Dance • Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce • Green Alliance • The Housing Partnership • Identity Footwear + Apparel • Kent Stephens’ STAGE FORCE • Leadership Seacoast • Mt. Washington Observatory • My Breast Cancer Support • New Heights Adventures For Teens • NH Association for the Blind • NH Citizens for the Arts • NH Film Festival • NH Theater Project • NH Women’s Initiative • New Outlook Teen Center • Piscataqua Sustainability Initiative • Portsmouth Halloween Parade • Portsmouth High School • Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC) • Portsmouth Pro Musica • Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra • Rain for the Sahel and the Sahara • RPM Challenge • Seacoast African American Cultural Center • Salvation Army • Seacoast Beekeepers Association of NH • Seacoast Choral Society • Seacoast Community Chorus • Seacoast Eat Local • Seacoast Local • Seacoast Repertory Theater • Seacoast Science Center • Share Our Strength Seacoast • SMG Spotlight on the Arts Awards • South Berwick Community Chorus • Southeast Land Trust of NH • Strawbery Banke Museum • Tidewater Waldorf School • UNH Dance Department • UNH Internship Program • UNH Office of Sustainability • Women’s Fund of NH • World Affairs Council of NH • WSCA Portsmouth Community Radio 106.1 FM • York High School

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