Online New England Film Festival
A Michele Meek Production
Founded in 2009, the Online New England Film Festival is a free annual online film festival at NewEnglandFilm.com 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 NewEnglandFilm.com, the online magazine and community for filmmaking in the region founded in 1997. NewEnglandFilm.com 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 NewEnglandFilm.com are free to view and post.