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Industry News – November 2013

1 Nov , 2013  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

A lot of film going on in New England in November. You can check out the Brattleboro Film Festival, SNOB Film Festival, and the Boston Jewish Film Festival. Check out the news each month for local films, upcoming festivals, and filmmaker opportunities. To submit news, e-mail


The Boston Jewish Film Festival, in its 25th year, runs November 6–18. This year includes the short film series, called FreshFlix, aimed at audiences in their 20s to 40s. On November 3rd, the festival hosts the “Silver Celebration” at the Ritz Carlton, featuring Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr and a preview of festival selections. For tickets and to learn more about the festival, visit

Vermont hosts the Brattleboro Film Festival November 1–14 at the Latchis Theatre. Events include an opening night celebration and the “Green Carpet” premiere of Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie. Learn more at

The Williamstown Film Festival continues through November 3rd in Massachusetts. Check the festival website for more details.

Celebrate discerning taste at the SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston) Film Festival November 7–10 at Concord, New Hampshire’s Red River Theatres. Selections include Drinking Buddies, The History of Future Folk, and Indelible Lalita. For more information, visit

Connecticut’s Ridgefield Playhouse hosts a special screening of the documentary Casting By on November 15th at 7:30 pm. The event includes a Q&A with several of the filmmakers, including director Tom Donahue and casting director Gretchen Rennell. The event is part of the Ridgefield Film Society’s Documentary Film Series. Learn more and purchase tickets at

The Portland Maine Film Festival runs November 8–10. The festival celebrates filmmakers from Maine and beyond, and features several guest speakers. For a schedule and more details, click Pictured above is a still from the film Manhood, screening at the festival.

The Cape Ann Community Cinema hosts the 6th annual Cape Ann Film Festival November 1–17 in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Read more about the festival and film schedule at

Tufts University and the Somerville Theatre host the Boston International Kids Film Festival November 1–3. The film celebrates films by or about children from around the world for audiences ten and older. For more information, visit

Visit the 2013 Glovebox Short Film & Animation Festival on November 9th at 2:00 pm at the Regent Theatre (7 Medford Street in Arlington, Massachusetts). The festival features film in a variety of genres. Festival passes are available for $40. For more information, click Also see’s profile of Glovebox in this month’s issue.

The 15th annual Classical Cartoon Festival plays November 9th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in Boston. Presented by 99.5 WCRB Classical New England, the festival takes place at Symphony Hall and features cartoons, live music, and PBS character appearances. Buy tickets and learn more at

Check out Reel Fest 6 November 15–19 at Massachusetts’s Somerville Theatre. This year’s event includes screenings of the films Milkweed, Celluloid Trilogy and Ghetto Altered Superhero. Learn more at

Theodore Collatos’s film Dipso will run at the Berkshire Museum (39 South Street, Pittsfield, Massachusetts) November 7–11. The film was shot in the Berkshires. Learn more at

The 15th annual EROS (Encouraging Respect of All Sexualities) Film Festival runs November 13–17 at Connecticut’s Trinity College. Films screen at Cinestudio on campus. This year’s event includes a free brunch hosted by the EROS student group on November 17th at 1:00 pm (Trinity’s Queer Resource Center, 114 Crescent Street, Hartford). See their website for more information.

Rule / Boston Camera has several Learning Labs in November including Litepanels Roadshow with LD/Gaffer Pat Grosswendt on Tuesday, November 5 from 11am-3pm and Canon EOS 1D C: 4K Video Capture, Grab and Print on November 20. See for more details.

The Massachusetts Production Coalition hosts the seminar “Film Scoring & Music” on November 2nd at 10:00 am, with refreshments at 9:30 am. Northern Light Productions director Bestor Cram will moderate a panel of four composers. The event will be held at High Output Studios (495 Turnpike Street, Canton, Massachusetts). To RSVP, click

Industry Buzz

The Coolidge Corner Theatre and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation have announced the 2013 recipients of their Science on Screen grants. Based on the Coolidge Theatre’s series of film screenings followed by guest speakers in science and technology, the $7,000 grants allow non-profit theatres around the country to host similar programs. Read more at

Santa Sierra is the winner of Women in Film & Video New England’s 2013 Screenplay Competition for her entry In Search of Our Fathers. Read more about the contest and the other finalists at their website.

IFC has acquired distribution rights for the Rhode Island horror film Almost Human. Directed by Joe Begos, the film is a collaboration between Anthony Ambrosino, Nicholas Delmenico, and Channel 83 Films. See more at

New Hampshire filmmaker Alfred Thomas Catalfo recently premiered the short films Slam Man and Moonlight Bait and Ammo at last month’s New Hampshire Film Festival. His feature film script Betrayed was also selected as a Grand Prize finalist in the Slamdance Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Learn more about these projects at


Register now for the 2013 New England Broadcast Cable Expo on November 7th in Worcester, Massachusetts. The event runs 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and features multiple workshops and exhibits about emerging trends and technology in broadcast media. Admission is free. To learn more and register, click

The Woods Hole Film Festival is now accepting submissions. Read the submission guidelines and more details

The 3rd Annual Brooklyn Girl Film Festival, March 27-29, 2014 is now open for submissions. The Brooklyn Girl Film Festival’s mission is to showcase the work of women filmmakers from around the world, and bring these artists together for networking in a fun, informative and supportive environment. For more information, see

The next Boston Open Screen takes place on November 12th, 2013 at the Coolidge Corner Theater. Open Screen is 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 more at their Facebook page: