During autumn, cooler weather brings college kids, pumpkin everything, and, oh yes, independent film festivals to Massachusetts. Hollywood grinds out its share of serious films in the fall months, minus summer blockbusters. Offerings include new films, as well as themed revivals at local art cinemas, museums, and other creative venues.
Arlington International Film Festival – Oct. 23 through Oct. 27
Travel the world, through film. International films come to Arlington this October, including documentaries, features, animation and more. Post-screening events include discussions with actors and directors. Location: Regent Theater, Arlington, Mass. For more information visit Aiffest.org.
2013 Boston Asian American Film Festival – Oct. 24 through Oct. 27
There’s no denying the cinematic impact of Jackie Chan, John Woo, and Bruce Lee. Enjoy New England premieres and other films that you won’t see anywhere else. Highlights include Christine Yee’s comedy “Wedding Palace.” Film festival venues: The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, Mass., and
Bright Family Screening Room, Paramount Center, 559 Washington St, Boston, Mass. For more information visit Baaff.org.
29th Boston Film Festival – Oct. 25 through Oct. 29
Film aficionados, meet your new BFF. The 29th edition of of this diverse festival includes romance, drama and so much more. Fans and aspiring filmmakers enjoy Q&A sessions with the filmmakers, making the BFF a can’t miss event. Where to park: 200 Stuart Street Garage. For more information visit Bostonfilmfestival.org.
Best of Bogart – Oct. 4 through Oct. 16
Film noir lovers unite. The Brattle Theatre celebrates the rough-edged, no-nonsense Humphrey Bogart with a “Best of Bogart” series. It’s not quite a festival, but hey, who can say no to 18 Bogart flicks? If you’ve never watched any of these classic films on an actual movie screen (sorry, that little iPhone screen does not count), head to The Brattle, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, Mass., 02138.
Boston Jewish Film Festival – Nov. 6 through Nov. 18
The BJFF celebrates its 25th year in 2013 with short films, documentaries, and comedies. Films include “Esther Broner – A Weave of Women,” “Where We Grew Up,” “Unorthodox” and two surprise screenings. Locations include Coolidge Corner Theatre, Museum of Fine Arts and the Somerville Theatre. Purchase individual tickets or a festival pass for full access. For more information visit The Boston Jewish Film Festival.
Central Mass. Film Festival – Oct. 18 & 19
Enjoy features and shorts made by local independent filmmakers. Films will be screened throughout the Canal District and downtown Worcester, Mass. For more information in visit Cmf2.org.
Killer Film Fest – Nov. 1 & Nov. 2
Get scared, eight minutes at a time. Independent horror screened at the Killer Film Fest run from three to 100 minutes are are shown over two days in five block segments. An awards ceremony follows the last block on Nov. 2. Location: Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass., 02144. For more information and a complete schedule, visit Killer Film Fest.
University of Massachusetts Boston Film Series (FREE) – Sept. 25 through Nov. 21
Films include “Big Men” directed by Rachel Boynton, and “Mistaken for Strangers” directed by Tom Berninger. This free film festival includes Q&A sessions after each screening. Location: UMB Campus Center Ballroom, third floor. For more information visit Umb.edu/filmseries.
Williamstown Film Festival – Oct. 30 through Nov. 3
Don’t forget the west! You’ll see some great foliage on your way to the 2013 Williamstown Film Festival. The festival screens 30 films in five days. Location: Images Cinema, 40 Spring Street, Williamstown, Mass. For more information visit Williamstownfilmfest.