Film Festivals


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GREATER BOSTON

ARLINGTON
Boston Bike Film Festival
617 -523-8388
Comedies, shorts, and documentaries.
2017 dates: October

BOSTON
Boston Film Festival
Independent films from around the world: documentary and narrative features, shorts, animation, and experimental. Panel discussions and post-screen parties with directors, producers, and actors.
2017 dates: September 22 – 26

BOSTON
Roxbury International Film Festival
Films celebrating people of color. Film screenings, workshops, and panel discussions take place at the Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts College of Art, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, the Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall, and the Coolidge Corner Theatre.
2017 dates: June 22 – 29

BOSTON
Boston Irish Film Festival
Showcases films from Irish filmmakers around the world, films that expand the definition of Irish culture in the 21st century.
2017 dates: March 23 – 26

BOSTON
Boston Turkish Film Festival
Features contemporary Turkish cinema and Turkish filmmakers. Many films are North American or U.S. premieres.
2017 dates: March 16 – April 23

BOSTON
Independent Film Festival of Boston
Showcases the best independent films from around the world — a mix of features, documentaries, and shorts. Panels and post-screen parties provide the opportunity to meet the directors, producers, and actors.
2017 dates: April 27 – May 4

BOSTON
Boston International Film Festival
Brings together local, national, and international filmmakers. Screens independent and experimental films — feature-length, shorts, and student works.
2017 dates: April 13 – 17

BOSTON
WAM! Boston Film Festival
The WAM! Film Festival supports and promote films made by and about women.
2017 dates: April

BOSTON & BELMONT
Belmont World Film
Belmont World Film Belmont World Film is an international film series that promotes cross-cultural understanding through film. Features an 8-week series in the spring consisting of the world’s top narrative and documentary films paired with speakers, performances, and ethnic cuisin, a Family Film Festival with animated and live action films in January, and other special events throughout the year.
2017 dates: January

BOSTON & BROOKLINE
Boston Jewish Film Festival
617-244-9899
The best contemporary films from around the world, which explore Jewish identity, the current Jewish experience, and the richness of Jewish culture in a diverse world. Features, shorts, documentaries, and conversations with visiting artists.
2017 dates: November 8 – 20

BOSTON & CAMBRIDGE
Boston Asian American Film Festival
Thought-provoking, entertaining lineup of independent cinema; 14 films, 5 screening events; workshop on Asian Americans in Film.
2017 dates: October

BOSTON & CAMBRIDGE
Boston Latino International Film Festival
Feature films, documentaries, and shorts showcasing Latino issues, culture, and the Latina community.
2017 dates: September/October

BOSTON & CAMBRIDGE
Boston LGBT Film Festival
International films of all lengths and genres that tell stories of the contemporary and historic experiences of lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons.
2017 dates: March 30 – April 9

BOSTON & CAMBRIDGE
Boston Underground Film Festival
BUFF seeks the alternative, the confrontational, the political and the controversial; films that celebrate alternative visions and sounds, offering a platform that encourages new ideas and work that pushes the envelope in style and content.
2017 dates: March 22 – 26

BOSTON, CAMBRIDGE & BROOKLINE
Boston Palestine Film Festival
617-642-9640
Showcases the extraordinary narrative of Palestinians through the medium of cinema.
2017 dates: October

BOSTON, HANOVER, NEWTON
ReelAbilities Boston Disabilities Film Festival
617-244-9899
Films about the lives of people with disabilities from a variety of communities.
2017 dates: March 29 – April 6

BROOKLINE & CAMBRIDGE
The GlobeDocs Film Festival
The GlobeDocs Film Festival is a five-day documentary film festival designed to engage, promote, and celebrate film and production talent.
2017 dates: September

CAMBRIDGE
Arlington International Film Festival
One of America's longest running and most recognized celebrations of film. Entertaining, insightful, educational, and cutting-edge films; lively question-and-answer sessions with directors and actors. Stuart Street Playhouse.
2017 dates: October 26 – 29

SOMERVILLE
Boston International Kids Film Festival
Films for, about, and by kids; workshops; mentoring opportunities. For children ages 10 and up.
2017 dates: November

SOMERVILLE & CAMBRIDGE
Massachusetts Independent Film Festival
A truly independent film festival founded by filmmakers for filmmakers. Each year the festival has a section devoted to New England filmmakers, while also presenting the best in independent film from around the world. Networking opportunities are provided throughout the year with screenings, panel discussions, and parties where you can meet the filmmakers.
2017 dates: August 25 – 27

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NORTH OF BOSTON & GREATER MERRIMACK VALLEY

NEWBURYPORT
Newburyport Documentary Film Festival
Feature-length and short documentaries that focus on social issues.
2017 dates: September

SALEM
Salem Film Fest
Best documentary films from around the globe that will “entrance you, trouble you, introduce you to new friends, and change your world.”
2017 dates: March 2 – 9


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SOUTH OF BOSTON

NEW BEDFORD & FALMOUTH
Buzzards Bay Film Festival
508-999-6363
Features films about or shot in the Buzzards Bay watershed — from Westport to Woods Hole, from the Elizabeth Islands to Plymouth.
2017 dates:


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CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS

CAPE COD-PROVINCETOWN
Provincetown International Film Festival
508-487-FILM
Showcases American and international independent films, nurtures aspiring independent filmmakers, and honors industry luminaries.
2017 dates: June 14 – 18

CAPE COD-FALMOUTH
Woods Hole Film Festival
508-495-3456
Eight-day showcase of independent film featuring daily screenings, workshops, panel discussions, staged readings, special events, parties, and awards ceremony.
2017 dates: July 29 – August 5

MARTHA'S VINEYARD
Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival
Four-day, fun-filled retreat dedicated to showcasing and honoring the works of independent and studio African-American filmmakers.
2017 dates: August 8 – 12

MARTHA'S VINEYARD
Martha's Vineyard Film Festival
508-645-9599
More than fifty films in a three-day immersion in film plus panel discussions and organic meals. Contiguous free children’s film festival at the Chilmark Library.
2017 dates: March 16 – 19

MARTHA'S VINEYARD
Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival
508-696-9369
Four days filled with the best feature and short films from top-notch festivals, such as Sundance, Berlin, and Cannes; great evening events; provocative forums; and live world music. Approximately 90 percent of all film selections are non-US productions, helping to fulfill the festival mission of promoting cross-cultural understanding through film.
2017 dates: September 5 – 10

NANTUCKET
Nantucket Film Festival
212-708-1278
The “screenwriters’ film festival.” Screenings consist of 35-45 independent, studio-produced, foreign, documentary, and short films in every genre, including premieres. Plus NFF Screenwriters Tribute, late-night storytelling, an informal morning coffee program with festival guests, and staged readings.
2017 dates: June 21 – 26


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WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

AMHERST
Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival
UMass Amherst’s Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies presents new groundbreaking works by both emerging and established international filmmakers. Focuses on a different theme each year, highlighting topical issues in politics and art. Film scholars and filmmakers introduce films and participate in Q&As. Screenings are free.
2017 dates: February – April

AMHERST, NORTHAMPTON & SPRINGFIELD
Pioneer Valley Jewish Film and Arts Festival
413-439-1984
Three-week festival explores contemporary Jewish culture, secular and religious life, history, and politics. 20+ award-winning films from around the world, plus speakers, theatre performances, exhibits, concerts, and special events.
2017 dates: March 18 – April 4

GREAT BARRINGTON
Berkshire International Film Festival
413- 528-8030
Showcases the latest in independent feature, documentary, short, and family films plus lively panel discussions and special events focusing on filmmakers and talented artists from both sides of the camera.
2017 dates: June 1 – 4

NORTHAMPTON
Northampton Film Festival
Located in the scenic college town of Northampton, Massachusetts, this festival showcases films from around the world, chosen by a panel of film industry experts.
2017 dates: September

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