Online New England Film Festival screens dozens of local films including Cranberry Nights.

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September 2020 Film Industry News

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

2 Sep , 2020  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

The 12th Annual Online New England Film Festival launches this month; extended deadlines for the New England Film Star Award and LEF/CIFF Fellowship, plus more buzz, happenings and opportunities.


Celebrate the 2020 Online New England Film Festival September 8 to October 15! Read more about the festival, partners, and sponsors here and visit our website to begin streaming films from home on September 8.

The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival continues online through September 3. Single tickets and festival passes are available for virtual screenings and special events. Learn more at

The Coolidge Corner Theatre presents outdoor screenings of Shutter Island over Labor Day weekend. The drive-in showings will take place at Medfield State Hospital, where the movie was filmed, and begin with a presentation about the historical site. For showtimes and to purchase tickets, visit the Coolidge website.

The Boston Latino International Film Festival will be held virtually September 23–27. Check for updates.

The Berkshire International Film Festival and Shakespeare & Company present drive-in screenings on the Shakespeare & Company campus in Lenox, Massachusetts this summer. Click here for this month’s screenings and drive-in information.

Industry Buzz

Orchestrating Change, a documentary about the New England-based orchestra Me2/Orchestra, airs on WGBH’s World channel this month. The Me2/Orchestra is the first orchestra created for people living with mental illness. Learn more here.

Shot in Massachusetts, the X-Men film The New Mutants is now playing in theaters. The film stars Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Charlie Heaton. Watch the trailer and read more here.

Family feature The Sleepover, also filmed in Massachusetts, is now streaming on Netflix. Learn more here.


Submit now to the 2021 Providence Children’s Film Festival. Early bird deadline is September 30; regular October 31; late November 20. Click here for more information.

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—deadline has been extended until September 15. Applications are free. See application and eligibility guidelines.

The deadline has been extended until September 4 for the LEF/CIFF Fellowship, an opportunity for 6 New England-based filmmaking teams with feature docs in production or post-production to attend the 2020 Camden International Film Festival and connect with funders, distributors, producers, and other industry professionals through a series of curated 1:1 meetings. In light of the COVID-19 public health crisis, the 2020 LEF/CIFF Fellowship and 1:1 meetings will be conducted remotely. See application and info on their website.