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Apply for the New England Star Award launches the New England Film Star Award

4 Apr , 2019   Posted by: announces a free open call for the New England Film Star Award, a grant to be given to one film project by a marginalized filmmaker residing in New England. has announced a free open call for the New England Film Star Award, a grant for a film by a New England filmmaker marginalized by race, gender, sexuality, able-bodiedness, or other.

This grant represents’s ongoing commitment to supporting filmmakers from all backgrounds, and it is completely open to films that are any genre and length, no matter what stage (from pre- to post-production). Applicants need only reside in New England, have a current project in the works, and be able to articulate how they will benefit from the award.

The award recipient will receive:

  • Rule / Boston Camera $650 certificate for rental
  • Hunts Photo & Video $500 certificate for rental
  • Talamas $300 certificate for rental
  • Adobe Creative Cloud 1-year membership
  • Women in Film Video New England 1-year membership
  • Two in-person strategy/consulting sessions with members of the Animus Studios team (including one of the partners) at Animus Studios in Riverside, Rhode Island
  • Event services and hosting for a public/private screening event at Jupiter Hall in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • A hair and make-up session with Sydney Hunt, MUA and a private photo shoot culminating in one professional photo by Stephanie Alvarez Ewens at her studio in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
  • A film strategy session with Founder Michele Meek via Skype or Zoom

“After talking with so many women and other marginalized filmmakers over the years, I feel this is one thing we can do as a community—to give someone the boost they need to get their project off the ground,” says Founder Michele Meek and editor of the 2019 book Independent Female Filmmakers: A Chronicle Through Interviews, Profiles, and Manifestos.

There will be several finalists announced during summer of 2019, and the Award will be announced in the fall of 2019.

To make the call for entries as egalitarian as possible, there is no fee for application, which is due by July 15. To submit, you will need to login to your free account (so we can reduce spam submissions). If you don’t already have a free account, you can request one.

For more information about the grant guidelines, eligibility requirements, and to apply visit