The Women in Comedy Festival and Rachel Bloom Short Film Challenge comes to Boston this month.

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Industry News: April 2017

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

4 Apr , 2017  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

Independent Film Festival Boston, WickedQueer, Women in Comedy and the SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival are just a few of the film festivals arriving in New England this April. Read more for screenings, opportunities, and industry buzz. Send us news to


Check out the Boston ReelAbilities Film Festival March 29th through April 6th. The festival promotes awareness of and celebrates the stories of people with disabilities. Films screen at several venues in the Boston area. Visit to learn more.

The Independent Film Festival Boston runs April 26th through May 3rd. Films will screen at the Somerville Theatre, Brattle Theatre, Coolidge Corner Theatre, and UMass Boston. For more information, visit

Wicked Queer, Boston’s LGBT Film Festival, runs March 30th through April 9th. Films screen at several venues, including the ICA, Museum of Fine Arts, and the Brattle Theatre. Learn more at

Boston hosts the Women in Comedy Festival April 19–23. Events will take place at several venues, and include a short film contest and the Rachel Bloom comedy short challenge. For a schedule and more information, visit

The Monadnock International Film Festival runs April 20–23 in New Hampshire. The festival celebrates independent films, and features filmmaker panels and special awards. Learn more at

Rhode Island hosts the SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival April 25–29. Catch film screenings, live music, panels and more at this year’s event. Visit to learn more.

The Maine Deaf Film Festival runs April 28–29. The festival is presented by the University of Southern Maine American Sign Language Club. Check the festival website for updates.

Roger Williams University hosts the 12th annual Roving Eye Film Festival April 17–23. The festival celebrates global cinema; this year’s theme is “You Know You Want to Look.” For a schedule of films, click here.

The Emerge Film Festival runs April 27–29 in Lewiston and Auburn, Maine. Learn more at

Industry Buzz

With funding for the arts in jeopardy, learn more about how New England would be affected and the efforts that artists and lawmakers are taking around the region: listen to a WBUR interview with Massachusetts Cultural Council executive director Anita Walker, and check out articles from the Maine Sun Journal, Vermont Public Radio, New Hampshire’s, Rhode Island’s ABC6, and the Hartford Courant.

The feature comedy Daddy’s Home 2 is currently shooting in Massachusetts. Starring Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, the sequel has filmed in Great Barrington, Framingham, Concord, and other locations around the state. Read more from Wicked Local.

The CBS pilot Perfect Citizen has been filming in Boston. The legal drama is from executive producer Craig Turk and stars Noah Wyle and Brian Stokes Mitchell. Read more from the Boston Herald.


The New Hampshire Film Festival is now open for submissions. Early bird deadline is May 15th; official June 15th; late July 15th; extended September 1st. Learn more here.

Submit now to the Maine Outdoor Film Festival. Categories are feature, short feature, and short. Early bird, regular, late, and extended deadlines depend on category. For more details, click here.

The Woods Hole Film Festival is currently accepting submissions. Regular deadline is April 1st; late May 1st. Learn more at

The 2017 Rhode Island International Film Festival is open for feature and short submissions. Submit through WithoutaBox or learn more about the festival.

The Camden International Film Festival is now open for documentary submissions. Regular deadline is April 28th; extended May 26th; late June 30th. For guidelines, click here.

The MacDowell Colony is now accepting submissions for fall 2017 fellowships. 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 Maine Film Initiative Screenplay Contest. Awards and prizes will be given to winners in features, pilots, shorts, and the grand prize, which will fund the Maine production of the winning screenplay. Extended deadline is April 30. Learn more and submit here.

The Boston Latino International Film Festival is now open for submissions in feature, short, documentary, and documentary short. Early deadline is April 10th; regular May 8th; late May 30th. Learn more at