A still from the documentary Human Flow of people in water helping each other.
A still from Human Flow, a documentary playing at The Mountaintop Film Festival this month.

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Industry News: January 2018

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

8 Jan , 2018  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

The Mountaintop Film Festival, Rule Boston Camera’s move, and submissions for Salem Film Fest’s Mass Reality Check. See screenings, opportunities, and industry buzz for the month of January. Send us news to news@newenglandfilm.com.


The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour visits Vermont this month. Selected films will screen at Skirack in Burlington on January 25 and 26. Visit the festival website for more information and other dates.

The Brattle Theatre presents “(Some of) The Best of 2017” January 7-18. Screenings include Dunkirk, Wonder Woman, Columbus, Lady Macbeth, and Get Out. For showtimes, check out the Brattle calendar.

Portsmouth’s Music Hall kicks off a new series of their Film Club this month with the theme “Know the Score.” Through June, check out films with acclaimed musical scores. In January, catch a screening of North by Northwest on January 16 at 7 pm. For more information about Film Club screenings, visit the Music Hall site.

Waitsfield, Vermont hosts the Mountaintop Film Festival January 12-18. The festival honors the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Screenings this year include Human Flow, Crown Heights, and Chasing Coral. Learn more here.

Industry Buzz

The Boston Society of Film Critics announced their 2017 award winners last month, which included Phantom Thread for Best Picture, Daniel Kaluuya for Best Actor, and Sally Hawkins for Best Actress. Check out the full list here.

The Boston Online Film Critics Association also announced their 2017 award winners last month, which included Get Out for Best Picture, Timothée Chalamet for Best Actor, and Frances McDormand for Best Actress. See the full list of winners here.

In other awards season news, the Golden Globes aired on January 7. The Oscar nominations will be announced on January 23.

The feature Proud Mary, filmed in Massachusetts, opens on January 12. The action film stars Taraji P. Henson and Danny Glover.

Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals will announce their Man & Woman of the Year later this month; last year’s honorees were Octavia Spencer and Ryan Reynolds. Check the Hasty Pudding website for updates.

Rule Boston Camera is moving this month. The company’s new location will be in a historical brick mill building at 320 Nevada Street in Newton. Read more on their website.

The documentary short The Collection, directed by Adam Roffman, is available at Vimeo. The short premiered at last year’s SXSW Film Festival and also screened at the recent Mass Media Expo.


The Salem Film Fest’s Mass Reality Check is now open for submissions. College students and recent graduates are encouraged to submit documentary and experimental documentary short films. The submission deadline is February 23. For official guidelines on who is eligible to apply and more information on benefits the festival can provide filmmakers, click here.

The Connecticut LGBT Film Festival is currently accepting submissions. The early bird deadline is January 15, and the regular deadline is March 1. This year’s festival will take place in June. Learn more here.

Submit now to the Berkshire International Film Festival. Filmmakers may submit narrative features, feature documentaries, narrative shorts, and short documentaries. The early bird deadline is January 1, regular deadline is February 1, late deadline is March 1, and extended deadline is March 7. Learn more here.

The deadline for LEF New England’s Moving Image Fund grant is approaching. Production and post-production letters of inquiry are due by January 26. Learn more at the LEF Fund.

Submit now to the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival. Filmmakers may submit features, shorts, kids’ shorts, and Vineyard shorts. Their extended deadline is January 10. Click here for more guidelines.

The MacDowell Colony is now accepting submissions for summer 2018 fellowships. Artists in architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts are encouraged to apply. The deadline is January 15. For guidelines, visit the MacDowell website.

Submit now to the Nantucket Film Festival. The late deadline is January 15, and Withoutabox is extended depending on categories either February 16 or March 12. Learn more here.