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Dorrington to Lead Panel Discussion


Oscar® nominated writer and Executive Producer of "The Fighter," Keith Dorrington will lead a panel discussion "From Script to Screen" at the 27th Boston Film Festival. The panel discussion affords attendees an opportunity to hear from an Academy Award® nominated writer-producer who has achieved outstanding success. The City of Boston has become a hot bed for filmmakers as well as screenplays and was featured in three movies that received varying Oscar® nominations this year ("The Fighter," "The Social Network," "The Town"). The BFF will run September 16-22, 2011 at the Stuart Street Playhouse in the heart of Boston's theater district. The program will showcase a combination of feature films, documentaries, and shorts.

The Boston Film Festival has a rich history of premiering some of Hollywood's top films as well as honoring renowned filmmakers and actors. Several awards are presented including a new category for Editing. Last year's honorees included Academy Award® winner Melissa Leo as well as Ed Burns, and Sam Rockwell who starred in Fox Searchlight's "Conviction" which was also named the festival's Best Film. Other noteworthy participants were Aaron and Jim Eckhart, Leslie Bibb, Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Todd Stashwick, Joelle Carter, Kerry Bische and Ryan Merriman.

Recent filmmakers and actors who were lauded by the BFF include; Uma Thurman, Greg Kinnear, Jerry Weintraub, Dane Cook, Val Kilmer, and Sir Ridley Scott. In addition to the film premieres, Boston's top chefs and restaurants host evening receptions where filmmakers and talent have the opportunity to network.

Stuart Street Playhouse

Stuart Street Playhouse
The 27th Boston Film Festival will be located at Boston's new indie cinema, The Stuart Street Playhouse. Robin Dawson, Executive Director of the festival, said, "The charming Stuart Street Playhouse theatre will provide film enthusiasts with a modern cinema experience. It is perfectly located in the heart of the theatre district by the beautiful Boston Public Gardens and across from historic Beacon Hill."

The theatre features a 425 seat stadium design house and boasts a new 30 foot Super Glo screen with a Dolby Digital sound system. "There is an attached parking garage that includes a reduced rate for film attendees, and it provides extended time for moviegoers who want to enjoy dining at one of the many premiere restaurants in the area." continued Dawson. David Bramante is the owner of the Stuart Street Playhouse and brings more than 25 years of expertise operating the famed West Newton Cinema. "I'm pleased and proud that the Stuart Street Playhouse will play host to such an important cultural event for the City of Boston. With great restaurants & bars at the adjoining Radisson hotel, as well as a parking garage, and cinema all under one roof, the Playhouse will serve as an ideal home for the Boston Film Festival," added Bramante.


We are looking for dedicated interns who are interested in gaining exceptional film industry, marketing, media, events and business experience. Contact us at volunteers@bostonfilmfestival.org.

2010 Award Winners


Best Film: Conviction

Best Documentary: 10 Mountains 10 Years

Best Director: Ed Burns, Nice Guy Johnny

Best Actor: Sam Rockwell, Conviction

Best Actress: Leslie Bibb, Miss Nobody

Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo for her roles in Welcome to the Rileys, Conviction and The Fighter

Best New Actress: Jessica Romero, Down for Life

Best Young Actor: Alexander Newton, Iron Cross

Best Ensemble Cast: Miss Nobody

Best Cinematography: Josh Silfen, To Be Friends

Best Screenplay: Rick Bieber, The 5th Quarter

Mass Impact Award: World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements

Eco Film: Lurking in the Trees

Best Short Film: Son of None

Best Soundtrack: Tree Adams, Black, White and Blues

Visionary Filmmaker Award: Joshua Newton, Iron Cross

Career Achievement: Roy Scheider

Patrons of the Arts: Ernie Boch, Jr.

2009 Award Winners

Best Film: "Desdemona," dir. Phillip Guzman

Desdemona: A Love Story: the recipient of 3 awards at the 25th Boston Film Festival in 2009: Best Feature, Best Cinematography & Best Actor for Jorge A. Jimenez: is now available on DVD. The link to order the Special Edition DVD of Desdemona: A Love Story (with the Behind the Scenes featurette & Filmmaker commentary) is on the film's official website: http://www.desdemonamovie.com.

Best Screenplay: "In/Significant Others," writers John Schwert & David Mulholland

Best Documentary: "My Big Break," dir. Tony Zierra

Mass Impact: "Hope Deferred," dir. James Siegel

Best Short: "Marbles With Thoreau," dir. Melody George

Best Actor: Jorge A. Jimenez, "Desdemona"

Best Actress: Uma Thurman, "Motherhood"

Best Ensemble Cast: "Handsome Harry," dir. Bette Gordon

Best Director: Barra Grant, "Love Hurts"

Best Comedy: "Love Hurts," dir. Barra Grant

Best Cinematography: "Desdemona," Philip Roy, Cinematographer

EcoFilm: "Earth Days," dir. Robert Stone

Our History

The 33rd Boston Film Festival took place Sept. 21-24, 2017. The program was culled from a vast number of quality films submitted for review and consideration. A schedule of feature, documentary, short and animated films were presented. A questions and answer session followed each premiere with the director, producers, writers and actors.

A remarkable assembly of established filmmakers and talent attended the 2017 BFF. Audiences were given first hand access to the filmmaker’s experience to make their flick during the Q&A panel. There were cutting edge movies by emerging filmmakers were shown as part of the educational component geared toward students.

Renowned author producer Casey Sherman (“Boston Strong,” “The Finest Hours”) presented his Tales of Suspense One Man show as part of the film festival’s Conversations Spotlight series. Sherman, an award winning journalist and international bestselling author, has been called one of the "greatest storytellers in America today." The audience learned the thrilling behind the scenes stories of “The Finest Hours,” and “Patriot’s Day.”

International press covered the red carpet daily. Notable talent attended such as Anne Heche, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Olivia Culpo, Mike Vogel, Barkhard Abdi, Chris Matthews, James Keach, and New England Patriot’s player Danny Amendola among others. Documentaries presented included wide ranging topics that are informative, critical, and emotive.

The World Premiere of “John Hume in America” Opened the film festival. During a period of political instability, it is a timely film that examines steady leadership and international co-operation through interviews with President Clinton, President Carter, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Bono and Tom O’Neill about the peace efforts of the Nobel Prize recipient John Hume. British director Maurice Fitzpatrick was joined by Tom O’Neill, and TV journalist Chris Matthews for a panel moderated by Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen.

Another current documentary presented was the World Premiere of “What Haunts Us” from Director Page Goldberg Tolmach and Kennedy Marshall. The film delves into the surprising truth behind the unusually high number of suicides among male students from Tolmach’s high school class in South Carolina. What she uncovers, is the ongoing sexual abuse of students by a teacher and the complicit inaction of the administration.

Award-winning filmmaker James Keach directed the emotional hopeful documentary “Augie” that chronicles the life of Augie and Lynne Nieto following his diagnosis of ALS. Refusing to surrender to the disease, Augie is veracious in his objective raising millions to fund the research for identifying a cure. It is an inspirational story of resolve and love.

The feature films screening at the 33rd Boston Film Festival included drama, true-life, historical, comedy and philosophical genres. The film “Damascus Cover” directed by Daniel Berk and based on the book by Howard Kaplan made its World Premiere at the film festival. Jonathan Rhys Meyers received the Best Actor honor which was given to him during the question and answer panel. Also, the film took home the top awards for Best Film and Best Director.

A special presentation of a TV series pilot was a new showcase in this year’s program. NBC’s “The Brave” starring Anne Heche and Mike Vogel screened at the Calderwood Pavillion. Entertainment Reporter Jackie Bruno moderated a panel with the actors.

The short films segments are an audience favorite each year. This year included outstanding stories. The variety of topics were created by international directors, Hollywood veterans, students as well as local filmmakers. An extensive screening process for the shorts category takes place. The final arrangement is thoughtfully programmed offering an interesting collection of films.

The films were screened at the AMC Boston Common Theatre with a few showing at the Calderwood Pavillion and the Boston Center for the Arts. Celebrations each evening showcased some of Boston’s finest cuisine including the Avery Bar at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Legal Seafoods, Aggassio’s in the famed North End along with a party at The Revere Hotel which hosted the actors and filmmakers.

The 33rd Boston Film Festival hires college interns contributing to the educational process that is vital for graduates. Students represented many local institutions; Emerson College, Boston University, Northeastern University, Boston College, Suffolk University and UMass Boston .

The Presenting sponsor was Union Point. Leading Sponsors included The Hollywood Repoter, NBC Boston, A&E, USA Network, Revere Hotel, Dav El|Boston Coach Chauffeured, Transportation Network and Depasquale Venutres

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