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Industry News: February 2017

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

6 Feb , 2017  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

In this month’s New England film industry news, find upcoming Oscar celebrations, plus local film productions, screenings, opportunities, and industry buzz. Send news to news@newenglandfilm.com.


Celebrate the Academy Awards throughout New England on February 26th. Special events, red carpets, and viewing parties will be hosted by the Ellie Fund, Flickers’ Red Carpet Experience Providence, Brattle Theatre, the Strand Theatre, and the Hot Chocolate Society.

Cambridge’s Brattle Theatre hosts the Boston Society of Film Critics Annual Awards Ceremony and Screening on February 19th at 7:00 pm. This year’s film screening is The Dying of the Light, directed by award recipient Peter Flynn. For more details, visit the Brattle website.

Check out the Providence Children’s Film Festival February 11–26, featuring several films by local filmmakers, such as Imagine Kolle 37. Films will screen at a few different Providence venues. For a full schedule and more information, visit providencechildrensfilmfestival.org.

The Massachusetts Production Coalition hosts its Winter Meeting on February 27th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The event will take place at WGBH Boston and include a cocktail hour before presentations. Learn more and register here.

Rule Boston Camera hosts two events this month as part of its Learning Lab series. On February 8th from 10–12, it’s “4K, UHD, HDR, RAW: Decode the Buzzwords & Increase Your Impact”; on February 22nd from 10–12, “Shooting with Drones.” Learn more and register at the Rule Boston website.

Maine Film & Video Association’s Maine Short Film Festival tours the state through May. Screenings this month take place in Farmington and Freeport. For films, dates and times, and more information, click here.

The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival tours the United States this winter, visiting Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire this month. The festival celebrates mountain stories through films, photographs, books, and more. Learn more here.

Brown University’s French Film Festival runs February 25th to March 4th. Screenings will take place at Providence’s Cable Car Cinema. Learn more here.

Industry Buzz

Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals recently honored its Man & Woman of the Year. Ryan Reynolds was honored in Cambridge on February 3rd; read more here. Octavia Spencer was honored on January 26th; read more here.

Oscar nominations were announced last month, with the ceremony to take place on February 26th. Nominees include Massachusetts native Casey Affleck, Rhode Island native Viola Davis, and Manchester by the Sea, filmed in Massachusetts. Read the full list 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 wicf.com.

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

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

Submit now to the Berkshire International Film Festival. Filmmakers are encouraged to submit features, documentaries, and short films. Deadline is March 8th. Learn more here.