February 9, 2004
Dear Members, Friends and Supporters of BFVF,
The past year has been an extremely difficult period for the Boston Film & Video Foundation (BFVF).
We began 2003 with high hopes that with hard work, community involvement, and a strong, timely message we could reinvigorate BFVF and lift the organization to a new level of service and relevance. While we were able to continue many of BFVF’s hallmark programs—including Meet the Director, Rough Cuts, the New England Film & Video Festival, and our catalogue of course offerings—our finances, which were precarious for many years, continued to worsen.
The continuing downturn in funding for the arts, adversely affecting non-profit arts organizations across the nation, had an especially negative effect on BFVF. In the past year alone, BFVF’s annual contributed revenue declined by more than $70,000, which we were unable to make-up from other sources despite hundreds of volunteered hours and the deep commitment of the board, staff, and friends.
We cut costs and overhead wherever we could. We moved from offices on
In January, after closely reviewing the organization’s
worsening financial situation, the board of directors voted not to offer
another course catalogue, and to dissolve the organization, ending 28
years of service to
Last week, on February 5th, as part of the board’s continuing effort to find a home for BFVF’s unique programs, the board completed an agreement that allows the Boston Educational Film & Video Association, located at Film Shack, of Roxbury, to take over BFVF’s remaining assets, including the New England Film & Video Festival, which will be presented later this year.
Through its support of the area’s independent film and video community, BFVF helped to create one of the nation's most thriving regions for the independent media arts. During its 28 years, BFVF trained more than ten thousand people, provided support to hundreds of independent film and video projects, and helped to broaden public appreciation and support for independently produced film and video.
BFVF was stubborn in its insistence on being
non-exclusive and pan-institutional.
The organization reached out to all segments of the
We are hopeful that the new Boston Educational Film &
Video Association will carry this legacy forward into a new era of
creativity and prosperity for the independent media arts community of
It has been an honor to serve as part of an organization with such a rich and storied history. It is equally sad that we can no longer keep our door open. To friends, members and supporters, thank you for all of the support you’ve given this organization over the years.
Board of Directors
Boston Film & Video Foundation