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  • 30 Aug 2023 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to WIFVNE Members Caitlin McCarthy and Jennifer Rapaport, whose screenplays have been selected for table reads as part of the WIFVNE Showcase Event at Lonely Seal International Film Festival! Excerpts of their scripts will be performed live during the festival at the historic Regent Theater in Arlington, Massachusetts.

    Caitlin McCarthy's script is Resistance:

    • Logline: The Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia and the horrors of Auschwitz are seen through the eyes of one girl, forced to grow up quickly as she moves from the school yard to the concentration camp, working for the Resistance along the way.

    Jennifer Rapaport's script is Pending:

    • Logline: In a conservative Texas suburb in June of 2022, a 40-year-old mother in a teetering marriage discovers she is pregnant and must confront her soon-to-be-ex-husband and the fast approaching Dobbs decision to get the healthcare she needs. 

    In addition to the table reads, there will be a member film block and a networking hour with coffee and bagels. Come for the table read, check out some films, and network with writers, actors, filmmakers, and other WIFVNE members!

    The WIFVNE showcase will take place on Saturday, October 7, 2023 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Light refreshments served. The Regent Theater is a WIFVNE member. 

  • 18 Aug 2023 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On August 3, 2023, WIFVNE’s panel discussion, How to Market Your Film, was well-attended at the Woods Hole Film Festival.

    Moderator Kristen Falso-Capaldi, WIFVE Board member and RI state chair, spoke with the panelists about topics such as understanding how your end goal informs your marketing strategy, new approaches to marketing in today’s climate, and issues concerning AI.

    WIFVNE thanks the panelists for bringing their experience and insight to Woods Hole Film Festival:  (from left to right) Christine Merser, Managing Partner of Blue Shoe Content; Gia Galligani, Executive Producer/Showrunner and Development Executive; and John Edginton, Documentary Film Director/Producer/Executive Producer.

  • 10 May 2023 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Lights, camera, Easthampton!

    The Easthampton Film Festival returns May 12 – May 26, 2023, with independent film screenings at Abandoned Building Brewery, E-Media (aka Easthampton Media), Luthier’s Co-op, New City Brewery, and The Marigold Theater in Easthampton, MA.

    Tickets are on sale now online at, and cost $5 per screening. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Seating is limited, and capacity varies by venue.

    And Brace Yourself!  Seriously!  The Horror Shorts program called Brace Yourself starts at 

    6:00pm on Sunday, May 14th at New City Brewery.  PENNY, by WIFVNE Board Member Rachel Thomas-Medwid is part of the program (be sure to say hi to Rachel!). 

    About the Easthampton Film Festival (EFF): 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. The Easthampton Film Festival showcases the work of up-and-coming filmmakers from around the world (Canada, Finland, France, New Zealand, Turkey), with a particular focus on celebrating regional talent and themes (MA: Amherst, Cambridge, Easthampton, Gloucester, Northampton, and Waltham, as well as films from CA, ME, NJ, NY, RI, and SC).

    This year’s film selections represent several genres, including: animation, comedy, documentary, drama, and horror. Panel discussions with attending filmmakers will follow screenings. More detail on each screening here.

    This year, EFF offers filmmaking workshops in addition to film screenings. Each costs $250; registration and details can be found on the festival’s website.

    For media inquiries or to volunteer, please email:

  • 01 May 2023 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A phenomenal turn out for the WIFVNE sponsored session of shorts at the Boston International Film Festival (April 13-18, 2023). 

    Eight incredible films, all either directed or produced by women (pictured below), were shown during Session 4 on April 14 at the AMC Theatre in Boston, most notably Waysland, written and directed by WIFVNE member Lyria Garcia. Other films: These Old Bones 3 min; The Inevitable Search For 3 min; Angels 6 min; Savage Dawn 10 min; Maria 12 min; Second Chance 18 min; A Particular Minute 20 min.


    WIFVNE thanks BIFF director, Patrick Jerome (below, pictured with WIFVNE Board member Jaci Kjernander), for allowing us to be a part of a great festival. WIFVNE  looks forward to returning in 2024!

  • 03 Apr 2023 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WIFVNE is a proud sponsor of the Mass Reality Check, Salem Film Fest's documentary shorts showcase for MA college and university students and recent graduates. The showcase took place Saturday, March 25, 2023 with students from Bridgewater State University, Boston University, Emerson College, Fitchburg State University and Massachusetts College of Art and Design!

    Congratulations to Valentyn Arden (above, right) and Zack Furnari (above, left) first-place winners for their project SAVED BY LOVE, a film which follows an American couple navigating the process of adopting a child from the Ukraine while overcoming societal pressures surrounding their sexuality in pursuit to create a family.

    First place: SAVED BY LOVE, Co-Directed and Produced by Valentyn Arden & Zack Furnari. Logline: An American couple navigates the process of adopting a child from the Ukraine while also overcoming societal pressures surrounding their sexuality in the pursuit to create a family.

    Second Place: In Cod We Trust, Directed by Raphaël Edwards and Seonghoon Eric Park. Logline: Fishing has been a pillar of life in the community of Gloucester since the 1600s, but recent government mandated fishing quotas in response to environmental pressures have put in question the future of the industry.

    Third Place: WANDERING FOR LIFE, Co-Directed by Claire Collins and Abbey Frias, Produced by Aniyah Forney. Logline: This short follows a man’s journey of living life on the road, redefining the meaning of home, happiness, and success.

    WIFVNE VP Wendy Wilkins and WIFVNE Board Member Nerissa Williams Scott served on the jury for the Mass Reality Check.  WIFVNE Advisor Emily Abi-Kheirs was the Assistant Program Director for Salem Film Fest 2023. She moderated the Q&As for FINDING HER BEAT, ART AND PEP, 1946: THE MISTRANSLATION THAT SHIFTED A CULTURE, and KASH KASH: WITHOUT FEATHERS WE CANNOT LIVE.

    Competition photos are courtesy of Paulina Villarroel Cruz

  • 02 Apr 2023 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WIFVNE Board Member Kathryn Taccone (of Opel Pixel Studios) spoke at the Vermont Animation Festival at Northern Vermont University in March (March 24-25, 2023).

    Attendees listened to engaging conversations with industry leaders, watched a selection of animated films from the region and beyond, and participated in workshops. If you're a WIFVNE member attending a New England film festival, let WIFVNE know so we can spotlight your engagement!

  • 28 Mar 2023 1:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Boston Underground Film Festival--one of the top genre festivals known for celebrating unconventional stories, idiosyncratic voices, fever dreams, nightmarish visions, and all manner of cinematic forms--took place March 22-26.

    A number of WIFVNE members were able to attend BUFF at the Brattle Theater to represent their films. Rachel S. Thomas-Medwid’s film Penny and Miriam Olken’s film Petunia screened in the Dunwich Horror block and WIFVNE members involved in the films included Alyson Muzila, Lynn Weismann, Maddie Staszak, Paul Kandarian, Shahjehan Khan, and Brian McDonald.

  • 15 Mar 2023 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CineFest Latino Boston is back live and in-person September 28 – October 1, 2023! Submissions are now open.

    Founded and led by WIFVNE Member Sabrina Avilés, the Cinefest Latino Boston Film Festival 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.

    Submit on FilmFreeway.
    April 10, 2023:  Earlybird deadline
    May 15, 2023:  Regular deadline
    June 15, 2023:  Late Deadline

  • 10 Feb 2023 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 6th Annual Mystic Film Festival will take place October 19-22, 2023 in beautiful Mystic, Connecticut and surrounding areas.

    Mystic Film Festival is an annual event that showcases independent feature-length and short-form narrative films and documentaries from around the world.

    The festival is now accepting film and un-produced screenplay submissions and offering a 50% discount on submission fees to WIFVNE filmmakers and screenwriters. WIFVNE Members, please log in to see the discount code. 

    Earlybird Deadline - February 28, 2023

    Regular Deadline - April 30, 2023

    Late Deadline - May 28, 2023

    Extended Deadline - June 18, 2023

    Notification Date - July 17, 2023

    For details and to submit, visit FilmFreeway.

    The Mystic Film Festival Jury will recognize the top films in competition: Best Narrative Feature, Best Feature Documentary, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, Best International Narrative Feature, Best International Feature Documentary, Best International Narrative Short, Best International Documentary Short, Best New Director, Best New England Film, Human Rights Award, Best Conservation Film, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Student Film, Lifetime Achievement Award, Grand Jury Prize Narrative Feature, Grand Jury Prize Narrative Short, Grand Jury Prize Feature Documentary, Grand Jury Prize Documentary Short, Best Screenplay Narrative Feature, Best Screenplay Narrative Short, Audience Choice Award (festival-wide), and Audience Choice Award (Student Film Showcase).

    The festival will also be offering awards for the top five winners of their screenplay competition such as a meeting with a literary manager and ISAConnect Membership. Some additional prizes will be announced soon.

    Questions? Please email

  • 10 Feb 2023 12:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Lonely Seal International Film, Screenplay and Music Festival showcases “Stories Aching to Be Told.” Prizes include showcases for Worldwide Buyers at Cannes, prominent placement on a new crowdfunding platform, Final Draft software, strategic advice, and other career-enhancing gems. Submit now for a chance to be a part of the WIFVNE showcase (more details to follow)!

    WIFVNE Members receive a discount on submissions.  Submit on Film Freeway.

    Just to name a few of the Prizes and Awards:

    Grand Prize – A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes, one year of development advice, and one year of strategic financing and distribution advice. The Grand Prize also includes a cutting-edge website with two years of hosting, Final Draft software, and prominent placement on Hourglass24, a new crowdfunding site.

    * Our Grand Prize may be awarded to ANY FILMED PROJECT in our festival.


    Best Female Filmmaker - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes, development advice, strategic financing, and distribution advice.


    • Grand Prize Screenplay Winner - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes, one year of development advice, and one year of strategic financing and distribution advice. The Grand Prize includes Final Draft software and prominent placement on Hourglass24, a new crowdfunding site.
    • Best Short Screenplay - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.
    • Best Script Accessible Feature Screenplay - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.
    • Best Script Accessible Short Screenplay - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.
    • Best Teleplay - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.
    • Best Play/Musical - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.


    • The regular submission deadline is April 30, 2023.
    • The late submission deadline is May 31, 2023.
    • The extended deadline is June 30, 2023.
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