Arlington International 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.
Belmont World Film
Features narrative and documentary films from top international film festivals, a family film festival with animated and live action films, and special events.
Boston Film Festival
2013 dates: international film series, March 11-April 29; family film festival, November.
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.
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.
Boston Irish Film Festival
Showcases films from Irish filmmakers around the world, films that expand the definition of Irish culture in the 21st century.
Boston Running Film Festival
Celebrates all things running: features, documentaries, and shorts.
Boston Turkish Film Festival
Features contemporary Turkish cinema and Turkish filmmakers. Many films are North American or U.S. premieres.
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.
Boston International Film Festival
Brings together local, national, and international filmmakers. Screens independent and experimental films -- feature-length, shorts, and student works.
BOSTON, BROOKLINE & SUBURBS
Boston Jewish Film Festival
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.
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.
BOSTON & CAMBRIDGE
Boston Latino International Film Festival
Feature films, documentaries, and shorts showcasing Latino issues, culture, and the Latina community.
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.
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.
BOSTON, CAMBRIDGE & BROOKLINE
Boston Palestine Film Festival
Showcases the extraordinary narrative of Palestinians through the medium of cinema.
BOSTON, HANOVER, NEWTON, SPRINGFIELD
ReelAbilities Boston Disabilities Film Festival
Films about the lives of people with disabilities from a variety of communities.
Boston Bike Film Festival
2013 dates: January 31-February 5
Comedies, shorts, and documentaries.
Bi-weekly documentary film and discussion series at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge. In-person Q&As with filmmakers.
SOMERVILLE & CAMBRIDGE
Massachusetts Independent Film Festival
2013 dates: Two seasons: January-May; June-August
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.
CAPE COD: PROVINCETOWN
Provincetown International Film Festival
Showcases American and international independent films, nurtures aspiring independent filmmakers, and honors industry luminaries.
CAPE COD: WOODS HOLE
Woods Hole Film Festival
Eight-day showcase of independent film featuring daily screenings, workshops, panel discussions, staged readings, special events, parties, and awards ceremony.
Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival
2013 dates: July 27-August 3
Four-day, fun-filled retreat dedicated to showcasing and honoring the works of independent and studio African-American filmmakers.
Martha's Vineyard Film Festival
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.
Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival
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. 2010 festival named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of its top 25 festivals.
Nantucket Film Festival
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.
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.
AMHERST, CHICOPEE, GREENFIELD, LONGMEADOW, NORTHAMPTON, SHELBURNE FALLS, SPRINGFIELD & WEST SPRINGFIELD.
Pioneer Valley Jewish Film and Arts Festival
2013 dates: February-April
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.
Berkshire International Film Festival
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.
Brick + Mortar International Video Art Festival
2013 dates: May 30-June 2
Historic spaces meet cutting edge international art. Every year is different! 2012 will be curated by Denise Markonish, currently serving as curator at MASS MoCA
Out! For Reel
Features the best in LGBT films from around the world.
WILLIAMSTOWN & NORTH ADAMS
Williamstown Film Festival
2013 dates: February, March, May
Features drama, comedy, animation, and documentaries plus popular all-shorts programs. Panels, seminars, and Q&As with actors, writers, directors, and producers.