MILFORD - The 15th Black Bear Film Festival’s annual Artful Bear Debut will take place on the lawn of the Milford Community House, 201 Broad St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16.

The event will unveil this year’s 11 Artful Bear sculptures, each created by a talented local artist. Light refreshments will be served, and guests will have the chance to meet the artists and take photos with the bears. After the event, the bears will be moved to the storefronts and lawns of sponsoring businesses, where they’ll remain until the weekend of the film festival, Oct. 17 to 19. A “bear map” detailing the locations of each sculpture will be available at the event.

This year’s Artful Bear artists are Sean Addy, Todd Anderson, Ricky Boscarino, Adrienne Butvinik, Richard D’Ambrosia, Tamara D’Antoni, Gary Dodd, Julia Healy, Robert Krause, KJ Sakura, and Jimmy Sheehan.

This year’s Artful Bear sponsors are The Artisan Exchange; Center Family Foundation and Charlene Berman; Frank Bonello and Michael Elf; Galasso, Kimler, and Muir, P.C.; The Harrington House; Hometown Abstract; Hotel Fauchere; Jorgenson’s at the Dimmick Inn; Milford Diner; Milford Health and Wellness Center; and Schneider and Dodsworth Law.

Each bear will be available to bid on as part of a silent auction, held during the weekend of the film festival. The sculptures, which have become an iconic symbol of Pike County, are an important part of fundraising efforts to secure the nonprofit organization’s continued success.

Programming for the 15th anniversary of the film festival is currently underway. The selection of films, and availability of gold and gala passes will be released in a special announcement on the Black Bear Film Festival’s website and Facebook page later this summer.

The 15th annual Black Bear Film Festival will take place on October 17-19. The Historic Milford Theatre, located at 114 E. Catharine St., will host the screenings of this year’s feature films. The Film Salon, located in the Community Room at the Pike County Public Library, will offer special selections, guest speakers, and Q and A sessions with the filmmakers.

The Black Bear Film Festival relies upon its sponsors, volunteers and attendees to maintain its mission of supporting innovative and independent films, artistic expression, education, diversity, and cultural enhancement, in addition to participating in the expanding economic development of the region.

The Black Bear Film Festival is deeply appreciative of past, present, and future benefactors of this annual celebration of cinema. Last year’s sponsors and media partners included Viamedia, Biondo Investment Advisors, Upper Mill Complex, Milford Chrysler Suzuki Sales, The Pocono Arts Council, The Pike County Dispatch, The Milford Journal Group, Atlantic Health System, Sussex Honda, Wells Fargo, Kolmar, Progressive Health, and Ambience Furniture.

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