Massachusetts is a major center for film production, and our passion for film is demonstrated by an impressive slate of film festivals – some international in scope, some focused on specific genres or subjects. In addition to screenings, the festivals provide an opportunity to attend lively panel discussions and Q&A sessions with directors, producers, and actors. 

Please check festival web sites for exact schedules, locations, and ticket information.

 

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Greater Boston

ARLINGTON

Boston Bike Film Festival

617 -523-8388

Comedies, shorts, and documentaries.

2015 dates: October 23

 

ARLINGTON & WEST NEWTON

Belmont World Film

Features narrative and documentary films from top international film festivals and a family film festival with animated and live action films, and special events.

2016 dates: family film festival, January; international film series, March-May

 

BOSTON

Boston Albanian Film Festival

Screens one Albanian feature each night plus additional shorts. Meet with directors, producers, and actors. All movies in Albanian with English subtitles.

2015 dates: October

 

BOSTON

Boston 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.

2015 dates: September

 

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.

2015 dates: June 17-28

 

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.

2016 dates: March

 

BOSTON

Boston Turkish Film Festival

Features contemporary Turkish cinema and Turkish filmmakers. Many films are North American or U.S. premieres.

2016 dates: March/April

 

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.

2016 dates: April

 

BOSTON

Boston International Film Festival

Brings together local, national, and international filmmakers. Screens independent and experimental films — feature-length, shorts, and student works.

2016 dates: April

 

BOSTON

Boston Palestine Film Festival

The Boston Palestine Film Festival (BPFF) brings Palestine-related cinema, narratives, and culture to New England audiences.

2015 dates: October 16-25

 

BOSTON, BROOKLINE & SUBURBS

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.

2015 dates: November 4-16

 

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.

2015 dates: October 22-25

 

BOSTON & CAMBRIDGE

Boston Latino International Film Festival

Feature films, documentaries, and shorts showcasing Latino issues, culture, and the Latina community.

2015 dates: November

 

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.

2016 dates: April

 

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.

2016 dates: March

 

BOSTON, CAMBRIDGE & BROOKLINE

Boston Palestine Film Festival

617-642-9640

Showcases the extraordinary narrative of Palestinians through the medium of cinema.

2015 dates: October

 

BOSTON, HANOVER, NEWTON, SPRINGFIELD

ReelAbilities Boston Disabilities Film Festival

617-244-9899

Films about the lives of people with disabilities from a variety of communities.

2016 dates: February/March

 

CAMBRIDGE

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.

2015 dates: October 15-22

 

The DocYard

Bi-weekly documentary film and discussion series at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge. In-person Q&As with filmmakers.

2016 dates: January-April

 

WAM! Boston Film Festival

The WAM! Film Festival supports and promote films made by and about women.

2016 dates: March

 

SOMERVILLE

Boston International Kids Film Festival

Films for, about, and by kids; workshops; mentoring opportunities. For children ages 10 and up.

2015 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.

2015 dates: August

 

North of Boston

HAVERHILL

Haverhill Experimental Film Festival

A showcase for rugged, emotional, riveting, bold, and raw shorts. Filmmakers’ Q&A.

2015 dates: September 11-13

 

NEWBURYPORT

Newburyport Documentary Film Festival

Feature-length and short documentaries that focus on social issues.

2015 dates: September 18-20

 

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.”

2016 dates: March

 

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.

2015 dates: June 17-21

 

CAPE COD: WOODS HOLE

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.

2015 dates: July 25-August 1

 

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.

2015 dates: August 10-15

 

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.

2016 dates: March

 

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. 2010 festival named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of its top 25 festivals.

2015 dates: September 8-13

 

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.

2015 dates: June 24-29

 

Central & 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.

2016 dates: February-April

 

AMHERST, CHICOPEE,GREENFIELD, LONGMEADOW, NORTHAMPTON, SHELBURNE FALLS, SPRINGFIELD & WEST 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.

2016 dates: April

 

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.

2016 dates: June

 

WILLIAMSTOWN & NORTH ADAMS

Williamstown Film Festival

413-458-9900

Features drama, comedy, animation, and documentaries plus popular all-shorts programs. Panels, seminars, and Q&As with actors, writers, directors, and producers.

2015 dates: November 15-18

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