The Provincetown Film Society, which operates the annual Provincetown International Film Festival, will expand its services to independent filmmakers through the newly announced Gabrielle A. Hanna Provincetown Film Institute. Named for longtime festival director Gabby Hannah, the institute will offer filmmakers an environment for creative exploration with the background of Provincetown's long and colorful history in the arts and culture.
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Gabby Hanna served as festival director for 13 years, in which time she took the Provincetown International Film Festival from a little-known local showcase to a great stop on the festival circuit. The announcement was made on Sunday at the conclusion of this year's festival.
"We created the Institute to support year-round programmatic elements for filmmakers and artists in what is the oldest known artist colony in the U.S.," said Christine Walker, Interim Executive Director of the Provincetown Film Society. "We are overcome by the encouragement and support of the community, raising over $75,000 which will fund our initial plans for the Institute and bring additional opportunities back to Provincetown."The whole speech announcing the new organiztion can be streamed via Mogul.