* Selected as one of the 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee by Moviemaker Magazine for 4 years in a row*

As one of the longest-running film, music and arts festivals in the country, 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:
98% 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:
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 2 free SENE Festival Film Passes (good for all film screenings)

Additional Screening Opportunities:
Films are eligible for multiple screenings as part of our traveling Limelight Series programming.

Films are eligible for over 30 jury awards and 20 audience awards
Selected films receive 3 All Access Passes to the festival and 3 additional tickets to their individual screening.
Films not selected will receive 2 free SENE Passes (good for all film screenings)

Films must be completed after December 31, 2018.
• 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. • Submission fees are non-refundable • Acceptance is conditional on providing all requested materials in a timely manner

Please be advised that selection and/or scheduling of your film 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.

Overall Rating
  • Sarah L Taylor

    SENE 13 was a wonderful experience. Phil, Don and the team are warmly welcoming to filmmakers and pilot an extremely well organized festival. The filmmaker events were enjoyable and great for networking. There was a buzz around the Cranston main street location, with local restaurants on hand and a coffee shop. I highly recommend this festival and hope to return.

    October 2021
  • Naomi Lisner

    I couldn't get there because I was stuck in what is now known as the longest lockdown in the world in Melbourne Australia!!!
    I would have otherwise been there like a shot because it looked fantastic. There was so much energy and excitement and I was made to feel a part of it. Thank you so much Don and Phil. Can't wait to come over to see you all in the near future!!!

    October 2021
  • Ronald Milburn

    Thanks SENE for the FINALIST AWARD. I'm looking forward to the postponed festival.

    October 2020
  • Simon Werdmüller von Elgg

    Our producer and I had a wonderful time attending SENE. The networking was great, we enjoyed many of the films that screened, and Providence was a lot of fun to visit. We hope to attend again in the future! Thanks Don & Phil!

    July 2019
  • Justin Wayne

    Phil and Don run a great festival! A very fun 4 days!

    June 2019