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Mystic Film Festival

October 22-25, 2020

Mystic, CT

The Mystic Film Festival is an annual event that showcases independent feature-length and short-form narrative films and documentaries from around the world. The festival brings together a diverse group of filmmakers and audiences to explore ideas, discuss the filmmaking process, and celebrate creativity. Through engaging industry panels, workshops, and film screenings by acclaimed and up-and-coming talent, our goal is to make the festival a special experience for filmmakers and audiences alike.

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Fentanyl Madness
53 min Documentary Directed by Steve Hamm

Each year, more than 1000 people die from drug overdoses in Connecticut, and about 75% of those deaths involve fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid. This film introduces viewers to families that have lost loved ones, to people who are in recovery from opioid use disorder, and to healthcare professionals who are trying to end the crisis.

Life in Synchro
55 min Documentary, Sports Directed by Angela Pinaglia

If a single figure skater is a marvel, a team of them is practically a miracle. Welcome to the cold and beautiful world of synchronized ice skating. Journey alongside incredible women as they push themselves beyond the routine and up towards greatness.

My Boys of Summer
91 min Documentary, Sports Directed by Mark Pernerewski

For 25 summers, college baseball players have come to Danbury, Connecticut, to swing for the fences and a chance at the pros. For 25 summers – and falls, winters, and springs – a passionate army of volunteers has built the New England Collegiate Baseball League's Danbury Westerners into a top choice for these athletes. Join the Westerners' 2019 season for a delightful tale of talent, devotion, and the chicken that brought them all together.

The Hardest Day
54 min Documentary Directed by Ross Taylor

The Hardest Day is a film that explores the intimacy of the human-animal bond - specifically, the last moments before, and after, the passing of a pet at home with their owner.

The Miseducation of Bindu
92 min Coming-of-Age, Comedy Directed by Prarthana Mohan

When a bullied Indian teen forges her mother’s signature to test out of school, she discovers she must pay a test fee by 7th period, leaving her no choice but to turn to the students she desperately wants to leave.

Uprooting Addiction: Healing from the Ground Up
65 min Documentary Directed by Tory Estern Jadow

Six recovering addicts from varying walks of life, each affected by childhood trauma, come together to share their stories, emerging from darkness through community, connection, and compassion. Interweaving these stories with up-to-the-minute accounts of collective action from an equally diverse group of activists, officials, volunteers, caregivers, and experts, Uprooting Addiction is a mosaic-like portrait of a single community coming together to take on one of the most urgent public health challenges of our times.

Directing Thru the Lens
Thursday, Oct 22, 2020
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Explore the workings behind the lens with experienced camera operator, Scott Lebeda, along with a local director of photography, as he goes over shot movement and placement of lighting and actors to create the ideal final shots for the film.

All event times are Eastern Time.

Documentary Shorts Block + The Hardest Day Q&A
Thursday, Oct 22, 2020
2:00pm - 2:45pm

Q&A with some of the filmmakers from the Documentary Shorts Block and The Hardest Day.

All event times are Eastern Time.

Narrative Shorts Block 1 Q&A
Thursday, Oct 22, 2020
3:00pm - 3:45pm

Q&A with some of the filmmakers from the Narrative Shorts Block 1.

All event times are Eastern Time.

Narrative Shorts Block 2 Q&A
Friday, Oct 23, 2020
11:00am - 11:45am

Q&A with some of the filmmakers from the Narrative Shorts Block 2.

All event times are Eastern Time.

Made In Connecticut Panel
Friday, Oct 23, 2020
12:00pm - 1:30pm

A conversation about filming in Connecticut with representatives from the state’s Office of Film, Television & Digital Media as well as local filmmakers, and production company owners from the Nutmeg State. Focusing on filming during the COVID - 19 health crisis and the CT tax credits for creatives.

All event times are Eastern Time.

Distribution Down Low
Friday, Oct 23, 2020
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Distribution is one of the most mysterious and misunderstood topics for independent creators. Join us as we break down the current landscape of distribution for independent film and TV, including the economics of different avenues to take, the right questions to ask potential partners, and what needs to be done from pre-production through post-production to set yourself up for success.

All event times are Eastern Time.

Production Assistant Workshop
Saturday, Oct 24, 2020
9:30am - 11:00am

Presented by Women & Film in Video New England President Alecia Orsini Lebeda.  The PA is the backbone of any set, that does pretty much everything you can think!  Learn the tools & terms of the production trade to be an outstanding PA on set.  

All event times are Eastern Time.

The MisEducation of Bindu Q&A
Saturday, Oct 24, 2020
11:00am - 11:45am

Q&A with the filmmakers.

All event times are Eastern Time.

Uprooting Addiction and Fentanyl Madness Q&A
Saturday, Oct 24, 2020
12:00pm - 12:45pm

Q&A with the filmmakers and and individuals featured inthe films.

All event times are Eastern Time.

Directing Thru the Lens 2
Saturday, Oct 24, 2020
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Explore the workings behind the lens with experienced camera operator, Scott Lebeda, along with a local director of photography, as he goes over shot movement and placement of lighting and actors to create the ideal final shots for the film.

All event times are Eastern Time.

Narrative Shorts Block 3 Q&A
Saturday, Oct 24, 2020
1:00pm - 1:45pm

Q&A with some of the filmmakers from the Narrative Shorts Block 3.

All event times are Eastern Time.

My Boys Of Summer and Life In Synchro Q&A
Sunday, Oct 25, 2020
11:00am - 11:45am

Q&A with the filmmakers.

All event times are Eastern Time.

Screenwriter's Panel
Sunday, Oct 25, 2020
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Felicity Wren from the International Screenwriters’ Association, Joey Tuccio, CEO of Roadmap Writers, and Jessica Hinds, Founder of Meditative Writing, will discuss the state of writing during this time of pandemic and what filmmakers and studios are looking for. 

All event times are Eastern Time.

Women In Film & Television Panel
Sunday, Oct 25, 2020
4:00pm - 5:15pm

A lively conversation for women in the film & TV industry about making the projects we want to make, and the challenges and rewards of creating and distributing in 2020. 

All event times are Eastern Time.

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