Southeast New England Film, Music & Arts Festival Celebrates 10 Years


The Southeast New England Film, Music & Arts Festival (SENE) will celebrate their 10th anniversary this year.

The RI-based SENE festival has established itself as one of the premier film festivals in the country. Last year SENE won an award for being one of MovieMaker Magazine’s Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2017. With their largest festival to date, SENE will hold multiple screenings in a number of different venues around Providence, as well as Jamestown, Warwick, and West Warwick from Tuesday, April 24th through Saturday, April 28th.

In five days, the festival will host two art exhibits, five live musical performances, and screen 140 movies and more. Highlights include showings of notable short films, such as Laboratory Conditions, which stars Marisa Tomei and Minnie Driver, The Lightkeeper, starring Bruce Davison and Meg Steedle, and Fifty Minutes, which stars Stephen Tobolowsky and DJ Qualls. SENE is also proud to screen the feature film Beauty Mark that won the Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival.

Opening night will take place at the Arctic Playhouse, beginning with music documentary shorts and followed by a Q&A from the filmmakers. There will be three films. Then the event will carry on with a live acoustic performance, followed by a number of music films and videos. General admission is $10.00 for the entire evening and will be available at the door.

The next night, on Wednesday, Apr 25th, the Limelight Awards Party and Art Exhibit will be held at the Warwick Center for the Arts at 7:00 PM. This event includes a Sights and Sounds Art exhibit, live music, trailers of upcoming festival films. Food and beverage will be sponsored by Warwick’s Not Your Average Joe’s, Motif Magazine, Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Price of admission is $20.00 at the door.

From Thursday through Saturday, there will be screenings of many short films, as well as narrative features and feature-length documentaries. With an array of short films, SENE offers genres like comedy, science fiction, horror, and also features LGBT films and works from New Englanders. After each showing there will be Q&As from the attending filmmakers for each respected film.

That Saturday, April 28th, SENE will close this year’s festival at The Columbus Theater in Providence. Afternoon and evening events take place before the award ceremony, and will be followed by a closing party for the festival.

Whether you’re a film fanatic or a budding filmmaker, SENE is a fun and prestigious festival that allows movie goers to explore new and exciting films from over 35 countries, while filmmakers can network with industry professionals and showcase their art.

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Jimmy Caputo
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