BOZEMAN, Mont. -- HatcH, a red carpet arts festival, promising stars and industry professionals from all over the globe took place in Bozeman, Montana this fall. The event partnered talent and industry professionals in mentorship with young emerging talents, lighting up the town with The 2nd Annual HatcH Audiovisual Arts Festival, October 4-9, 2005.
The HatcH Festival embodies the spirit of the legendary Gary Cooper and brings to life Mr. Cooper's legacy of Integrity, Honor and Dreams. Hatch is an annual program, designed to develop and foster the growth of creative minds through mentorship and recognition. In it's second year, HatcH has already exceeded the boundaries of typical arts festival, as promising young talent are given the opportunity to partner with industry professionals through a series of intimate workshops, panel discussions, exhibitions, networking occasions and music as well as film screenings. Last year's event reeled the likes of movie stars, directors and producers such as Jeff Bridges, Peter Fonda, Dennis Bishop, Joseph Fiennes, Kevin Donovan and Michael
Last year's recipient of the Gary Cooper Spirit of Montana Mentorship Award, Peter Fonda proudly discussed the receiver, Johnny Depp of this year's honor at the closing night ceremonies, which were held at the historical Ellen Theatre in downtown Bozeman. The Gary Cooper Spirit of Montana Award is given to the deserving person whose contribution to the film-making industry has fostered and encouraged the dreams and aspirations of new filmmakers, artisans and musicians throughout the world.
This year's all-star line up included the screening of films, "Nine Lives" directed by Rodrigo Garcia and Chris Eyre's "Edge of America."
"We are working very hard to help build success stories. Each year, our network expands, becomes stronger, and more doors will open to our HatcH Groundbreakers alumni. We will continue to develop our relationships with schools and professionals and build a stronger bridge between the two," explains celebrated writer/director/photographer and co-founder of HatcH, Yarrow Kraner. This year out of 400 Groundbreaker entries (student films), the top ten finalists will be flown from all around the world to attend the festival. Those selected represented some of the world's finest film schools ranging across the map from North America, to Asia,
Europe and Australia.
In addition, celebrities scheduled to attend included Dean Cain, Thora Birch and Matthew Lillard, just to name a few. When asked about the competitive aspect of the festival, Yarrow Kraner, quotes his fellow colleague from the HatcH Advisory Board, Kobi Yamada, "Success is made of three bones. Wish bone, back bone and funny
bone." In other words, follow your dreams, stay persistent, and don't lose your sense of humor.
HatcH provides the unique opportunity for emerging artists to have their work viewed and critiqued by industry veterans. This year, HatcH offers up to $60,000 in cash and prizes, along with a $25,000 scholarship award from annual contributor, Moonlight Basin.
To help ensure that the festival continues to open doors for aspiring young talent for years to come, HatcH has teamed up with the leading online auction venue for non-profits, Charity Folks (www.charityfolks.com), to host an online auction in support of the organization. Proceeds from the auction will benefit HatcH workshops and annual showcases. The auction will launch on October 10 at www.charityfolks.com, and include VIP tickets to the festival as well as exclusive Gary Cooper memorabilia.
The HatcH Festival is a non-profit organization, brought to fruition by the unwavering support and dedication of its founders and team, whose union represents the most talented and unstoppable resource pool in their respective fields. Major sponsors of the event, include Moonlight Basin Ski & Spa Resort, Getty Images, Gibson Guitar, Panavision, and The Syndicate. Local sponsors include, Montana Film School, Thirsty Ear, Music Villa, The Emerson, The Baxter, The Eagle, The Moose, The Zebra, Dick Walter, KGLT, and Classic Ink. For more information on ticket sales, showcasing, screenings, special attendees and jury, please visit the website at
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