The Rhode Island International Film Festival kicks off August 7, 2018. For more information, visit the festival schedule.

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Industry News: August 2018

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

6 Aug , 2018  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

Rhode Island International Film Festival starts in August, while outdoor screening series continue across New England. Also read about the finalists to the Stowe Story Labs Fellowships and about a new project Ben Affleck and Matt Damon plan to collaborate on.


Celebrate the Rhode Island Film Festival August 7-12. Special events include an opening night ceremony, animated and documentary shorts, and ScriptBiz workshop. For tickets, passes, and more information, visit the festival website.

Rangeley Friends of the Arts hosts “MIFF in the Mountains: Best of the Maine International Film Festival” August 5-8 in Rangeley, Maine. For showtimes and more information, click here.

The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival runs August 23-26 in Vermont. For a schedule of screenings and special events, visit

There are worse things you could do than visit the Avon Theatre’s screening and singalong of Grease on August 9 at 7:30 pm in Stamford, Connecticut. The evening will begin with a pre-film reception at 6:30 pm by Lucky’s Classic Burger and Malt Shop, and include a costume contest and prizes. For tickets and more information, click here.

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts presents Sunset Cinema this summer, free outdoor screenings on the Huntington Avenue lawn with music, art, and games 90 minutes before showtime. This month, watch Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind on August 9 from 6:30-10:30 pm. Learn more here.

Check out Portland Summer Films this summer. Free films screen Sunday evenings at dusk at Portland’s Congress Square Park. Watch War Games on August 5, Close Encounters of the Third Kind on August 12, New York Stories on August 19, and Black Panther on August 26. Visit for a full schedule.

Bethel, Vermont also presents free film screenings with First Friday Flicks. Visit the Bethel Town Hall (134 S. Main Street) on the first Friday of the month at 6:30 pm for a family film. Click here for more information.

Watch Outdoor Movies at Shady Beach in Norwalk, Connecticut on Saturdays at dusk this summer. See Moana on August 4, Paddington 2 on August 11, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on August 18. Click here for showtimes and more information.

Industry Buzz

Stowe Story Labs announced the finalists for their 2018 fellowships, including the Fellowship. See the list of fellowship finalists and read more about the Labs. Stowe Story Labs is a non-profit effort to bring screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers together with seasoned, working industry professionals to get work made and seen. The Labs are an annual workshop that takes place in September in Stowe, VT. Fellows receive full coverage for fees to attend the Labs.

The television series Castle Rock recently premiered on Hulu. The series is based on characters and stories from Maine author Stephen King, and filmed in several Massachusetts locations. The show was created by Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason and stars Andre Holland, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey, and Bill Skarsgard. Learn more here.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have purchased the film rights to a Daily Beast story written by Jeff Maysh about a McDonald’s Monopoly contest scam. Affleck will direct and Damon will star. Read more at the Hollywood Reporter.


The Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship is open for submissions from August 6 through September 30. The fellowship is in honor of editor Karen Schmeer. Learn more at

The MacDowell Colony is now accepting submissions for winter/spring 2018 fellowships. Artists in architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts are encouraged to apply. Deadline is September 15. Learn more at

Submissions are open for next year’s Providence Children’s Film Festival. Categories include feature length narrative, feature length documentary, short film, and youth filmmaker showcase. Learn more here.

Submit now to the New Hampshire International Film Festival in a variety of categories. Extended deadline is September 1. Learn more at