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Industry News – January 2011

31 Dec , 2010  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

Ring in the New Year by heading to the Arts Advocacy Summit or to the Boston Society of Film Critics Annual Awards and Screening, as reported in the January 2011 industry news. To report news, email


The Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts hosts the Boston Society of Film Critics Annual Awards and Screening on January 30th. This year’s winners include Best Picture The Social Network, Best Director David Fincher, Best Actor Jesse Eisenberg and Best Actress Natalie Portman. Visit for updates on this year’s event and to purchase tickets.

Check out the Boston Festival of Films from Iran at the Museum of Fine Arts January 14-29. Screenings include Frontier Blues, My Tehran for Sale and There’s Nothing Behind the Door. Visit http:// for show times and a full list of films.

Celebrate at the Martin Luther King Day 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration in Hartford, Connecticut on January 15th. The black tie gala will take place at the Hartford Marriott from 6 pm to 10 pm and will include a screening of the new documentary Martin Luther King in Connecticut. Learn more about the event and buy tickets at

Burlington, Vermont’s Skirack hosts the Banff Mountain Film Festival January 28th and 29th. Visit to purchase tickets. The Banff Festival’s world tour makes its way through New England over the next several weeks; learn more at

New Hampshire Citizens for the Arts hosts an Arts Advocacy Summit on January 4th at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord (44 S. Main Street). Learn more and register for the event at

It’s alive — and free! Boston’s Museum of Science hosts Free Film Fridays this month at the Mugar Omni Theater. Pick up tickets the day of the show at the Museum box office on a first come, first served basis. Films screen January 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th. Visit to learn more.

The Concord Lions Club presents a screening of Going Blind at Concord, New Hampshire’s Red River Theatres on January 24th at 5:30 pm. The film, which explores vision loss, will be followed by a discussion panel. Admission is free but seating is limited. Call 603-224-4697 ext. 13 to reserve a seat and learn more at

Industry Buzz

The Massachusetts Film Office will see some changes this month following the Economic Development Act, a bill passed last August. The film office is now under the Office of Travel and Tourism; current Film Office executive director Nick Paleologos will be leaving his position. Read more at

Put “The” in your title, film in Massachusetts, and you may end up with some award nominations: The Social Network, The Town, and The Fighter have been doing well this awards season, reports the Boston Herald ( Oscar nominations will be announced on January 25th.


The Tenth Annual Boston Cinema Census is now accepting submissions. The festival honors local emerging filmmakers; the event will take place this spring at Cambridge’s Brattle Theatre. The deadline to apply is February 15th. Go to for more information.

The LEF Foundation hosts a grant workshop on January 12th in Providence, Rhode Island. The workshop will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm at AS220 (115 Empire Street) and will cover LEF’s upcoming Moving Image Fund grants. RSVP to>and visit to learn more. The application deadline for production and post-production funding is January 28th.

Help a non-profit and enter the 2011 Rhode Island 7DAYPSA competition. Filmmakers who enter will be assigned a local non-profit organization and given seven days to write, shoot and edit a PSA. Registration deadline is March 4th; the competition takes place from March 30th to April 9th. Go to to learn more.

Maine filmmakers are encouraged to apply for two upcoming Maine Arts Commission grants. The Jane Morrison Film Fund Scholarship supports filmmakers in early stages of their careers; the Innovative Production grant supports the production and presentation of media and performance work. Both application deadlines are January 13th. Visit for eligibility rules and guidelines.

The Lewiston-Auburn Film Festival is currently accepting submissions for next year’s festival. Filmmakers are encouraged to submit features, documentaries, shorts, or experimental films that were made between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010. Visit for more details on how to submit. Submissions end this month., the online branch of Berklee College of Music, features the new course “Music Composition for Film and TV” this month. The course is written by composer and music supervisor Ben Newhouse and starts January 10th. Visit to register.