Click to join the mailing list of the Cape Ann Community Cinema & Cape Ann Film Festival.All Festival correspondence should be directed to:

Robert Newton
Managing Director
The MassBay Film Project & Festivals
P.O. Box 44
Gloucester, MA 01931
(978) 226-3800


First and foremost, we at the Cape Ann Film Festival are film fans, and we like to get people excited about watching films. Not necessarily in the “I can crank my new home theater system can so loud that it will make you have to go to the bathroom” kind of way, but in ways that matter. We bring independently produced films to local audiences (and theatre owners) who might not otherwise discover them, and whenever we can, we’ll bring the folks who made the films, too. And the more people we can excite enough about the filmmaking process to want to pick up a camera and tell a story of their own, the better.

Robert Newton, one of the founders of the CAIFF’s producer, The MassBay Film Project & Festivals, is a working film critic for a number of websites, newspapers and magazines, including and The Christian Science Monitor. He is an award-winning writer and novelty recording artist, whose debut album, “Monkey Bismuth,” was a favorite on “The Dr. Demento Show” and had a song featured in the indie comedy, Rutland U.S.A. He is the Creative Director of The Cape Ann Community Cinema in Rockport, Mass.

The 1st Annual Cape Ann International Film Festival (the 10th iteration of the former Cape Ann Film Festival) takes place November 5-15, 2020 on Cape Ann, north of Boston, and features independently produced films from around the state, around the country and around the world. We hope you’ll join us for what will surely be a wonderful time had by all!

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