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Industry News: December 2016

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

13 Dec , 2016  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

In this month’s New England film industry news, learn more about a new media lab in Providence, upcoming awards ceremonies, local film productions, and other screenings, opportunities, and other industry buzz. Send news to


Burlington’s Main Street Landing House hosts the 2016 Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase Award Winners on December 15th at 7:00 pm. Check out a selection of several short films. Tickets are $8, $5 for VTIFF members. Learn more here.

The Music Hall presents a “Show & Tell” screening of Certain Women on December 6th at 7:00 pm, followed by a discussion with film enthusiast Paul Goodwin. Buy tickets and learn more here.

Catch some classics this month: the Brattle Theatre presents screenings of It’s a Wonderful Life and Casablanca this month. For showtimes, click here.

Check out the Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation Film Festival on December 10th. The event features films and food, hosted this year by the Bluebird (23 Skiway Road). Learn more here.

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts hosts a screening of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, followed by a discussion with author Ben Mezrich on December 10th at 2:00 pm. Boston-based Mezrich’s new book is The 37th Parallel. For tickets and more information, visit the MFA website.

Industry Buzz

The documentary Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing recently premiered on HBO. The project was directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, made in collaboration with the Boston Globe. Read more here.

Award season has started: the Boston Society of Film Critics will name their winners on December 11th; Golden Globe nominations will be announced on December 12th. Predicted nominees include Manchester by the Sea, shot in Massachusetts, and New England natives Damien Chazelle, Viola Davis, and Casey Affleck.

The Rhode Island International Film Festival has launched the KidsEye Discovery Portal, a media lab equipped with editing bays, cameras, and more. The space will host classes through the summer, leading up to the 2017 KidsEye Summer Filmmaking Camp. For more information, visit the RIFF website.

The Kennedy/Marshall Company has joined production of Boston, an upcoming documentary about the history of the Boston Marathon. The documentary is scheduled to be released next April to coincide with the marathon. Read more here.


LEF New England is currently accepting letters of inquiry for its Moving Image Grant for Production and Post Production. Deadline is January 27th. Learn more here.

Submit now to the Independent Film Festival Boston. Late deadline is December 12th; extended December 23rd. Learn more at

The deadline to submit to next year’s Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival is December 16th. For guidelines and to submit, visit