Animation workshops with Ygor and Ceci of VJ Suave at the Maine International Film Festival this month.

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Industry News: July 2016

Happenings, industry buzz and call for films in the New England film industry.

6 Jul , 2016   Posted by:

Summer outdoor screenings, New England Emmy Awards, and other industry buzz, screenings, calls for films, and more. To submit a blurb for industry news, email


The Maine International Film Festival runs July 8–17 in Waterville. Screenings will take place at the Railroad Square Cinema and the Waterville Opera House. Special events include a screening and Q&A of documentary I Know a Man… Ashley Bryan, about the Maine resident and children’s author/illustrator. For a list of films and more details, check out

Cape Cod hosts the Woods Hole Film Festival July 30th through August 6th. The festival will include shorts, features, music, and special programs. For passes and more information, visit

Movies on the Block returns to Grant’s Block (260 Westminster Street) in Providence, Rhode Island on Thursday evenings at sundown. Screenings are free and weather dependent. Watch Pink Floyd the Wall on July 7th, Spaceballs on July 14th, The Silence of the Lambs on July 21st, and The Hunger Games on July 28th. For the full schedule and updates, check out

Allons-y! The Museum of Fine Arts hosts the Boston French Film Festival July 7–24. Full and half passes are available. Screenings include Fatima, The Innocents, Seasons, and Vincent. Purchase tickets and learn more here.

NewportFILM presents outdoor screenings throughout the state this summer. Films screen at several different venues. This month, catch The Music of Strangers on July 7th, The Weekend Sailor on July 14th, Life, Animated on July 21st, and Jim: The James Foley Story on July 28th. For more details, click here.

Check out the Bluestocking6 film series in Portland, Maine July 15–16. Bluestocking Films celebrate films with female protagonists. For a list of screenings and ticket information, click here.

Industry Buzz

The 39th annual Boston/New England Emmy Awards were held in Boston last month. For a list of winners, click here.

The current Massachusetts legislative voting session ends July 31st. House Bill 4413 could affect the state’s film production incentives. Learn more and check updates at the Mass Production Coalition.

Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters remake, starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon, opens on July 15th. The comedy was partially filmed in Massachusetts. Check more at the film’s official website.

Rhode Island International Film Festival and the Rhode Island Film and Television Office present the series doubleFEATURE on Rhode Island PBS this month. The series will feature films that have premiered or screened at Flickers. Read more here.

Feature film The Videoblogs, from Rhode Island born filmmaker Michael DiBiasio, will be available on iTunes, Amazon, and select cable outlets beginning July 22nd. The film toured nationally for Mental Health Awareness Month in May, including a sold-out show in Providence. Learn more here.

The Purge: Election Year opens this month. The horror feature was shot in Rhode Island last year, directed by James DeMonaco. Learn more at the film’s official website.

New Hampshire filmmaker Alfred Thomas Catalfo will screen his short film Split Ticket, based on true events involving Kennedy and Nixon, at the Rhode Island International Film Festival in August. Check out a trailer and more information here.


The Camden International Film Festival’s Point North Fellowship is open for applications for nonfiction projects until July 14. The Points North Fellowship includes a $2,000 grant, all access passes to the Camden International Film Festival, five nights of accommodations for two during the festival, a round trip flight to Maine, and more. See their website for more information.

The New Hampshire Film Festival is accepting submissions until late entry deadline of July 15th. For guidelines and to submit, click here.

The Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase is now open for submissions from Vermont filmmakers. Deadline is July 23rd. Submit an application and learn more about the event here.

Stowe Story Labs is accepting applications for this fall’s Narrative Lab in Stowe, Vermont. Screenwriters, producers, and filmmakers are encouraged to apply. Fellowships are available. Regular deadline is July 1st; last minute August 1st. Check out submission details here.

Discounted passes to this fall’s Camden International Film Festival are now on sale through July 15th. This year’s festival runs September 15–18. Volunteers are also encouraged to apply. Learn more at