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
  • It was an honor to be selected as part of the Roxbury Film Festival! It's a legendary festival in Boston, and they were wonderful to communicate with. Thank you very much!

    August 2019
  • Vladimir Minuty

    The Roxbury International Film Festival is a jewel. Not only is it a great showcase of work from filmmakers of color from across the world but a wonderful opportunity to network. The festival is run with heart by Lisa and Alison Simmons and their fantastic staff. It’s that personal touch that makes the festival shine. This is a filmmaker forward festival, focusing on a breath of work and themes to highlight artists and the issues of our time. We had a blast at the screenings, the events and the after parties. We look forward to next year!

    July 2019
  • Amazing festival! professionally operated and a great slate of films selected.

    July 2019
  • Andre Jackson

    Wow! I can unequivocally say that the Roxbury IFF is a top tier event for ANY indie filmmaker and a must go for filmmakers of color. The communication, organization, quality, variety of exhibitions, screening facilities, and creative environment were unexpectedly amazing. Mark your calendars. Do not miss the opportunity to attend this festival.

    July 2019
  • STARRPOWER Entertainment

    The experience at The Roxbury International Film Festival was amazing! Emails were answered promptly and communication was clear.
    We as a production team attended the film fest and the turnout was great with a lot of quality films in our screening block. I look forward to attending this film festival every year whether we have a submission or not.

    July 2019