Roxbury International Film Festival

Filmmaker Info

The Roxbury International Film Festival (RIFF) is a four-day festival in New England dedicated to celebrating the work of filmmakers and film industry professionals of color.

RIFF is a competitive festival. Awards include cash and prizes for “Audience Favorite,” “Best Short Film,” “Best of Festival,” “Best Documentary,” “Emerging Local Filmmaker,” and “Technical Excellence”.

Thank you to everyone who submitted films for RIFF16!

RIFF 15 is just around the corner and we want you to be a part of our festival.  This year’s festival takes place June 27-30, 2013. RIFF showcases feature-length films, documentaries, shorts and animation by or about persons of color. We are particularly committed to screening works by filmmakers with a connection to the New England area, however we also screen works by filmmakers from other states as well as from around the world.

Narrative Feature
The Narrative Feature category accepts narrative fiction films between 50 minutes to 2 1/2 hours in length.

Narrative Short
The Narrative Short category accepts narrative fiction films between 1 minute to 50 minutes in length.

Documentary Feature
The Documentary Feature category accepts non-fiction Documentary
films between 50 minutes to 2 1/2 hours in length.

Documentary Short
The Documentary Short category accepts non-fiction Documentary
films between 5 to 50 minutes in length.

The Animation category accepts animated films of any length.

Youth Produced Film
The Youth Produced Film category accepts films written, directed
and/or produced by a person under 18 years of age that are between
1 minute to 60 minutes in length. Films produced independently as
well as those made in conjunction with a school or community program
are eligible.

All films made by or about people of color are eligible for submission. Some preference is given to past or current New England residents. More than one entry may be submitted. Each entry must be accompanied by separate submission forms, fees, and materials. If selected, the screening format of the film must be available by May 30, 2014 and for the duration of the festival.

The RIFF Planning Committee has complete discretion to determine the placement of films in the festival schedule.


Housing for filmmakers is available at Massachusetts College of Art & Design as part of campus housing.  Email if you are interested in housing for RIFF.  Accommodations are very affordable.




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