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, S. Epatha Merkerson and the countless amazing independent filmmakers who make our festival what it is, a filmmaker's festival.

25th Annual Roxbury International Film Festival will be held June 21, 2023-- June 28, 2023. Films will be screened at the Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, and Hibernian Hall in Roxbury, MA.

More general information about the festival can be found at

ROXFILM is a competitive festival. Awards include but are not limited to "Audience Favorite," "Best Short Film," "Best of Festival," "Best Documentary," "Emerging Local Filmmaker," and "Youth Filmmaker," and a Visionary Award named after Amy Hood a long time film festival attendee.

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
  • Excellent film festival! Thank you so much to Lisa and Alison Simmons for organizing this event and for including BECOMING BLACK LAWYERS in this year's lineup of selected films! It was truly an honor to have the film screened and also be invited to participate in a thoughtful Q&A session alongside other filmmakers with an interested and engaged audience. A really great experience. Outside of my experience as a filmmaker, as a festival attendee, I enjoyed the programming and learned so much from the documentaries I was able to view. I will definitely attend and support this festival for many years to come. Such excellent in-person and online programming that I really wish I could have taken advantage of it ALL. A first-class, world-class event. It is truly a gem and blessing for the greater Boston community and beyond. Highly recommended!

    July 2022
  • Sonita Gale

    Love these guys so much. They care about film-makers, they take time to speak with you and in our Directors case they had an in conversation. Supporting diversity and inclusion is high on their agenda. Being part of US festivals has led to US distribution which we are so happy about.
    We were so happy to win this award - much appreciated indeed
    Thank you again for everything
    Team Galeforce + Hostile

    July 2022
  • Thank you Roxbury for including our short in this year's programming. They are a dedicated team of talented and weathered filmmakers that we are honored to be acquainted with! For Black Filmmakers would 100% recommend applying to and attending Roxbury!

    July 2022
  • Great festival! The film selection and Q&A were amazing! I had a wonderful time at the Museum of Fine Arts for Roxbury International FF.

    July 2022
  • Ebony Blanding

    Amazing and affirming festival that I'll support for a lifetime!

    July 2022