The Provident Bank Named Marquee Sponsor of the New Hampshire Film Festival

City, region to benefit economically during the highly-anticipated annual cultural event


(PORTSMOUTH, N.H., September 28, 2017) – The Provident Bank, has been named the Marquee Sponsor of the 17th annual New Hampshire Film Festival.


The New Hampshire Film Festival (NHFF), founded in 2001 and held each year in historic downtown Portsmouth, is a four-day long celebration of independent cinema through panels, workshops, networking events and screenings.


“As one of our longest supporters, the Provident Bank was also one of our first fiscal sponsors,” said Nicole Gregg, executive director of the NHFF. “They’ve been there every step of the way. But really they are much more than just a sponsor to the New Hampshire Film Festival. They are truly a partner. It’s been an incredible journey growing this film festival alongside them.”


This year, the Provident donated $15,000 to the NHFF, marking the 11th consecutive year it has supported this signature event.


“Supporting the arts, and the city where our executive offices are located, is part of our mission,” Provident CEO Dave Mansfield said. “We are honored to support such a worthy event, and an event that brings a wealth of culture, excitement and an economic boost to the region.”


The NHFF draws as many as 10,000 people each year to its events, which include screenings of more than 100 domestic and international films. The festival, which runs Oct. 12-15, will also feature celebrity guests, filmmakers and a number of film premieres. 


Portsmouth Filmmaker Michael Venn cites the NHFF with inspiring his career, and where he caught the “filmmaking bug.” His work has been featured at the festival previously, and his film, “The Heroin Effect,” will screen as a work-in-progress at this year's festival.


“The Provident Bank is such a big proponent of the arts and the New Hampshire Film Festival,” Venn said. “If the Provident supports the things I'm involved in and care about, I'm going to support them. The Provident's support of the New Hampshire Film Festival is why I became a member of the bank and switched all my accounts there.”


According to the Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 survey, conducted by Americans for the Arts, the city's economy receives more than $58 million annually – an increase from $41 million just five years ago – from people who come to Portsmouth to enjoy an artistic or cultural event. 


“It’s hard to measure just how big of an impact the film festival has on the city each and every year,” Gregg said. “Anecdotally, it’s great seeing the streets filled with pass holders each October and it’s gratifying to know that they are visiting shops and dining in restaurants at the same time. The festival has easily contributed well into the million dollar range throughout the course of its history.”


Participating venues include the festival's main stage theater at The Music Hall, the Music Hall Loft, the Moffatt-Ladd House and 3S Artspace.


Festival headquarters will once again be located at the Discover Portsmouth Center, and will also serve as the staging area for press conferences, photos shoots and interviews throughout the four-day celebration.


The announcement comes just weeks after the Provident donated $15,000 to The Music Hall in Portsmouth as the exclusive sponsor of its Live at the Loft Program. That donation allows the Music Hall, the largest arts organization on the Seacoast, to bring a roster of acclaimed artists to the city in its intimate Live at the Loft space.


Passes, schedules and more information about the NHFF is available at nhfilmfestival.com.


About The Provident

The Provident Bank is an innovative, commercial bank that finds solutions for our business and private clients. We are committed to strengthening the economic development of the regions we serve, by working closely with businesses and private clients and delivering superior products and high-touch services to meet their banking needs. The Provident has offices in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. All deposits are insured in full through a combination of insurance provided by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF).