The MFA is your opportunity to experience great cinema! See the best of contemporary world cinema and the newest indie releases throughout the year. Catch conversations with directors, see future award winners, and discover emerging talent. Lose yourself in a world of cinema available nowhere else in Boston.

The MFA Film Program strives to make film screenings accessible to people of all abilities. Wheelchair and companion seating are available in both auditoriums, as are FM assistive listening devices. Many of the films we play are presented with English subtitles and whenever possible we obtain open captioned and audio described screening materials for use upon request. If you have any questions about accessibility at the MFA please call 617-369-3189. For inquires about specific film screenings please call 617-369-3687.

Upcoming Programs

New French Cinema (September 2–October 9)

Paul Taylor: Creative Domain (September 23–October 1)

Manhattan Short Film Festival (September 27)

Dutch Paintings: A Cinematic Exploration (October 8–16)

The 9th Annual Boston Palestine Film Festival (October 16–25)

The 27th Boston Jewish Film Festival (November 4–16)

Friends of Film

Open to all Museum members, Friends of Film connects people who love the art of film, have a desire to learn more, and want to meet others with similar enthusiasm. Participation includes two free tickets (subject to availability) to regularly priced films ($9 member, $11 nonmember), invitations for two people to attend programs, and runs on the same annual cycle—with the same expiration date—as your MFA membership. Join today!

University Membership

University Membership grants full-time undergraduate students $5 film tickets (regularly priced screenings purchased in person). Learn more and see how your school participates.


The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Film Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is funded by the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation.

Film at the MFA is sponsored by Bank of America.

Also made possible with endowment support from the Katharine Stone White Film Fund, the Museum Film Program Endowment Fund, the Dean W. Freed Fund, the Marilyn and Selwyn Kudisch Endowed Fund for the Benefit of the Film Program, the MFA Associates and MFA Senior Associates Fund for Film and Video, and the Margaret L. Hargrove Fund. A gift from an anonymous Friend of Film makes program notes for select events possible. Visits by film and video artists are made possible by the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation Fund and by The Lowell Institute.