Wicked Queer Boston's LGBTQ+ film festival screens online this month. Film still from Shedding Skin from the Trans Shorts I: We Trans on the Precipice screening of shorts.

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Film News April 2021

April 2021 update of industry news, festival updates, call for films and more from the New England film industry.

6 Apr , 2021  

Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

Stowe Story Labs semifinalists, Wicked Queer / Boston’s LGBTQ+ Film Festival, Filmmakers Collaborative workshops, Roving Eye Film Festival and more.


Celebrate Wicked Queer April 8–18—Boston’s LGBTQ+ Film Festival will be held virtually, in collaboration with the Brattle Theatre and Paramount Theatre. Screenings include Bound, Boy Meets Boy, and Everything at Once. View the full festival schedule and learn more here.

The Monadnock International Film Festival, Monadnock Food Co-op, and Feast On This! Film Festival present the free virtual Earth Day Film Festival April 22–24. Click here to learn more and register for the event.

Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival and Roger Williams University present the Roving Eye Film Festival April 12–18. The program will be virtual and free. Visit the festival website to learn more.

The Vermont Natural Resources Council presents the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on April 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The virtual evening of short films will include a raffle. Learn more and register here.

Industry Buzz

Stowe Story Awards announced the semifinalists for NewEnglandFilm Fellows, which includes eight producers, writers, and filmmakers from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont. See all the 2021 finalists.

Academy Award nominations were announced last month. Nominees with New England connections include Rhode Island native Viola Davis, nominated for Best Actress; and Sound of Metal, which was shot in Massachusetts. The Oscars will take place on April 25. See the full list of nominees here.

Boston’s Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film Awards held a virtual awards ceremony last month. Winners included Portrait of a Lady on Fire for Best Movie, Eliza Hittman for Best Director, Riz Ahmed and Levan Gelbakhiani for Best Actor, and Sidney Flanagan for Best Actress. Read the full list of winners here.

George Clooney continues to film The Tender Bar in Massachusetts. The feature stars Tye Sheridan, Ben Affleck, and Lily Rabe. Read more from Boston.com.


Filmmakers Collaborative offers virtual and in-person classes for kids this spring. Visit their website for upcoming classes, including narrative filmmaking, editing, and more.

The MacDowell Colony is currently accepting applications for its fall 2021 fellowships. This year’s extended residency season will be from October 2021 through May 2022. Read more about pandemic restrictions, residency guidelines, and more here.

Submit now to the Maine Outdoor Film Festival in the categories of feature, short feature, or short. Regular deadline is May 1, late June 1. Learn more here.