Entertainment lovers, rejoice - for the first time, the Independent Television and Film Festival moves to the East Coast, hosted by the historic towns of Wilmington and Dover, Vermont. With screenings, music, a ton of activities, comedy performances and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to speak with independent television makers, there's something to entertain most anyone. To welcome the festival to southern Vermont, we've compiled a handy guide to ITVFest so you don't miss a minute.
The heart of ITVFest is Festival Mile, a 1.5-mile long path through the center of the town of Dover and into Wilmington. The Festival Mile will include a wide range of different events and activities, from live music performances to street art to car shows and more. Casual attendees can stroll the path and take in the sights while more dedicated entertainment junkies can seek out artists and actors they saw on-screen along the trail.
Beyond Festival Mile, the biggest things to look forward to at ITVFest are the screenings. ITVFest will show close to 60 television pilots, webseries, and short films in both Dover and Wilmington. Eight different screens will show comedies, dramas and documentaries across three days, you're sure to find something to enjoy in the program.
If you want to dig deeper into the evolving world of modern television, you can attend one of the many festival panels and Q&A sessions. Discussions titled "Independent Art in the 21st Century" and "Being Funny to Pay the Bills" are just a few examples of the industry panels on offer - come prepared to be both entertained and educated.
If this sounds like your kind of weekend, then click over to the ITVFest website and pick up a pass. Make sure you get the right one, though - the Weekend and Festival passes get you into the movie screenings, but the Gala pass lets you attend the awards show as well, and the VIP pass gets you access to the big-time closed-door parties to boot.
Outside of the festival itself, you'll find plenty more things to do in Wilmington and Dover. There are lots of great restaurants, nightspots, and outside activities to do in the area. For instance, the southern Vermont region is well known for its beautiful covered bridges and scenic drives, and there are also lots of opportunities for hiking, biking, and watersports.
And if you need a place to stay, you can look around some of the fine hotels in the area - or you could consider booking a stay in a Vermont rental house instead, for a whole lot of added comfort and convenience. That way you'll be able to live like a VIP both inside and outside the festival.