Southeast New England Film, Music & Arts Festival
Film & Screenplay Submission
SENE Film Festival proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world's best online submissions platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, Vimeo and YouTube integration, and more.
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Film Screeners/Preview Copies
You may send us either a link and password for an online screener (such as Vimeo/Youtube) or a downloadable file (such as Wetransfer/Dropbox). Please email the link to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please email your screenplay to email@example.com
Film Submission Fees
SENE has partnered with the Boston Comedy Festival. Comedy Short Films submitted for the April 2018 SENE Festival may also be considered for the November 2017 Boston Comedy Festival.
Screenplay Submission Fees
The top 3 Feature Screenplays and top 3 Short Screenplays will be announced and forwarded to our screenplay judging committee.
Awards will be given for Best Feature Screenplay and Best Short Screenplay.
Screenplay Competition Submission Requirements
• Short screenplays must be 30 pages or less.
• Feature screenplays must be between 31 and 120 pages
• Submitted screenplays must be original
• Screenplays must be the sole property of the applicant
• Screenplays that are optioned, produced or purchased before the end of the judging period will no longer be eligible
• Judges, readers and SENE staff and their immediate family are not eligible.
• Screenplays submitted solely under a pen name will be disqualified. You may submit under a pen name if you also provide your real name.
Reasons to Submit Your Film to SENE:
• 95% of selected films come from official submissions.
• 25% of submitted films were selected for screening last year.
• Festival programmers (Phil Capobres & Don Farias) personally review every film submission.
• Short films may also be seen by 20 or more reviewers.
• Documentaries and Narrative Features are also reviewed by separate programming committees.
• Films are eligible for over 30 jury and audience awards.
• Many of our films are from first-time and newer directors.
• SENE Alumni tend to submit to us year after year
• SENE has no requirements that we are the premiere for your film
• Screening times are scheduled with an emphasis on avoiding conflicting programs which means a stronger audience for your film.
• No more than 2 film programs are scheduled to screen at the same time.
• SENE accepts all film genres and categories and creates screenings to showcase them.
• In addition to our international and American films, SENE is proud to promote local New England films.
• Selected Filmmakers, Musicians and Artists get free access to all film, music and art events and parties
• Every paid film or screenplay submission receives one free 2018 SENE Festival Weekend Film Pass (good for all films on Fri & Sat) regardless of whether the film is selected.
• All films will be introduced by a Festival Director.
• Dedicated Q&A time for visiting filmmakers at their screening.
• Ample opportunities to network for free with filmmakers, artists and musicians (music event, Limelight Party, filmmaker reception, filmmaker brunch, panels, after parties, closing party)
Additional Screening Opportunities
• Films are eligible for multiple screenings as part of our traveling Limelight Series programming.
• Comedy shorts are also considered for the Boston Comedy Festival.
Professor - Directing and 16MM Film Production
Rhode Island School of Design
Actor & Writer
Magic Lamp Distribution & Releasing
President of Promotion & Publicity
Magic Lamp Distribution & Releasing
Dr. Silvia Kratzer
Professor of Film, Television and Digital Media
Professor - Animation
Rhode Island School of Design
Professor of Acting and Directing
Department of Theater Arts and Performance Studies
Department of Visual and Media Arts
Actor & Film Enthusiast
Kathleen B. McCarthy began as a child in the local television industry in small commercials, and with WPRI-12 then called WPRO on the children's show of Romper Room, Salty's Shack with the late Wally Brine. Drama experience continued through Hope High School and Rhode Island College. She enrolled in the first Film Studies Program at RIC transferring from a Theater major. At the time, she was the only female enrolled and was told by advisors, "We don't actually know quite what to do with you. If you don't feel you want to be in front of the camera and desire time behind the camera, why women don't normally do that!." the late Dr. Mark Estrin-Film Studies Chairman. Kathleen states, "This was true. It was expected in the late 70's that a woman would only be deemed an actor. I wanted more, I wanted to be a cinematographer. I was told I would have to pursue a Master's to make it." Needless to say, that wasn't affordable at the time. Kathleen went on to medicine and nursing and the last fifteen years has written and produced three medical plays for fundraisers and national awareness. "The Rainbow's End" 2001, "OUT OF MY HEAD" 2004 and "Lillian Wald-Nursing Is Love in Action" 2008 an Historical true story. She has adapted the first play OUT OF MY HEAD into a screenplay and will be rewriting Lillian Wald from play format to screenplay. She is pitching two of the three plays to other colleges and universities Spring 2014 for Academic year 2015.
Bob Colonna has been an actor, director, narrator, announcer and performer professionally for over fifty-five years, beginning on the British Variety stage with his father, the beloved comedian Jerry Colonna. He has been seen in Boston at The Huntington Theatre, Lyric Stage and Speakeasy Stage, in Providence at Trinity Rep, at Milwaukee Rep, the Old Globe (CA), the Bread Loaf School of English (VT) The Theater at Monmouth (ME) and Festival 56 (IL). He is founder and artistic director since 1971 of The Rhode Island Shakespeare Theater. He has also directed at several Rhode Island colleges as well as The Theater at Monmouth, 2nd Story Theatre, New Stage, Epic theatre, and many other venues. His voice has been heard in over 5000 radio commercials in the New England area. Bob is currently an Adjunct Professor of Theatre at Rhode Island College. His recently released biography of his dad is available at Bearmanormedia.com. He was a recipient of the 2007 Claiborne Pell Award for Excellence In The Arts.
Samuel D. Depino is a life long journalist, writer and actor who worked in the business over 60 years.
Sam has followed stories such as WOODSTOCK, JFK Assasination as a National Television Reporter for ABC news out of Huntsville, Alabama and also has been in films such as SIXTEEN CANDLES. He is a co-writer with Kathleen McCarthy on several projects in the late 1990s. Sam hales from New Orleans and is retired in Chicago Ilinois He has been a consultant on script writing of plays and screen media.
Past Screenplay Jurors
Vincent Bohlinger, Ph.D, is Associate Professor and Director of Film Studies at Rhode Island College, where he has taught for almost ten years. His primary research interests explore questions related to film style, and he publishes most often on Soviet cinema.
Maureen T. Reddy, professor and immediate past chair of English at Rhode Island College, is the author of Traces, Codes, and Clues: Reading Race in Crime Fiction and Sisters in Crime: Feminism and the Crime Novel, as well as several other books and dozens of articles. In 2013, Reddy received the George Dove Award for "outstanding contributions to the serious study of crime fiction" from the Mystery and Detective Fiction Caucus of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association. She is currently working on a book on contemporary Irish crime fiction.
Ethical Code of Conduct
The Ethical Code of Conduct
No 1: Film Festival organizers will operate a transparent and ethical selection process and publish details of the selection process and the names of the Jury/selection committee
- SENE Festival programmers Phil Capobres and Don Farias both review every film submission. In addition, a documentary committee reviews documentaries and a feature film committee reviews features. Short films are also reviewed by a group of 20-30 people on special short film screening/reviewing nights. Films are scored and ranked within each category. Films with the highest scores are selected.
No 2: Film festivals organizers will provide full contact details for the festival offices including address and telephone numbers and the names of the festival directors and or committee.
No 3: Film Festivals will publish a company registration number or charity registration number and must be clearly visible on the festivals website - IRS Tax ID: 26-2645232
No 4: Film Festival organizers will not under any circumstances share any personal or financial data belonging to any filmmakers who submitted their films to their festivals with any third parties.
No 5: Film Festivals will publish a year by year history of festival winners and films officially selected.
No 6: Film Festival organizers, committee and or jury will not show or demonstrate any favoritism to any film submitted to the festival or attempt to influence other members of the jury or selection committee.
No 7: Film Festivals must declare the number of films sought out and or invited by the festival organizers to participate in the festival prior to and before the general call for submissions is sent out. - In 2016, SENE accepted 95% of their films directly from paid submissions. The small number of films invited to screen were not eligible for any award.
No 8: Film Festivals will provide the names of the selection committee and or jury members who viewed the submitted film screeners to the festival (this can be after the festival has concluded)
No 9: Film festival organizers will screen or view at least 5 minutes of submitted films
- SENE views All Short films in their entirety
- SENE views at least 30 minutes of each Feature film
No 10: Festival organizers must declare any interest they have in any film submitted to or invited to participate in the festival.