A still from of African women in colorful coloring from City of Joy playing this month at the Vermont International Film Festival.
A still from City of Joy playing this month at the Vermont International Film Festival.

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Industry News: October 2017

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

12 Oct , 2017  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

Boston Asian American Film Festival, New Hampshire Film Festival, Vermont International Film Festival, grand submissions, and more. See screenings, opportunities, and industry buzz for the month of October. Send us news to news@newenglandfilm.com.


The ninth annual Online New England Film Festival continues through October 15th! Curated by our regional partners, the festival is a selection of short films. Learn more and support the festival here.

Check out the Boston Asian American Film Festival October 19–22. Events take place at Boston’s Paramount Center and Cambridge’s Brattle Theatre. For a schedule and more information, visit baaff.org.

The New Hampshire Film Festival runs October 12–15 in Portsmouth. Special events include a red carpet gala, comedy panel, and roundtables. Check out the festival website for more details.

Get in the Halloween spirit at the Flickers’ Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Film Festival October 16–22 in Rhode Island. Events and screenings will take place in Providence and other locations. For more information, visit the festival website.

Kent, Connecticut hosts Gilmore Girls Fan Fest October 20–22. The festival celebrates the television show, set in a fictional Connecticut town. For a list of speakers and activities and to purchase passes, visit gilmoregirlsfanfest.com.

Return to the Night of the Living Dead at Maine’s Portland Museum of Art this month. The museum will host screenings of the restored edition of George Romero’s horror film October 27-29. Learn more here.

Celebrate the Vermont International Film Festival October 20–29. Screenings and special events will be held at several Burlington venues. For a full schedule and more information, visit vtiff.org.

Manchester, Vermont hosts ITVFest October 11–15. The festival celebrates independently made television. Passes are available. Learn more at itvfest.com.

The Coolidge Corner Theatre hosts a screening of Pet Sematary on October 31 at 7 pm, followed by a Q&A with actress Denise Crosby. Learn more here.

Industry Buzz

The Hulu series Castle Rock has been filming in Massachusetts over the past several weeks. The television show, based on the work of Maine author Stephen King, will premiere in 2018. Read more from the Hollywood Reporter here.


The Massachusetts Cultural Council is currently accepting Local Cultural Council grants. Grants support the arts, sciences, and humanities. Deadline to apply is October 16. Learn more and download an application here.

Submissions are now open for next winter’s Providence Children’s Film Festival. Filmmakers are encouraged to submit for short, feature, and youth categories. Regular deadline is November 15, late November 28. For fees, guidelines, and more information, go to providencechildrensfilmfestival.org.