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Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council

Our World Film Series

Welcome to the ABCC Our World Film Series website.

The 2024 ABCC Our World Film Series will be held 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 15th year.  The series consists of film screenings on four consecutive Friday evenings, starting with the Short Program, now in its 12th 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

Monika Raesch

If you would like to join our group, please contact us.


The Short Program, now in its 12th 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.  (Any use beyond the live event screening done only with filmmaker permission.)


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. 


Deadline for the 2024 Short Program submissions has passed. 

Please check back in January for the 2025 ABCC Our World Film Series Short Program submission application.


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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This program is supported in part by a grant from the Acton Boxborough Cultural Council,

a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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