The University of Massachusetts Amherst

About the Festival

Presenting the best of new fiction, documentary and experimental filmmaking by international filmmakers, the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival 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. 
The MMFF was founded by Prof. Catherine Portuges and Prof. Jacqueline Urla in 1993. Since then Professor Portugues curated and directed 25 seasons. She was followed by Shawn Shimpach who directed three seasons (2017, 20018 and 2019). Prof. Daniel Pope, who for years served as assistant curator, has taken the lead in 2020, for a virtual edition during the Covid pandemic. Prof. Pope is currently directing the festival with the assistance of Nefeli Forni.  

Please check out this year's program
Festival screenings at UMass Amherst are free and open to the public.

one-credit colloquium (FILM 296F) is available to undergraduate students. UMass Amherst students may enroll through SPIRE.

Presented by the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Prof. Barbara Zecchi, Program Director. 
For questions, please contact Prof. Daniel Pope, MMFF Director, or Nefeli Forni Zervoudaki, assistant curator