Fred Wiseman's latest film City Hall screens online as part of the Vermont International Film Festival.

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Film News January 2021

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

11 Jan , 2021  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

Stowe Story Labs applications, festival calls for films, virtual screenings and more in the New England film news update.

Happenings has posted a public Call for Proposals for others interested in taking over the site. See the full CFP. And read Founder Michele Meek’s letter about her decision. Proposals are due January 31.

Enjoy films from the comfort of home this winter with virtual screenings from the Brattle, Red River Theatres, Coolidge Corner Theatre, Vermont International Film Festival, and the JPT Film & Event Center.

The Maine Film Association hosts a 2021 New Year Community Check-In over Zoom on January 21 from 5–7 pm. The event is free and open all to Maine film community members. Learn more here.

The Woodstock Vermont Film Series is virtual this month. Check out online screenings of Moynihan, John Lewis: Good Trouble, and Made You Look in January. Selections are curated by Vermont filmmaker Jay Craven. Film passes are available. Click here for more information and a full schedule.

Industry Buzz

Showtime’s Dexter limited series will begin filming in Massachusetts later this month, including in Worcester, Gardner, Lancaster, and Sterling. Read more at

Adam McKay’s Netflix film Don’t Look Up continues to shoot in Massachusetts. Read the latest from WCVB.


The LEF New England Moving Image Fund is now accepting Production & Post-Production Letters of Inquiry; deadline is January 22. Learn more here.

The Nantucket Film Festival is now open for submissions. Regular deadline is January 15; final March 19. For more guidelines, visit the festival website.

Stowe Story Labs has opened application season through February 28, 2021. Screenwriters, filmmakers, and creative producers are encouraged to apply; 2021 programs will be in person and remote. Learn more and apply at

Rhode Island International Film Festival’s call for films is open. See more at FilmFreeway or their website.

The Berkshire International Film Festival is now accepting submissions. Regular deadline is February 1; late March 1; extended March 7.