Welcome to the 2017 Boston Film Festival

The 33rd Boston Film Festival is open for submissions. The 2017 program will run in September. Please submit your feature, documentary, short or animated film for consideration. Cheers!

2017 Submission Deadlines:
Early-bird Deadline: May 1, 2017
Regular Deadline: May 12, 2017
Late Deadline: May 28, 2017
Extended Deadline: June 12, 2017

Now interviewing interns and volunteers for positions including part time and full time hours. Please email your resume to info@bostonfilmfestival.org.

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32nd Annual Boston Film Festival Awards

Best Film American Wrestler: The Wizard
Director: Alex Ranarivelo
Producer: Ali Afshar, Hadeel Reda
Starring: William Fichtner, Jon Voight, George Kosturos, Ali Afshar, Lia Marie Johnson, Kevin G. Schmidt, Gabe Basso, Sasha Feldman

Best Actor - Alex Shaffer - Delinquent

Best Actress - Angela Pierce - Delinquent

Best Ensemble Cast - American Wrestler: The Wizard
Cast: William Fichtner, Jon Voight, George Kosturos, Ali Afshar, Lia Marie Johnson, Kevin G. Schmidt, Gabe Basso, Sasha Feldman

Breakout Performance - George Kosturos - American Wrestler: The Wizard

Best Documentary - Finding Oscar
Director: Ryan Suffern
Producers: Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, Nick Loud, Stephen Smith, Scott Greathead, Kennedy Marshall

Best Short - Boat People
Director: Markus Kaatsch

Best Screenplay - American Wrestler: The Wizard - Brian Rudnick

Best Story - Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro
Director: Max Lewkowicz, Valerie Thomas
Producer: Cargo Films/HBO/Green Dog Productions

Best Director - Ryan Suffern - Finding Oscar

Best Director – Special Jury Recognition - Lloyd Kramer - MidSummer in Newtown
Producer: Vulcan Productions/Participant Media

Best Cinematography - Scott Shelley - Underfire

Best Editing - Finding Oscar

Mass Impact Award - MidSummer in Newtown
Director: Lloyd Kramer
Producer: Vulcan Productions/Participant Media

Mass Impact Award – Special Jury Recognition - Unforgotten: The Story of Paul Pender
Director: Felice Leeds
Producer: Bennett Leeds

Best Music - Bang! the Bert Berns Story
Director: Brett Berns and Bob Sarles
Producer: Sid Ganis, Michael Borofsky

Audience Award - SEARCHDOG
Director/Producer: Mary Healey Jamiel
Executive Producer: Elaine M. Rogers

Filmmaker Visionary Award - Interior Night
Director/Writer: Alan Watt

Boston Film Festival Unveils Winners

'American Wrestler: The Wizard'

'American Wrestler' and 'Delinquent' are among the fest's big winners.

Winners have been unveiled for the Boston Film Festival.

The New England-based fest named Jon Voight-starrer American Wrestler: The Wizard as best film, while Frank Marshall-produced doc Finding Oscar earned best documentary honors.

Coming-of-age drama Delinquent 's Angela Pierce and Alex Shaffer took home the prizes for best actress and actor.

The Boston Film Festival ran from Sept. 22-25.

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Press Release


Emphasis Is on Tolerance and Youthful Perspectives with Diverse Lineup That Includes “American Wrestler: The Wizard” (Starring Oscar Winner Jon Voight) and Premieres of “Finding Oscar” from Iconic Producer Steven Spielberg

BOSTON – September 12, 2016 – The 2016 Boston Film Festival program presents a panorama of striking projects that include “American Wrestler: The Wizard” (starring Oscar winner Jon Voight and William Fichtner, “Crash,” “The Perfect Storm”) and “The First Girl I Loved” -- along with the U. S. premiere of the documentary “Underfire” and the East Coast premiere of “Finding Oscar” (produced by Oscar winner Steven Spielberg). Many of the films address themes of acceptance, tolerance and bullying, timely and urgent concerns in contemporary society.

The local venues of the 2016 Boston Film Festival (BFF) will be the AMC Boston Common, Theatre One at the Revere Hotel, the Boston Public Library and the Patriot Cinema in Hingham, MA. for a special closing night event. Question and answer sessions will take place following film screening with directors and actors.

Among the stars scheduled to appear are William Fichtner, Dylan Gelula, Bill Sage, Sean Patrick Flanery, Christina Scherer, Kevin Bigley, Ali Afshar, George Kosturos, former Governor Michael Dukakis, World Welterweight Champion Tony DeMarco, and Tony Vaccaro.

Among this year’s BFF sponsors are Union Point, A&E, NBCUniversal, the Revere Hotel, the Hollywood Reporter, and the Boston Globe. The parties will be listed on the web site and announced via social media where the public can purchase tickets.

Among feature film highlights is closing night film (Sunday, September 25) “American Wrestler: The Wizard,” from director Alex Ranarivelo. The true story begins in Iran in 1980, and follows a teenaged boy who escapes the unrest in his country by coming to America, where he encounters more hostility due to the ongoing Iranian hostage crisis. Determined to fit in, he joins the school’s weak wrestling team and fights to master the sport and identify as a real American – and finds the inner strength to become his own champion. Fichtner, Voight, Kevin G. Schmidt, Lia Marie and Gabriel Basso are among the stars. Newton native and producer Haleel Reda will be attending.

Another feature gaining critical acclaim, “The First Girl I Loved,” centers on 17-year-old Anne, who falls in love with Sasha, the most popular girl at her Los Angeles high school. But when Anne confides in her best friend Clifton – who harbors a secret crush on her – he does his best to get in the way. The film stars Dylan Gelula (“The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Brianna Hildebrand (“Deadpool”) and Pamela Adlon (“Californication”) with Kerem Sanga as the director.

In the Center piece spotlight is “Delinquent,” directed by Kieran Valla, is a thrilling exploration of a teen’s struggle to manage the fallout after a robbery goes wrong. The feature probes the ties between family and loyalty – and what the young man knows to be the morally right thing to do. Kim Director (“Orange Is the New Black”), Erin Darke (“Good Girls Revolt”) and Bill Sage (“American Psycho”) star. The film shot entirely in Connecticut

Other feature films include the world premiere of “Interior Night,” which depicts four characters whose lives are enmeshed as they hit bottom over the course of one night. Riley Smith (“True Blood”) and Christina Scherer (“Two and a Half Men”) star and Alan Watt directs. In “Kepler’s Dream,” an 11-year-old girl searches for a missing rare book from her grandmother’s library as she tries to understand why her family is fractured during a memorable summer in a New Mexican adobe house. Amy Glazer directs and Holland Taylor, Sean Patrick Flanery (“Dexter”) and Kelly Lynch (“Ally McBeal”) star.

Among the striking documentaries are “Finding Oscar,” an East Coast premiere from producers Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Nick Loud, concerning the real story about the quest for justice in the devastating aftermath of the 1982 Dos Erres massacre in Guatemala. The bloody trail of evidence leads to two little boys who survived the nightmare and implicates the government of Guatemala. Ryan Suffern directs.

In the Opening Night U.S. Premiere documentary “Underfire,” World War II veteran Tony Vaccaro fought as an infantryman before returning to begin a successful career as a renowned commercial photographer. As a 21-year-old soldier, Vaccaro’s story began in combat as he took over 8,000 photographs on the front lines – harrowing and personal images that were not made public until the 1990s. The director is Max Lewkowicz from Dog Green Productions and HBO/Cargo Films. Max Lewkowicz and Tony Vaccaro will be in Boston for the film premiere.

New to the Boston Film Festival this year is the presentation of two documentary films at the Boston Public Library (BPL) on Saturday afternoon which is open to the public at no charge. Robin Dawson, Executive Director of the Boston Film Festival, said “we are delighted to partner with the Boston Public Library this year. The landmark organization is a storied part of Boston’s history and is an ideal venue to present thought provoking, engaging and entertaining films.”

The BPL program includes a documentary evoking keen interest “Midsummer in Newtown,” which chronicles a theater production that arrives in Newtown, CT, in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy. The troupe seeks to cast local children in a rock-pop version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which reveals how the process of producing the play offers healing for the traumatized children and community. The director is Lloyd Kramer and the project is from Participant Media.

Also slated for the BPL afternoon screening is “Bang! The Bert Berns Story,” featuring Steven Van Zandt who narrates the life of Bert Berns, the songwriter, colorful producer and record label owner behind such classics as “Twist and Shout” and “Piece of My Heart.” Multiple perspectives include interviews with Sir Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, Solomon Burke, Ben E. King and Ronald Isley.

On Closing Day and Night, the BFF will highlight films with local ties including the East Coast premiere of “Unforgotten: The Paul Pender Story” that depicts the true story of Paul Pender, a boxer who overcomes his physical struggles to beat the odds and defeat Sugar Ray Robinson to become a world champion. However, his biggest challenge comes when he suffers from the debilitating brain disease CTE -- and his brain study ignites a movement that transforms sports. Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis appears as himself. Felice Leeds is the director and will host a Q&A with former Governor Dukakis, Paul Pender Jr., Tony DeMarco, Mike Silver - Boxing author & historian, Richard Johnson - Curator, Boston Sports Museum and a representative from Boston University’s CTE Center.

Rhode Island based director Mary Healey Jamiel’s documentary “Search Dog,” is the inspirational story of Matthew Zarrella, a Rhode Island police sergeant who rehabilitates “unadoptable” shelter canines and transforms them into search-and-rescue/recovery dogs. “Search Dog” reveals the reason for Zarrella’s devotion as well as the unique bond between man and dog. Seven dogs and their State Trooper handlers from the New England area will be in attendance.

Tickets are available through www.bostonfilmfestival.org for more details and to purchase tickets. Individuals are also asked to make a seat reservation for the free films at BPL through the BFF website. Facebook: Boston Film Festival; Twitter: Bostonfilmfest Instagram: bostonfilmfestival

MEDIA CONTACT: Diana Brown McCloy, Teak Media, O: 617-269-7171; diana@teakmedia.com

Looking for Internship & Volunteer Opportunites?

The 32nd Boston Film Festival is currently interviewing candidates for internships and volunteer positions. Experience in the areas of film production, marketing, media, events and travel a plus. Hours vary from part-time to full-time. Access to car for meetings is desired but not necessary. Submit your information via email.

"A few years ago I was thrilled to be invited to show my film 'Death in Love' at the Boston Film Festival. The overall selection was excellent, and the audience was open and appreciative. The festival provided us with a great stay in a beautiful city, and I would be happy to return when I have another film that makes the cut."

— Boaz Yakin; "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," co-writer screenplay; "Death in Love," director & screenplay; "Remember the Titans," director.

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