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Provincetown International Film Festival!

Provincetown International Film Festival!

There’s no doubt that summer is a season for fairs and festivals, and as the weather continues to heat up, Massachusetts comes alive with celebrations that highlight a number of unique cultures. For anyone that’s a fan of film in particular, Massachusetts has become a major center not only for film production, but also for the celebration of film work from around the world with a collection of film festivals.

This month, the Provincetown International Film Festival is a can’t-miss film extravaganza!

Started just 14 years ago in 1999, the Providence International Film Festival has quickly established itself as a premiere cinematic attraction. Each year, the five-day festival showcases a wide variety of features, documentaries and short films, both American and International. The film selection is geared towards giving Provincetown residents and visitors a look at some of the best films, all while highlighting Provincetown’s special history.

In addition to the selection of films, the Provincetown Film Festival also features a number of special events, including an opening party, a film critic poolside chat, a breakfast with filmmakers, and much more.

A Youth & Diversity program, which will be sponsored by the GALE Fund and will focus on how film can generate discussion about racism, homophobia and isolation, will be held, as well.

Perhaps the most anticipated part of Provincetown’s annual festival is the “Filmmaker on the Edge” award, which is handed out each year to one filmmaker who represents the breadth and scope of independent filmmaking. Past winners include Darren Aronofsky, Quentin Tarantino and Mary Harron.

For those making the trip to Provincetown, there are a number of inns and hotels available for your stay — the folks at the Film Festival have rounded up a fantastic listing here. Also, before and after the festival, there’s no shortage of things to do in the Provincetown area, either!

This year’s Providence International Film Festival runs from June 19 to June 23 and involves a range of theaters around the Cape, including locations near Wellfleet, North Eastham and North Truro, as well as Provincetown. There are several different types of tickets that offer access to the different films and events. You can learn more and how to buy them here.

To keep up to date on what’s going on with the Provincetown International Film Festival, Like the festival on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. You can also see photos from festival events on their website.

Photos © Bruce Gilbert

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