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Mystic Film Festival


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:


Associated Members

Shareen Anderson, Director


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