The Roxbury International Film Festival (ROXFILM) is the largest festival in New England dedicated to celebrating the work of filmmakers creating films celebrating people of color.

ROXFILM 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, Ava DuVernay, 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.

21st Annual Roxbury International Film Festival will be held June 19, 2018- June 29, 2019. Films will be screened at the Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, Haley House Bakery Cafe and Hibernian Hall in Roxbury, MA.

More general information about the festival can be found at

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

The Roxbury International Film Festival (ROXFILM)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 story line.

By submitting your film you are waiving any screening fees for your film. (Exceptions: films that have been requested by the festival, opening and closing night films and special screenings)

We require that you do not screen your film within 20 miles of Boston 90 days before screening at ROXFILM.

Overall Rating
  • Melvin Harris

    I can't speak on the actual Festival because I was not able to attend, but I had a family member who also screened there who said the festival was amazing. The opportunities to network and share with creatives was on par with the most prestigious fests in the world.

    My own experience with the programming team was wonderful. They were open, easy to talk to, and extremely helpful in getting my film ready to screen. They replied to all communication promptly and were transparent as far as the process was concerned.

    Excellent pre-festival experience but now I really want to attend based on testimony!

    July 2018
  • Lisa Simmons and her staff did an excellent job!

    July 2018
  • Nadhege Ptah

    This festival is a gem and caters to the filmmakers.

    July 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you!!!

  • Rami Katz

    Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend but it seemed like a fantastic festival. Good communication and great program. Would love to attend one day!

    July 2018
  • Sandrel Young

    I had an amazing time at his festivial! My film “Training Wheels” was a Boston premiere here! Everyone was so warming and inviting. The festival also gave all the filmmakers a little care package for appreciation! Programmers were very nice and excited that you’ve attented to respresent your film! Wonderful experience.

    July 2018