The Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival takes place August 6-11 and features numerous local films including the short Twist by RI filmmaker Ally Migliori.

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New England Film Industry News: August 2019

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

1 Aug , 2019  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival kicks off this month. Plus, read buzz about local films currently in production and, of course, plenty more opportunities, happenings and more.


Celebrate the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival August 6–11. Special events include opening night gala, film forum, and ScriptBiz workshop. Films screen at several venues. Learn more at the festival website.

The Woods Hole Film Festival continues through August 3 on Cape Cod. In addition to screenings, the festival will offer panels and workshops on documentaries, VFX, comedy, and more. Learn more at

Vermont hosts the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival August 22–25. The festival celebrates first and second time filmmakers. Films screen at a few Middlebury venues. Visit for more details.

The Brattle Theatre hosts an Elliott Smith 50th Birthday Celebration on August 8 at 7:00 pm. This special event will celebrate the life and career of the late singer-songwriter with a screening of the documentary Heaven Adores You, followed by live musical performances. For more details and ticket information, visit the Brattle website.

Rangeley Friends of the Arts hosts “MIFF in the Mountains: Best of the Maine International Film Festival” August 2–5 at its Lakeside Theater. For a schedule and ticket information, click here.

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts presents Sunset Cinema this summer, free outdoor screenings on the Huntington Avenue lawn with music, art, and games 90 minutes before showtime. This month, watch 2001: A Space Odyssey on August 15 from 6:30–10:45 pm. Learn more here.

At Portland Summer Films this summer, free films screen Sunday evenings at dusk at Portland’s Congress Square Park. This month, watch Poltergeist on August 4, The Goonies on August 11, Saving Mr. Banks on August 18, and Mary Poppins Returns on August 25. Visit for more information.

Industry Buzz

The Netflix film Hubie Halloween has been filming on Massachusetts’ North Shore this summer. The film stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Maya Rudolph, and Julie Bowen. Read more from

The feature I Care a Lot has been filming in Massachusetts over the past few weeks, in locations including Wellesley and Natick. The thriller stars Rosamund Pike and Peter Dinklage.


Submit now to the Providence Children’s Film Festival. Filmmakers can submit to categories of feature length narrative, feature length documentary, short film, and the youth filmmaker showcase. Early bird deadline is September 30; regular October 25; late November 23. Learn more here.

The Boston International Kids Film Festival and FC Academy will offer a summer film school for kids this summer. The program will have sessions from July 8 through August 23 in several towns in Massachusetts. Learn more and register here.

The MacDowell Colony is accepting submissions for winter-spring 2020 fellowships. Artists in architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts are encouraged to apply. Deadline is September 15. Learn more here.