Last weekend, the Arts Council accompanied students of the Independent TV class to Vermont for a four-day field study at the Independent Television and Film Festival. Set at the base of Mount Snow, the tiny town of West Dover, Vermont was overrun with web series stars, actors, producers, and executives. Students watched dozens of TV pilots, attended VIP parties, networked with industry professionals, and learned about the realities of working in TV by listening to panels of professionals talk about their careers and experiences.
The ITVFest is an annual event, recently transplanted from LA to Vermont, showcasing emerging talent in film and web television. The festival director, Philip Gilpin, Jr ’03, is a Boston College alum who reconnected with the university through the Arts Council’s Career Night for the Arts last year. The council collaborated with Gilpin to create a course that focused on a practical approach to securing TV-based careers after graduation. The result of our combined efforts was was this unique opportunity for current BC students to get a head start making connections in the TV industry. After three days of screenings, networking, and beautiful scenery, the BC posse represented on the red carpet at the ITVFest Awards ceremony and gala. Roll on next year!