Wheels of Justice is one of the local short films to screen online instead of in person at this year's ReelAbilities Film Festival.

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April 2020 New England Film Industry News

New England film industry news including numerous canceled or postponed events, alongside industry buzz and calls for submissions..

3 Apr , 2020  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

Local film festivals and events get postponed due to COVID-19. Plus, other industry buzz, happenings, and calls for films.


The Maine Jewish Film Festival has been rescheduled and will take place November 7–15, 2020. Learn more at mjff.org.

The ReelAbilities Film Festival is being held online through April 3. The festival promotes awareness and appreciation of people with disabilities. Visit the festival website to view the films.

Rhode Island’s SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival has been postponed to October 13–17, 2020. Learn more at senefest.com.

Independent Film Festival Boston has been postponed. Check iffboston.org for updates.

This month’s Boston International Film Festival has been cancelled. Check the festival website for updates about when it will be rescheduled.

This summer’s Provincetown Film Festival has been cancelled. Click here to read more.

Boston’s Wicked Queer LGBT Film Festival is postponed. Check back at wickedqueer.org for new dates.

The Monadnock International Film Festival has been postponed. Learn more here.

Industry Buzz

Stowe Story Labs has announced the NewEnglandFilm.com Fellowship Finalists for their annual Labs. The finalists include: Maria D’Haene from Barre, VT for Broken; Theresa Drew from Randolph, MA for Give Me a Reason; Wendy Halley from Northfield, VT for Raven’s Daughter; Lyralen Kaye from Salem, MA for Saint John the Divine in Iowa; and Walter Quinn, from Hartford, CT for The Beer Mule. See their announcement.

Defending Jacob premieres on Apple TV+ on April 24. The miniseries is based on the novel by Massachusetts author William Landay and stars Sudbury native Chris Evans. It was filmed in Massachusetts last year. View the trailer and learn more here.

The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film announced their award winners last month; the planned awards ceremony will be postponed. Winners included Parasite for Best Movie, Halldora Geirharðsdóttir for Best Actress, and Matthias Schoenaerts for Best Actor. Check out the full list of winners here.

The Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship has announced this year’s mentees for its Diversity in the Edit Room program. Twenty emerging editors and assistant editors were selected. Learn more about the program and the mentees here.


NewEnglandFilm.com’s 12th Online New England Film Festival to take place in Fall 2020 is officially open for film submissions. Visit newenglandfilm.com/festival for more information or submit directly on FilmFreeway.

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 15. Learn more here.

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts has extended its April grant deadline to April 15. For dates and more details, click here.