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The Roxbury International Film Festival (Rox Film), an independent film festival dedicated to the screening of diverse films of all genres. The festival also features panel discussions, workshops and networking events.


From June 23rd to 29th in person, the online part runs until July 2nd. Movies are available to rent and stream June 27-30. Films, once rented, can be viewed until the end of the festival on July 2nd. See the schedule of screenings and events here.


Screenings and other face-to-face events will take place at the Museum of Fine Arts, Hibernian Hall in Roxbury, the Boston Public Library branch in Roxbury, and the ArtsEmerson Paramount Center across from Boston Common. Films can be streamed via [email protected] and the MFA website.

How much?

Ticket prices vary by event and performance, with most tickets for a single performance ranging from $12 for members to $15 for non-members. Many non-screening events are free or cost $5 to $10 per person.

A personal festival pass costs $165 and gives you access to all in-person screenings; An online pass costs $50 and allows you to watch all the movies at home.

Buy tickets and passes here.

why should i go

The Roxbury International Film Festival is New England’s largest film festival dedicated to and celebrating the cinematic talent of people of color. There’s something for everyone at Rox Film – from networking events and workshops for aspiring filmmakers, to insightful roundtables and script readings for film enthusiasts, to film screenings for those just looking for something new to watch.

Feature films this year include Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story (a biopic about the legendary gospel singer and civil rights activist), Ubuntu (about a group of women who transformed their communities during apartheid) and Hostile (a documentary about the UK’s complicated relationship with its migrant communities).

The screenings and events of the 24th Rox film are all based in the Roxbury area and have a different schedule each day. There are also awards for films screened, including one for the audience, which allows participants to give recognition to their favorite films.

The festival features a diverse range of voices, including filmmakers from countries around the world such as New Zealand, Zimbabwe and the UK. Panels and Q&As also feature renowned filmmakers as special guests.

This year’s festival will continue a hybrid format for the second consecutive year. Participants can attend the in-person screenings and events during the first week of the festival. Through the [email protected] program on the MFA website, viewers can rent and watch films online from the comfort of their own homes during the festival. Online events will also take place during the 10 days.

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