New England Film Star Award

The 2020 New England Film Star Award was presented to filmmaker Melissa McClung at the Women in Film / Video New England’s annual meeting in December 2020. See more about Star Award Winners Melissa McClung and 2019 winner Jessica Estelle Huggins.

Also see info on the 2020 finalists and 2019 finalists.

Melissa McClung was awarded the 2nd Annual New England Film Star Award by and Women in Film/Video New England.

The New England Film Star Award is an in-kind grant (over $3,000 value!) to be given annually to one filmmaker living in New England for their film/video project. 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 in October 2020, and the winner will be announced at the Women in Film/Video New England Annual Meeting in November.

The 2020 Call for Proposals is now closed.

It is free to apply. The 2020 jury consists of staff from and Women in Film/Video New England, along with our first recipient of the award, Jessica Estelle-Huggins.

See last year’s 2019 Finalists and 2019 Winner, who were honored at the Women in Film/Video New England Annual Meeting in October 2019 at WGBH Boston.

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2020 Award Partners:

Stowe Story LabsCatalyst Storieroad

2020 Awardee Receives:

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Filmmaker must reside in New England (Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire).
  • Filmmaker must have a clear project and production plan (any genre, any stage from pre- to post-production) for the grant.
  • Filmmaker must articulate in their personal statement how they will benefit from the award as a result of their marginalization by race, gender, sexuality, class, or able-bodiedness, or other factors.

Grant Requirements:

  • Awardee must use all services and products awarded by September 1, 2021
  • Awardee must complete a short online form progress report by June 1, 2021 and October 1, 2021
  • Awardee must list “Support provided by” in the award project’s film credits, the website for the film, and on all press releases or publicity materials about the film

How to Apply:

Complete our online application by August 31, 2020. It is strongly suggested that you copy the questions into a separated text file on your computer and work with them there so you do not lose your work.


Extended to September 15, 2020

Grant Notification:

Finalists by October 15, 2020 | Award Winner in November 2020

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