Roxbury International Film Festival

Our mission is to support diverse filmmakers and provide an opportunity for audiences to view the works of these filmmakers, and experience stories often overlooked in mainstream media

Now entering its 16th year, the Roxbury International Film Festival continues to showcase and honor the work of emerging and established filmmakers of color and has become the largest New England film festival dedicated to this genre.

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Events and Schedules for the 2014 festival to be determined…To tie you over until then, click here to view movie reviews, newsletters, and pre-festival events. To submit a film to this years festival and more information about film submissions click here.


MFA features RIFF’s Opening Night Film: Things Never Said

Museum of Fine Arts
Thursday, June 27th, 7PM
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Kalindra Stepney (Kal) is an aspiring poetess, but inside she’s an artist who’s lost.  Haunted by dreams deferred and a dangerous marriage, this Los Angelean yearns to perform on New York’s most acclaimed spoken word stage.Wounded by a miscarriage and saddled with RONNIE, an angry husband, Kal desperately seeks an  outlet for her struggling artistic voice. Adding to her distress is best friend and compatriot DAPHNE, who also grapples with relationship issues. Kal’s inner turmoil is escalated by the surprise and uncertainty of new love found in CURTIS JACKSON, a talented spoken word artist with a scarred past. Through their forbidden love, Kal helps Curtis heal a damaged relationship with his estranged young daughter. In turn, Curtis inspires Kal to dig deeper, discover her voice, and ultimately reclaim her sense of self-worth.  Post-screening Q&A with Elimu Nelson of Showtime’s “House of Lies” and Roxbury’s own Michael Beach (F/X”s “Sons of Anarchy” and “Waiting to Exhale”)

JUST ADDED!  TONIGHT AT 9:30PM at the Mass College of Art & Design

A relationship documentary that takes a humorous look at a topic that has been on the tongues of professional black women everywhere…the shortage of eligible black men. There are many theories on why this problem exists: education, prison and the “down low” to name a few. We follow film director Tamarat Makonnen as he travels across the country in an attempt to find the truth behind this hot button topic. Combining professional advice, street interviews and sketch comedy; this humorous and thought-provoking film will have you rethinking what you assumed about the opposite sex. We invite you to join us on an adventure as we go “In Search of the Black Knight!”

Tickets:  $10.  Available at the door
Opening tonight’s screening feature’s Jesse Blaise’s cute short “SITUATIONSHIP”.  Come out and support!

Closing Day: A Conversation with Tonya Lewis Lee 

Museum of Fine Arts
Sunday, June 30th, 4PM
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Tonya Lewis Lee has been a creative presence in children’s literature and production for almost 15 years. She and her husband, Spike Lee, wrote three children’s books: Please Baby Please (2002),Please Puppy Please (2004), and Giant Steps to Change the World (2011). Her production company develops original projects and adapts some of today’s best-selling novels and biographies that reflect the diverse world in which we live. Outspoken on the issues of women and race, Lee has been featured in The New York TimesTown and CountryNew York MagazineOEssenceEbony, and Redbook.

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2013 Festival Program






  • Submissions

    The Roxbury International Film Festival is accepting submissions for its 14th annual festival to be held Julne 13 - 17, 2012 in Boston's historic Roxbury district...

  • Volunteer

    We're always looking for volunteers to help with the successful execution of our festival... you can meet filmmakers, see a variety great films and support RIFF all at the same time!

  • Connect with Us

    In addition to the annual film festival, Roxbury Film Festival presents a number of events all year round. Connect with us to keep abreast of upcoming events and more...

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