THE 2018 SEASON: "Film Lives!" More

The Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies is pleased to announce the gala 25th anniversary season of the annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, “Film Lives!” Opening its spring season on February 28, 2018, with weekly screenings through April 25, this milestone season shines a spotlight on documentary filmmaking, primarily by women directors, foregrounding narratives of individual and collective lives in critical times.  The festival will host seven filmmakers present for post-screening discussions, including two Five College alumni.  Screenings are accompanied by critical introductions by scholars and filmmakers.

All events are free and open to the public.

Presenting the best of new fiction, documentary and experimental filmmaking by international filmmakers, the MMFF seeks to cultivate an appreciation of film and the moving image, to inspire audiences to a deeper understanding of the world's cultures through film, and to celebrate past, present and future achievements of international filmmaking within a university setting. Our culturally diverse films are screened for the benefit of students, faculty, and the interested public, with critical introductions by scholars and filmmakers. See our archive of past festivals.

Festival Archive

Presented by the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Catherine Portuges, 25th Anniversary Curator; Shawn Shimpach, Festival Director; Barbara Zecchi, Director of the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies; Assistant Curators: Daniel Pope and Barry Spence. S445 Integrative Learning Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 650 North Pleasant Street, MA 01003-1100, tel. (413) 545-3659, email:

Festival screenings at UMass Amherst are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, all screenings are held in the Isenberg School of Management Flavin Family Auditorium (137 SOM) at 7:30pm on Wednesday evenings.

A one-credit colloquium (COMM 296F) is available to undergraduate students. UMass Amherst students may enroll through SPIRE. For information or Five College enrollment, please contact colloquium faculty supervisor Prof. Anne Ciecko, Communication, UMass Amherst, tel. (413) 545-6348, email: