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Industry News – February 2012

1 Feb , 2012  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

Make Oscars night a night on the town at one of New England's many celebrations this month. Check out the news from local films, upcoming festivals, and filmmaker opportunities. To submit news, e-mail

Academy Awards Celebration

The Ellie Fund hosts the 16th Annual Oscar Night Boston Gala at the Mandarin Oriental. All proceeds will benefit breast cancer patients and their families. The event includes a viewing party, live auction, and food and drink. Learn more here.

The Rhode Island International Film Festival presents Oscar Night America at The Vets in Providence. The official Academy party begins with a Red Carpet Gala at 6:30 p.m. Click here for tickets.

The Strand Theatre in Rockland, Maine begins their celebration at 6:30 pm, which includes a red carpet, drinks, and viewing party. Admission is free. Learn more here.

Red River Theatres of Concord, New Hampshire hosts its 4th annual Red Carpet Awards benefit beginning at 6:30 pm. Proceeds support Red Rivers programming. The party includes a red carpet, prizes, and hors d’oeuvres. To purchase tickets, check out the event website.

The Cape Ann Community Cinema of Gloucester, Massachusetts hosts a viewing party at 8 pm. Tickets are $12.50, $10 for members. Participants who guess the winners will have the chance to win a private movie party. Click here to learn more.

Harvard Square’s Brattle Theatre presents their annual Oscar Party; check their website for updates.


The Brattle Theatre hosts the Boston Society of Film Critics Annual Awards on February 4th. The evening begins with a reception at Casablanca, followed by a screening of Moneyball and a Q&A with screenwriter Stan Chervin and Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr. Click here to purchase tickets.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival makes its way to New England this month. Screenings will take place at several venues; visit the festival website for the full list.

Celebrate the Providence Children’s Film Festival February 16–21. Advance tickets will be available starting February 1st. Visit the festival website for updates.

The Harvard Film Archive celebrates the films of director Lynne Ramsay February 4th and 5th. Screenings include the recently released We Need to Talk About Kevin, which was shot in Connecticut. Click here for more information.

Hoping to break into television? Apply for the Woods Hole Film Festival’s Television Writers Symposium February 17–19. P.K. Simonds, executive producer of Ghost Whisperer and Party of Five, and producer/writer Jason Cahill, who has worked on Fringe, The Sopranos, and ER, will lead the event. Participants will have a chance to share their own work. Applications are currently being accepted; the symposium fee for those selected is $250. Click here to apply.

Check out Images Cinema’s “Race and Ethnicity in New French Film” series this month, presented by the Williams College Department of Romance Languages. The theatre screens A Prophet on February 6th, 35 Shots of Rum on February 13th, White Material on February 20th, and Welcome on February 27th; all films start at 7 pm and are free and open to the public. Visit the cinema website for more details.

Talamas Broadcast Equipment of Massachusetts hosts a special event on February 2nd to introduce Shure Axient wireless microphone systems. There will be a seminar at 10 am at MIT in Cambridge and at 2 pm at the Boston Ballroom in Newton; both seminars will cover the same information. The event is free and open to the public. Visit the Talamas website for more information.

Industry Buzz

Wes Anderson’s new feature Moonrise Kingdom will be released this May. The Focus Features film was shot entirely in Rhode Island; the trailer is now available online.

Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals have announced their Man and Woman of the Year. Jason Segel will be honored on February 3rd at 8 pm. For tickets, call the box office at (617) 495-5205 and visit their website for more details. Claire Danes was recently honored as Woman of the Year; check out the Boston Globe’s coverage of the event.

The New Hampshire Production Coalition was created last November to actively support and increase the state’s film, television, and digital production industry. The organization recently launched their website. Read more at their website.

The Salem Film Fest will announce this year’s line-up on February 1st. The event celebrates documentary films and will take place in Salem, Massachusetts March 1–8. Check out their website for updates.

Massachusetts-based company Northern Light Productions contributed the media for the Center for Education and Leadership at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C., which opens this month. Visit Northern Light’s website to learn more.


The Flaherty Film Seminar encourages New England filmmakers to apply for the LEF New England fellowship. Four fellowships will be awarded and will cover the entire seminar registration fee. This year’s seminar is “Open Wounds” and will take place June 16–22 at New York’s Colgate University. The LEF New England fellowship application deadline is March 1st. Learn more here.

The Provincetown International Film Festival is accepting submissions through February 25th. Visit the festival website for official guidelines.

The Berkshire International Film Festival is accepting submissions through March 1st. Visit their website for more details and to download a submission form.

The Boston LGBT Film Festival is accepting submissions for this year’s event. Late deadline is February 17th; Without a Box Extended Deadline is March 9th. For submission guidelines, click here.

Submit your project now to the Nantucket Film Festival. Regular deadline is February 27th with $40 fee for features, $30 for shorts. Late deadline is March 12th, with $60 fee for features, $50 for shorts. Check out their website to learn more.