The Roxbury International Film Festival

10b5d03801536e3570f5ce75a2cb1ae2.124.124 The Roxbury International Film Festival

The Roxbury International Film Festival (RIFF) is the largest festival in New England dedicated to celebrating the work of filmmakers creating films celebrating people of color. RIFF showcases feature-length films, documentaries, shorts and animation. We are particularly committed to screening works by filmmakers with a connection to the New England area, however we also screen works by filmmakers from around the world as well. The festival also includes workshops, panel discussions, networking opportunities, receptions, parties, and Q&A with filmmakers and special guests. Previous guests have included, Ruby Lee, Billy Dee Williams, Robert Townsend, Charles Burnett, Ernie Hudson, Daphne Maxwell-Reid, Michael Beach, CCH Pounder, Kasi Lemmons, Victoria Rowell, Hill Harper, Jamie Hector, Mel Jackson, and Miriam Colon, Russ Parr, Guy Torry, N’Bushe Wright, Susan Batson, Anthony Montgomery, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Michael Ealy, Chico Bennymon, Marla Gibbs Topper Carew, Quincy Newell and S. Epatha Merkerson.   18th Annual Roxbury International Film Festival will be held June 22, 2016 – June30, 2016. Films will be screened at the Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. More general information about the festival can be found at

Awards & Prizes

RIFF is a competitive festival. Awards include “Audience Favorite,” “Best Short Film,” “Best of Festival,” “Best Documentary,” “Emerging Local Filmmaker,” and “Youth Filmmaker.”

Rules & Terms

The Roxbury International Film Festival (RIFF)is dedicated to showcasing work by, for, or about people of color. Our mission is to support these films and filmmakers as well as to provide an opportunity for audiences to view these works and experience stories often overlooked in mainstream media. We require that films be by, for or about people of color. The films can be made by anyone, just the films should have people of color within the storyline.


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