Bridget Beesaw's film Guided featuring wilderness guide Ray Reitze will screen at the Maine Short Film Festival this month.

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Industry News: January 2017

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

13 Jan , 2017  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

In this month’s New England film industry news, learn more about a fellowship at Vermont College of Fine Arts, upcoming fests, local film productions, and other screenings, opportunities, and industry buzz. Send news to


The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival tours the United States this winter, including New England, beginning with Vermont. Skirack in Burlington will host the festival’s world tour January 26–28. The festival celebrates mountain stories through films, photographs, books, and more. Learn more here.

Maine Film & Video Association’s Maine Short Film Festival tours the state through May. Screenings this month take place at Reel Pizza in Bar Harbor, Space Gallery in Portland, and Frontier Café in Brunswick. For films, dates and times, and more information, click here.

Rule Boston Camera hosts BAVUG’s (Boston Avid Users Group) January meeting on January 25th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. This month’s theme is Women in Post-Production. Learn more and register here. In addition, they will host several Learning Labs including An Introduction to the New MōVI Pro on January 18 from 10-noon; An Introduction to the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 on January 24 from 10 to noon; and Evolution of the Canon 5D Mark IV on January 25 at 10 to noon.

Talamas Boston has several events this month including Keeping it Steadi on January 17 at 6:30 pm; Sony PXW-FS7MK2 Professional Camcorder Demo on January 19 at 6:30 pm; In Depth with the New Canon C700 Cine EOS Camera on January 25 at 2 pm; and Zeiss Lens Solutions for RED Cinema Cameras With Phil Holland, Director of Photography on February 1 at 3 pm.

Brookline’s Coolidge Corner Theatre hosts a screenings of The Breakfast Club on January 12th at 7:00 pm. Presented by the Brookline Booksmith, a discussion with Searching for John Hughes author Jason Diamond will follow the film. Read more here.

The 14th annual Mountaintop Film Festival runs January 13–19 at the Big Picture Theater & Cafe in Waitsfield, Vermont. The festival offers “films for thought” in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This year’s screenings include Before the Flood, Disturbing the Peace, and Moonlight. Visit to learn more.

The Avon in Stamford, Connecticut presents a premiere screening of The U-Turn on January 18th at 7:30 pm, followed by a discussion with director Luis Argueta. The documentary follows a group of immigrant workers and their community at a factory in Postville, Iowa. Read more about the event here

Industry Buzz

Ben Affleck’s film Live By Night opens on January 13th. Based on the novel by Dennis Lehane, the film was partially shot in Massachusetts and stars Affleck, Brendan Gleeson, Sienna Miller, and Chris Messina. Learn more at the film’s website.

Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals will name their Man and Woman of the Year this month. Winners participate in a ceremony and parade through Harvard Square. Last year’s honorees were Kerry Washington and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Check the Hasty Pudding website for the announcements.

This year’s Golden Globes nominees were announced last month. New England connections included nominations for Manchester by the Sea, Casey Affleck, Viola Davis, and Damien Chazelle. The ceremony will take place on January 8th. Read the full list of nominees here.


Submit now to the second annual Women in Comedy Film Festival, which will take place this spring at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Filmmakers are encouraged to submit to the WICF Comedy Short Contest, or Rachel Bloom’s Comedy Short Challenge. Submission deadlines are January 9th, January 30th, or February 13th; fees increase with each subsequent date. For rules and more information, visit

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.

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

The Nantucket Film Festival is currently accepting submissions. Late deadline is January 16th, extended February 17th. For guidelines and more details, visit the festival website.

The Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) MFA in Film program has announced two new scholarship awards geared toward emerging filmmakers, with an application deadline of February 25, 2017. The two full-tuition, thesis-year Emerging Filmmakers Scholarship awards are available for a MFA in Film student’s second and final year of the two-year, low-residency program. For more information about the program, visit the MFA in Film site at