For years, filmmakers, distributors and film enthusiasts wondered why Boston, one of the largest metropolitan areas on the east coast, lacked a vehicle for supporting independent films by filmmakers of color or that showcased their experiences. This was the primary motivation behind the creation of the Roxbury International Film Festival (then, the Dudley Film Festival) in 1999. The other reason was our love of films. We were hungry for films by and about people of color, and we believed that there was an audience in Boston that was searching for these types of films. We were right.
Now as we prepare for our 18th year, the Roxbury International Film Festival continues to showcase and honor the work of emerging and established filmmakers of color and has become the largest festival in New England dedicated to this genre. Since its inception, the festival has welcomed over 30,000 attendees, and we have screened more than 450 films by or about people of color.
“Our mission is to support diverse filmmakers and provide an opportunity for audiences to view the works of these filmmakers, and experience stories often overlooked in mainstream media.”
The Roxbury International Film Festival takes place over 7 days, with workshops and film screenings taking place at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Haley House Bakery Cafe.
If you are interested in submitting a film for the 2016 festival click HERE.