Vision Portraits screens at the Wicked Queer Film Festival on April 7.

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New England Film Industry News April 2019

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

4 Apr , 2019  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by: announces a new grant for a marginalized filmmaker residing in New England, IFFBoston posts its 2019 film line-up; Camden, Stowe Story Labs, and others are open for submissions; plus more happenings, opportunities and industry buzz.


The Brattle hosts “The Good Works of Claire Denis” April 9 and 10 with screenings of Trouble Every Day, 35 Shots of Rum, and White Material. Click here for more information.

Boston’s Wicked Queer Film Festival runs through April 7. Venues include the Brattle, Museum of Fine Arts, and Paramount Center. For tickets and a full schedule, visit

Check out the Independent Film Festival Boston April 24 through May 1. Films screen at several venues in the Boston area. Check out more at

The Monadnock International Film Festival will take place in Keene and Peterborough, New Hampshire April 26–28. The festival features independent films from around the world. Visit for more information.

Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival and Roger Williams University present the Roving Eye International Film Festival April 8–14. For more information and a full schedule, visit the festival website.

Celebrations will be held in honor of the Boston/New England Emmy Awards nominations on April 24. Parties will be held in Boston and Portland. To learn more and RSVP, click here.

Portland hosts the Maine Deaf Film Festival April 12 and 13. Visit for more information.

Catch the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Burlington, Vermont on April 4 from 5:30–10 pm. The Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center hosts the evening of films celebrating nature and those who protect it. For more details and tickets, click here.

Industry Buzz launched a job and opportunity alert feature, which enables you to receive email alerts when new casting calls, crew gigs, calls for films, and partnership opportunities that meet your criteria are posted. Set up  your alerts, or request an account if you don’t already have one.

The 2019 Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship has been awarded to Victoria Chalk. Victoria’s work includes Ovarian Psycos, Call Her Ganda, and Vivre, jusqu’au bout. Learn more about Victoria and the fellowship here.

Boston’s Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film celebrated its 25th Chlotrudis Awards on March 17. Honored films included Shoplifters, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, and Support the Girls. Read more about the ceremony here.

Stay updated on the Mass Production Coalition’s efforts to support Massachusetts’s film and television production incentive here.

The upcoming Apple TV+ series Defending Jacob will film in several Massachusetts communities in the coming weeks. The series is based on the book by Newton author William Landay, and stars Massachusetts native Chris Evans. Read more at

Karen L. Adams has given $1 million to the University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communication and Media, to benefit female juniors and seniors. Adams is a former anchor for WPRI Eyewitness News. Read more here.

The Salem Film Fest recently announced the winners of this year’s Mass Reality Check. The doc shorts showcase highlights work by college students and recent graduates. Read more here.

Opportunities has opened its call for the New England Film Star Award, which is a grant to be given to one film project by a marginalized filmmaker residing in New England. Applications are free and due by July 15, 2019. See grant details and eligibility guidelines for more information.

The Online New England Film Festival is now open for submissions. 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. For more guidelines and information, click here.

Apply now to this fall’s Stowe Story Labs. The Vermont organization supports filmmakers, screenwriters, and creative producers. Fellowships and partial scholarships are available. Regular deadline is April 19, late April 29. Learn more and apply here.

Submit now to the Camden International Film Festival. Filmmakers are encouraged to submit documentary films and nonfiction media. Regular deadline is April 26, late May 24, end June 28. 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.