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Completed Grantee Work

LEF-funded film BEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS, directed by Garrett Zevgetis, had its US broadcast premiere on Independent Lens in January 2017. Learn more here

News & Announcements


On Tuesday, September 19 from 6:30pm-8pm in Cambridge, LEF New England, Filmmakers Collaborative, and the Center for Independent Documentaries co-host a Step-by-Step Workshop on Applying for Massachusetts Film Tax Credits! Details

The Fall Season of documentary programming at The DocYard has been announced! Screenings take place on Mondays from September 11 - December 4 at the Brattle Theatre, and each screening will be followed by a filmmaker discussion. The DocYard is a program of LEF. See the full lineup. Buy a season pass.

Three LEF-funded films are screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, including the world premiere of Tracy Heather Strain's SIGHTED EYES/FEELING HEART: LORRAINE HANSBERRY and the North American premieres of Frederick Wiseman's EX LIBRIS - THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY and Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Paravel's CANIBA.

The Boston Globe's GlobeDocs Film Festival has been announced, including Julie Mallozzi's LEF-funded film CIRCLE UP, screening on October 14 at the Brattle Theatre. The festival runs from October 11-15. 

After having its broadcast premiere on CNN, Sierra Pettengill and Pacho Velez's LEF-funded film THE REAGAN SHOW is an official selection of the Camden International Film Festival, taking place September 14-17! 

Four LEF grantees will be at the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival, September 15-17. Projects include Alice Stone's ANGELO UNWRITTEN, Thorsten Trimpop's FURUSATO, Robin Berghaus' STUMPED, and the short film PREPARATIONS FOR THE FOREST, associated with Daniel Mooney's LEF-funded feature of the same name. 

Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel's LEF-funded film CANIBA will have its U.S. Premiere during Projections at the New York Film Festival, October 6-9.

LEF grantee Chico Colvard is one of 11 artists awarded a 2017 Sundance Institute | Time Warner Foundation Fellowship

James Demo's LEF-funded film THE PEACEMAKER won the Jury Award for Best Feature Documentary at the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival.

At the Rhode Island International Film Festival, Julie Mallozzi's LEF-funded film CIRCLE UP won the Grand Prize for Best Documentary and Robin Berghaus' LEF-funded film STUMPED won the Youth Film Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature!

Lisa Olivieri's LEF-funded film BLINDSIDED won Best Feature Documentary in the Domestic Violence Awareness Category at the Bare Bones International Independent Film & Music Festival!

Four LEF-funded projects will be participating in Spotlight on Documentaries during IFP Film Week in New York from September 17-21! The featured projects include Beyza Boyacioglu's A PRINCE FROM OUTER SPACE: ZEKI MUREN, Ben Pender-Cudlip and Adam Mazo's DAWNLAND, Jeff Bemiss and Lisa Molomot's MISSING IN BROOKS COUNTY, and Bridget Besaw and Ben Severance's THE MOUNTAIN AND THE MAGIC CITY. See the full project forum slate.

Two LEF-funded films had world premieres at the 74th Venice International Film Festival, including Frederick Wiseman's EX LIBRIS - THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, and Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel's CANIBA.

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