Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, filmed in Massachusetts, opens on December 25.

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December 2019 New England Film Industry News

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

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Holiday screenings, calls for filmmakers, and an opportunity to join the Women in Film/Video New England board.


Get in the holiday spirit around New England this month with screenings of It’s a Wonderful Life at the Brattle Theatre; The Polar Express, Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life, and White Christmas at Red River Theatres; A Christmas Story at the Avon; and Home Alone, The Nutcracker, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and Die Hard at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

The Backcountry Film Festival visits Vermont this month. The festival is a collaboration between the Winter Wildlands Alliance and the Vermont Backcountry Alliance. Outdoor Gear Exchange in Burlington will host screenings on December 5 from 7:30 to 10:30 pm. Learn more here.

The Massachusetts Production Coalition hosts its Holiday MPC Meeting on December 16 from 6–9 pm. The evening of cocktails and presentations will take place at Boston’s LogMeIn. To learn more and register, click here.

Industry Buzz

Greta Gerwig’s Little Women opens on December 25. Based on the classic novel, the film was shot in Massachusetts last year and stars Saoirse Ronan, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet, Emma Watson, and Florence Pugh. Learn more about the film here.

The Boston Society of Film Critics will announce their 2019 winners on December 15. Check out their website for updates.

Shot in Gloucester, the independent feature film Crypsis will be released on December 17 on Amazon Prime, Redbox, and DVD. Check out the film’s Facebook page for information about upcoming screenings.


Women in Film/Video New England (WIFVNE) is holding an open Board member nomination period now through December 7 at midnight with an election to be held this December. Results will be announced on January 3, 2020 and new board members will be welcomed at a Board orientation meeting to be scheduled based on their schedules. If you are interested in joining the WIFVNE board or if you know of someone who would be a great candidate (and she/he is willing), please send WIFVNE a nomination email to: along with a few sentences on why you or your nominee would be an asset to WIFVNE and why you or your nominee is interested in being on the Board. Please include a short bio/current resume and a headshot/photo. More information on their website.

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

The LEF New England Moving Image Fund is now accepting Production & Post-Production Letters of Inquiry. Deadline is January 24. Learn more at the LEF website.

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.

Submit to the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival. Regular deadline is December 6; extended December 18. Filmmakers can submit features and shorts. 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.

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.

ArcLight seeks to showcase local filmmaking talent with “24 Hours in Boston.” Submissions will be received via the FilmFreeway platform through Friday, December 20 at 11:59 pm. The winner of the contest will receive $2,500 cash and posts on ArcLight Cinemas social media. Learn more here.