* Selected as one of the top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee by Moviemaker Magazine for 3 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:
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.
Providence airport/train station pickup and local transportation to our venues is provided to visiting filmmakers (as available).
Ample opportunities to network with filmmakers, artists and musicians
Films not selected will still receive a free SENE Festival Film Pass (good for all film screenings)

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.

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

Films must be completed after December 31, 2015.
• 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

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.

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  • What a wonderful event! The festival staff and volunteers are very helpful and easy to communicate with. The festival hosts mostly short films and the programming is fantastic. The Columbus Theatre is a beautiful venue to host your films. Thank you for having such a filmmaker-friendly event. Hope to return next year!

    May 2019
  • Annabel Vine

    Love this film festival. 100% will submit again.

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Annabel; we are happy that you had a great experience.

  • James Caputo

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

    June 2019
  • Naomi Sheridan

    Great festival with great people! Really enjoyed my time here. It's clear that Phil and Don really love movies and are really supportive of filmmakers. Saw a great selections of films. Was especially impressed by the horror shorts. Really recommend!

    June 2019
  • Mary C. Ferrara

    Fun festival with a great selection of films and wonderful Q&A.

    June 2019