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2015 Salem Film Fest

Events

Besides presenting great documentary films, Salem Film Fest offers a rich schedule of discussions, parties, galas, meet-and-greets, family-friendly screenings, high school student film showcases, and opportunities to meet visiting filmmakers in intimate settings. Many of these special events are free, but space may be limited, so make sure to come early.

New to our website this year is the ability to make your OWN itinerary online. It’s really cool, to get started visit the schedule page.


  1. SALEM FILM FEST KICKOFF RECEPTION

    120 mins
    The Salem Chamber of Commerce and Salem Film Fest are combining efforts to create a memorable kickoff for the Eight Annual Salem Film Fest. Meet filmmakers and other VIPs, listen to music, pick up your Fest Program and compare itineraries with fellow film lovers at this festive event at the the historic Hawthorne Hotel. Free admission.
    SALEM FILM FEST KICKOFF RECEPTION

    Thursday, March, 5, 2015 5:00 pm


  2. FRIDAY NIGHT AFTER-PARTY AT GULU GULU CAFE

    120 mins
    After the first full day of the festival, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a timeless performance by Vapors of Morphine. Meet a filmmaker, quench your thirst, and drink in the fun festival atmosphere at one of Salem's hot spots.
    FRIDAY NIGHT AFTER-PARTY AT GULU GULU CAFE

    Gulu Gulu Café
    Friday, March, 6, 2015 9:30 pm


  3. FILMMAKER FORUM: The Alliance of Women Film Journalists Present “Storytelling Skill Sets for Documentarians”

    75 mins
    FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE - Filmmakers with varied production backgrounds discuss how those skill sets have influenced their work in the documentary form. Free Admission.
    FILMMAKER FORUM (AWFJ)

    PEM Bartlett Gallery
    Saturday, March, 7, 2015 12:00 pm


  4. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Presents

    75 mins
    Go behind the scenes of TV's longest-running, most-watched history series, and get to know the filmmakers, producers, and series staff that make history come alive. Free Admission.
    AMERICAN EXPERIENCE PRESENTS

    PEM Morse Auditorium
    Saturday, March, 7, 2015 4:00 pm


  5. SATURDAY NIGHT AFTER-PARTY AT FINZ

    180 mins
    Salem Film Fest hosts its annual Saturday night blast at Finz, sure to get you up and dancing in the confines of one of Salem’s most comfortably stylish restaurants. This years party features Krewe de Groove, bringing the New Orleans party to the festival, featuring Brandon Tarricone - Guitar and Vocals , Justin Lopes - Hammond Organ (backup vocals), Henley Douglas, Jr. - Sax , Dave Walker - Bass and John Iltis - Drums. Or simply enjoy the awesome view of Salem Harbor at night. (9:00pm – 12 Midnight). Free admission.
    SATURDAY NIGHT AFTER-PARTY AT FINZ

    Finz Seafood & Grill
    Saturday, March, 7, 2015 9:00 pm


  6. FILMMAKER BREAKFAST

    90 mins
    Start your day with a delicious breakfast in the company of filmmakers and film lovers from all over the world. Cash breakfast. As Salem has developed, Caffé Graziani on Washington Street has become the local go-to place for all things Italian.
    FILMMAKER BREAKFAST

    Caffé Graziani
    Sunday, March, 8, 2015 10:00 am


  7. FILMMAKER FORUM: The Alliance of Women Film Journalists Present “The Obligations and Limitations of Engagement”

    75 mins
    FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE - Filmmakers often encounter people experiencing difficult life situations while making a film. How does a filmmaker balance respect and empathy for their subjects, while crafting the narrative of their film? Free Admission.
    FILMMAKER FORUM (AWFJ)

    PEM Bartlett Gallery
    Sunday, March, 8, 2015 12:00 pm


  8. FILMMAKER FORUM: Doc-a-chusetts

    75 mins
    FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE - Join us for a spirited discussion with local filmmakers as they talk about their upcoming films and learn more about the local documentary film community and some of the organizations that work with filmmakers to make their films a reality. Free Admission.
    FILMMAKER FORUM: DOC-A-CHUSETTS

    PEM Bartlett Gallery
    Sunday, March, 8, 2015 2:00 pm


  9. CLOSING NIGHT AWARDS RECEPTION

    90 mins
    Jury and audience award winners will be announced at the closing night reception immediately following the final screening of Salem Film Fest at PEM. Location: PEM Atrium - Cash bar.
    CLOSING NIGHT AWARDS RECEPTION

    PEM Morse Auditorium
    Thursday, March, 12, 2015 8:30 pm