For the Love of Mary directed by Simon Perkins (Vermont filmmaker) and Kirk Horton screens at the Mountaintop Film Festival this month.

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New England Film Industry News: January 2019

January 2019 New England film industry news including happenings, industry buzz and calls for films.

10 Jan , 2019  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

A call to take over The Independent, a new book about female filmmakers, and upcoming festivals, awards, events, and grants.

The book Independent Female Filmmakers will be out this month.

Happenings Founder Michele Meek’s book Independent Female Filmmakers—A Chronicle Through Interviews, Profiles and Manifestos will be released this month and is currently available for pre-order with the publisher Routledge or Amazon.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival tours the United States this winter, visiting New Hampshire and Vermont this month. Check out the festival website for dates and locations.

The Portland Museum of Art hosts two screenings of Persona this month as part of their Ingmar Bergman Centennial Retrospective. The film will screen on January 10 at 6:00 pm and January 13 at 11:30 am. For more details, click here.

Check out the Mountaintop Film Festival January 18–24 in Waitsfield, Vermont. The human rights film festival, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., will screen at the Big Picture Theater. For more information, visit

Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals will present their Woman of the Year with a show and parade on January 31. This year’s Woman and Man of the Year recipients will be named later this month. Tickets available here.

Industry Buzz

The Independent, the 40-year old film publication, is seeking a new organization, institution or individual to take it over. See their call for proposals.

The Boston Society of Film Critics have announced their 2018 winners, which include If Beale Street Could Talk (Best Picture), John C. Reilly (Best Actor), Melissa McCarthy (Best Actress), and Lynne Ramsay (Best Director). View the full list of winners here.

This year’s Golden Globes winners include Rhode Island’s Peter Farrelly, whose film Green Book won Best Picture Musical/Comedy, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor; and Connecticut native Glenn Close for Best Actress Drama. Read the full list of winners here.


The MacDowell Colony is now accepting submissions for summer 2019 fellowships. Artists in architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts are encouraged to apply. Deadline is January 15. Learn more at

Submit now to the Berkshire International Film Festival. Earlybird deadline is January 1, regular February 1, late March 1, WAB extended March 4. Learn more here.

The LEF New England Moving Image Fund is now accepting Production & Post-Production Letters of Inquiry. Deadline is January 25. Learn more at the LEF website.

The Nantucket Film Festival is open for submissions. For deadlines and fees by category, visit the festival website.