Do you love film? If so, you will be happy to know that there is no shortage of film festivals in the Greater Boston area. A few annual festivals have recently past, but there is still plenty of time to enjoy film in Boston this fall. In fact, here are a couple more festivals that will be taking place this month.
Boston Jewish Film Festival
The Boston Jewish Film Festival is a celebration of the Jewish experience through film and media. Founded in 1989 by filmmaker Michael Goldman, the Boston Jewish Film Festival strives to engage and inspire the community to explore Jewish values, life and culture. Today, the Festival serves as a place for the community to come together to discuss international award-winning films on Jewish themes and topics.
Offering just 10 screenings in its first year, the Boston Jewish Film Festival has grown significantly over the years. Today, the Festival offers more than 60 screenings and welcomes 300,000 audience members each year. Examples of films that have premiered at the Jewish Film Festival include The Pianist and Nowhere in Africa in 2002 and Son of Saul in 2015. The Festival has also grown to include other forms of art, including musical accompaniment and dance. Post-screening conversations with filmmakers and other special guests from around the world are also common at the festival.
The main event hosted by the Boston Film Festival will take place from November 9th through the 21st. The Festival has expanded, however, to include screenings throughout the year. These include previews of Jewish films before major releases and special screenings.
Boston International Kids Film Festival
The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that young people spend an average of 7.5 hours per day on entertainment media, including phones, computers, televisions and other electronic devices. As such, media literacy and skills have never been more essential, which is why Filmmakers Collaborative created the Boston International Kids Film Festival. Through the Festival, the founders hope to help young people use media rather than allowing media to use them.
Developed by professional filmmakers and educators in 2013, the Boston International Kids Film Festival invites students, parents and educators from all over the Greater Boston area in a celebration of creativity and imagination from November 3rd through the 6th. In addition to offering though-provoking films from around the world that were made for and by kids, the Festival also offers a variety of hands-on workshops that are meant to help give the next generation of filmmakers the tools they need to realize the full potential and power of media.
Events for the Boston International Kids Film Festival will take place at both the Capitol Theatre in Arlington, Massachusetts and the Somerville Theater in Davis Square in Somerville, Massachusetts. Therefore, it is important to look at you ticket to be sure which of the two locations will be used for the event you wish to attend. Some events are free while others range in price from $10 to $60 per ticket.