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Our Mission

The Boston Film Festival endeavors to present a program of films that entertain, enlighten and educate the audience. We are dedicated to supporting evolving filmmakers by providing a forum to showcase their artistic vision. A variety of awards are presented annually, i.e. Best Film, Performance, Documentary, and Lifetime Achievement. New categories have been added to laud productions that influence green industry living in addition to the unique "Mass Impact Award" given to a filmmaker whose movie illuminates a social issue that positively affects humanity.

The festival offers audiences first-hand access to the filmmakers and filmmaking process during the Q&A sessions with the Director and talent following every screening. The BFF continues its commitment to being a valued member of the city's cultural community contributing to the desirability of residing and working in the Bay State. Further, a rich history of programming illustrious films and featuring top actors elevates the international visibility of the region via publicity.

The Committee

  • Diane Allen
  • Lisa Bellino
  • Dustin Booth
  • Kim Cooper
  • Robin Dawson
  • Nancy Eckersley
  • Rebecca Marks
  • Kahlil Olmstead
  • Rachael Trager
  • Laura Yellen

Our History

2008 Boston Film Festival
The 2008 festival took place at the Kendall Square Landmark Theatres in Cambridge. The festival schedule included a strong program of films and documentaries featuring several world premieres. There was national press coverage of the movies and celebrities attending such as, Greg Kinnear, Adam Brody, Tatiana Ali, Steve Tyler, Maria Menounos, and Natalie Dryfus.

The Opening Night film "Appaloosa," starring and directed by Ed Harris, played to a sold out audience. A question and answer session followed the premiere with producer screenwriter Robert Knott, actor Adam Nelson, and renowned author Robert Parker who wrote the novel that the film was based upon. The 2008 BFF Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Robert Parker at the Landmark Theatre. Best Film honor was given to "Appaloosa" as well.

Universal Studios' "Flash of Genius," starring Greg Kinnear was the Closing night film. Director Marc Abrahams conducted a lively question and answer session with Greg Kinnear at the Landmark Theatre. The 2008 Best Actor Award was presented to Greg Kinnear for his portrayl of Robert Kearns who battled the auto industry. A grand Closing Night party followed at the Cheers restaurant and pub.

Other notable films honored were: the Iraqi movie "Jani Gal," that details the agony and suffering of the Iraqi people; the World premiere of "Childless," directed by Charlie Levy and produced by Graham Leder; the East Coast premiere of the Sundance hit "Death In Love," starring Adam Brody who was on hand to present the Best Director honor to Boaz Yakin. In Addition, an extensive schedule of poignant documentaries screened at the festival covering a range of topics such as "The Soviet Story" which details Stalin's pre-Hitler mass murder of Russian people; "Under the Skin," about the evolving medical crisis of Lyme disease, and "America's Lost Band," that critics believed would be the next international hit band following the Beatles, to name a few.

2007 Boston Film Festival
George Clooney joined the BFF to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to renowned Producer Jerry Weintraub, Oceans Thirteen. More than 300 international press articles were generated from the Tribute dinner alone. Banners placed throughout Boston promoted the festival in addition to radio and television spots that ran on local stations. Electronic media covered the festival including Access Hollywood; Extra and Entertainment Tonight. Actor appearances included: Dane Cook, Emily Mortimer, Michael Madsen, Freddie Prinze Jr., Maria Menounos, Alison Eastwood, George Clooney and more.

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