In 2002, two guys sat around their office saying, "We should start a film festival." The idea was to create a festival that would showcase the best independent films from around the world--a festival that would bring directors, actors, producers, sponsors and attendees together in an interactive environment. There were other film festivals in Boston, but there wasn't a mainstream independent film festival inclusive of everything that made up the film-festival experience.
The Independent Film Festival of Boston (IFFBoston) shows films that people might not get a chance to see anywhere else, films that are both innovative and crowd-pleasing. It offers the chance to meet the filmmakers at post-screening parties, and to ask them questions both after the films and at festival panels.
The festival is a selection of American movies made outside the Hollywood studio system, and International films, with a mix of narrative features and documentaries, short films, including animation and experimental genres.
The success of IFFBoston can be attributed to the hard-working, passionate and completely volunteer staff that puts in time year-round. It's also thanks to our 200+ volunteers who join us during Festival week, our sponsors, our venues and our community. And the success of IFFBoston is largely due to an audience that had long wanted and waited for just this kind of festival and continues to support it.