For years, filmmakers, distributors, and film enthusiasts wondered why Boston, one of the largest metropolitan areas on the east coast, lacked a vehicle for supporting independent films by filmmakers of color or that showcased their experiences. This was the primary motivation behind the creation of the Roxbury Film Festival (then, the Dudley Film Festival) in 1999. The other reason was our love of films. We were hungry for films by and about people of color, and we believed that there was an audience in Boston that was searching for these types of films. We were right.
Now in its 11th year, the Roxbury Film Festival continues to showcase and honor the work of emerging and established filmmakers of color and has become the largest festival in New England dedicated to this genre. Since its inception, over 25,000 people have attended the festival, and we have screened more than 400 films by or about people of color.
The Roxbury Film Festival takes place over 4 days, with workshops and film screenings taking place at the Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts College of Art, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall, and other locations throughout Boston.