Annual Appeal

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What a year this has been! All of us at Bryn Mawr Film Institute hope you, your family, and your friends are doing and feeling well.

In an ironic twist, while celebrating BMFI’s fifteenth anniversary on March 12, 2020, we were ordered to close our doors—as all theaters were—as part of the state’s COVID-19 mitigation plan. Immediately, BMFI staff went to work creating what are now known as Theater 5 and Film Studies Online, places where our community can gather together online to be virtually entertained and engaged, mentally stimulated, and safely connected. 

You went to work, too. You quickly adapted to a virtual BMFI, and you’ve embraced the abundance of movies, discussions, lectures, and activities offered in Theater 5 and Film Studies Online. Through your online participation, your continuing membership renewals, and your financial contributions, you have supported BMFI in unprecedented ways during an unprecedented time. Thank you.

Your presence has been felt from afar, and while your enthusiasm and generosity have fueled BMFI over these many months, there is indeed more work to be done.

Since BMFI’s closure, we have experienced a painful and precipitous 90% drop in earned revenue. Prudent financial management and a dedicated and resourceful staff have helped BMFI weather this storm far better than many of our peers, but even these strengths aren’t enough to offset an empty theater. BMFI needs your support.

We are proud of Theater 5 and Film Studies Online, and we’re encouraged by how the BMFI community has rallied together during this challenging time. You’ve built something that matters, just as you’ve built BMFI over these past fifteen years. Don’t let it disappear.

Your tax-deductible contribution will help cover essential operating costs, salaries for our remarkable staff, and substantial, one-time and incremental expenditures necessary to make BMFI safer and stronger for all of us. If you care about what we do—whether it’s featuring new, independent, international and classic films; providing enlightening classes, seminars, and other education opportunities; presenting theater, opera, and ballet performances, and art exhibitions; offering free and discounted programs to underserved audiences throughout our region—and if you care about what BMFI means to this community, I urge you to give generously. 

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BMFI is still here, in Theater 5, and BMFI will be here whenever we’re all ready to return to the theater in person. Things will look and operate a little differently, with new safety measures and social distancing in place, but rest assured that it will still be your BMFI, as it has been for fifteen years, because of your dedication and support. Thank you for bolstering us through the disruption of 2020, thank you for your kindness and consideration, and thank you for your continued support of Bryn Mawr Film Institute. We’ll see you at the movies soon.

With warm thoughts and best regards to you and your family,

Sam Scott,
Executive Director


P.S. We’re looking forward to being in the same space again, too. Until then, please make your essential year-end gift to BMFI. Thank you!

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