In a city as big, as diverse and as devoted to promoting arts and raising awareness of its role in the development of the society, the amount of high-quality events meant to promote the value of art is impressive. Among those are film festivals of different nature – some give even more visibility to mainstream cinema, some are focused on independent films, others on films that are united by various ideas, questions, that contemplate contemporary or ever-lasting issues. Here are some of the most prominent film festivals that take place in Boston and gather huge communities together to celebrate great causes.
Boston Film Festival
This film festival has been held annually ever since 1984 and is one of the biggest in the area. Usually taking place in early September, it gathers crowds hungry for novelty in the cinematographic world and ready to raise discussions. As stated on its official website, the festival tries to “present a program of films that entertain, enlighten and educate the audience”. It offers awards to the worthiest candidates, such as of The Best Film, Performance, Documentary, and Lifetime Achievement to name a few. It puts most of its focus on up-and-coming filmmakers and hopes to create a platform where great artists can gain visibility and international recognition. In 2019, it held its 35th program, which notably included the feature of “A Hidden Life” by Terrence Malick.
Boston International Film Festival
Not to be confused with the preceding member of this list, Boston International Film Festival has a strong standing of its own. It has been around every year since 2003 and was founded in the initiative of producer Patrick Jerome. This festival invites the audience to admire a collection of independent and experimental films from all around the world as well as the USA. The festival spans over the course of five days and creates grounds for discussion between the artists and the audience. Its driving force lies in the founder’s and the organizers’ belief in the value the art of filmmaking has in shaping the society and promoting a better understanding of the world we live in.
Independent Film Festival of Boston
All of them have such similar names that one might easily get lost, but Independent Film Festival of Boston has its own unique pool of films to offer! It has been active for over 18 years, and not at all on a smaller scale than the previous two. In fact, it has been named as Boston’s Best Film Festival by Boston Magazine in 2016 and 2017 and one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by Moviemaker Magazine. Evidently, it must have a pretty solid program to offer if it managed to gain such wide recognition in the world crawling with festivals and initiatives related to films and filmmaking. Their film selection usually includes documentaries, short films, narrative features, animated and experimental films from independent filmmakers.