2022 Boston Independent Film Festival lineup announced


The Independent Film Festival of Boston (IFFBoston) has announced its full lineup of films screened at this year’s festival. The 19e Annual IFFBoston takes place April 27e – May 4e2022 and offers more than 60 titles.

We’ve got everything you need to know about IFFBoston 2022 below.


With more than 60 films screened this year, IFFBoston will take place at the Somerville Theater in Davis Square, the Brattle Theater in Harvard Square, the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline and CitySpace at WBUR in Boston. Events will include filmmaker Q&A sessions, panel discussions, guest filmmakers and parties as part of an all-encompassing event that showcases the best of current American and international cinema.

EMILY THE CRIMINALdirected by John Patton Ford will open the festival on Wednesday, April 27.
Unlucky and debt-ridden, Emily (Aubrey Plaza) becomes embroiled in a credit card scam that drags her into the criminal underworld of Los Angeles, ultimately leading to deadly consequences.

Film courtesy of Roadside Attractions

MARCEL LA COQUILLE WITH SHOES» directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp will close the festival on Wednesday, May 4th.
Feature film adaptation of the animated short film interviewing a mollusc named Marcel. With Jenny Slate, Isabella Rosselini and Dean Fleischer-Camp.

Video courtesy of A24

The centerpiece of the Spotlight documentary is “GIRLS TALKdirected by Lucia Petit.
Set in the fierce, male-dominated world of high school debate where tomorrow’s leaders are groomed, GIRL TALK tells the timely story of five girls who are part of a diverse and top-ranked Massachusetts debate team as ‘they strive to become the best debaters in the United States.

The centerpiece narrative spotlight is “I LOVE MY FATHER» directed by James Morosini.
Inspired by the true life experiences of writer/director/star James Morosini, A desperately estranged father (Oswalt) fishes out his son (Morosini) in an attempt to reconnect with him.

Other notable films screened at the festival include:

Documentaries from local filmmakers, including THE HOUSE WHERE WE LIVED directed by Tim O’Donnell, and BONNIE BLUE: JAMES COTTON’S LIFE IN THE BLUES directed by Bestor Cram

Local Feature Narration HOW TO FLY directed by Peter Horgan

Ron Howard’s documentary about chef Jose Andres and World Central Kitchen, WE FEED PEOPLE. Courtesy of National Geographic

Sara Rosa’s award-winning documentary FIRE OF LOVE about intrepid volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft as told by Miranda July. Courtesy of National Geographic.

A SECOND, the latest film by master filmmaker Zhang Yimou. Courtesy of NEON.

Critically acclaimed documentary DESCENDING directed by Margaret Brown, which follows the descendants of the survivors of the Clotilda, the last ship that carried enslaved Africans to the United States as they reclaim their history. Courtesy of Netflix.

FIRE directed by Claire Denis and starring Juliette Binoche and Vincent Lindon. Film courtesy of IFC Films.

Recent festival favorites CHA CHA TRUE SMOOTH directed by Cooper Raiff, starring Dakota Johnson (courtesy of Apple TV+) and GOOD LUCK TO YOU LEO GRANDE directed by Sophie Hyde, starring Emma Thompson (courtesy of Searchlight Pictures).

Of the six short film programs we will present this season, one is dedicated to highlighting Indigenous voices.

IFFBoston will partner with the Mass Production Coalition to present the fifth annual Student Short Showcase, where short films selected by and representing local colleges will be screened.

Several round tables will take place during the festival. All roundtables will be free to the public and will take place at the Somerville Theatre. Panel topics and guests will be announced soon. This program is free for students with a valid ID.

Among the awards to be presented on Saturday, April 30 will be the 12th Annual Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing. This award was created to honor the memory of beloved Boston documentary film editor, Karen Schmeer, who was tragically killed in a hit-and-run accident in January 2010. This award is presented by Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship.

90.9 WBUR is the Presenting Radio Media Sponsor of the 2022 Boston Independent Film Festival.

Rule/Boston Camera is a Presenting Technical Sponsor of the 2022 Boston Independent Film Festival.

Talamas is a Presenting Technical Sponsor of the 2022 Boston Independent Film Festival.


Narrative characteristics
CHA CHA TRUE SMOOTH directed by Cooper Raiff
DOS ESTACIONES directed by Juan Pablo González
EMILY THE CRIMINAL directed by John Patton Ford
EVERY DAY IN KAIMUKI directed by Aliki Tengan
FIRE directed by Claire Denis
GOURMET FLOW directed by Peter Strickland
GIRL PICTURE directed by Alli Haapasalo
GOD’S COUNTRY directed by Julien Higgins
GOOD LUCK TO YOU LEO GRANDE directed by Sophie Hyde
HOW TO FLY directed by Peter Horgan
I LOVE MY FATHER directed by James Morosini
A LOVE SONG directed by Max Walker-Silverman
MARCEL LA COQUILLE WITH SHOES directed by Dean Fleischer Camp
MONTANA HISTORY directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel
A SECOND directed by Yimou Zhang
PIG directed by Carlotta Pereda
RESURRECTION directed by Andrew Semans

Documentary Features
A DECENT HOME directed by Sara Terry
DESCENDING directed by Margaret Brown
DIO: DREAMERS NEVER DIE directed by Don Argott & Demian Fenton
FIRE OF LOVE directed by Sara Dosa
GIRLS TALK directed by Lucia Small
HOLD YOUR FIRE directed by Stefan Forbes
THE HOUSE WE LIVED IN directed by Tim O’Donnell
MY OLD SCHOOL directed by Jono McLeod
THE OUTLAW PEZ directed by Amy Bandlien Storkel & Bryan Storkel
RIOTSVILLE, United States directed by Sierra Pettengill
THE TERRITORY directed by Alex Pritz
WE FEED PEOPLE directed by Ron Howard

Narrative Shorts
directed by Gautam Chopra
CASH BACK directed by Zoe Eisenberg
EDDIE directed by Daniel Blake Schwartz
AN ENCOUNTER directed by Kelly Campbell
THE F-WORD directed by Alex Cannon and Paul Cannon
FIVE MINUTES directed by Christine Khalafian
RISING directed by Charles Burmeister
THE CITY OF PLUMS directed by Kelly Yu
PRESS directed by Stacie Hawkins
TELL ME SOMETHING I DON’T KNOW directed by Neal Suresh Mulani
EMPTY directed by Ace Norton

Documentary short films
THE ACT OF GOING OUT directed by Alexandra Stergiou
NEEDLES / EAGLES directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan
DRESS A COW directed by Dawn Luebbe
THE CROSSROAD directed by Daniel Quintanilla and Jessamine Irwin
IT HAS COME IT’S REAL directed by Alexia Oldini & Steven Gray
LAST DAYS OF AUGUST directed by Robert Machoian & Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck
LYDIA EMILY’S LAST MURAL directed by Christoph Johannes Superstar Green
HOUSE OF MY directed by Jeremy Dennis
IN THE MEANTIME directed by Michael T Workman
NEVER AGAIN BY NADIE directed by Anna Feder, Dan Frank, Justin Reifert
PILI KA MO’O Directed by Justyn Ah Chong
PONY BOYS directed by Eric Stange
BREATHING STARS directed by Peter Galison
SHUT UP AND PAINT directed by Titus Kaphar & Alex Mallis
SILT directed by Emilie Upczak
WECKUWAPASIHTIT (THOSE TO COME) directed by Geo Neptune & Brianna Smith
WECKUWAPOK (THE DAWN IS APPROACHING) directed by: Jacob Bearchum, Taylor Hensel, Adam Mazo, Chris Newell, Roger Paul, Kavita Pillay, Tracy Rector
UNITY MOSQUE directed by Nicole Teeny
ᎤᏕᏲᏅ (WHAT THEY WERE TEACHED) directed by Brit Hensel

The Boston Independent Film Festival reaches a diverse audience by incorporating a number of historic locations into the greater Boston community, including:
Somerville Theater in Davis Square
Brattle Theater in Harvard Square
Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline
WBUR’s CitySpace in Boston

All festival sites are easily accessible by MBTA public transportation.

Subscriptions, some of which include priority access to movies and parties, are on sale now. Individual cinema tickets will be available for sale on the festival website on or around April 14.





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