Major Arcana, written and directed by Vermonter Josh Melrod screens at Green Mountain Film Festival this month.

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New England Film Industry News March 2019

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

1 Mar , 2019  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

This month brings numerous New England film festivals from Salem Film Fest to Green Mountain Film Festival. Plus industry buzz, happenings, calls for films at Nantucket Film Festival and Online New England Film Festival, and more.

Happenings announced an online workshop One Week to Your Brilliant New Website beginning March 18. The first 10 registrants before March 6 will get a 20% discount plus free web hosting for a year, two one-on-one consultations with Founder Michele Meek, and free ad space on for your launch.

Celebrate the Maine Jewish Film Festival March 9–17. Screenings and events will take place in Portland, Brunswick, Lewiston, Rockland, and Waterville. Visit for a full schedule and more information.

Boston’s Community Supported Film presents two screenings of “New Immigrant and Refugee Visions” at the Boston Public Library. Films will screen on March 31 and April 1 at the Central Library at Copley. For more information and to register, click for March 31 or April 1.

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

Massachusetts’s Center for Independent Documentary has been awarded a Boston Cultural Council grant to begin a rough cut series for filmmakers to share and get feedback on their work. The series will begin with a screening of Activized at MassArt on March 27 at 6:30 pm. Learn more about CID here and register for the screening here.

Celebrate Vermont’s Green Mountain Film Festival March 22–24 in Essex Junction and March 28–31 in Montpelier. For a tickets and a full festival schedule, check out

The ReelAbilities Film Festival comes to Boston March 26 to April 3. Films will screen at several venues. Visit the festival website for a full schedule.

Rule Boston Camera presents “REDucation,” a 3-day workshop on RED Digital Cinema camera systems, March 18–20. Cost is $1500; participants will receive a Certificate of Completion. For more details and to register, click here.

The New England Youth Theatre in Brattleboro, Vermont hosts the Women’s Film Festival March 22–30. Proceeds help benefit the Women’s Freedom Center. Learn more at

Massachusetts hosts the Salem Film Fest from March 29 to April 4. Check out for updates.

Media artist and recent Emerson graduate Georden West and Rhode Island designer Jamall Osterholm present their collaboration Patron Saint on March 29 from 7 to 10 pm, at Boston’s Distillery Gallery. Learn more and register here.

Industry Buzz

Stowe Story Labs and the production and sales firm Film Seekers have agreed to a first-look deal covering potential development of original screenplays and teleplays written and developed by participants of the Stowe Story Labs annual fall narrative lab and writers’ retreats (past and new both). Apply for the Labs.

The Boston Science Fiction Film Festival was held at the Somerville Theatre last month. Winners included The Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin, Mnemophrenia, 2050, and Encounter. Click here for the full list of winners.

The Academy Awards were held on February 24; New England winners included Rhode Island’s Peter Farrelly (Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay), Massachusetts’s Ruth E. Carter (Best Costume Design), and Connecticut’s Anthony Rossomando (Best Original Song). Read more from


The Online New England Film Festival opens for submissions through Film Freeway on March 1. Films must have a New England connection, have already screened at a New England film festival, and be under 30 minutes. Earlybird deadline is June 1, regular July 1.

Submit to Women in Comedy Festival: Film and Screenplay Competition @WICF, and have a chance at winning a mentoring call with HBO, NBC or Showtime’s Frankie Shaw. Late Deadline is March 14th.

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

Submit now to the Berkshire International Film Festival. Late deadline is March 1, WAB extended March 4. Learn more here.

Lowell, Massachusetts’s Image Theater is now accepting submissions for their first Femme Film Fest. Women directors and screenwriters are encouraged to submit films of any genre, 20 minutes or less. Deadline is March 21. Learn more here.

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