Break the Silence by Vermont Filmmaker Willow O’Feral screens at Green Mountain Film Festival this month as part of the Vermont Filmmakers Summit.

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Industry News: March 2018

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

5 Mar , 2018   Posted by:

Watch video from’s Stepping Up Your Film panel discussion, plus festivals galore—Maine Jewish Film Festival, Salem Film Fest, Women’s Film Festival, ReelAbilities Film Fest, Green Mountain Film Festival—and more.


Check out the Salem Film Fest March 22–29 in Salem and Beverly, Massachusetts. The festival celebrates documentaries from around the world; special events include opening and closing night parties and a college shorts showcase. Learn more at Founder Michele Meek will moderate the festival’s annual Doc-a-chusetts Pitch at Salem Film Fest on Saturday March 24 at 10 am.

Check out the WCRB Classical Cartoon Film Festival on March 24 from 10–4 at Boston Symphony Hall. Families are welcome to enjoy Warner Bros. cartoons accompanied by live classical music, and appearances by PBS characters. For tickets and more information, click here.

Stamford’s Avon Theatre presents a 45th anniversary screening of Don’t Look Now on March 15 at 8:30 pm. Directed by Nicholas Roeg, the film stars Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie. For tickets and more information, click here.

Boston hosts the ReelAbilities Film Festival March 21–29. The festival celebrates films by and about people with disabilities; screening venues include the Museum of Science, Emerson College, and the Cambridge Public Library. Learn more at

The Maine Jewish Film Festival runs March 10–18. Events take place in several locations, including Portland, Bangor, and Brunswick. For tickets, a full schedule and more details, visit

Vermont hosts the Green Mountain Film Festival March 16–25. Screenings will take place in Montpelier and Essex Junction. For a full schedule, check out

The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film hosts their annual Awards Ceremony Dinner at Boston’s Lenox Hotel on March 18 at 5:00 pm. Tickets are $30 ($25 members); click here for more information.

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

Brattleboro, Vermont hosts the Women’s Film Festival March 9–25. Screenings and events take place at the New England Youth Theatre; proceeds benefit the Women’s Freedom Center. For more details, visit

Industry Buzz

In honor of our 20th Anniversary, hosted a panel discussion Stepping Up Your Film Career. Read more about it or watch the video of the panel.
Photo by Chris Bernstein/ recently celebrated 20 years with a panel discussion at Emerson College. The panel was moderated by the site’s founder Michele Meek and featured Genine Tillotson, Clemence Taillandier, Cirina Catania, and Nancy Campbell. Read more and watch a video of the discussion here.

Hulu has released a trailer for its upcoming series Castle Rock. Based on the work of Stephen King, the show is set in Maine and was filmed in Massachusetts. Check out the trailer here.

Short film The Silent Child won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short; it qualified through its premiere screening to over 2,ooo last August at Rhode Island International Film Festival. Read more.



Submit now to the Berkshire International Film Festival. Filmmakers may submit narrative features, feature documentaries, narrative shorts, and short documentaries. Late deadline is March 1, 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.

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.