Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

Berkshire Bank Invites Public to Help Select the Second Annual “Next Great Filmmaker”

Winner Will Receive a $5,000 Filmmaker Award, Voting Open April 15 to May 31, 2011

PITTSFIELD, Mass., April 18, 2011 – Help us select the Next Great Filmmaker!  Berkshire Bank, America’s Most Exciting BankSM, in collaboration with the Berkshire International Film Festival, team up again to present the Next Great Filmmaker Award. This award is designed to provide increased exposure and support for short filmmakers and continue to invite the community to voice their opinion through an online voting process. The Next Great Filmmaker Award will include a $5,000 cash award given to the filmmaker who has the greatest amount of online votes.  

The Berkshire International Film Festival will have the final five short films available for viewing on their website at and will have online voting available  from April 15 through May 31, 2011.

“We are thrilled to take part in the Berkshire International Film Festival this year by presenting the Second installment of the Next Great Filmmaker Award,” said Scott E. Schiff, Senior Vice President of Wealth Management at Berkshire Bank. “We are especially excited to invite our community to help us recognize and support talented filmmakers. This award is just one of many programs that America’s Most Exciting Bank has engaged in to encourage our community to join the excitement.  So whether your dream is saving for an early retirement, buying your first home, or becoming the next great filmmaker, we believe in helping you realize your dreams.”

The Berkshire International Film Festival, now in its sixth year, will screen 75 American and foreign independent feature films, documentaries and short films in Great Barrington, Mass. and Pittsfield, Mass. In addition to screenings, there will also be panel discussions, Q&A sessions with filmmakers and other events. The Festival will take place June 2 through June 5, 2011.

The sixth anniversary of the Festival continues to support filmmakers through the collaboration with Berkshire Bank to sponsor the Next Great Filmmaker Award for short film, and the Juried Prize Award for feature-length narrative and documentary films sponsored by GWFF USA, Inc.  All awards carry a cash prize of $5,000.

Voting for the Next Great Filmmaker Award is open to customers and non-customers at The winner will be announced June 6, 2011.

Berkshire Hills Bancorp is the parent of Berkshire Bank - America's Most Exciting BankSM.  The company has $3.2 billion in assets and 47 full service branch offices in Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont.  The company provides personal and business banking, insurance, wealth management, private banking, and asset based lending services.  Berkshire Bank provides 100% deposit insurance protection for all deposit accounts, regardless of amount, based on a combination of FDIC insurance and the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF). The company currently has a pending agreement to acquire Legacy Bancorp, Inc. For more information, visit or call 800-773-5601. 


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