Port Opera Film Fest 2014


USM's Peter Campbell Takes First Place at POFF!


The screening for our Second Annual PORTopera Filmiest this past weekend was terrific. This unique film festival, perhaps the only one of its kind in the country, invites young student filmmakers to weave their own tales around original renditions of selected arias. This year was Rigoletto's turn, and we choose two wonderful shorts for awards. 

First place went to "Birbonata" by Peter Campbell.  In Italian, "birbonata" means a "naughty trick," a term borrowed from the Rigoletto libretto.

Second place went to "Earworm," a real hummer of a concept by Maine College of Art student Sabrina Volante.

The modern-day, digital vernacular of video presents the perfect medium for twenty-first century expression. Video cameras, smart phone videos, online videos and lifetimes saturated with television and cinema all have equipped these young, creative minds with an exciting means of expression.

Several of our festival entries were clearly above the rest, others not quite as polished as those submitted by more experienced filmmakers. But each and every entrant poured heart and soul into making art inspired art. And all the work was impressive.

Congratulations are due to both of our award winners, of course, but all are to be congratulated for venturing into very new waters. We are very proud of them.

With your support and a little luck, next year will see us host the3rdd Annual PORTopera FILMfest/Rigoletto Redux. Please stay tuned for more information as we seek to repeat next year with an earlier start, a broader appeal, and many more entries to enjoy. (Please like us on Facebook at PORTopera FILMfest, too.)


Many thanks to the The Bob Crewe Foundation and the NEA for helping to ensure the POFF continues to engage students with the art of the opera.

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