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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Boston Bike Film Festival
Comedies, shorts, and documentaries.
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.
Family film festival, January
International film series, March-May
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Dorchester Short Film Festival
An evening of award winning short films
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 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.
International films of all lengths and genres that tell stories of the contemporary and historic experiences of lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons.
Boston Asian American Film Festival
Thought-provoking, entertaining lineup of independent cinema; 14 films, 5 screening events; workshop on Asian Americans in Film.
Boston Latino International Film Festival
Feature films, documentaries, and shorts showcasing Latino issues, culture, and the Latina community.
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.
Bi-weekly documentary film and discussion series at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge. In-person Q&As with filmmakers.
WAM! Boston Film Festival
The WAM! Film Festival supports and promote films made by and about women.
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.
Boston International Kids Film Festival
Films for, about, and by kids; workshops; mentoring opportunities. For children ages 10 and up.
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.
North of Boston
Haverhill Film Festival
A showcase for rugged, emotional, riveting, bold, and raw shorts. Filmmakers’ Q & A.
Newburyport Documentary Film Festival
Feature-length and short documentaries that focus on social issues.
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.”
Cape Cod & The Islands
CAPE COD: ORLEANS
Orleans Surf Film Festival
Two days of surf, cinema and stoke. Celebrating surf culture and showing local and national films in a pop-up gallery of Cape surf memorabilia and boards.
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 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 African-American Film Festival
Four-day, fun-filled retreat dedicated to showcasing and honoring the works of independent and studio African-American filmmakers.
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.
Central & Western Massachusetts
Massachusetts Multicultural Film FestivalUMass 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
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.