Avon Theater Providence, RI is one of the many local theaters to close due to COVID-19. Photo by Jeff Brooks.

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March 2020 New England Film Industry News

March 2020 New England film industry news including industry buzz and calls for films.

26 Mar , 2020  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

Many festivals and screenings have been canceled due to COVID-19. See other industry buzz & happenings.


Note: Most film festivals and screenings have been canceled due to COVID-19. Please check with individual websites/organizations to subscribe to keep up with canceled and rescheduled events.

Industry Buzz

The Rhode Island House and Senate have passed a bill to expand the state’s motion picture tax credit. The bill will allow for films to shoot less than half the production in Rhode Island to qualify for tax credits. Read more about the legislation from the Providence Journal.

Spenser Confidential hits Netflix on March 6. Directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg, the film is based on the Spenser characters created by Robert B. Parker. The film was shot in Boston last year. Learn more here.

Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals named Ben Platt as their Man of the Year last month; he was honored on February 7. Read more from Boston.com.


NewEnglandFilm.com’s 12th Online New England Film Festival is officially open for film submissions. Visit newenglandfilm.com/festival for more information or submit directly on FilmFreeway.

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts will offer several workshops and drop-ins over the next several weeks to help applicants prepare for the April 1 grants deadline. Information will be available about applying for fellowships and grants for individual artists, arts and culture, and education. For dates and more details, click here.

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

The Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship is open for submissions until March 13. The fellowship honors the late filmmaker Karen Schmeer. Click here for more details.