We at the LFC try to keep our fingers on the pulse of Great New England film news. Here are some juicy nuggets, courtesy of one of our favorite online resources, NewEnglandFilm.com. It’s worth the time to sign up for their e-mail notifications, especially if you’re a local film festival buff — there are film fests aplenty in the New England area!
Keep up to date with industry news at NewEnglandFilm.com, and please share with us any news YOU might hear throughout the spring.
LOCAL MAY FILM FESTIVALS
Boston’s 26th Annual LGBT Film Festival, May 6 – 16: The Fest kicks off with an opening night screening of Bob Christie’s documentary Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride. Other films include Is It Just Me?, Play in the Gray, Wild About Harry, and 8: The Mormon Proposition. Several filmmakers will be in attendance at their screenings. Advance tickets are available through the MFA and Brattle Theatre for films showing at those locations; tickets for screenings at Fenway Health can be purchased at the door with cash only. Passes are also available through the MFA Box Office. Visit http://bostonlgbtfilmfest.org/ for the full festival schedule and more ticket information.
23rd Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, May 27 – June 5, Hartford, CT: Keep up to date with this Fest at http://www.outfilmct.org/ for updates and volunteer opportunities.
8th Annual Walpole High Film Festival May 16, 18, and 20, Walpole, MA: The fabulous Fest features student work and finishes with a red carpet event on May 20th. Visit http://www.whsfilmfestival.com/Walpole_High_School_Film_Festival/Welcome.html for more details and contact information.
New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival, May 15, New Hampshire Technical Institute, Concord, NH: This event is free and open to the public, with an awards ceremony to follow! Visit http://www.nh.gov/film/hsfest/index.htm for the full list of films.
State budget cuts pose a serious threat to the Vermont Film Commission, reports the Burlington Free Press (http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20100415/ENT02/100414017). The commission’s budget has been reduced by approximately $70,000, and the commission must eventually find new ways of funding itself. The article quotes executive director Joe Bookchin, who says, “If the state stops funding us, I think that would be the end of the film commission.”
The Massachusetts state House of Representatives rejected amendments to prevent another proposed cut to arts and cultural funding through the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC). The final House budget plan calls for $9.1 million the MCC, or roughly $600,000 less than the agency’s current allocation. For more information, visit http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/.
Emmy-award winning Friends producer Kevin Bright is currently working with students at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts. Bright, who is also an executive artist in residence at Emerson College, is teaching a filmmaking course to the students, who recently completed their first short film. Read the full story in the Boston Globe: (http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/articles/2010/04/21/blindness_is_no_barrier_in_filmmaking_class/).
Principle Pictures of Plymouth, Massachusetts, has been awarded a Cinereach grant for Beth Murphy’s upcoming documentary What Tomorrow Brings. The film follows a year at a girls’ school in Afghanistan. Principle Pictures is currently in production on the documentary The Promise of Freedom. Visit http://www.cinereach.org/grants/grants-recipients/what-tomorrow-brings for more details.
The Camden International Film Festival is currently accepting submissions for their June 15 deadline ($45 fee for feature films, $35 short); Late deadline is July 15 ($55 feature, $40 short); Extended deadline is August 1 ($60 feature, $45 short.) Visit http://www.camdenfilmfest.org/submissions.php for submission form and updates.
Start preparing your submissions for this year’s Boston Film Festival, September 17 – 23. Deadline for submissions is June 11. Visit http://www.bostonfilmfestival.org/ for more details and to complete an application.
Submissions are currently being accepted for the 12th Annual Williamstown Film Festival, October 15–24. Visit http://www.williamstownfilmfest.com/ for further details!