The Vermont Bear Film Festival is a private independent film festival, devoted to bears and bear admirers. Held in the foothills of the Green Mountains, southern Vermont. It’s an occasion for guys to eat, drink, and be merry… and see some great films too. The festival is located on an old country road just over the Massachusetts line in Guilford, Vermont, with acres of secluded fields and woods. Clothing optional for the guys who like to let it all hang out. We encourage our guests to explore the grounds, have fun, and make new friends.
When is the Festival?
The festival grounds open at noon on Thursday Aug. 15th, 2019 for independent camping only (no programming or food provided) for those who would like additional time on the grounds. There will be an additional camping fee for Thursday, Festival programming begins Friday late afternoon with our festival kick off celebration and runs through Saturday midnight Aug.17th. Those who are not staying on the grounds we ask that you exit the grounds by midnight each night. Sunday morning Aug. 18th. by noon departure for those staying on the grounds.
What Films are Shown?
Each year John Scagliotti, our program director, creates a diverse program of films. The festival includes shorts, features, documentaries, narratives, etc… All themes are welcome and considered for the program. To learn how you can submit a film to the festival, visit our film submission page by clicking here.
What are the Accommodations at the Festival?
Each year our bear camping community continues to grow. There are plenty of camping sites available on Bend-Over Blvd., 69th Street, Fellatio Lane and Don’t Get It In My Eye Ave. Space available for tents and campers (limited to 20 ft. long) for $10.00 per person per night. For those who have issue with the camping fee or would prefer a soft bed instead of camping, there are several hotels in nearby Brattleboro, VT.
The Latchis Hotel in downtown Brattleboro is a wonderful supporter of the festival (802) 254 – 6300 https://www.latchishotel.com/
Our volunteer festival hosts will make sure you get checked-in at registration and find the perfect site for your camping needs. Plenty of free parking too. These guys really do a fantastic job every year and deserve a nice pat on the butt.
We have a complimentary breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings for those staying on the grounds.
Are you the kind of guy that prefers a soft bed and an evening at the cocktail lounge? Then please consider staying at the local historical Latchis Hotel in nearby Brattleboro, VT. Click here to see more information.
How Much does it Cost?
The Vermont Bear Film Festival registration fee is $75.00 per guest plus Vermont state tax. No special pricing or day passes available. Seating is limited to 150 guests. There is an additional cost of $10 per guest (per night) to camp on site, payable upon arrival. If there is an issue with the camping fee we suggest you find accommodations off festival grounds.
This is a rain or shine event.
Barbecue and Dance Party
We’ll be serving up something delicious for Saturday evening barbecue, catered by Top of the Hill Grill. Bring your bibs, boys.
After the barbecue, DJ Buck and Techmaster JJ will be pumpin’ out the tunes, for our Saturday nite Bear Dance Party!
How Do I Get There?
VERY IMPORTANT! GPS DEVICES ARE UNPREDICTABLE IN THIS AREA OF SOUTHERN VERMONT. SO PLEASE FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS BELOW. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, EMAIL DAVE.
From New York City, Hartford, CT, and All Points South
Take various routes that lead to New England; you are trying to get to I-91N in Connecticut; (I-95, Merritt Parkway and I-84 all bring you to 91N in Hartford.) Go north of Hartford on I-91; into Massachusetts to exit 28B (last exit in Mass.) continue with exit 28B directions below.
Take RT. 2 or Mass. Pike to I-91N to exit 28B (last exit in Mass.) continue with exit 28B directions below.
From Brattleboro, VT and All Points North
Take I-91S to exit 1. make a right at end of exit ramp onto RT.5 south. Go about 1.5 miles to Guilford Country Store and take a right onto Guilford Center Road. Go about 2 miles turn left onto Weatherhead Hollow Road (may not be a street sign but there’s a huge field on your left. As soon as you turn you’ll go over a small bridge) go past the Guilford Fair Grounds, and past the Weather Head Hollow Pond both on your left, past the Keats Brook Road and Sweet Pond Road intersection, past the Franklin Farm buildings turn right onto Packers Corner Road. Continue with Packers Corner road directions below.
Make a right at the end of the exit ramp onto RT.10 and go about .6 miles into Bernardston, MA. Take a right onto Rt 5N. Go about 4 miles on Rt.5 to Keat’s Brook Rd, turn left (there’s a street sign and landmark, is a red house with porch at the beginning of Keat’s Brook Rd) after 1.3 miles paved road turns to dirt, another 1.7 miles on dirt road turn left at the stop sign onto Weatherhead Hollow Road (Big meadow and farm on left.) then go for .3 miles, past farm buildings and turn right on Packer Corners Road.
Packer Corners Road
Go 1.6 miles which brings you to top of hill (row of 8 to 10 mailboxes on left) continue through intersection and down the other side of the hill for another .2 miles past Red house and buildings on your left, immediately after these red buildings take a left onto our road Kopkind Road – sign on tree, stay to the right and we are at the end, please follow registration and parking signs.