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Industry News – February 2013

1 Feb , 2013  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

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Academy Awards Celebrations

The Ellie Fund’s 17th Annual Oscar Experience Boston will be held at Boston’s State Room on February 24th from 6:30 to 11:30 pm. Proceeds benefit breast cancer patients and their families. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Red River Theatres in Concord, New Hampshire hosts “A Night Among the Stars” on February 24th beginning at 6:30 pm. Walk the red carpet and support Red River before a live screening of the Oscars. For tickets, click here.

Celebrate with Connecticut’s Farmington Valley Film Commission at their Red Carpet Gala on February 24th from 7:00 pm to midnight. The telecast, including food, drink, and prizes, will take place at Belle Terrace (One Nod Road, Avon). Learn more at

The Cape Ann Community Cinema in Gloucester, Massachusetts hosts their annual Oscar Party on February 24th. Come at 7:00 pm for live music and enter to win a movie party. Visit the Cape Ann website to learn more.

Celebrate Oscar Experience: Providence on February 24th at The Vets (One Avenue of the Arts in Providence, RI). The event will include live music and a silent auction. Visit the RIIFF website for more details.

The Rockland Strand Theatre in Maine hosts their Oscar Night party on February 24th beginning at 6:30 pm. The event includes a red carpet and special audience prizes. For more information, visit their website.


Get in the awards season spirit at the Boston Society of Film Critics Annual Awards and Screening at the Brattle Theatre on February 10th. Reception begins at 5:30 pm, followed by a screening of the documentary How to Survive a Plague. The film’s director, guest of honor David France, will do a Q&A after the screening. Click here for tickets.

Massachusetts hosts the second annual Reelabilities: Boston Disabilities Film Festival January 31st to February 5th. Screenings include Mary and Max, The Straight Line, and Princess. Films will screen at a few different venues around the state. For more information, visit and check out’s article.

Mother and daughter Laurie Simmons and Lena Dunham are at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts on February 6th at 6:30 pm, following a screening of Dunham’s film Tiny Furniture. The film will also screen on February 9th. For tickets and more information, click here.

The documentary Downeast continues its tour through Maine this month. Directed by David Redmon & Ashley Sabin, the film focuses on a lobster town in Prospect Harbor, Maine. Learn more here.

Bundle up: the tenth annual Stowe Mountain Film Festival continues through February 3rd at the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum. Check out the festival website for more information.

Rhode Island hosts the Providence Children’s Film Festival February 14–19. Films screen at a few different venues. The festival includes workshops and special panels. Click here to learn more.

The New Hampshire Production Coalition hosts their Kick-Off Meeting on February 12th at 6:00 pm. The meeting, featuring guest speakers and refreshments, will take place at New Hampshire Public Television (268 Mast Road, Durham). Learn more here.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival makes its way through New England this month in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Screenings take place at several different venues. Visit their website for more information.

Talamas Broadcast will host two lighting workshops with Richard Cadena on February 9 and 16. For more information, see their flyer and read the lighting article in this month’s issue.

Rule / Boston Camera will host four free Learning Labs in February–see their flyer for details.

Industry Buzz

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has increased funding for the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, benefiting the Massachusetts Cultural Council and MassDevelopment. For more information on these changes and upcoming grant opportunities, click here.

Rhode Island filmmaker Laura Colella has been awarded a $50,000 Film Independent grant for her feature film Breakfast with Curtis. Later this month, director Paul Thomas Anderson will introduce a screening of the film in Santa Monica, California, followed by a Q&A with Anderson and Colella. Read more about the film here.

Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals have named Marion Cotillard their Woman of the Year; she is celebrated with a parade on January 31st. The Man of the Year ceremony will take place on February 8th (the recipient has not yet been announced). Tickets will be available by phone at 617-495-5205. Learn more here.

A lot of television shows will be filming in Boston in the near future: reports on several Massachusetts productions currently in development. Read more here.


The Arlington International Film Festival is now accepting submissions for their event this fall. The festival includes several categories, and high school filmmakers are encouraged to submit short films. The deadline is April 15th. Learn more at

The Berkshire International Film Festival encourages filmmakers to submit for this summer’s festival. Submission deadline is March 1st. For more information, click here.

Yale University’s Environmental Film Festival is now accepting short and feature film submissions. Extended deadline is February 1st. Click here for more information.