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Industry News – July 2011

30 Jun , 2011  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

You don't need to choose between enjoying the summer weather and seeing a movie with outdoor screenings like Providence's Movies on the Block and Magic 106.7's Family Free Movies in Boston, all starting this month. Read on for opportunities, industry buzz and happenings in the local industry. To submit news, email


Parlez-vous français? The Museum of Fine Arts hosts the 16th annual Boston French Film Festival July 7-24. Highlights include an opening night reception, special guests Philippe Le Guay, Josiane Balasko, and Jean-Pierre Améris, and a Video Art Program. Visit for the full schedule and ticket information.

The Maine International Film Festival runs July 15-24 in Waterville. Special events include a presentation of the 2011 Mid-Life Achievement Award to actor Malcolm McDowell and opening/closing night celebrations. Films screen at Railroad Square Cinema and Colby College. Festival passes are available. Learn more at

Celebrate the Roxbury International Film Festival July 28-31. Highlights include panel discussions, workshops, and a discussion with filmmaker Peter Allen. Films will screen at several venues in the Boston area. Learn more at

The Woods Hole Film Festival turns twenty at this year’s festival, which runs from July 30th to August 6th on Cape Cod. The festival kicks off with an opening night screening of the documentary Oceans. Learn more at

Watch the stars onscreen — or in the sky — this month at Images Cinema’s Family Flicks Under the Stars. Films will screen outdoors on Sundays starting between 8pm and 8:30 pm at the top of Spring Street in Williamstown, MA. See Pee Wee’s Big Adventure on July 10th, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark on July 17th, Funny Face on July 24th, and Back to the Future on July 31st. All films are free and open to the public. Read more at

Catch the Marblehead Festival of Arts’ Summer Film Festival on July 1st from 9 pm to 10:30 pm A selection of short films will screen at Crocker Park (11 Front Street, Marblehead, MA). Visit for the list of films.

Providence, Rhode Island hosts Movies on the Block at Grant’s Block (corner of Westminster St. and Union St.) every Thursday through September 29th. All films begin at dusk and are free and open to the public. This month, catch Batman Begins on July 7th, The Godfather on July 14th, Outside Providence on July 21st, and The Last Samurai on July 28th. Check out the event Facebook page at for more information.

Northeast Historic Film hosts their 12th annual Summer Symposium July 28-30 in Bucksport, Maine. Film artists, archivists, and scholars are welcome to attend. For more details and information on how to register, visit

With dialogue that won’t embarrass you in front of your kids: Magic 106.7 presents Free Family Movies this summer at the Prudential Center South Garden in Boston. Films start on Saturdays at sundown and are free and open to the public. Catch Monsters vs. Aliens on July 17th, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs on July 24th, and Shrek on July 31st. Learn more at

Industry Buzz

Ben Fowlie, founder and director of the Camden International Film Festival, has been chosen as one of Maine Today Media’s Forty Under 40 list of emerging leaders in Maine. Read more at

The comedy I Hate You, Dad is shooting in Boston this summer. The cast includes Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, Will Forte, and Milo Ventimiglia. Read more at

Made in Maine, the horror film The Wrong House could end up on Netflix with the help of its fans. Visit to learn more about the film, add it to your Netflix queue, and enter for the chance to win the DVD.


Summer film festivals bring plenty of opportunities for volunteers! Check out the websites above under “Happenings” for information on how to help out at this month’s events.

The Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival is now accepting short film entries for this September’s event. Fiction, live action, animation, and documentary short films under 15 minutes completed after July 1, 2010 are eligible for submission. The deadline to submit is July 15th. Read more at

Comedy writer and producer Alan Zweibel will lead the workshop “Creating a Sitcom” July 25-29 at Quinnipiac University. Zweibel’s credits include Saturday Night Live and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Tuition is $2,995 and includes meals and housing. Check out for more details and to reserve a spot.

The Camden International Film Festival is currently accepting submissions for this fall’s festival. Extended deadline is July 15th ($45 features, $35 shorts). Filmmakers working on documentaries are encouraged to apply to the Points North Pitch by August 31st ($25 fee). Learn more at

Sign up now for the 48 Hour Film Project. Filmmakers will have 48 hours over the course of a weekend to create a short film. The event will take place this spring and summer throughout New England. Visit for cities and dates.