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Industry News – October 2013

1 Oct , 2013  

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This month, you can head to Festival Partners' Vermont International Film Festival and New Hampshire Film Festival, as well as watch the last two weeks of the Online New England Film Festival! Check out the news for local films, upcoming festivals, and filmmaker opportunities. To submit news, e-mail


The Online New England Film Festival ends October 15! Watch the films for free on our site while you still can! also announced the festival jury award winners, so don’t miss those!

Get spooked at the Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival October 17–20. Films screen at a few different venues. The festival also includes the H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour. Learn more here.

Watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show with the Teseracte Players of Boston at the Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center in Plymouth, New Hampshire on October 26th. The film screens at 8:00 pm and 11:59 pm. For more details, click here.

Check out the Vermont International Film Festival October 11–20 in Burlington. Events take place at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, ECHO Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington City Arts, and Signal Kitchen. For a list of films and more information, visit VIFF is an Online New England Film Festival partner!

The Boston Palestine Film Festival runs October 18–27. The festival opens with the film When I Saw You and closes with A World Not Ours. Screenings and events will be held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Cambridge Public Library, Harvard Law School, and the Charlesmark Hotel & Lounge. For a full schedule and more details, visit

Celebrate the New Hampshire Film Festival October 17–20 in Portsmouth. Screenings include Austenland, Great Expectations, Labor Day, and Greetings from Tim Buckley. Click here for more information. NHFF is an Online New England Film Festival partner!

The Somerville Theater in Massachusetts hosts the fourth annual Filmshift Festival this month on the weekends of October 12/13 and 18/19. The festival celebrates independent films, with some of the proceeds going to the Boston charity Christopher’s Haven. This year’s festival includes New England Spotlight film Wild Girl Waltz. For more information, click here.

Visit the third annual New England Underground Film Festival on October 5th. The festival starts at noon at the University of Hartford’s Wilde Auditorium (200 Bloomfield Avenue in West Hartford, Connecticut). To learn more, check out the festival website.

The Boston Film Festival runs October 25–29. Andy Garcia will present his new film Middleton, for which he acted and produced. For a full festival schedule and more information, check

The Massachusetts Production Coalition hosts the seminar “The Independent Filmmaker” on October 5th at 9:30 am. Kathryn Dietz will moderate a panel featuring filmmakers Richman Cohen, Gabrielle Savage Dockterman, and Laurie Kahn. The event will be held at High Output Studios (495 Turnpike Street, Canton, Massachusetts). To RSVP, click here.

The Williamstown Film Festival runs October 30th to November 3rd in Massachusetts. Check the festival website for more details.

Industry Buzz

Women in Film & Video New England announces a new series, “Made in Massachusetts.” The series will focus on production, particularly in Massachusetts, and is open to WIFVNE members and the Emerson College community. To learn more about the series and how to become a member, click here.

The New Hampshire Institute of Art now offers “Writing for Stage and Screen” as part of its Master of Fine Arts degree. Students attend five residencies in Peterborough, New Hampshire. To learn more, visit the program website.

The Camden International Film Festival has launched its first annual Engagement Summit in partnership with Working Films. The series brings together documentary filmmakers and non-profit organizations in Maine; the first is “Aging in Maine,” which began during the Camden International Film Festival and will continue this month. To learn more, click here. Camden is an Online New England Film Festival partner!


The Maine Jewish Film Festival is now accepting submissions for next year’s festival. Films should be submitted with a DVD screener; deadline is November 1st. For more details, click here.

The Boston Underground Film Festival announces its 16th annual competition celebrating the bizarre and insane in the world of film and video. The festival will take place in late March 2014 and features the best in provocative and experimental features, shorts, animations, music videos, and documentaries. See their call for entries.

Boston Open Screen returns on October 8th, 2013 at the Coolidge Corner Theater as Boston’s one and only open mic night for movies. Whether you sold your home to finance your 35mm masterpiece, or you made it last night in your basement — if your movie is under 10 minutes, they’ll screen it. Sign up begins at 7pm, the show starts at 7:30pm. Check out their Facebook page.

Funny or Die! is seeking short comedy films, live comedy acts (sketch or stand-up), and comedic musicians for a live show in the Boston area in late October. Contact Pam Severns at