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36th Annual Boston Film Festival Winners Announced

The Boston Film Festival closed out the 36th program on Sunday, September 28. A strong program of feature, documentary, and short films were presented virtually that included Q & A panels with directors and talent. Three films had theatrical premieres at the Showplace Icon Seaport. The 2020 BFF screened at the ShowPlace Icon Seaport. A special screening of Jay Leno’s Garage show was offered that includied a discussion with Jay Leno during which he was presented The 36th Boston Film Festival Excellence in Entertainment award for the CNBC show. The sponsors for the 2020 BFF were AETN, Showplace Icon Seaport, BCA Financial, and Barletta Company.

Our Winners of the 36th Annual Boston Film Festival
  • Best Film - Paper Spiders Director Inon Shampanier; Writers Natalie Shampanier, Inon Shampanier
  • Best Actor - Ulanbek Sultangaziev “After the Rain” (Jamgyrdan Kiin)
  • Best Actress - Lili Taylor Paper Spiders
  • Best Screenplay - Paper Spiders Natalie Shapanier, Inon Shampanier
  • Best Director - Niels Mueller Small Town Wisconsin
  • Best Cinematography - Memory of Water Cinematographer Sung-chan Ha, Director Jaeun Chin
  • Best Story - Beyond Zero Nathan Havey, Writer
  • Best Editing - The Girl Who Wore Freedom Editor Bill Ebel
  • Best Ensemble Cast - Paper Spiders Lili Taylor, Stefania LaVie Owen, Ian Nelson, Peyton List, David Rasche, Max Casella, Michael Cyril Ceighton, Tom Papa
  • Audience Favorite - This Hits Home Director Sydney Scotia
  • Best Music - Small Town Wisconsin SNicholas Jacobson-Larson, Cinematographer
  • Best Documentary - The Girl Who Wore Freedom Director Christian Taylor
  • Mass Impacy Award - Me The People Directors Dan Shannon, Isabelle Depelteau
  • Eco Film - Beyond Zero Nathan Havey Director
  • Best Short - I Can Change Jim Jenkins, Director

36th Boston Film Festival Program Now Available


35th Annual BFF Poster

We are pleased to share the 36th Boston Film Festival program for feature, documentary and short films.

There will be Q&A's following most of the film premieres with director and actors as well as insightful panel discussions on current issues such as school shootings and mental health, environmental concerns, drug addiction as well as an alternative approach to support a dog's health and longevity. You can be the among the first to see the advance screenings of pre-release studio films that are generating award buzz.

Join us for great cinema at the 36th celebration of the Boston Film Festival.

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BFF Film Review: ’25 Tony Conigliaro’ Documentary


Boston Film Festival Review: ’25 Tony Conigliaro’ Documentary

By: RedCarpetCrash | September 28, 2020

Greetings again from the darkness. Fairy Tales traditionally have happy endings so that our kids form an optimistic view of the world. Unfortunately, director John Ippolito brings us a real life baseball fairy tale with a tragic ending. Tony Conigliaro and his brothers Billy and Richie, grew up in Lynn, Massachusetts, just a few miles from historic Fenway Park, and two ended up wearing the Red Sox uniform – only it was Tony that was the legend … the can’t miss prospect who was presumed to be a future Hall-of-Famer...

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The Boston Globe Film Festivals Article


Fall film festivals, coming to your living room

By Loren King | The Boston Globe

Two of Boston’s longest-running film festivals, the Boston Film Festival and the Roxbury International Film Festival, will present narrative features, documentaries, and shorts digitally this year, with nearly all screenings followed by virtual discussions with filmmakers.

“It is critical to keep going. We want to support filmmakers who can’t get their films into theaters,” says Robin Dawson, BFF executive director.

The BFF launches its 36th season Sept. 24-27. Opening night offers socially distanced screenings at the Showplace Icon Theatre in the Seaport (theater tickets are $14.50), but all films and post-screening talks are available for virtual viewing. The festival kicks off Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with the US premiere of “Small Town Wisconsin,” about a fun-loving father (David Sullivan), who after losing custody of his 9-year-old son (Cooper J. Friedman) takes the boy for a last wild weekend in Milwaukee that does not go as expected. Director Niels Mueller and cast members will participate in a post-screening conversation.

Also screening Thursday, at 9 p.m., is the US premiere of “Paper Spiders,” a bittersweet coming-of-age story about a high school student (Stefania LaVie Owen) struggling to help her mother (Lili Taylor) whose paranoid delusions are starting to spiral out of control. Taylor joins writers Natalie Shampanier and Inon Shampanier (who also directed the film) for a post-screening discussion...

Full Article at The Boston Globe

Variety Magazine Film News Announces BFF


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Film News in Brief: Janina Gavankar to Star in Monster Movie and Sci-Fi Film ‘Invasion’

By Dave McNary

The 36th edition of the Boston Film Festival will include the world premieres of documentaries “Beyond Zero,” “This Hits Home” and “25,” which examines the career of the late Boston Red Sox legend Tony Conigliaro.

The festival, which run Sept. 24-27, will include U.S. premieres of the features “Small Town Wisconsin” and “The Memory of Water,” plus the documentary “Me the People.” East Coast premieres will include “Paper Spiders,” “The Girl Who Wore Freedom,” “After the Rain” and “Stro: The Michael D’Asaro Story.”

The festival’s opening night will include an episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage,” followed a Q&A with Leno and presentation of the Boston Film Festival’s Excellence in Entertainment Award. A limited number of the festival’s entries will be screened at the Showplace Icon Seaport Theater...

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The Cap Times Small Town Wisconsin Article


Filmmaker Niels Mueller returns to 'Small Town Wisconsin'

By: Rob Thomas | The Capital Times

Before COVID-19, screenwriter and filmmaker Niels Mueller came home to Milwaukee every six weeks or so to visit his elderly parents. Mueller grew up in the city, where his father owned a furniture warehouse.

But until recently, Mueller’s projects, including the 2004 film “The Assassination of Richard Nixon” starring Sean Penn and the CBS drama “The Defenders,” haven’t come back to the Badger State.

Mueller rectifies that in a big way with his latest film. “Small Town Wisconsin” is steeped in affection for Wisconsin, with cameos by Miller Park, Point Beer and indie filmmaker Mark Borchardt.

“I've always had in the back of my head that I'd really like to film locally in Wisconsin,” Mueller said in a phone interview from his home in Los Angeles. “It presents challenges, because we don't have a tax credit anymore. And while there's good crew, there's not a lot of crew. And so part of me just really wanted to be a part of bringing more filmmaking to a place I love.”

“Small Town Wisconsin” will have its U.S. premiere at the 36th Annual Boston Film Festival this Thursday. Because the festival is mostly virtual this year (although Mueller’s film will have an in-person premiere screening with COVID-related precautions), audiences in Wisconsin and everywhere else can watch the film online for $10 during the festival...

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