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Provincetown Film Society 2019

Support us in celebrating 100 years of cinema in Provincetown and 21 years of the Provincetown Film Society! 

As a part of Cinema100, Provincetown Film Society is looking to make some upgrades to the screening room of Water's Edge Cinema at Whaler's Wharf - the original location of cinema in Provincetown! 

Formed in 1998 in conjunction with our first Provincetown Film Festival, the Provincetown Film Society (PFS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to continuing the founding mission of the Provincetown Art Colony – to provide a welcoming, nurturing and inspiring environment for boundless and authentic creative exploration – in film. It has also been dedicated to the celebration of Provincetown – an American treasure nestled among spectacular National Seashore beaches and a shining example of diversity and inclusion. 

Our objective is achieved through our three primary activities: our annual Provincetown International Film Festival; our year-round theater operation, the Waters Edge Cinema; and the Gabrielle A. Hanna Provincetown Film Institute, providing special screenings, panel discussions, workshops on a variety of topics and supporting gender equity in media through the Women Filmmaker’s Residency Program, the Women's Media Summit, and the Women's Film Festival during Women's Week. 

Provincetown International Film Festival 2019

Support the Provincetown International Film Festival!

June 17 - 21, 2020

The 5-day festival showcases over 100 American and international independent narrative, documentary, and animated features and shorts, as well as panel discussions and special events. Provincetown International Film Festival has permanently established itself as the largest cultural event on the Lower Cape, attracting over 10,000 film-goers, movie buffs, and arts patrons. 

Women in Film Initiatives 2019

In 2013, Provincetown Film Society founded the Gabrielle A. Hanna Provincetown Film Institute to provide programs throughout the year, including film residencies, mini-festivals, and workshops that address gender equity in the media and film. Some of Provincetown Film Society’s Women in Film Initiative include:
The Women’s Residency program offers women-identifying filmmakers from around the world one- or two-week residencies in Provincetown that includes a small travel stipend, lodging, and round-trip travel from Boston to Provincetown. Residents can have uninterrupted time to work on any current project or choose to engage with the vibrant community of Provincetown for the exchange of ideas, skills, and experiences. 

Women’s Week is a town-wide celebration of women, culture and community. Provincetown Film Society looks forward to participating every year with special screenings, filmmaker meet-and-greets, panel discussions, and receptions, all to highlight the achievements of women in film.

Women’s Media Summit Retreat invites movie-makers, academics, lawmakers, business professionals and supporters to build strategies that end gender inequity in American film and television. 

LGBTQ in Film Initiatives 2019

Since its founding, Provincetown has been a place of shelter and nurture for the “other”—a place for those whose artistic and life expression might challenge the norm. Part of the core mission of the Provincetown Film Society is to support aspiring filmmakers and endorse gender, racial and sexual diversity in U.S. entertainment media. Along with participation in Provincetown's themed weeks, some of Provincetown Film Society’s LGBTQ in Film Initiatives include:

The Anthony Lawson LGBTQ Youth Mentorship Program seeks to nurture emerging talent in the entertainment industry by connecting college-age LGBTQ students with established professionals for career advice and support. Each year, one scholarship will be awarded to a Boston-based LGBTQ college student with an academic focus in film production or programming. The chosen student will have the opportunity to attend all of the Provincetown Film Society’s year-round programming – including the Provincetown International Film Festival – and will be partnered with three mentors who will provide them with life changing one-on-one guidance in their careers.

Bear Week Special Screenings - featuring homo-masculine content, Bear Week Special Screenings are scheduled to align with Bear Week Provincetown, one of the largest and busiest theme weeks of the year, attracting tens of thousands of men from all over the world.

HBO Family Week Kids Camp - each year, we provide special programs to LGBTQ-led families and the vast community of visitors with curated events and guest appearances by celebrated family favorites. In 2018, we served over 200 LGBTQ families, and we have been asked to accommodate an additional 250 children in 2019.

HBO Presents The Studio - For seven weeks in the summer, we feature screenings dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the community. In addition, HBO brings in leaders of LGBTQ conversation to curate a wide selection of inclusive events ranging from workshops and art exhibits to intimate talks.