Dramarama by Jonathan Wysocki, screening at 2020 Woods Hole Film Festival.

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New England Film July News

July 2020 New England Film industry news for happenings, industry buzz, and opportunities

3 Jul , 2020  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

Salem Film Festival and Woods Hole Film Festival move online, while Maine International Film Festival moves to a combination of drive-in and virtual screenings. Read more industry buzz, happenings, and opportunities.


The Salem Film Festival will take place online this year from July 10 through July 30. Learn more at salemfilmfest.com/2020.

Celebrate the Maine Outdoor Film Festival July 30 through August 9. Social distance screenings with limited audiences will take place at outdoor Portland venues. Learn more and purchase tickets at maineoutdoorfilmfestival.com.

The Woods Hole Film Festival will be held virtually July 25 to August 1. Tickets and passes available for screenings, Q&As, workshops, and more. Visit woodsholefilmfestival.com for more details.

The Maine International Film Festival will be held July 7-16 at the Skowhegan Drive-In Theatre. Tickets and festival passes available. For a full schedule and more information, visit miff.org.

The Vermont International Film Festival continues virtual screenings this month. Visit their website for films and showtimes.

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival presents drive-in movies this summer, in collaboration with the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard. Films will screen four nights a week in July and August behind the Martha’s Vineyard Ice Arena. Click here for updates and schedule.

The New Hampshire Film Festival has been postponed to October 2021. Learn more about submitting to next year’s event at nhfilmfestival.com.

The Rhode Island International Film Festival announced their opening night will be held at the Rustic Drive-In in Smithfield, RI. Most of this year’s programming (August 4-9) is free except for several World Premiere titles available at $2.00 per program; Drive-In double features are $15 per carload. For more information, visit http://www.rifilmfest.org/

While public programs are canceled through the end of August, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts offers virtual screenings, with new selections added every Friday. To learn more and rent films, visit the MFA website.

Industry Buzz

The 43rd Boston/New England Emmy Awards were held virtually last month. Check out the list of winners here.

The LEF Foundation named this year’s Moving Image Fund grant recipients earlier this spring. Learn more about the New England documentary filmmaker grantees here.


Calls for entries for NewEnglandFilm.com’s 2nd Annual New England Film Star Award, a grant worth over $3,000 in equipment and in-kind services, is now open. Applications are free. The mission of the award is to benefit a filmmaker who has been marginalized in mainstream cinema due to their race, gender, sexuality, class, able-bodiedness, and/or other factors. The finalists will be announced on NewEnglandFilm.com in October 2020, and the winner will be announced at the Women in Film/Video New England Annual Meeting in November. See application and eligibility guidelines.

The Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival is still open for screenplay submissions; deadline is July 15. Learn more here.

Harvard Square Script Writers will offer a limited number of virtual script reviews this summer. Visit their website to learn more.