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History

The Provincetown Film Society (PFS)

The Provincetown Film Society, LLC (PFS), formed in 2002, is a membership organization that serves as the umbrella organization to three primary interrelated activities: the annual Provincetown International Film Festival, one year-round theater operation, the Waters Edge Cinema; and our emerging Gabrielle A. Hanna Provincetown Film Institute (PFI) for film and media artist residences and conferences. In addition to overseeing and implementing operations for all three of our initiatives, PFS oversees and initiates all fundraising efforts on behalf of the organization including membership drives, a yearly online auction, various local and national fundraising events, and individual board member and donor contributions and solicitations.

The Provincetown Film Festival (PIFF)

PFS first started out as the Provincetown Film Festival (PIFF) in 1999 as a means to attract economic development to the town during the shoulder month of June. Since then, the festival has attracted millions of dollars to the town and has become one of the country's preeminent film festivals. It presents a diverse array of American and international narrative features, documentaries and short films, while highlighting the unique attributes of Provincetown's rich and diverse history as an arts colony, Portuguese fishing village, gay and lesbian mecca, and a town first inhabited by Native Americans. With the support of a seasoned staff, many of whom have been with the festival since its inception, this past year we reached record ticket sales. Film submissions were up 30%. We solicited more than 80 corporate and community sponsors and 30 sponsors of inns and hotels. 100 individuals provided donations and contributions raising more than $600,000 in in-kind contributions. We also increased our international visibility with more than 100 press breaks, media spots, and interviews.

The Waters Edge Cinema (WE)

In 2013, the Provincetown Film Society purchase and renovated the 70-seat Whaler's Wharf Cinema now the Waters Edge Cinema (WE). Upgrades includes state of the art HD Digital video and sound; a 2nd multipurpose screening room to offer first run animation, documentary, foreign language and short films as well as a video art gallery for emerging video artists. Our annual offerings include first run independent and art house films, mini-film festivals, guest programming selections, including including past screening opportunities for student filmmakers, and a venue for parties, lectures, book signings and more.

The Gabrielle A. Hanna Provincetown Film Institute (PFI)

With the cinema purchase underway and the expanded potential for a conference and meeting space, in 2012, the Provincetown Film Society formed a task force (the PFS Institute Task Force), made up of board members and other community and arts leaders to conduct a feasibility study for a filmmakers institute in Provincetown. After conducting an industry-wide survey of other offerings in the country and meeting with national and local organizations, the task force determined that there is a demand for programs that cater to the cinematic arts and that the legacy of Provincetown as a haven for artists could inform the programming in unique and relevant ways. During the First Annual Evan Lawson Filmmaker's Brunch at the 2014 film festival, the Provincetown Film Society announced the development of the Gabrielle A. Hanna Provincetown Film Institute (PFI) and the establishment of an endowment for the institute, supported by Joellen D'esti, the Evan Lawson Family and the law firm of Lawson & Weitzen. PFS also introduced a list of our distinguished Inaugural Donors listed on our Thank you page.

Last updated: October 30, 2014

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