Rhode Island natives and brothers Evangelos & George Giovanis whose film Bereave screens at Woods Hole Film Festival.

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1 Jul , 2015  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

New England’s summer film festival kicks off, Emmy-Award winners, events and more.


The Woods Hole Film Festival runs July 25th to August 1st in Massachusetts. Events include a screening and director Q&A of Rory Kennedy’s Last Days in Vietnam. For tickets and the full schedule, visit the festival website. [Pictured: Rhode Island natives and brothers Evangelos & George Giovanis whose film Bereave screens at Woods Hole Film Festival.]

Maine International Film Festival is July 10–15. Films will screen at several venues in Waterville. For the full schedule and more details, check out miff.org.

The Boston Jewish Film Festival presents its Encore Summer Series on Wednesday evenings at the Weston Newton Cinema through August 5th. For a schedule and more information, visit the BJFF website.

NewportFILM hosts its outdoor summer series with screenings throughout Rhode Island. Catch Sunshine Superman on July 2nd, Meru on July 9th, Iris on July 16th, The Diplomat on July 23rd, and What Happened, Miss Simone? on July 30th. Learn more at newportfilm.com.

ArtsEmerson presents screenings of films from South Africa’s Isango Ensemble around Boston this July. Check out free screenings of Son of Man, as well as two special paid screenings of U-Carmen eKhayelitsha. For a schedule and more information, visit artsemerson.org.

Talamas hosts “Look Through the Glass with Ira Tiffen” on July 28th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The free event will be held at Talamas’s studio in Newton, Massachusetts and includes lunch. Read more about Ira Tiffen and register here.

Celebrate the fifth annual Bluestocking Film Series July 17th and 18th in Portland, Maine. The event showcases female film protagonists, and will be held at SPACE Gallery (538 Congress Street). To learn more, click here.

Movies on the Block returns to Providence, Rhode Island on Thursday evenings through September. Films screen at sundown at Grant’s Block (260 Westminster St). See Breakin’ on July 2nd, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? on July 9th, Jaws on July 16th, The Shining on July 23rd, and Blade Runner on July 30th. For more information, visit moviesontheblock.com.

Lots of outdoor film series in Boston this summer, including Classic Movies at the Boston Harbor Hotel, Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell, and the Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival at the Prudential Center.

Industry Buzz

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s first state capital plan will award $10 million to the Cultural Facilities Fund. The CFF supports the arts, history, and sciences. Read more here.

Vermont International Film Foundation recently hosted a benefit screening of Jurassic World, featuring a recorded audience message from director Colin Trevorrow and actor Chris Pratt. Watch the video and read more here.

Camden International Film Festival has partnered with the Tribeca Film Institute and CNN Films to present the Camden/TFI Retreat. Five documentary filmmaking teams were selected for a retreat in Camden and Rockport, Maine at the end of June. Read more about the retreat and selected filmmakers here.

NewTV of Newton, Massachusetts received four awards at the recent Boston/New England Emmys. NewTV won for its series The Folklorist. Read more about NewTV and The Folklorist at newtv.org.

Writer/director Mike Slavens has released his short film What Cheer? The film features the What Cheer? Brigade, a brass band from Providence, Rhode Island. Check out the film here.

The Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the ocean, has released The Next Wave, a short film about ocean planning on the East Coast. The film was partially shot in New England. Read more and watch the film here.

New England visits the box office this summer. Opening in June and July are Seth MacFarlane’s Ted 2, shot in Massachusetts, and Woody Allen’s Irrational Man, which was filmed in Rhode Island.


The 48 Hour Film Project comes to New England this summer. This month, filmmaking teams in Maine, Rhode Island, and Connecticut can register to write, shoot, and edit a film in 48 hours. To learn more, visit 48hourfilm.com.

Submit now to the Boston International Kids Film Festival. Filmmakers may submit in a variety of categories. Deadline is August 1st. Learn more here.

Deadlines are approaching to submit to the Camden International Film Festival. Extended deadline is July 3rd. The festival is also accepting submissions for its Point North Fellowship; deadline is July 24th. Learn more here.

The Newburyport Documentary Film Festival’s final submission deadline is July 1st. Learn more at newburyportfilmfestival.org.

Last chance to submit to the New England Underground Film Festival: extended WAB deadline is July 15th. For more information, check out the festival website.

The New Hampshire Film Festival is now accepting submissions. Late deadline is July 15th. Learn more here.

Somerville Community Access Television will be hosting several production and post-production workshops this summer. See their full schedule of classes online.