The Wrong Todd will screen at the SENE film festival.

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New England Film Industry News May 2019

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

7 May , 2019  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

The launch of the Wesleyan Documentary Project, and other film news plus more happenings, opportunities and industry buzz.


Celebrate the Women in Comedy Festival in Boston May 2–5. The festival is presented by HBO; events will take place in several Boston venues. For tickets and to learn more, visit

The New Haven International Film Festival runs May 15–18 in Connecticut. Films screen at Gateway Community College. Learn more here.

Check out the Maine Student Film Festival on May 24 at Bangor’s Gracie Theater. Get tickets and more information here.

The Women’s Media Summit presents the second annual Film Financing Forum in Provincetown May 3–5. The event will feature panel discussions, pitch sessions, and more. Buy passes and learn more here.

Check out the SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival May 15–18 in Rhode Island. Events will take place in Providence, Jamestown, and Warwick, including the Rhode Island premiere of locally produced film The Wrong Todd (pictured above) on May 18. Learn more here.

The Mass Production Coalition hosts two events this month. The Spring MPC Meeting will take place on May 15 at Boston’s District Hall; Women Connect will be on May 28 at Cambridge Innovation Center. For tickets and more details, click here.

Visit the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival on May 18. Concord’s Red River Theatres hosts the day of screenings. Learn more here.

The Berkshire International Film Festival runs May 30 through June 2. The festival will take place in Great Barrington and Pittsfield, and include a tribute event with Martin Scorsese. For tickets and a full schedule, visit

Celebrate the Greenwich International Film Festival May 29 to June 2. The event features a gala, screenings, and VIP passes. Visit for more details.

The Coolidge Corner Theatre hosts a seminar and screening of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon on May 13. Emerson College Professor Yu-jin Chang will present the seminar on Ang Lee’s acclaimed film. Register here.

Industry Buzz

The television series The Society premieres on Netflix on May 10. The show was filmed in several Massachusetts towns and is produced by Christopher Keyser and Marc Webb. Watch the trailer and read more from the Massachusetts Film Office.

In Fall 2019, Wesleyan’s College of Film and the Moving Image (CFILM) is launching the Wesleyan Documentary Project, an initiative to teach, support, and produce nonfiction film and video. The project will be led by Tracy Heather Strain and Randall MacLowry ’86, the duo behind the Boston-based documentary film company, The Film Posse, will join Wesleyan’s faculty as professors of the practice, teaching courses in documentary creation and studies. See more info.

ITVFest is changing its name to Catalyst and moving out of New England. Read more here.

LEF Program Director Sara Archambault and LEF Grantee D’Angelo Madsen Minax (director of North by Current) attended the Tribeca Film Festival’s TFI Network as fellow Tribeca All Access Grantees.


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.’s 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, remains open. Applications are free and due by July 15, 2019. See grant details and eligibility guidelines for more information.

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 Rhode Island International Film Festival is open for submissions. Regular deadline is May 15; late June 1; final extended late June 15. For guidelines and more information, visit the Flickers website.

Vermont’s Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is open for submissions. Deadline is May 21. For rules and more information, visit the festival website.

The New Hampshire Film Festival is now accepting submissions. Early bird deadline is May 15; official June 15; late July 15. Learn more here.