The bright lights of Hollywood comes to southern Vermont

Published: Oct. 14, 2017 at 7:56 PM EDT
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The Independent TV Festival in southern Vermont welcomes the bright lights of Hollywood to the Green Mountains.

"There’s something special happening here, talent is really being nurtured and content is actually being developed." said Cathleen Ihasz, a Manchester native and co-founder of Raptor Films.

Over 100 executives from California, New York and around the world showed up for the 12th annual Independent TV Festival.

"You've got heads of programming from HBO and the heads of talent development from HBO you’ve got development executives from IFC, Tru TV, Comedy Central, on down the list." said Peter Gilpin, Jr.

Gilpin is the executive director of the Manchester festival which features panels with screen writers, discussions, and even screenings of new shows that have yet to make it big. When it comes to the talent in Vermont, Ihasz knows it's there.

"There are incredible musicians, writers, actors, directors, they're here in the woodwork, they just need to come out and be apart of this forum." she said.

Which may leave you wondering, how exactly can I be noticed? Jennifer Rutherford is one of the members of the Vermont Production Council. The group of media professionals from around the state are pitching what Vermont has to offer to TV executives.

"The Vermont Production Council seeks to create workforce opportunities, become a hub of connectivity and bring more production to Vermont." said Rutherford.

"We're looking for houses of people that want to rent for film, were looking at barns and horses anything that you think you have that may be unique or not unique." VPC member Sal Tassone said.

They want to help the state get on the map in the TV world, though currently there are no tax incentives for filming something in state.

"We just need to get the word out, and we're definitely going to be doing that with the people that we work with and for our future projects also." Ihasz said.