Andrew Gerstenblatt's film Best Dressed screens at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

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August Film Industry News

Virtual fests and drive-in screenings continue, RIIFF opening night rescheduled, plus New England Film Star Award applications open.

4 Aug , 2020  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

Check out the latest industry news, festival updates, call for films and more from the New England film industry.


Celebrate the Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival August 4–9. The festival will be a mix of virtual and in-person events; venues include drive-in theaters. Visit for tickets and a full schedule. Opening Night was rescheduled to August 11 due to the tropical storm. See complete schedule.

The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival will be held online August 27 to September 3. Single tickets and festival passes are available for virtual screenings and special events. Learn more at

The Museum of Fine Arts presents the Virtual Boston French Film Festival through August 7. Purchase tickets to view films including Joan of Arc, The Girl with a Bracelet, and The Perfect Nanny from home. Learn more here.

The New Hampshire Rivers Council presents a live-stream of the 2020 Wild & Scenic Film Festival on August 27. Tickets will allow access to on-demand videos for five days. The festival promotes environmentally conscious organizations and films. Click here for more information.

Boston and New Haven host the 48 Hour Film Project this month. Teams will work on films over a weekend, then screen them outdoors. Learn more about the program and find screening dates here.

The Maine Outdoor Film Festival continues through August 9. Social distance screenings with limited audiences will take place at outdoor Portland venues. Learn more and purchase tickets at

The Vermont International Film Festival presents new virtual films every week. Visit their for screenings and to purchase tickets.

Industry Buzz

Despite industry efforts, the Massachusetts House and Senate have not included amendments to extend the state’s film and television incentive past its sunset date of December 31, 2022. Read more from Massachusetts Production Coalition.

The award-winning film Gutterbug, filmed in the Boston area, will be released online on August 11. See the trailer or their website for details.


The Flickers’ Kidseye Summer Filmmaking Workshop will be held virtually August 3–7. Introductory (ages 8-12) and Advanced (ages 13-17) online camps will be offered for kids interested in filmmaking. Click here to learn more and register.

Massachusetts’s Filmmakers Collaborative presents FC Academy this summer. Several filmmaking classes are offered for middle school students. Visit their website for classes, dates, and to register.

The Fox Festival Parade, Arts Arlington’s annual tradition celebrating local wildlife, community, and the neighborhood Fox Branch Library,  is reimagined this year as the Fox & Owl Tiny Film & Photo Festival.
Artists of all ages are invited to make artwork, a photo series, or a short movie starring Fox and Owl. Deadline is August 31. More info and submission info is on their website.
Calls for entries for’s 2nd Annual New England Film Star Award, a grant worth over $3,000 in equipment and in-kind services, remain open. Applications are free. See application and eligibility guidelines.