The short film Anne directed by Vijay Renga screens at the SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston) Film Festival.

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November 2019 New England Film Industry News

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

4 Nov , 2019  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

Boston SuperMeetUp and Mass Media Expo come to Boston, plus industry buzz, upcoming events and festivals, and opportunities for filmmakers.


The Boston SuperMeetUp! will take place on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 5:30pm to 9pm in the Empire Ballroom at the Courtyard Downtown Hotel. The New England film community can receive $5 reduced price tickets with code NEFILMVIP at

Mass Media Expo takes place November 2 at WGBH Boston. The conference features exhibits, panels, and films focused on New England’s media industry. Register and learn more at

Celebrate the Boston Jewish Film Festival November 6-17. Films and events will take place at several Boston area venues. Visit for a full schedule and more information.

Points North Institute’s “Recovery in Maine” series continues this fall. The series features documentary films and panels that promote discussion about the opioid crisis and public response. For more information and a list of screenings, click here.

The Boston International Kids Film Festival runs November 15-17 at the Somerville Theatre. The festival celebrates films by, about, and for kids. Check out the schedule and more details at

Concord, New Hampshire’s Red River Theatres hosts the SNOB Film Festival November 7-10. The “Somewhat North of Boston” festival celebrates independent filmmaking. Learn more at

The Brattleboro Film Festival runs November 1-10 in Vermont. Films screen at Brattleboro’s Latchis Theatre. Events include filmmaker Q&As and audience favorites. Learn more at

The Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival has partnered with Roger Williams University (RWU), to present its Fall-edition of the annual Roving Eye Film Festival on November 5-10. The festival celebrating global cinema and artists, announced its Fall 2019 sidebar program on the Jewish Experience through short films, documentary, media and guest speakers.

Massachusetts hosts the Arlington International Film Festival November 7-10 at Arlington’s Capitol Theatre. Events include opening and closing night parties, student filmmaker program, and networking. For a full schedule and more information, visit

The Coolidge Corner Theatre hosts a screening and discussion of Veteran Children: When Parents Go to War on November 3 at 2:00 pm. The documentary about American military families will be followed by a community discussion with City Year co-founder Alan Khazei. Read more and purchase tickets here.

Industry Buzz

Acts of Desperation, a dark crime comedy from Boston-based writer Nathan Illsley, is now available on most streaming platforms including Amazon, iTunes, and Red Box among others. The feature film follows six troubled individuals whose lives come crashing together in explosive ways following a bank robbery, and stars Paul Sorvino, Jason Gedrick, and Kira Reed Lorsh.

New Hampshire filmmaker Alfred Thomas Catalfo’s Incandescent has recently screened at Maine’s Sanford International Film Festival and the Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival in Rhode Island. Read more here.


Vermont’s Stowe Story Labs is now accepting applications for its 2020 programs. Screenwriters, filmmakers, and creative producers are encouraged to apply. is once against partnering with Stowe Story Labs to offer a fellowship for the 2020 Narrative Lab; learn more here. Early bird deadline is December 16; regular January 20; late January 31. Read more about the programs and apply here.

The Nantucket Film Festival is now open for submissions in a variety of categories. Regular deadline is January 10, final episodic screenplay February 12, all other categories final March 11. Learn more here.

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. Late deadline is November 23. Learn more here.

The Berkshire International Film Festival is now open for submissions. Early bird deadline is December 31, regular February 1, late February 29, extended March 20. Click here for more details and to submit a film.