Comedian and Actress Emma Willman, who grew up in Maine, is one of the confirmed headliners for the Women in Comedy Festival to take place in Boston.

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Industry News: February 2018

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

2 Feb , 2018  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:’s 20th Anniversary Panel & Party, Women in Comedy Festival calls for films, Stowe Story Lab’s call opens, plus more happenings, buzz and opportunities.

Happenings will host a 20th Anniversary Panel and Party “Stepping Up Your Film Career” at Emerson College on February 28. See the event details for the panel of pros we’ve put together—including IFFBoston Programmer Nancy Campbell, Co-Founder of Sundance Film Festival Cirina Catania, Director of Women in Film and Video: New England Alecia Jean Orsini Lebeda, and Head of Theatrical Sales at Distrib Films US and Film Movement Clemence Taillandier, along with hosts Anna Feder, BOSCPUG Founder Daniel Bérubé, and Founder Michele Meek.

The 9th annual Providence Children’s Film Festival runs February 16–25. Festival includes screenings, opening night party, and workshops. Visit for the full schedule.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour visits Connecticut, Maine, and Massachusetts this month. Selected films screen at several different locations. Visit the festival website for more information and other dates.

The Cable Car Cinema hosts Brown University’s Providence French Film Festival February 24 to March 3. Student and general admission tickets and passes available. Learn more here.

The Massachusetts Production Coalition presents the Winter MPC Meeting on February 20 from 6–9 pm. The cocktail reception and presentations will take place at WGBH Boston. Tickets free for members, $25 general admission. Learn more and RSVP here.

Check out the Oscar-nominated films you missed at Portsmouth New Hampshire’s The Music Hall this month. The theater will screen films including Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Call Me By Your Name, Blade Runner 2049, and Oscar animated, live action, and documentary shorts over the next several weeks. Check out their calendar for showtimes.

The Harbor Theater in Boothbay Harbor, Maine presents special screenings of The Sounding on February 1 and 2. The film takes place on Monhegan and was shot in Maine by writer-director Catherine Eaton. Maine Film Center directors Mike Perreault and Ken Eisen will introduce the February 1 screening. Learn more here.

Industry Buzz

Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals have announced their Man and Woman of the Year. Mila Kunis was honored as Woman of the Year on January 25; read more from the Harvard Gazette. Man of the Year Paul Rudd will be honored on February 2. Learn more at the Hasty Pudding website.

Boston’s Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film have announced their 2017 nominations. Nominated films include Call Me By Your Name, I, Tonya, and After the Storm. Winners will be announced at a dinner on March 18. For the full list and more details, check out the Chlotrudis website.


Applications for the sixth-annual Stowe Story Labs, held in Vermont, opened on February 1. The Labs help top emerging screenwriters, filmmakers, and creative producers get work made and seen, providing participants with four days of small group workshops with industry mentors, peer-to-peer collaborative groups, industry panels, skill and craft workshops, and business related informational sessions that explore new approaches to producing, financing, and distributing work. community can receive a 15% off the early bird submission fee of $40 with the code NEFSSL, and all New England-based filmmakers, writers, and producers can be considered for a Fellowship to the Labs. For more information and to apply, click here.

Submissions are open for Boston’s Women in Comedy Film Festival. Filmmakers can submit to the HBO Insider Comedy Short Challenge, or the Comedy Short Contest with Paul Feig. Regular deadline is February 5, late deadline March 1. For more information, check out

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

The Connecticut LGBT Film Festival is currently accepting submissions. 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. Regular deadline is February 1, late March 1, and extended March 7. Learn more here.

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

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