If you are a film buff or you are simply looking for a fun way to pass some time in Boston, you might want to check out the many festivals that the area has to offer throughout the year. Two of these festivals, the Boston International Film Festival and the Independent Film Festival Boston, will be taking place during the month of April.
Boston International Film Festival
The Boston International Film Festival is a celebration of the best local and international and independent films in the area. The eclectic five-day festival offers a wide variety of films, ranging from documentaries to avant-garde surrealism. In all, the festival boasts more than 100 screenings and live events throughout the event while welcoming more than 200 actors, writers, filmmakers and industry insiders representing more than 20 countries. Each year, the festival welcomes more than 20,000 visitors, volunteers, journalists and corporate guests.
The Boston International Film Festival takes place from April 14th through the 18th. Films will be shown at three different locations: AMC Loews Boston Common (175 Tremont Street, across from Boston Common), Paramount Theatre (559 Washington Street) and BPE (Broadway Picture Entertainment) Studio (9A Hamilton Place). The Green Line/Park is the nearest T station. The cost is $12 for most single sessions, with opening and closing night galas and screenings being $45. An all-session pass is $75 while VIP passes are $250. With a VIP pass, you can meet the stars and directors while also attending all parties and films. Single session tickets typically include access to a longer film that has been bundled with several shorter films based on a similar theme or topic.
Independent Film Festival Boston
Shortly after the Boston International Film Festival wraps up, the Independent Film Festival Boston takes place. A 100 percent non-profit organization, the Independent Film Festival Boston brings a variety of films to the Boston area throughout the year. During this special eight-day event, however, the organization brings an even greater number of independent films to the area. Showcasing filmmakers from around the world who work outside of the Hollywood system, the festival features a lineup of interesting documentaries, shorts and features. The festival also offers several panels that allow festival-goers to talk with the filmmakers and to ask them questions.
The Independent Film Festival Boston takes place from April 27th through May 4th, with most events taking place at Somerville Theatre in Somerville’s Davis Square. The Red Line/Davis is the nearest T station to the event. Individual tickets and season passes, which are partially tax deductible, are available for the event. A variety of membership levels are also available for purchase, ranging from the $75 “Neighbor” level to the $5,000 “Platinum” level. The Neighbor level provides you with year-round reserved seating for IFFBoston Screenings, a festival ticket discount, year-round ticket discounts, access to additional screenings, priority access to the public lounge and Coolidge/Brattle discounts. The Platinum membership offers several benefits, including guest access to all parties, priority film access, access to the filmmaker lounge and a private dinner with the Executive Director and Program Director for you and six guests.