9th Annual

SENE Film Festival

April 25, 2017 to April 29, 2017

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131 Fruit Hill Ave #10
Providence RI 02911
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DECISIONS ALREADY MADE • This event has already made decisions and notified submitters for the current cycle. Submissions are no longer being accepted.

Feature length film submissions (between 30 and 120 minutes) will be accepted in any category, genre or niche.

We prefer online screeners (such as Vimeo) or downloadable files (such as WeTransfer/Dropbox).
Short film submissions (under 30 minutes) will be accepted in any category, genre or niche.
Screenplays of all genres are accepted. Screenplays up to 30 pages are eligible for Best Short Screenplay. Screenplays 30 to 120 pages are eligible for Best Feature Screenplay. Additional awards may be given at the discretion of the judges.


The SENE FILM, MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL is dedicated to giving life to independent cinema, music & art. SENE seeks to involve audiences in a full range of cultural opportunities, combining film, music and art into events designed to cross‐promote the works of filmmakers, musicians and artists to new audiences.


Now in its 9th year, the Southeast New England Film, Music & Arts Festival has established itself as one of the premier festivals in New England dedicated to giving life to independent cinema, music and art.

SENE is a very filmmaker-friendly festival with multiple parties and networking opportunities. All films, parties, brunches, events, panels and awards ceremonies are free to attending filmmakers and screenwriters.

Film Selection:
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.
Last year 50 films received jury or audience awards.

Film Scheduling:
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.

Festival Benefits:
All films will be introduced by a Festival Director.
Dedicated Q&A time for visiting filmmakers at their screening.
Ample opportunities to network with filmmakers, artists and musicians
Films not selected will still receive a free 2017 SENE Festival Weekend Film Access Pass (good for all films on Fri & Sat)

Films are eligible for over 30 jury awards and 20 audience awards.
Select winners of jury awards receive personalized trophies.
Selected films receive 2 All Access Passes to the festival.
Films not selected will receive a free 2017 SENE Festival Weekend Film Access Pass (good for all films on Fri & Sat)

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.


Philip Capobres (Programmer/Artistic Director)


Fee waivers will not be granted. Any film requested by SENE for a special screening will not be a part of film competition and will not be eligible for a jury award or audience choice award.


Exhibition information: Feature films are exhibited in Blu-ray or NTSC DVD formats. Short films are normally exhibited as part of a short film package using high quality video files on a USB flash drive.

Your submission confirms that Southeast New England Film, Music and Arts (SENE) has permission to exhibit your film during the Festival.

You give permission for SENE to use titles, images, copy and other production information from your film for promotional purposes.

You agree that your submission is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation and you hold SENE harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from your entry.

You own or have authorization to all necessary copyrights and licenses and will provide documentation upon request. You agree to take on all copyright liability in regard to your film submission.

You give permission for SENE to provide copies of your film to their film jurors for the purpose of determining film awards. You also give SENE permission to provide excerpts from your film to the media for promotional purposes and copies of your film for review purposes only.

The entrant is responsible for the expense of shipping films and materials to and from the festival. Preview copies, promotional material and exhibition DVDs will be retained by SENE.

Please be advised that selection and/or scheduling of your film for the April 2016 SENE Film Festival may be affected by public screenings of your film in Rhode Island and/or surrounding communities prior to the festival and also by online distribution of your film.