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Local Film Festivals

Boston Film Festival
September 17–23, 2010
Email: info@bostonfilmfestival.org
The Boston Film Festival has become one of the cultural events that annually launches the fall film season. In 2000, some 50 feature films had their debut in Boston during a 10-day period.

Boston International Film Festival
April 16–25, 2010
Email: bifilmfestival@aol.com
The Boston International Film Festival was created to celebrate the art of filmmaking and to honor the filmmakers who make it all possible. This is a festival dedicated to rewarding artists for their individual talents and for their creative expression through the medium of film. The festival strives to bring together in Boston local, national, and international filmmakers by promoting the world’s most artistic and creative independent and experimental films.

Boston Irish Film Festival
March 25–28, 2010
Email: peterflynn@irishfilmfestival.com
The Boston Irish Film Festival (BIFF Productions) celebrates Ireland and the Irish on screen by providing exhibition, distribution, and educational opportunities for Irish filmmakers; honoring outstanding works with awards; and producing original documentaries on contemporary Irish cinema.

Boston Jewish Film Festival
November 3–14, 2010
Email: info@bjff.org
The Boston Jewish Film Festival presents the best contemporary films from around the world on Jewish themes at its annual Festival and throughout the year. Through features, shorts, documentaries, and conversations with visiting artists, the Festival explores Jewish identity, the current Jewish experience, and the richness of Jewish culture in relation to a diverse modern world.

Boston Latino International Film Festival
Fall 2010
Email: jbarriga@bliff.org
The Boston Latino International Film Festival (BLIFF) aims to present the latest films produced by Latinos and the latest films dealing with social issues of Latino communities in the United States and Latin America. The festival also focuses on alternative films with social content from Latin America in addition to films addressing with Latino issues in the United States.

Boston Palestine Film Festival
October–November 2010
Email: info@bostonpalestinefilmfest.org
The Boston Palestine Film Festival (BPFF) was established to showcase the extraordinary narrative of Palestinians through the medium of cinema to audiences in the New England area. No submissions accepted for this festival.

Boston Underground Film Festival
March 25–April 1, 2010
Email: info@bostonunderground.org
The Boston Underground Film Festival (BUFF) is an annual festival committed to the celebration of alternative vision and cultivation of independent, provocative, and experimental filmmaking. By featuring work that pushes the envelope in form, style, and content, BUFF seeks to be a platform for the screening of new work and a forum for the exchange of ideas among filmmakers, curators, and audiences.

Chlotrudis Short Film Festival
June 2010
Email: filmfestival@chlotrudis.org
The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film is a nonprofit organization that teaches people to view films actively, helps people experience the world through independent film, and encourages discussion and discourse about film and the world. Each year, it hosts a juried short film festival.

Global Voices: United Nations Film Festival
October 2010
Email: info@unagb.org
Join us for a weekend of powerful international documentary films dealing with issues from the plight of migrant farm workers in the United States to interpretations of Islam in Syria, and from the complexities of water use in developed countries to the role of widows in India. The Global Voices Film Festival presents films capturing the lives of people around the world.

Independent Film Festival of Boston
April 21–28, 2010
Email: info@iffboston.org
The Independent Film Festival of Boston was created to discover films that are life changing, thought provoking, deal with real emotion, or expose an aspect of life in a new way from unknown filmmakers around the world.

New Hampshire Film Festival (NHFF)
October 14–17, 2010
Email: info@nhfilmfestival.com
The New Hampshire Film Festival (NHFF) provides transportation and lodging to its showcase screenings, opening night feature, and works-in-progress screenings with celebrity cast members. Films selected by NHFF enjoys being part of a world-class film program. Filmmakers partake in educational workshops, round table discussions, gala after-parties, and an industry trade show presented by the NH Film and Television Office.

Roxbury Film Festival
July 29–August 1, 2010
Email: info@roxburyfilmfestival.org
The Roxbury Film Festival is the largest festival in New England dedicated to showcasing films that celebrate people of color. Its mission is to provide an opportunity for audiences to view these works and experience stories often overlooked in mainstream media. While New England filmmakers of color are the focus of the festival, it also screens films by filmmakers from various backgrounds and regions.

Student Films

Innovative Fundraising

At Emerson, when there’s a will, there’s a way. Some inventive Visual and Media Arts students have found a new means to raise funds to film and produce their work. It’s something called crowdfunding, through the online platform Kickstarter.com.

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Equipment Distribution Center

The Equipment Distribution Center's State-of-the-Art Equipment

The Emerson College Equipment Distribution Center (EDC) loans professional, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to faculty and students to fulfill class assignments. Professional staff and student employees are available to provide technical support when needed. It includes the Film Equipment Center and the Video, Audio, New Media Equipment Centers.