Fabulous February Fringe Festival  Feb. 3, 9 & 10, 2018

In the winter of 2016,  West County Arts and Culture, Women in Film and Video: New England, and Hermes Strategic Communications invited female filmmakers to submit films running 20 minutes or less to their “Fabulous February Fringe” through www.filmfreeway.com. All films were written and/or directed by women filmmakers. On Saturday, February 11th, 2017, the winning films were screened at the Buckland-Shelburne Community Center for all to enjoy!

What is a Fringe Festival?

Simply put, a Fringe Festival is a live performance art festival meant to provide exposure to artists working independently and outside traditional forms and structures. The first Fringe Festivals were held in Edinburgh, Scotland in the 1940s after several independent and experimental theater companies were denied access to the city’s thriving annual drama festival. Outraged but undeterred, the companies began their own alternative festival, held in pitched tents and storefronts on the outskirts of town, the fringe. Word of these performances spread until the alternative festival proved popular enough to become an annual event of its own. The idea spread to different cities around the globe and has nurtured generations of fringe artists in Europe and Canada. Recently the Fringe Festival movement has been gaining momentum in the United States as a showcase for artists and performers with something new and different to showcase. (source)

2017 Winning Films

Blossom of My Heart (Canada) by Shawna Gnutel
Stray Animals (Brazil) by Maju de Paiva
Family Shadows (United States) by Laura Malatos
I Wish I Were in Batumi (Georgia) by Salome Sagaradze
Hubo un Lugar (Spain) by Irene Garces
Happy Endings (United States) by Rebecca Shoptaw
Mechanical (Spain) by Alba Capilla and Marina Diez
Labyrinth (United States) by Ping-Wen Wang
Notes (Australia) by Samantha Brown
The Future (Australia) by Venetia Taylor
A Love Story (United Kingdom) by Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara and Elena Ruscombe-King
Radio Kaos (Italy) by Linda Fratini
The Joke’s on You (United Kingdom) by Katie Smith and Victoria Muldoon
Interception (United Kingdom) written by Ash Corristine
A Meal With Dad (United States) by Brittany Alsot
Undertow (Canada) by Kristin Shepherd
Date With Fate (Australia) by Venetia Taylor


The Second Annual Fabulous February Fringe Festival was held February 3  in  Ashfield and February 9 -10 in Shelburne Falls, MA.


The Fringe Festival programming included the second annual International Women’s Film Festival presenting short films written and/or directed by women, a workshop, theater performance, and the return of the Shad Ladder Radio Hour, a live radio show that had its inaugural performance at the first Fabulous Fringe last year.


Kicking off Saturday, February 3, the Ashfield FilmFest and Elmer's hosted a filmmaking workshop and audience favorite films from the first women's film festival. The workshop was presented by Jon Huberth, an actor, producer and director of film and video. A graduate of Amherst College and the Yale Drama School, Jon has been an Assistant Professor of Drama at Manhattanville College, and has directed master classes at the National Shakespeare Conservatory and scores of plays from off- Broadway to many regional theaters. Jon has also produced and directed over 200 videos for colleges and non-profits. Jon will talk about how to create a video with a story, concept and purpose to effectively reach the audience you want to reach with the message you want to tell.

The workshop and films were free, though donations were accepted for the Ashfield Film Festival.

In Shelburne Falls at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center on Friday, February 9,  new films by women filmmakers were screened and again the next evening.  

On Saturday,  Piti Theatre's Sammy and the Grand Buffet was presented at the Buckland Shelburne Community Center in a free performance for all ages. Donations were accepted to benefit West County Arts & Culture. 


To round out the Festival, Saturday evening brougt another screening of the 2018 Films followed by the Shad Ladder Radio Hour!  Shad Ladder had its first performance at the Fringe last year and has continued to perform new shows every month.

Thanks to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Buckland Cultural Council, and the Shelburne Cultural Council for their support.


Calendar Listing:

What:   Fabulous February Fringe Festival – Two Weekend Event

When: Saturday, February 3 and Friday - Saturday, February 9 -10, 2018.

Where: Feb. 3 at Elmer’s Store, Ashfield, MA

Feb. 9- 10 at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, 53 Main Street, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370

Who:    West County Arts and Culture, a subsidiary of the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association and the Ashfield FilmFest

Information:     413-625-2526




2018 Festival Films
A Bolt from the Blue by Deb Ethier 
I Love Bagels by Kathy Swanson 
ASPIC by Soraya Perry
Nasty Woman by Hayleyann Evers 
Bride of Frankie by Devi Snively 
Music of Love by Melissa Glasscock 

Red Tale by Natacha Thomas 

Girl Meets Roach by Alison Zatta