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Local film festivals top summer's coming attractions

By Loren King
Globe Correspondent / May 8, 2011

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Another summer of high fuel prices may be a boon to the many film events around New England that bill themselves as “destination festivals,’’ offering cultural happenings in scenic settings. Of course, the summer delivers plenty of cinematic events in the city, too. Here’s a sampling to help plan your summer film getaway or “stay-cation.’’

Provincetown International Film Festival, June 15-19

Darren Aronofsky, Vera Farmiga, and Albert Maysles are the special guests for this popular event’s 13th year of diverse features, documentaries, and the chance to mingle with a host of visiting filmmakers. See www.ptownfilmfest.org.

Nantucket Film Festival, June 22-26

For 16 years, this festival’s focus has been on screenwriting. This year’s edition features numerous screenings and events and a tribute to writer-director Paul Haggis (“Crash,’’ “Million Dollar Baby’’). See www.nantucketfilmfestival.org.

Punk on Screen, July 1-11

A range of classic punk films from the ’70s and ’80s will be screened at the Harvard Film Archive. See http://hcl.harvard.edu/hfa/.

Boston French Film Festival, July 7-24This annual Francophile’s delight at the Museum of Fine Arts offers dozens of new features (to be announced) from France. Watch www.mfa.org/programs/film for information as it becomes available.

Maine International Film Festival, July 15-24

The 14th annual MIFF takes place at Waterville’s Railroad Square Cinema and at Colby College, where the focus is on American independent and international films, Maine and New England filmmakers, children’s films, and arts events for teens. See www.miff.org.

Roxbury International Film Festival, July 28-31

The 13th annual installment offers “films celebrating people of color’’ with workshops, panel discussions, and screenings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Coolidge Corner Theatre, Roxbury Center for the Arts, and area colleges. See www.roxburyfilmfestival.org.

Woods Hole Film Festival, July 30-Aug. 6

For 20 years, this festival has offered eight days of screenings, workshops, panel discussions, staged readings, special events, parties, and an awards ceremony. See www.woodsholefilmfestival.org.

KahBang Music, Art & Film Festival, Aug. 5-13

A nine-day, multi-venue event held every August in Bangor, showcasing more than 50 feature films, documentaries, and shorts. See www.kahbang.com.

Rhode Island International Film Festival, Aug. 9-14

Known as “Flickers,’’ this 15-year-old festival showcases international independent filmmakers. See www.film-festival.org.

Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival, Sept. 8-11

The scenic setting offers plenty of parties and social events to go along with a host of international films and special guests. See www.mvfilmfest.com.

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