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Industry News – April 2012

29 Mar , 2012  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

April is Muppet Madness Month! Get your fix at the Brattle, or try out any of the other exciting film events going on this month. Check out the news for local films, upcoming festivals, and filmmaker opportunities. To submit news, e-mail


Celebrate the 10th annual Independent Film Festival Boston April 25th through May 2nd. Selections include Sleepwalk with Me, 2 Days in New York, Love and Other Anxieties, Plimpton!, Wuthering Heights, and The Queen of Versailles. Films screen at a few different venues. Visit for the full schedule, and check out our article on Love and Other Anxieties.

Check out Vermont’s White River Indie Film Festival April 27–29. Highlights include a “Double Secret Super Panel,” local filmmaker brunch, and gala benefit. Learn more at

Why are there so many films about muppets? Cambridge’s Brattle Theatre hosts a “Muppet Madness” repertory series this month. Check out screenings of the Muppet movies, the documentary Being Elmo, and a Muppet Movie singalong. Learn more here.

Maine hosts the Lewiston Auburn Film Festival April 13-15. Highlights include an opening night concert with Don McLean, gala dinner, and filmmaker brunch. Films screen at several different venues in Lewiston and Auburn. Check out for the full schedule.

The Springfield Community Festival takes place April 22nd from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Held at the Bing Arts Center (716 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA), the festival will feature filmmakers, authors, and musicians. The event is free and open to the public. Visit to learn more.

The Connecticut Film Festival runs April 26-29 in Danbury. Visit for tickets and more information.

The Ivy Film Festival, the largest student-run film festival, will take place April 9-15 at Brown University. Check out for more information.

Industry Buzz

Tom Hanks is currently shooting Captain Phillips in Massachusetts. The actor stars as Richard Phillips, the real-life captain from Vermont whose ship was attacked by pirates in 2009.

The second annual Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship has been awarded to Lindsay Utz. Utz has worked as a director and producer and is the editor of the new documentary Bully. To learn more about Utz and the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship, visit

Massachusetts-based Principle Pictures will present the world premiere of their new documentary The List at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 21st. To learn more about the film, check out the Principle Pictures website.


The Massachusetts Production Coalition hosts “Pre-Production & Producers” as part of their Saturday Seminar Series from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on April 28th. The seminar includes a panel discussion, Q&A, and coffee. For tickets and further details, click here.

Submit now to the Roxbury International Film Festival. Regular deadline is April 13th; late is April 20th. Visit for submission fees and guidelines.

The KahBang Festival is currently accepting submissions. Film deadlines are regular April 1st; late May 1st; Withoutabox extended June 1st. Learn more here.

Women in Film & Video/New England is currently accepting submissions for its 10th Annual Screenwriting Competition. Applicants are encouraged to submit screenplays written or co-written by a woman and/or featuring prominent female roles. Regular deadline is May 1st; late is May 8th; extended May 15th. For fees and guidelines, click here.

The Rhode Island International Film Festival is accepting submissions for this summer’s festival. Regular deadline is May 15th; late is June 1st; extended is June 15th. For guidelines and more information, visit the festival website.