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.

23rd Annual Roxbury International Film Festival will be held June 16, 2021-- June 26, 2021. 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
  • Ryan McDonough

    Lisa Simmons and her team did a fantastic job putting this powerful event together under extremely challenging circumstances. I really enjoyed getting to know the RoxFilm team and other filmmakers during the nightly Zoom hangouts. Wish we could have been there in person, but this was a beautiful experience. We were so thrilled to win Honorable Mention for Best Narrative Feature for Last Night in Rozzie, especially with so many great films. Congratulations to Thato Rantao Mwosa for winning Best Narrative Feature with the poignant Memoirs of a Black Girl. Well deserved!

    July 2021
  • unlimitedcinema .

    This was a fabulous festival! So well-organized, aware of and attentive to the needs of a hybrid festival in a pandemic. And so genuinely committed to films by and about people of color, especially women. Director Lisa Simmons and this festival have created an inviting and much-needed space for these works.

    July 2021
  • It was an honor to screen at RoxFilm this year, and I was just blown away by the outstanding communication and attention to detail in this hybrid festival.

    July 2021
  • Desmond Jackson

    Fantastic Festival! Loved the community building and the Filmmaker Q&A's and Filmmaker hangouts. Will totally submit another film here.

    July 2021
  • Cathleen Dean

    I thoroughly enjoyed my participation in the Rocksberry international film Festival. Lisa, the Director was wonderful. All of the communication I received was clear concise and timely. I met some very amazing female filmmakers that I hope to keep in contact with. I look forward to next year‘s festival!

    July 2021