Split Ticket, a film by New England filmmaker Alfred Catalfo, will be screening at ITVFest this month.

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Industry News: October 2016

New England film industry news including happenings, industry buzz and calls for films.

2 Oct , 2016  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

New England film industry news includes the upcoming ITVFest including an invite to NewEnglandFilm.com’s Pitch Room, NH Film Festival, Mass Production Coalition meeting, and other industry buzz. Send news to news@newenglandfilm.com.


The 2016 Online New England Film Festival continues this month! Check out our curated selection of local short films through October 15th. Learn more and make a donation here.

Dover, Vermont hosts ITVFest October 5–9. The festival showcases independently created television pilots in comedy, drama, reality, and short. For a schedule and ticket information, visit itvfest.com.

As part of ITVFest 2016, NewEnglandFilm.com will be hosting a Pitch Room on October 7 and October 8, open to writers, filmmakers, and producers who want to speed pitch their film, screenplay or web series to fest directors, journalists, and fellow filmmakers. Learn more or reserve a slot.

Harvard Square Scriptwriters hosts a screening of the films Peach Pie and Beyond the Grid, followed by a discussion at Talamas on October 3 at 6:45 pm. For more information and to RSVP, see the event on Facebook.

Celebrate the New Hampshire International Film Festival October 13–16. Films screen at a few different venues; festival passes are available. Read more at nhfilmfestival.com.

The Vermont International Film Festival takes place October 21–30. The full schedule of films and special events will be available at the festival website in early October.

The Boston Asian American Film Festival runs October 20–23. The theme for 2016 is Call to Action. Films screen at ArtsEmerson’s Paramount Center and the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge. Learn more at baaff.org.

The Rhode Island International Film Festival presents the Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival October 17–23. Films and events will take place at a few different Rhode Island venues. Learn more here.

Merrill’s Roxy Cinema in Burlington, Vermont hosts a midnight screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on October 29th. Show includes audience participation and costumes; tickets are $13. Visit the Roxy website to learn more.

Mass Production Coalition hosts its Fall MPC Meeting on October 3rd. The meeting will be held at Boston’s District Hall, with cocktails from 6:00 to 7:30 pm and presentations 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Read more and register here.

Brookline’s Coolidge Corner Theatre hosts a Halloween double feature on October 31st. Watch Psycho and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre beginning at 7:00 pm. For tickets and more information, visit the Coolidge website.

Check out the Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase October 21–22 at Burlington’s Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. For the showcase schedule, click here.

The New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival will take place on Wednesday, October 19 from 6:30-9 pm at the Palace Theatre.

Rule Boston Camera will host its “Garage Sale” on October 19, 2016 at 10 am to 4 pm, where you’ll find low prices on products such as equipment cases, GoPros and accessories, filters, computers, audio equipment, and more. Find out more information on their website.

The Boston Palestine Film Festival runs October 14–30. Films screen at several venues in the Boston area, including the Museum of Fine Arts and the Cambridge Public Library. For a schedule and tickets, visit bostonpalestinefilmfest.org.

The New England Underground Film Festival takes place October 8th at Best Video Film & Cultural Center in Hamden, Connecticut. The festival runs 4:00 to 10:00 pm; tickets are $10, students $5. For more information, click here.

Massachusetts hosts the Arlington International Film Festival October 27–30. For the full schedule and festival passes, visit aiffest.org.

Industry Buzz

Winning films at last month’s Camden International Film Festival included Cameraperson, Sonita, The Nature of Things, The Feeling of Being Watched, and more. Read more at pointsnorthinstitute.org.

Kenneth Lonergan’s film Manchester by the Sea received strong reviews at last month’s Toronto International Film Festival. Filmed in Massachusetts, it will be released in November. Read more here.


Apply now for a Local Cultural Council grant, part of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Grants are awarded to arts, humanities, and interpretive science projects. Deadline is October 17th. Learn more here.
The Independent Film Festival Boston is now open for submissions. Early bird deadline is October 11th; regular November 28th; late December 12th; extended December 23rd. Learn more at iffboston.org.

The MacDowell Colony will begin accepting submissions for summer 2017 fellowships starting October 15th. Artists in architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts are encouraged to apply. Deadline is January 15, 2017. For guidelines, visit the MacDowell website.

Maine Media Workshops + College presents a Screenwriting Retreat October 16–29 with screenwriter and professor Wayne Beach. Participants should have a screenplay in progress, and may sign up for one or two weeks of the retreat. For more details and to register, click here.