8 Boston Film Festivals Not To Miss This Fall


Film buffs rejoice! Not only is Oscar season right around the corner, but this Fall sees a host of film festivals return to the Boston film scene. Here are 8 film festivals you won’t want to miss.


The 34th Annual Boston Film Festival | September 20 -23

This film festival features thought-provoking film premieres and first look of TV series fall premieres, panels with directors and actors, parties, celebrations, red carpet press events all creating an exciting cinema experience. This year’s festival features John Hindman’s The Passing Parade about a struggling playwright’s attempt to recapture the magic and romance of her flagging career.


THE PASSING PARADE from Marianne Williams on Vimeo.


Boston Latino International Film Festival | September 27 – 28

The Boston Latino International Film Festival (BLIFF) is Boston’s longest-running and most exciting presentation of cinema from the Latino and Spanish-speaking cultures of the Americas. This year’s festival includes a screening of ExtraTerrestres,  Carla Cavina beautiful drama about a woman returning to run her family’s chicken farm in Puerto Rico and the confrontation of her sexuality.


ExtraTerrestres from Carla Cavina


The Boston Women’s Film Festival | September 28 – 30

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston presents the first annual Boston Women’s Film Festival, a showcase for new films by and about women with a mission to increase awareness and opportunity for women filmmakers. This year’s festival includes I Am Not a Witch, Rungano Nyoni’s magical realist tale of a nine-year-old Zambian girl who is accused of witchcraft; and a sneak preview of Elizabeth Chomko’s new drama What They Had.


I Am Not a Witch – trailer from ArtOfficial Agency on Vimeo.


GlobeDocs | October 10 – 14

This five-day documentary film festival is designed to engage, promote, and celebrate film and production talent in the documentary genre. This year’s festival includes the documentaries Time For Ilhan about the first Somali Muslim woman to be elected to state office in America, Director Scott Gormley’s Danseur explores the difficult subjects of bullying and homophobia and more.


TIME FOR ILHAN from Norah Shapiro


Boston Asian American Film Festival | October 18 – 28

The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) empowers Asian Americans through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community.



Boston Palestine Film Festival | October 19 – 28

The festival features compelling and thought-provoking films, including documentaries, features, rare early works, video art pieces, and new films by emerging artists and youth about the Palestinian experience. This year’s festival opens with Muayad Alayan’s The Reports on Sarah and Saleem about an extramarital affair between a Palestinian man and an Israeli woman that builds into a dangerous game of deceit and power.


The Reports on Sarah and Saleem | trailer from heretic on Vimeo.


Dorchester Short Film Festival | October 25

Hosted at the Strand Theatre, the Dorchester Short Film Festival provides a rare opportunity to experience a fast-paced line-up of comedy, drama, action, and animation. This year’s line up includes


The Boston Jewish Film Festival | November 17 – 19

The Boston Jewish Film Festival returns to celebrate the richness of the Jewish experience through film and media exploring the full spectrum of Jewish life, values, and culture.





Chad Sirois, Senior Marketing and Engagement Manager



Chad Sirois is the Senior Marketing and Engagement Manager at ArtsBoston. He is an art and museum addict and can frequently found taking a selfie in a gallery near you.  twitter-4-512 @chadsirois instagram-4-512 @chadmsirois

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