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

RIFF 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, 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.

19th Annual Roxbury International Film Festival will be held June 21, 2016 - July 1,, 2017. Films will be screened at the Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.

More general information about the festival can be found at

Awards & Prizes

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

Rules & Terms

The Roxbury International Film Festival (RIFF)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 RIFF.

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    Matthew Klein

    Great festival experience with an audience that was genuinely interested in the subject of my film!

    September 2016
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    Arthur Musah

    Great platform for indie voices. Fantastic screening venue at the MFA Boston. A curious and engaged audience. And organizers created a warm environment for filmmakers that was great for networking. Feels like a true community.

    August 2016
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    Crosby Tatum

    What an incredible festival. The staff are incredible and helpful. Very communicative regarding any changes that might be made during the festival, and I love the fact that they put filmmakers 1st. We had an awesome time and we really enjoyed ourselves. We can't wait to submit to the festival when we have a project next time.

    July 2016
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    Eddie Shieh

    An amazing festival with a rich history of presenting stories about, and also for, people of color. The films screened will easily show that many quality films, themes and topics are represented. More important is the wonderful communication provided by the festival to ensure a well-run and successful event. Continued success and congratulations to Lisa Simmons and the Roxbury team...

    July 2016
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    Oscar Lozoya

    Incredible festival! Staff and film festival goers were wonderful, fun, and passionate! Venue was excellent and quality. Highly recommend this festival.

    July 2016