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The Central Park Five
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Its celebrity panelists have included Andy Richter, Bob Odenkirk and staffers from shows such as “House” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” Indie TV and web-video creators who presented their work there have sold pilots and won development deals. It’s called the Independent Television & Film Festival, or ITVFest, and this September it’s happening in Vermont.

You heard that right. Now in its eighth year, the nonprofit ITVFest is moving from Los Angeles to Dover, Vt., where Philip Gilpin Jr. of Green Mountain Marketing Group has assumed its executive directorship. A friend of producer A.J. Tesler, who founded the fest, Gilpin has compared its Vermont incarnation to mountain-village festivals such as Sundance and Telluride.

What distinguishes ITVFest from those events is its traditional focus on the small screen. But this year, feature film submissions are welcome, too. You can find submission guidelines at — and watch this space for news on the to-be-announced lineup.


Meanwhile, whet your appetite for star spotting at the new Monadnock International Film Festival (MONiff) in Keene, N.H. The small fest hosts some notable guests, particularly at its Television Panel discussion on Saturday, which includes William Sanderson of “True Blood” and “Deadwood”; Matthew Gray Gubler of “Criminal Minds”; and Jessalyn Gilsig of “Vikings.” Documentarian Ken Burns will also show up to accept an award for his film The Central Park Five.

This weekend in Keene, see E.B. Farnum and Spencer Reid in the flesh — and catch films such as War Witch, The Kings of Summer and Polluting Paradise.

ITVFest: September 26 to 29 in Dover. Festival pass $79, gala pass $159, VIP pass $299.

Monadnock International Film Festival: Thursday, April 4, through Saturday, April 6, at various locations in Keene, N.H. $10 per film. Television Panel, Saturday, April 6, 1:30 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott, Keene, N.H. $45 Film Pass or $75 VIP Pass required to attend. More info at