One of my favorite events in Boston is the Annual Roxbury International Film Festival. Short films and documentaries submitted as entries from around the world get screened each year for the festival. Chosen films are then screened at various locations such as Hibernian Hall in Roxbury, the Museum of Fine Arts and Haley House Bakery and Cafe. This year’s festival was from Thursday, July 28 through Sunday, July 31.

The festival always starts with an opening reception at Hibernian Hall followed by a screening of the festival’s feature film at the Museum of Fine Arts. This year’s reception was on Thursday, July 28 with a special performance by Noel Gourdin.

The documentary on Olympic Ethiopian runner, Abebe Bikila, “The Athlete” was the opening film screened at the Museum of Fine Arts. Bikila’s epic story was a wonderful way to open the festival and perhaps the best opening film yet!

I usually watch two or three films during the festival but this year the opening film was the only one I was fortunate enough to see since this year I volunteered to work for the festival at their new screening site at Northeastern University.

It was a great opportunity to meet movie directors, other talent and work closely with other volunteers. The volunteers were the highlight behind the scenes and gracefully thanked at the closing reception on Sunday, July 31 at Hibernian Hall.

I hope to catch next year’s film festival and maybe I will see you then!