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Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council

Our World Film Series

Welcome to the ABCC Our World Film Series website.

The 2023 ABCC Our World Film Series was held in-person this year at the Sargent Memorial Library in Boxborough.  In addition, Acton TV local cable channel will broadcast our Short Film Program after the live event.  All screenings are FREE and open to the public.

The ABCC Our World Film Series is now in its 14th year.  The series consists of film screenings on four consecutive Friday evenings, starting with the Short Program, now in its 11th year, on the last Friday in April.  Feature length films from around the world are screened on the first three Fridays in May.  Film DVDs and Blu-ray discs are donated to Acton and Boxborough libraries after our screenings. 

The ABCC Our Word Film Series Advisory Group:

Jin Hong Yang, ABCC Our World Foreign Film Series Coordinator

Janet Adachi

Todd Davis, ABCC Our World Short Night Coordinator

Mary Hurley

Rachel Krebs

Monika Raesch













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The Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council is very sad to announce the passing of a past member and friend, Nancy Evans.  Nancy was an active member for 6 years from 2013 to 2019.  She was also a 7-year member of the ABCC Our World Film Series sub-committee, including chairing the sub-committee for several years.  She was a dedicated, enthusiastic member, and a steward to cultural and local history. She will be sorely missed.


The Short Program, now in its 11th year, features new work EXCLUSIVELY from students, recent alumni, and faculty of Massachusetts college and university film programs.  We accept narrative, documentary, and experimental films (live action or animation).  Total running time of submissions should be under 10 minutes, but films up to 20 minutes will be considered.  Submission is limited to 2 films per person.

Selected filmmakers are invited to attend the screening and participate in a question-and-answer session following the program.  Filmmakers are encouraged to submit a short introduction video for their film, and to have their introduction and film broadcast on Acton TV local access cable channel.   


Please note that there is NO ENTRY FEE.  The goal of the program is to provide a venue for screening short films by Massachusetts filmmakers.

2023 ABCC Our World Short Night Call for Entries deadline has passed. 

Please check back here January 2024 to submit to the 2024 Short Program.

The Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council ( was established in 1982 to promote the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences, to help develop cultural programs in the Acton and Boxborough communities and to award and administer Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) Grant funds. We accomplish these goals by:


  • Reviewing grant applications from individuals, schools, and arts organizations and awarding MCC grant funds to projects that provide a local public benefit;


  • Sponsoring annual cultural programs for the Acton and Boxborough communities using funds generously designated by the towns. These funds have been used by the ABCC to present jazz and classical music concerts, vocal performances, opera, public art installations and more;


  • Advocating for the arts through community outreach and publicity.


The Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.

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