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Welcome to the 35th Annual Boston Film Festival

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The 2019 BFF Winners


The Boston Film Festival closed out the 35th program on Sunday, September, 22nd with the East Coast premiere of “A Hidden Life,” directed by Terrence Malick and “Once Upon a River” directed by Haroula Rose, as well as the World Premiere of the documentary film “In Their Shoes,” about opiate addition, produced by James Wahlberg, Cheryl Buchanan and directed by Taylor Katsanis at the Boston Public Library. Closing night celebration was at Yotel Boston with actors John Ashton, Kenadi DelaCerna, and Ajuawak Kapashesit. Opening night party was hosted by Scorpion Bar celebrating the World Premiere of “American Tragedy” and Fox Searchlight’s “JoJo Rabbit.” Empire presented the Friday night fete with actors Tammin Sursok, Austin Swift and director Sean McEwen. On Saturday, a reception took place at the Showplace Icon’s Lobby Lounge for the cast of NBC’s new series “Bluff City Law” with Newton native Caitlin McGee, Jayne Atkinson and Michael Luwoye followed by a post screening gala at The Met Back Bay attended by actors Ben Sidell “Content” Francois Arnaud, Tommy Dewey and Lola Glaudini with Director Marc Carlini. The 2019 BFF screened at the ShowPlace Icon Seaport Theatre and Boston Public Library.

  • Best Film - JoJo Rabbit

    Taika Waititi, Director, Writer Screenplay - Fox Searchlight
  • Best Actor - Tom Felton - Whaling

    Sean McEwen Director
  • Best Actress - Tammin Sursok - Whaling

    Sean McEwen Director
  • Best Director - Haroula Rose - Once Upon a River

  • Best Cinematography - She's in Portland

    Devin Whetstone, Cinematographer
  • Best Story - A Hidden Life

    Terrence Malick, Writer, Director Fox Searchlight
  • Best Editing - The Wild

    Leah Andrews, Eric Frith
  • Best Ensemble Cast - She's in Portland

    Tommy Dewey, Minka Kelly, Francois Arnaud, Joelle Carter, Lola Gauldini
  • Audience Favorite - She's in Portland

    Director Marc Carlini
  • Best Music - Whaling

    Jason Soudah, Composer, Mandi Collier and Frankie Pine, Music Supervisors
  • Best Documentary - American Tragedy

    Josh Sabey, Director, Zak Ciotti Producer
  • Mass Impact Award - In Their Shoes

    Taylor Katsanis Director, Producer Cheryl Buchanan, Executive Producer James Wahlberg
  • EcoFilm - The Wild

    Director Mark Titus
  • Best Short - American Life

    Director - Emily Harmon

35th Boston Film Festival Program


35th Annual BFF Poster

We are pleased to share the 35th 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.

The web site will be updated with details as they are added. There will be press interviews and photos on the red carpet along with celebrations daily. Join us for great cinema at the 35th celebration of the Boston Film Festival.

BFF 2019 Schedule & Trailers

Event Parking & Directions

SHOWPLACE ICON SEAPORT, 60 Seaport Blvd., Boston, MA 02210

Parking: Convenient parking is located at the One Seaport Garage on 75 Sleeper Street. Validation rate up to 4 hours: Monday-Friday before 5PM - $10, Monday-Friday after 5PM - $15, and any time Saturday and Sunday - $15

Public Transport: Use the MBTA Silver Line (SL1, SL2, SL3), exit at the Courthouse Station stop located on Seaport Boulevard.

Film Festival Photo Gallery

"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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