Whether you are a film buff or a casual enjoyer of film, you will be happy to know that there are plenty of film festivals to enjoy throughout the Boston area. Furthermore, with the many types of film festivals the city has to offer, you are sure to find at least one festival that is well-suited to your taste and your lifestyle. The only difficult part will be choosing which festival or festivals you wish to attend, as many of the festivals are booked nearly back-to-back and offer well over a month’s worth of opportunities to enjoy unique films throughout the city.
Boston Irish Film Festival
The 15th Annual Irish Film Festival will take place March 19th through the 22nd at Somerville Theatre at Davis Square. Films presented at the festival focus on Ireland and its culture, including what it means to be Irish in the 21st century. Films will include documentaries, premiers, shorts and features. Not coincidentally, the event also happens to coincide with many other Irish celebrations taking place throughout the city in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Cost for the event is $10 per film or $50 for a Festival Pass.
Boston Underground Film Festival
The 17th Annual Boston Underground Film Festival will take place March 25th through the 29th at Brattle Theatre in Cambridge’s Harvard Square. This festival is known for screening provocative, experimental and independent films and videos that are meant to push the boundaries. Typical screenings include music videos, documentaries, animations, feature films and shorts celebrating confrontational, controversial, political and alternative topics. In keeping with its unusual atmosphere, the Boston Underground Film Festival does not award its films with cash prizes or trade value prizes. Instead, it gives out the Bacchus Award to its top films. The Bacchus Award is a vibrating trophy in the form of a demonic black bunny with red eyes. The trophy has since become the mascot of the festival.
Boston LGBT Film Festival
The 31st Annual Boston LGBT Film Festival will take place April 2nd through the 12th at the Museum of Fine Arts at 465 Huntington Avenue within the Fenway Neighborhood. The event will feature an eclectic mix of LGBT cinema brought to Boston from around the world. Regular screenings for the event are $12 per ticket. The event will also host a VIP cocktail party on opening night at a cost of $50 per ticket. Regular tickets for the opening night party are $30 per ticket.
Boston Independent Film Festival
The 18th Annual Boston Independent Film Festival will take place April 22nd through the 29th with films being screened in various locations throughout Somerville. The largest film festival in New England, the Boston Independent Film Festival typically receives more than 1,200 film submissions each year. Of these, only 90 to 100 are shown. Most screenings include director Q&A sessions with nightly parties taking place for filmmakers and passholders. Most experts consider the Boston Independent Film Festival to be the city’s premier film festival, with MovieMaker Magazine naming it as one of “The Top 25 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee.”