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.

20th Annual Roxbury International Film Festival will be held June 20, 2018- June 30, 2018. 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 for opening, closing 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
  • Toni Parker

    Lisa and crew, Thank you so much for your gracious hospitality. Most of all, thank you for awarding my feature film an 'Honorable Mention'.

    July 2017
  • Raouf Zaki

    The festival is an incredible experience meeting filmmakers of color from across the nation and the real issues they face addressed in films with poignancy, relevance and class. The festival offers plenty of networking opportunities, a pitch session and state-of-the-art screening facilities. The director Lisa Simmons and her team are always supporting filmmakers on and off the festival floor. Highly recommended.

    July 2017
  • I had an amazing time at this festival. Although the saturday morning screening had very little attendance, I noticed that other days and times were jam packed. I enjoyed the Q&A session and highly recommend this festival to all film producers and directors. I look forward to submitting next year.

    July 2017
  • Phillip E. Walker

    I just LOVED RoxFilm’s American Debut of “Darkroom” on the impressive Museum of Fine Arts-Boston big screen plus its convenient & affordable MassArt Treehouse accommodations. Can’t wait to Black Film Festival Reports them during next year’s 20th RIFF via

    July 2017
  • Leah Cohen-Mays

    This festival was absolutely wonderful. Very accommodating and film maker friendly. The venue was perfect. The organizers were great to work with and extremely supportive. And, I met a lot of incredible people.

    July 2017