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  • 13 Jul 2022 3:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As the longest-running film festival on the Cape and Islands and one of the oldest in New England, the Woods Hole Film Festival was an early leader in promoting the films and careers of emerging, independent filmmakers, especially those with ties to New England, and specifically Cape Cod and the Islands—a mission that continues to this day.

    The 31st Annual Woods Hole Film Festival will be fully back in-person this year, with all films, filmmaker Q&As, panel discussions, the master class with Filmmaker-In-Residence Tasha Van Zandt, workshops, music events, the awards ceremony, and parties taking place at six different venues in Woods Hole, Falmouth, and Cotuit. A majority of films will also be available to watch on the Festival’s virtual platform. The festival dates are Saturday, July 30 through Saturday, August 6.

    The Festival’s intimate environment and inspiring setting by the sea provide filmmakers from around the world and audience members the opportunity to watch films together and to engage face to face in thought-provoking and meaningful conversations.

    The 44 feature-length and 72 short films (the latter organized into 10 separate, themed programs) offer something for everyone: films about coming-of-any-age, adventure, music, love, family, social and climate change, science, art and sports. Read on about some of the festival’s highlights.

    New England Connections

    Since the festival is in New England, it also attracts films that either include New England cast and crew members or were shot or set here—or sometimes both. On the narrative side there’s NORTHERN SHADE (Thursday, August 4), Branford, Connecticut native Chris Rucinski’s feature debut, set and filmed mostly in Connecticut, about a disenchanted Army vet who emerges from isolation when his younger brother is recruited by an extremist militia. Its cast and crew are also mainly from Massachusetts and Connecticut: actor Brian McDonald lives in Hanover, Massachusetts, and his father works at The Captain Kidd in Woods Hole, the Festival’s party host. MIDNIGHT BLACK, MIDNIGHT BLUE (Friday, August 5), a cinematic poem about a man grappling with his shifting memories of his ex-lover, stars and is co-directed by Samantha Soule, who was born and raised in Massachusetts; cinematographer Piero Basso divides his time between Cape Cod and Manhattan. ROUTE 1 NORTH (Tuesday, August 2), the debut narrative feature from Isabelle Rose Farrell, follows two sisters on a road trip along the eastern seaboard from Maryland to Maine, including a night on Cape Cod.

    On the documentary side, one film with New England ties has made headlines recently. David Grubin’s FREE RENTY: LANIER V. HARVARD (Sunday, July 31) follows Tamara Lanier’s fight to force Harvard University to cede possession of daguerreotypes made of her great-great-great grandfather—an enslaved man named Renty—and his daughter Delia, which were commissioned in 1850 by a Harvard professor (without their consent) to "prove" the superiority of the white race. On June 24, 2022, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that Lanier could sue Harvard for negligent infliction of emotional distress, but that Harvard can still retain physical and legal title of the four images. Cambridge director Garrett Zevgetis’s ON THESE GROUNDS (Tuesday, August 2) follows healer and activist Vivian Anderson, who uprooted her life in New York City after a video that went viral inspired her to support a Black teenager who was pulled from her school desk and thrown across the floor by a white police officer in South Carolina. Sara Archambault of Cambridge-based The DocYard, produced A DECENT HOME (Wednesday, August 3) by renowned photographer/cinematographer Sarah Terry, which addresses urgent issues of class and economic inequity through the lives of mobile home park residents who can’t afford other housing. Boston-based filmmaker and festival alum Lucia Small (One Cut, One Life) spent nearly seven years filming GIRL TALK, (Wednesday, August 3), her tour-de-force documentary about five girls on the diverse, top-ranked Newton South (Massachusetts) debate team, who find their voices despite being talked over, underrepresented, and judged differently than their male counterparts.

    Two short films also have strong New England ties. In WHERE LAND ENDS (Thursday, August 4) Grace McNally creates a sensitive portrait of Cuttyhunk, the tiny island with only 12 full-time residents and only one child, who is the only student at the last one room schoolhouse in Massachusetts. Harvard Professor Peter Galison’s animated documentary SHATTERING STARS (Sunday, July 31) tells the story of Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, an Indian physics prodigy who at age 19 was publicly humiliated when his major discovery about black holes collided with accepted physics. Decades later he won the Nobel Prize for his discovery, even though the experience shattered his ambitions.

    Panel Discussions, Master Classes, Workshops & Other Special Events

    Renowned explorer Will Steger, filmmakers Tasha Van Zandt (AFTER ANTARCTICA), Holly Morris (EXPOSURE), and Kathy Kasic (THE LAKE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD), together with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) polar scientists Sarah Das and Catherine Walker, will discuss how to communicate information about climate change through documentary filmmaking during “From Pole to Pole: Documenting Climate Change in Extreme Locations,” a panel discussion that is also part of WHOI’s Dispatches from an Ocean Planet series sponsored by the Yawkey Foundation. Filmmaker-in-Residence Van Zandt will also teach a master class on Tuesday, August 2.

    After screening her documentary feature FAIR PLAY (Friday, August 5)—inspired by Eve Rodsky’s bestselling book about the unfair work dynamic in her own home and society at large—director Jennifer Siebel Newsom (California Governor Gavin Newsom’s First Partner) will lead a discussion about domestic inequity, making visible the invisible care work historically held by women.

    For those interested in the new Dolby Atmos sound system, consultant and Garrett Audio owner Jay Sheehan presents “Beyond Stereo: Exploring Immersive Mixing” (Thursday, August 4), a workshop on navigating the new system and an examination of what emerging filmmakers of today need to consider when adopting the workflow associated with this new delivery format.

    For tickets and more information, visit www.woodsholefilmfestival.org, or call (508) 495-3456 or email info@woodsholefilmfestival.org.

  • 12 Jul 2022 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Easthampton Film Festival is about celebrating the work of up-and-coming filmmakers around the world, with a particular focus on celebrating local talent and themes. Filmmakers are encouraged to attend and participate in talkbacks. Screenings of short films are curated by theme (e.g. documentary, horror, family-friendly).

    Located in the heart of Western Massachusetts's Pioneer Valley, Easthampton is home to a thriving community of artists and musicians, as well as an abundance of excellent restaurants, cafés, and breweries.

  • 12 Jul 2022 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Scout Film Festival is excited to announce its 2022 Emerging Filmmakers Grants sponsored for the third year by director, writer, and producer Colin Trevorrow, known for the indie film SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED (2012) and the blockbuster hit JURASSIC WORLD.

    SUBMISSIONS ARE FREE:  As part of Scout's Career Development Program, in partnership with Visura.co, this open call is an opportunity for two emerging filmmakers to receive $5,000 in cash for the completion of a new short film or work in progress in one of two separate age categories; 18 and Under or 19 to 24. The winner will be announced at this year's Scout Film Festival in Boston, Massachusetts.

    The mission of the Grants is to 1) recognize diverse emerging filmmakers aged 24 and under from around the world; 2) support a recently completed short film or work in progress; 3) connect emerging filmmakers with key industry leaders; and, 4) support the next generation of filmmakers worldwide.

    DEADLINE: August 19, 2022, at 11:59:00 p.m. EST

    Scout is also inviting filmmakers aged 24 and under to submit their short films for an opportunity to be showcased during Scout Film Festival October 27-30 in Boston! The festival recently launched TALL SHORTS, a new category showcasing the work of creators aged 24 and under working in vertical format short content. Through TALL SHORTS, the festival continues to celebrate evolution and innovation in storytelling, style, and craft. Submissions are accepted through FilmFreeway - Submission Deadline July 29. 

  • 02 Jun 2022 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Mystic Film Festival is open for submissions for the 5th festivalThe festival will take place from October 20-23. Of particular interest to the festival are films that could premiere at the festival. WIFVNE members receive a 25% discount on film or screenplay submissions. Log in for your WIFVNE Members Only discount code. 

  • 01 Jun 2022 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Roxbury International Film Festival (RoxFilm) will be hosting its 24th festival from Thursday, June 22 – Sunday, July 2, 2022, with options for audiences to enjoy events virtually with RoxFilm@Home. RoxFilm is the largest festival in New England celebrating people of color around the world. The festival presents narrative and documentary features, shorts, animation, experimental and youth films. The festival holds workshops, panel discussions, discussions with filmmakers and networking opportunities. 

    RoxFilm will be hybrid this year with in-person screenings taking place at various locations and an additional online component called RoxFilm@Home which is a curated virtual festival for those who prefer to take in the festival from the comfort of their own homes. RoxFilm@Home, the online program, will run from June 27 – July 2, 2022. A complete festival schedule is available on the RoxFilm website.

    Two Options for Passes Available:

    “We are so excited to be bringing RoxFilm back in person and online for our 24th festival,” says RoxFilm Director Lisa Simmons, a WIFVNE Member. “Themes of love, family, community, and resilience pepper the festival complimented by conversations and workshops that focus on the power of Black and Brown voices. We continue to be humbled by the incredible stories these filmmakers have brought to us to share with our audiences.”

    RoxFilm will showcase feature-length narrative films, documentaries, shorts and animated films that are fiercely independent. The festival has featured and celebrated both films and filmmakers of color for the past two decades screening over 1,500 films to over 35,000 attendees. RoxFilm will include panel discussions, one-on-one conversations, networking opportunities, filmmaker hangouts and Q&A sessions with filmmakers and special guests. Keeping to their mission, the festival will screen a number of local films and highlight films from Boston Public School students, Lynn’s Raw Arts Program and other student-made films from around the country.

    Other RoxFilm programs include the return of the popular outdoor screenings at the MFA, the New England Premiere of the film Triggered Life (recent Las Vegas Black Film Festival award winner) directed by local director John Adekoje and starring award-winning actor Keith Mascoll, a conversation with Topper Carew American film director, screenwriter and producer best known for D.C. Cab and creating the television series Martin, the return of The Daily Read where scripts by RoxFilm alumni will be read by professional local actors, as well as various networking opportunities and industry panel discussions. On June 26, RoxFilm will also be partnering ArtsEmerson’s Shared Stories film series to present the New England Premiere of Anike Tourse’s America’s Family.

    About the Roxbury International Film Festival:

    The Roxbury International Film Festival (RoxFilm) is a 2019 and 2021 Best of Boston recipient that supports media makers of color and others who have an interest in creating and developing new and diverse images of people of color in film, video and performing arts. The festival collaborates with many arts institutions and organizations whose mission it is to promote and support independent artists and contribute to the creative economy of the Commonwealth. 

  • 27 May 2022 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Lights, camera, Easthampton!

    The Easthampton Film Festival debuts May 26-29, 2022, with screenings of independent films at multiple venues throughout Easthampton, MA. Tickets cost $5 per screening. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. The number of tickets available for each screening is limited, based on each venue’s capacity.

    The Easthampton Film Festival showcases the work of up-and-coming filmmakers from around the world (Argentina, Canada, Finland, India, Iran, Spain, Syria, UK), with a particular focus on celebrating regional talent and themes (MA: Belchertown, Feeding Hills, Hadley, Holyoke, Northampton, and Wilbraham, as well as films from CT, ME, NJ, NY, RI, and VT).

    This year’s selections represent several genres, including: feature films, shorts, documentary, horror, animation, comedy, drama, and music videos. Some Q & A sessions with filmmakers will follow screenings.

    Two WIFVNE Members has their films in the festival!

    G is for Gun by Kate Way & Julie Akeret (WIFVNE Member)
    A remarkable glimpse into the controversial policy of arming teachers. This visually-rich and engaging film explores a complex, political, and emotionally-fraught issue as one small-town community in Ohio town wrestles with how best to keep their children safe.

    All the Marbles by Melissa McClung (WIFVNE Member)
    A girl and a magical marble save the world from total destruction.

    Details on the screenings and trailers can be found on the EFF website.

    Chris Ferry, the festival’s founder and organizer, has produced and participated in making several independent films. He moved to Easthampton from New York City with his family in 2020. Eager to join the thriving artistic community here, he connected with local filmmakers.

    (Above:  Joshua Gaestel, Melissa McClung, and Chris Ferry at a recent EFF Presents: talkback)

    Calling all filmmakers! Submissions for the EFF23 season will open June 1, 2022; please check EasthamptonFilmFestival.com for details.

  • 20 May 2022 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From the team that previously brought you the Boston Latino International Film Festival (BLIFF) comes Cinefest Latino Boston, a new and better premiere film festival, founded and led by Boston filmmaker and WIFVNE Member Sabrina Avilés.

    Cinefest Latino Boston is committed to using the power of film to break stereotypes, bring cultures and communities together and reveal the complex issues affecting the Latinx community in the United States, as well as communities in Latin America and Spain.

    The festival is launching with the same team formerly associated with BLIFF, including Director of Programming Isabel Dávalos. This staff and volunteers earned accolades for their work with BLIFF, including being selected one of the top Hispanic celebration events in the Northeast by AAA and showcasing films that have won Official Selection at Sundance and have been selected as New York Times Critics Picks.

    Sabrina Avilés, Executive Director of Cinefest Latino Boston, is committing Cinefest Latino Boston to a year-round effort to showcase the local and domestic Latinx film community, while continuing to offer a premier venue for international films in the U.S.

    "The media landscape is growing rapidly, and that growth is encouraging more storytellers to produce their dream film projects and bring them to an audience. Cinefest Latino Boston will continue to give the greater Boston region access to the best of these filmmakers, both local and from around the world," said Executive Director Avilés.

    Sabrina Avilés is an award-winning independent filmmaker, whose work has taken her throughout Latin America, Canada and Europe. As a life-long filmmaker, Sabrina was inspired to create a showcase for storytelling talent and has the vision to lead its development. During her 25+ year career, she has worked on many PBS programs, among them the six-hour Peabody award-winning series, Latino Americans. Currently, she is in production for her first feature-length documentary on the city of Chelsea, MA and its response to the pandemic. Sabrina has received grants from ITVS’ Diversity Development Fund, the LEF Foundation, Mass Humanities, Latino Public Broadcasting, and the New England Foundation for the Arts. She was a 2019 LEF Foundation Flaherty Fellow, is a member of the Documentary Producers Alliance and currently serves on the boards of Filmmakers Collaborative and the Massachusetts Production Coalition. Previously, from 2016 to 2021, Sabrina was the Executive Director of the Boston Latino International Film Festival. Born in Washington Heights, Sabrina’s family originates from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

  • 07 Apr 2022 3:49 PM | Jessie Fuentes (Administrator)

    The Mystic Film festival, celebrating its 5th year, is “an annual event showcasing independent feature-length and short-form narrative films and documentaries from around the world.” Occurring from October 20-23, 2022, the festival will be held in Mystic, CT and surrounding areas.

    Those interested can submit screenplays and films to the following categories:

    • Documentary
    • Narratives
    • Student Films
    • Feature Film Screenplays

    Submissions are being accepted through June 25, 2022. The Mystic Film Festival Jury will recognize the top films in the competition and award them accordingly including the top winners of the screenplay competition.

    If you would like to submit, please visit the festival's submission page on Film Freeway. There you can find additional submission guidelines.


    WIFVNE members receive a discount on submissions, please check your email for details.

    Visit the festival’s website for more information at www.mysticfilmfestival.com, or contact Shareen Anderson at shareen@mysticfilmfestival.com or Wendy S. Wilkins at wendy@mysticfilmfestival.com.

    Happy filming!

  • 21 Mar 2022 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Belmont World Film (BWF) announces the lineup for its 20th International Film Series, running March 25-May 16, 2022, in a hybrid format. BWF features eight of the world’s top films, accompanied by both online and one in-person discussions with filmmakers or expert speakers.

    “Last year we showed the East Coast premiere of Lunana, which is now an Oscar nominee for this year’s Best International Feature Film,” says Belmont World Film Executive Director and WIFVNE member Ellen Gitelman. “Audiences will find this year’s films no less appealing, and I wouldn’t be surprised if several of the films we show become their countries’ submissions for the Best International Feature Film Oscar, and perhaps even a nominee.”

    Half of this year’s films are directed by women, with six directors making their feature film debuts, alongside two veteran directors: two-time Cannes Film Festival winner Tony Gatlif (Latcho DromExils) and Philippe Le Guay (Women on the Sixth Floor). Films feature such diverse languages as Albanian, Anishinaabemowin (Canadian First Nation language), Italian, Occitan (the language of the Oc people in the south of France), Polish, Romanian, and Spanish. Seven of the eight films are in French from France and Francophone countries, including Belgium, Canada, and Switzerland.

    Three films will be shown both online and in person at either the Majestic 7 Cinema in Watertown (81 Arsenal Yards Blvd.) or the West Newton Cinema (1296 Washington Street), four films will be available online only, and the closing night film on Monday, May 16, will only be shown in-person at the Majestic 7 in Watertown. All discussions will take place on Zoom on Mondays at 7:00 PM, except for closing night on May 16, which will take place immediately following the screening. 

    Individual in-person tickets are $12. Virtual individual tickets are $14 for a single viewer and $24 for multiple viewers. Several pass combinations are also available: in-person films only (4 films) are $40; online films only (7 films) are $85 for single viewers and $150 for multiple viewers; combo passes, which include 4 in-person films and 4 online films are $90. Memberships, which include complimentary tickets or passports and other benefits, are also available. EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare cardholder tickets and passes are half price. To purchase tickets and passes, or for more information visit www.belmontworldfilm.org

    BWF is funded in part by generous grants from Gravestar, the Mass Cultural Council and the Belmont Cultural Council. It is also supported by the Quebec Delegation of Boston and Villa Albertine.

    Covid measures for in-person screenings include proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within 72 hours of a screening, mask wearing, and social distancing (subject to change, depending on conditions).

  • 21 Mar 2022 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Salem Film Fest, now in its fifteenth year, is a leading, award winning international documentary film festival in New England. Screenings in-person will be from March 24 to 27, and streaming March 28 through April 3 via salemfilmfest.com.

    SFF includes in-person filmmaker Q&A, free events, and more! The 2022 lineup includes 27 feature-length films, plus 4 blocks of short-length films, from across the globe. Salem Film Fest is a volunteer-run non-profit event focused on bringing the best documentary films and filmmakers to the North Shore community.

    IN PERSON SCREENINGS:  From March 24 to March 27, SFF offers 21 feature length documentaries with filmmaker Q&A and 2 blocks of shorts.

    STREAMING SCREENINGS: March 28 through April 3, SFF offers 24 feature length documentaries and 4 blocks of shorts plus 3 special events available for streaming anywhere in the United States: 

    EVENTS:  SFF offers free events and musical performances March 24 to March 27, including special events with filmmakers. Special events do not require tickets.

    TICKETS: Please note all in person tickets will be a first-come, first-served basis and seating capacity will be limited. Tickets cost $10 each; ticket packs are also available.

    WIFVNE is a proud sponsor of the Mass Reality Check 

    Friday, March 25, 11am-12:30pm

    Mass Reality Check is the doc shorts showcase for Massachusetts college and university students and recent graduates. A jury of film industry sponsors bestows the MRC Award with prizes provided by Boris FX and Talamas. Programming staff from SFF and representatives from Documentary Educational Resources and WIFVNE will meet with the winner to give career advice. FILMMAKERS Q&A.

    FREE ADMISSION. Cinema Salem, 1 East India Square Mall, Salem, MA
    Sponsored by Boris FX, Talamas, Documentary Educational Resources, and Women in Film and Video New England.

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