Named Boston's Best Film Festival by Boston Magazine in 2016 and 2017, IFFBoston (Independent Film Festival Boston) will be celebrating our 16th year with our 2018 event. IFFBoston has steadily become the premiere festival in New England and developed a noted national reputation for its quality as a regional festival.

"The Independent Film Festival Boston has become the major game in town: a smartly programmed and risk-taking festival that balances 'big' indie films with the best in local filmmaking."
-Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

Our next event will take place April 25 - May 2nd, 2018 in various venues across the Greater Boston area including the historic Somerville, Brattle, and Coolidge Corner Theatres.

We exhibit a quality selection of narrative features, documentary features, short films, animated films and experimental films. Along with emerging talent, we have hosted a number of special guests including actor/writer/director Zoe Lister-Jones, actor/director Jason Segal, writer/director Rian Johnson, director James Ponsoldt, actor/director Steve Buscemi, director Albert Maysles, director John Waters, writer/director/actor Miranda July, director Harmony Korine, director Guy Maddin, director Bobcat Goldthwait, actor Kevin Kline, director Alan Ball, director/actor Melvin Van Peebles, comedian Denis Leary, actor Michael Cera, actor Chris Cooper, actor Sir Ben Kingsley, actor Hal Holbrook, actor Clea Duvall, actor Famke Janssen, actor Danny Huston, actor John Hawkes, actor Jesse Eisenberg, actor Robert Vaughn, actress/director Julie Delpy, actor Jim Sturgess, actress Illeana Douglas, comedian Bob Odenkirk, comedian Fred Armisen, comedian Rob Cordry, actor Bill Pullman, actor Dylan Baker, actor Will Arnett, actress Eliza Dushku, actor James Urbaniak, actor Fran Kranz, actor/writer/director Lake Bell, actor Aidan Gillen, Professor Noam Chomsky among many others.

Along with quality programming, IFFBoston prides itself on treating filmmakers respectfully. Selected feature-length filmmakers are offered transportation as well as hotel accommodations. All accepted filmmakers are provided with festival all-access passes. The festival provides a filmmaker's lounge stocked with abundant food, drink, desserts, games, press interview areas, and other treats generously sponsored by local vendors.

IFFBoston awards prize packages that include professional services, software packages, and film gear from sponsors including Panavision, Modulus Studios, and Boris FX.

Films in competition are juried by a group of industry professionals and audience awards are determined by balloting following each film.

Award categories:
Grand Jury Prize Narrative Feature
Grand Jury Prize Documentary Feature
Grand Jury Prize Narrative Short
Grand Jury Prize Documentary Short

Special Jury Prize Narrative Feature
Special Jury Prize Documentary Feature
Special Jury Prize Narrative Short
Special Jury Prize Documentary Short

Audience Award Narrative Feature
Audience Award Documentary Feature
Audience Award Narrative Short
Audience Award Documentary Short

Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing

Please read all of these terms carefully prior to submitting.

All genres are eligible for consideration.

All films must have been completed after September of 2016.

Films may not be considered if a formal premiere occurs in the state of Massachusetts prior to the festival.

Accepted films can not screen in the state of Massachusetts between acceptance date and date of screening at IFFBoston.

Short films are considered films with running times less than 30 minutes.

Feature-length films, both Documentary and Narrative, are films that are no shorter than 31 minutes or longer than 150 minutes in running time.

To be eligible for the student discount submission fee, a photocopy or scan of valid student identification must be provided to verify status.

Foreign language films must be subtitled in English.

Works in progress must be at least 95% complete at the time of submission deadline. It should be clearly marked on the screening copy along with a statement of what aspects of the film will be added or changed by February 1, 2018.

Upon notification of acceptance to the Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston), the accepted filmmaker must respond promptly to agree to allow their work to participate at the festival. If notification does not occur within a reasonable amount of time, invitation/acceptance will be nullified.

Once the filmmaker has agreed to screen at the festival, the Independent Film Festival Boston reserves the right to screen said film up to 2-3 times during the festival and screen provided clips/trailers of the film to promote the screenings in advance and during the festival.

EXHIBITION FORMAT REQUIREMENTS
For entries accepted and agreeing to participate in IFFBoston, an exhibition print of the film must be provided in one of the following formats: DCP or 35mm by March 25, 2018.

Note: We do not accept Blu-ray or DVD as the exhibition format for accepted films. Failure to comply with technical specifications may result in the removal of the film from Festival line up.

DCP Requirements:
- DCPs must be DCI compliant and delivered on an external hard drive with either a CRU enclosure or an USB interface. Drives must be formatted to EXT2 or EXT3 Linux file system.

- All DCPs must have a back up format: either Blu-ray or Apple Pro-res file.

35mm Requirements:
- All 35mm film must have an optical sound track.

Failure to provide a viable exhibition format by deadlines may lead to the expulsion of an accepted film to participate in the festival.

Filmmakers are responsible for the shipment of the exhibition copy to the festival by the requested deadline. IFFBoston will be responsible for return/outbound shipping only.

Due to limited time and resources, IFFBoston is unable to provide comments about specific films.

DVD screeners of submissions will not be returned.

Posters provided for festival use are not guaranteed for return. Due to limited resources in time and personnel, we cannot ship these materials back. It has been our policy to return materials in person to filmmakers or representatives whenever possible after films have been exhibited only upon request. In the event that posters or materials are lost or damaged during IFFBoston, the festival will not replace or reimburse for any provided promotional materials.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston) and the Independent Film Society of Boston from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening formats entered.

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  • Philip Shane

    Throughly enjoyed my experience at this festival with my short documentary, "Rewalk." The shorts program in which we were included was wonderfully high quality, not only was I impressed (and honored to have been included in such fantastic group of films) but one member of the audience even commented, "This was one of the best shorts film programs I've ever seen." Nancy and Ivy with the staff were very helpful with communication, beginning well before the festival, and all the way through it, and afterwards in keeping me up to date with the shipment and return of my precious DCP's. :-) The Q&A's were very well managed and presented, and the audiences were exceptionally engaged. The filmmaker lounge was super cool, a great place to hang and have snacks and meet the other filmmakers, and the volunteer staff was super great, friendly, and immensely helpful. The vibe at the theater and the neighborhood is vibrant, artistic, fun and very very supportive throughout the festival. A joy to attend, thank you to everyone who made it possible and big thanks for the honor of getting to be a part of it.

    May 2018
  • Heather Cassano

    IFFBoston has always been a favorite of mine as an audience member. I finally got to go as a filmmaker this year and my experience was excellent! Nancy and Brian are very communicative and are available to help with anything I needed. They were very accommodating for tech checks, delivering, posters, etc. The volunteers were all very friendly and the audience was very engaged. Hope to screen many more films with IFFB in the future!

    May 2018
  • Tony Oswald

    I very much enjoyed my time at IFFBoston and had some of the most gratifying Q&A's of any festival I've gone to in my run for this film. The audiences at IFFBoston were packed (even at the late screenings) and the programmers did an excellent job curating diverse and compelling movies. I met so many people I hope to follow throughout their careers. Many thanks to Nancy and the entire IFFB crew including the wonderful volunteers.

    May 2018
  • mary jane doherty

    Truly a special festival.
    Well curated with an eclectic range of high end films.
    Tons of smiley green t-shirted volunteers floating about.
    Film goers chatting animatedly, creating a buzz.

    People feel like they're PART of something. So this is good!

    May 2018
  • Mike Scholtz

    I don't really have the language skills to adequately convey how great I think this festival is. Let's just say it's one of the best-programmed, friendliest and most fun film festivals in the world. I brought the subjects of my documentary to IFFBoston in 2018 and they were blown away by the experience. (And these are just regular people. Not even film fans.) Now they want to go to more film festivals. But I had to warn them... other film festivals aren't going to be as good as IFFBoston.

    May 2018