April 22 29, 2020
April 2229, 2020


independent film festival boston

About Us


Executive Director: Brian Tamm
Program Director: Nancy Campbell
Associate Director: Judy Wong

Operations Manager: James Macon
Volunteer Coordinator: Christian Kincaid
Operations Coordinator: Christine Harbaugh

Technical Director: John Quackenbush
Box Office Manager: Kristin DeMaio
Asst. Box Office Manager: Alexandra Sear
Print Traffic Coordinator: Ivy Moylan
Lead Copy Editor: Sandra L. Frey
Social Media Coordinator: Wesley Emblidge
Press Liaisons: Davina Dukuly & Michael Christopher

Festival Operations

Jackie Arko
Erica Hill
Tess Varney
Cathy Trasborg
Carrie Drzik


Brad Avery
Wesley Emblidge
Sandra L. Frey


Vatche Arabian
Phil Healy
Adam Van Voorhis
Adrian Atwood

Volunteer Captains

Beth Curran
Alexandra Fuentes
Nancy Howell
Diana Lomakin
Chris McCarron
Isaure Mignotte
Hilary Nieukirk
Rachel Oxholm
Scot Oxholm
Billy Thegenus
Anna Umbreit
Christine Varriale
Renee Walsh

2017 Festival Campaign

Concept + Design Director: Jodi Vautrin, studio multi
Executive Producer: Noah Lydiard Conductor Productions
Producer: Lisa Moore, Conductor Productions
Director: Emmanuel Ording, Ording Video
Photography: Ben Gebo Photography

Program Design, Layout, and Production

Judy Wong
Julia Tenney

Board Members

Nancy Campbell

Scott Moomaw

Adam Roffman

Advisory Board

Stephen Binder

Rob Carney

Eran Lobel

Todd Remis


Scott Moomaw

Jason Redmond


Adam Roffman

Special Thanks To:

All of our Volunteers
All of our Members
City of Somerville
Mayor Joseph Curtatone
Jaclyn Rossetti
Joyce Linehan
Julie Burros
The Hon. State Senator Cynthia S. Creem
The Hon. State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry
The Hon. State Senator Patricia D. Jehlen
The Hon. State Representative Cory Atkins
The Hon. State Representative Gloria Fox
The Hon. State Representative Kay Khan
The Hon. State Representative Paul McMurty
The Hon. State Representative Frank I. Smizik
Ian Judge
Richard Fraiman
Somerville Theatre staff
Kathy Tallman
Beth Gilligan
Coolidge Corner Theatre staff
Ned Hinkle
Brattle Theatre staff
Chico Colvard
UMass Boston staff
Tom Hall
Donald Worth
Larry Andersen
Susan Kimberlin and Steven Tamm
Jason Gorber
David Kleiler
Marlena Clark & Everyone at OHO Interactive
Stephanie O’Leary
Peter Rinnig
Lyda Kuth
Sara Archambault
Genevieve Carmel
Jon Bernhardt
Howard Melman
Aaron Surrain
Ty Burr
Julie Ann Otis
Liz Owens
Julie Kepnes-Letourneau
Christina Maffeo
Bridget Servatius
David Magdael
Lisa Richie
Andrew Taylor


Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston) was started in 2003 to provide Boston with the type of film event it had been looking for: one that discovers emerging talent and celebrates the leading edge of cinematic story tellers. A showcase for the best 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.

Since then, the Festival has remained committed to two fundamental goals: to find the best local, national, and global films to share with our community; and to showcase our city to visiting artists, introducing them to savvy audiences and ideal locations for future films.

IFFBoston is a volunteer-run event, and a 501(c)3 organization. We have been able to harness the unbridled enthusiasm of the community. And the industry is taking notice. Filmmakers love to show their films to our audience, finding them articulate and perceptive. We’re proud of the accolades we get from filmmakers, distributors, and the press, but we’re most proud of the recognition we’ve gotten from the people of Boston: we’ve been named Best Film Festival by readers of Boston’s Weekly Dig in 2012, and by readers of the Boston Phoenix in 2011 and 2012. In 2016, we were awarded the prestigious “Best of Boston” Award by Boston Magazine

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 the 200+ volunteers who join us festival week, our sponsors, our venues, and our community. Most of all, our success is largely due to an audience that had long wanted and waited for just this kind of festival and continues to support it.

2019 Presenting Sponsors

With additional thanks and gratitude to all of our sponsors for this year's festival.

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