What's the Story?, films produced by the Vermont Young People Social Action Team followed by Q&A with the young filmmakers takes place Sunday January 19 at 4pm as part of the MountainTop Film Festival.

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January 2020 New England Film Industry News

January 2020 New England film industry news including happenings, industry buzz and calls for films.

14 Jan , 2020  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

Upcoming grant and film lab applications, plus other industry news, opportunities and happenings.


The Mountaintop Film Festival runs January 17–23 in Waitsfield, Vermont. The human rights film festival is in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.; films screen at the Big Picture Theater. For more information, visit the festival website.

Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals will present their Woman of the Year with a show and parade on January 30. This year’s Woman and Man of the Year recipients will be named later this month; the Man of the Year will be honored on February 7. Learn more and get tickets here.

The Maine Film Association kicks off the new year with MFA Happy Hour on January 23 from 5-7 pm. The networking evening is for MFA members, Maine filmmakers, film professionals, students, actors, and media professionals. The event will take place at Portland’s Three Dollar Dewey’s and is free and open to all. Learn more here.

Industry Buzz

Academy Award nominations will be announced on January 13. Possible nominees with New England connections include the films Little Women and Knives Out. Check out the Oscars website for updates.

Learn more about the Massachusetts filming locations of Greta Gerwig’s Little Women from Boston.com.


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.

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

The Berkshire International Film Festival is now open for submissions. Regular deadline is 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.