Established in the fall of 2021 by Alastair Moock and Stacey Babb, The Opening Doors Project, Inc. aims to elevate voices of color and advance conversations about race through the arts. By bringing new cultural experiences to suburban Boston communities and viewing audiences across the nation, Opening Doors strives to promote racial justice work. Our programs are rooted in our conviction that white people have a role to play in advancing racial justice; that fulfilling this role requires interaction with new ideas and perspectives; and that the arts are a powerful medium for sparking advocacy.

To date, we have produced an online music and interview series hosted by co-founder Alastair Moock. The series features top national and largely BIPOC talent playing music and discussing issues related to diversity and inclusion.

The Opening Doors Project also produces live events that celebrate artists of color in our community and beyond. We aim to encourage family conversations around why DEI matters we hope to develop an ongoing series of visual art and live musical events featuring a diverse roster of artists and performers under the banner of “The Opening Doors Project.”

The Bull City International Film Festival is open internationally to all filmmakers and screenwriters who understand that film is much more than expensive equipment and sets with impractical budgets.

We are seeking films and scripts with character driven plots. Insightful stories relying on human expression more than special effects.

BCFF’s mission is to develop, promote and sustain a film festival that supports new media and independent film making in North Carolina and around the world while engaging audiences with new cultural and entertainment opportunities. Our goal is to produce unique programming that showcases excellence in writing and filmmaking.

The 5th Annual Bull City International Film Festival is scheduled for March 5-6, 2022. We are planning an in-person event as well as virtual options. Follow us on Facebook for updates throughout the year, and until then, we are looking forward to bringing wonderful films (and filmmakers) to Durham.

Submissions are now open via FilmFreeway. We accept submissions of feature films, short films and tv pilots. We also accept screenplays and stage plays.

Award winning screenwriters will be invited to be guests on the podcast, The Writers Room With Sam & Jim.



Mystic Film Festival is an annual event showcasing independent feature-length and short-form narrative films and documentaries from around the world. Our festival was created by local filmmakers and artists to nurture regional talent, to promote works made in Connecticut and New England, and to bring unique films to our community. The festival unites a diverse group of filmmakers and audiences to explore ideas, discuss the filmmaking process, and celebrate creativity. Through engaging community and industry events, panels and workshops, and film screenings by acclaimed and up-and-coming talent, the festival is a special experience for filmmakers and audiences alike.

Now celebrating its seventh year, the festival will take place September 19th to September 22nd, 2024 at venues in Mystic, Connecticut and Westerly, Rhode Island. Our cornerstone venue is Mystic Luxury Cinemas in Olde Mistick Village. We’ll open with a local premiere and close the festival with an awards event where the best film in each category is recognized.

Our screenplay competition, now in its fifth year, is expanding relationships with key partners in the screenwriting industry and has expanded its categories to include narrative short screenplays, episodic, and stage plays. The top winners of the 2024 screenplay competition will be announced at the awards ceremony on September 22nd, 2024.

Submissions for the 7th edition are now open! All submissions are being accepted via the FilmFreeway platform:


Formerly War Stories Peace Stories

About this project:
Jamil Simon, Founder and Director

Making Peace Visible (MPV) is a bridge-building organization igniting critical conversations all over the world about how the media covers peace and conflict. At MPV, our mission is to help expand global coverage of peace and reconciliation efforts in the media, to inspire a wider range of approaches to conflict reporting, and to improve the overall public narrative about peace.

Our vision is grounded in the belief that peacebuilding is a viable and transformative practice capable of resolving conflict without war and violence. We also recognize that peacebuilding will continue to be starved for resources until the public recognizes peacebuilding as a viable alternative to war. Given the critical role the media plays in shaping societal narratives when it comes to conflict, MPV is committed to forging strong connections between journalists and peacebuilders to support them in presenting peace and conflict differently. To paraphrase the American playwright, Tom Stoppard, if you want to change the world, start with journalists. We’ve taken his advice seriously.

To accomplish this, we’re implementing a range of activities to foster in-depth, sustained cross-dialogue between both journalists and peacebuilders. We do this through our multiple platforms such as The Making Peace Visible Podcast, our online journal NUANCE, through online and in-person events, such as webinars and international symposia, and through our education program for both journalists and the public. The goal is to establish a new network of professionals, brought together by a shared commitment to reshape the public narrative on peace and conflict.

The GIs of Comedy is a comedic troupe of troops, who have taken their love of their country and brought it to the comedy stage. Quite simply, as the motto says, they’re Standup Comics. All Veterans. Still Serving Their Country. One Joke At A Time. Thom Tran, Jose Sarduy, and Tom Irwin are the GIs of Comedy. Veterans of the United States Army and Air Force. All now professional comedians trying to bring laughter to their brothers and sisters still in uniform.

Their mission and their goal is to help heal their fellow soldiers with their comedy, and to bring laughter to all those who have supported the people that wear the uniform of the United States Armed Forces.

The GIs of Comedy Tour is the brain child of comedian, writer, producer, and former US Army Staff Sergeant Thom Tran. Having served in Iraq during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, Tran was medically retired in 2005 after he was wounded in combat in Iraq. After returning to civilian life, comedy became the only real therapy for Tran, who continues to struggle with Post-Combat Trauma, as many veterans do.

“Comedy helps me get through the days. The good ones and the bad ones”, says Tran. “I know a lot of troops who are still struggling the way I am. Comedy helped me, so I want to help bring the laughter to them too. I’m an NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer) at heart. My job is to take care of troops. That’s what I want to do. That’s what we all want to do.”

In 2012, The GIs of Comedy partnered with the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a 4-Star Military charity that raises college scholarship money for the children & families of fallen U.S. Special operations personnel. Since 2012, the group has raises or had raised in their name over $10K for the foundation. The merchandise sold on tour goes to the SOWF. You can help by making a donation at

Crows & Sparrows is an international working group and exhibition platform that seeks to support artistic exchange between media artists working in North America and East Asia. Crows & Sparrows has a strong interest in supporting artistic dialogue between the United States and China through regular curation and visiting filmmaker programs.

Crows & Sparrows was founded in 2014 by Genevieve Carmel, Benny Shaffer, and Xin Zhou. Yangqiao Lu joined the team in 2016. Since 2014, Crows & Sparrows has presented film programs in Boston at the Harvard Film Archive, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, the Brattle Theatre, and in partnership with the experimental film series Balagan Films and the Independent Film Festival Boston. In 2016, Crows & Sparrows presents its first film programs in Beijing and Shanghai.

Founded in 2009, the Online New England Film Festival is a free annual online film festival at showcasing short, local films that have screened at local film festivals. Rather than a call for entries, the festival line-up is a curated by festivals across the region—including the Provincetown International Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Maine International Film Festival, the New Hamsphire Film Festival, and over a dozen others. Each festival recommends two to five short films with a New England connection for inclusion in the festival, and filmmakers receive an invitation to feature their films in this collaborative online festival. In this way, the Online New England Film Festival aims to promote local filmmakers, local films and local film festivals.

Although the official festival dates are from September 1 through October 15 each year, many filmmakers opt to continue featuring their films long after the festival has ended, so that at any time of year, visitors can watch online many of the past festival entries. This year, the festival team has launched a project to re-invite films from past years, so that we might be able to provide a more comprehensive archive of the festivals’ short films that have screened at festivals across the region throughout the past several years.

The festival also presents annual audience award and jury awards in each category—animation, comedy, documentary, drama, experimental, music video, thriller. In 2015, the festival launched a partnership with ITVFest to host an in-person festival event and awards ceremony.

The online festival is hosted by, the online magazine and community for filmmaking in the region founded in 1997. features jobs, casting calls, production directory, calls for entries, as well as an online magazine with filmmaker interviews, company profiles and industry news. All resources, postings, articles, and the online film festival on are free to view and post.

CineFest Latino Boston LLC is an annual film festival conducted in Boston, highlighting stories by and about Latinos. The 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.

We are grateful for the generous support of our sponsors:

Massachusetts Cultural Council
Lowel Cultural Council
Cabot Family Charitable Trust
Liberty Mutual Foundation
City of Boston Arts and Culture