The Boston Film Festival is one of America's longest-running and industry recognized events for films. The 38th program takes place in September and will showcase cutting edge indie films, top documentaries, shorts, animated, fall release studio films and a newly created sports category. The Oscar winner for Best Film Best Picture "Green Book" was premiered on the BFF's 2018 Opening Night and Award circuit winner "Jo Jo Rabbit" premiered on the festival's 2019 Opening Night. Question & Answer panels with the filmmakers and talent follow all premieres in addition to nightly parties hosted by some of the region's top restaurants. Red Carpet national press coverage of this exciting four-day event includes the Hollywood trades, entertainment shows, and a wide range of print and electronic media outlets which makes the BFF a powerful platform for far-reaching visibility. The Boston Film Festival has a rich history of premiering many of Hollywood's most celebrated and break out films. Some of the filmmakers and actors participating have included; Sam Rockwell, Aaron Eckhart, George Clooney, Melissa Leo, Ken Burns, Tony Goldwyn, Marc Abrahams, Giancarlo Esposito, Mike O'Malley, Ed Burns, Sam Mendes, Jerry Weintraub, Barkhart Abdi, Anne Heche, Bob Yari, and Sir Ridley Scott among many others.

Transportation and luxury accommodations are provided for featured filmmakers and actors. Exhibiting filmmakers enjoy all access passes to screenings and the opportunity to network at events. Massachusetts is the origin of many of America's best storytellers, actors, and is a hotbed of production. Boston provides an ideal setting to showcase a festival of films and television series during the spectacular fall foliage season. The BFF is impassioned about films and dedicated to supporting filmmakers by providing a forum to showcase their artistic vision. The festival commits to mentoring students from the extensive university system annually.

The Boston Film Festival presents awards for the following categories:
Best Film, Best Documentary, Best Short, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Ensemble, Audience Favorite, and the Mass Impact for a film that illuminates social issues and the EcoFilm for a film that advances environmental health.

Films already in Any VOD platform or For Sale on Amazon or any other company, location, etc. will not be accepted.

*Films must have been completed in the current or previous year (2021/2022).

* The applicant holds the sole responsibility of copyright clearance of any copyrighted material in the film.

*Accepted films must be in Blu-Ray or DCP.

*Films not in English must be subtitled in English unleash dialogue is minimal and not necessary for the comprehension of the film.

*Acceptance of a film does not guarantee airline or hotel accommodations for talent or producing crew. The BFF does travel directors/actors for long form but reserves the right to designate attendees.

*The BFF requires the director and at least one actor of feature films to attend the festival to participate in the Q & A and red carpet. Documentary directors must also attend.

*The festival is responsible for the one-way shipment of the print, within the USA when leaving Boston.

*Some films accepted are press screened. You will be asked to send additional DVDs for press viewing or an active link. The filmmaker and festival will jointly select possible critics.

*All films are subject to possible reviews though we request it is run through the festival.

*The number of screenings, days and venues is at the sole discretion of the Festival.

*Due to high administrative and shipping costs, submission DVDs, videos and marketing materials will not be returned.

*We will not transfer PAL for viewing -- only forward NTSC format.

*It is cost prohibitive for the festival to insure individual prints. Make sure you have your own insurance.

*All submitted feature films MUST make their New England premiere at the Boston Film Festival to be included in competition. Films ARE allowed to have screened in other regions within the United States and internationally (but not in New England prior to the Boston Film Festival). In addition, films cannot have been previously released in theaters or broadcast on television and streaming platforms before the preceding the Boston Film Festival.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you for letting my animated short ''The hole'' be a part of this great event!

    October 2021
  • Being my first film festival acceptance, I was glad to be a part of the 37th Boston Film Festival in their Animation program. The team was supportive before and during the festival, and I will definitely submit next film in the future.

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Justin for considering the Boston Film Festival for your animated film. We delighted to include it in this year's program.
    We look forward to more great films from you!

  • Kim Smith

    The Boston Film Festival is a truly stellar event. Beautifully well-organized, fantastic communication on the part of all team members, and great social networking while featuring an outstanding selection of films, both live and virtual. It was a joy and honor for Beauty on the Wing to be included in the 37th annual Boston Film Festival!

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Kim. We are thrilled to have your beautiful and important film on the Monarch Butterfly in this year's BFF program. The response was amazing for your film. The festival appreciates your extensive outreach to promote the screening. Watch for "Beauty on the Wing's" release as it is a must see documentary!

  • Rachael Sutherland

    BFF is a fantastic festival with a Great team, communication and overall very well organised! Thank you for selecting our film The Right Bus to be screened, It was an honour to be part of your festival!

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Rachel. We were excited to program your film in the 37th film festival. It is a great story, and the cinematography transports the viewer to the Scottish Coast. "The Right Bus" is a terrific feature and suitable for everyone to see!

  • Dan Shannon

    in these times of Covid, BFF was very organized, very communicative and we appreciated being part of such an interesting lineup. Would have enjoyed traveling to Boston and network too, but the event was as good as it gets for the digital universe. They had great tools to manage the streams and create online events.

    September 2020