2021 Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival

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As the golden light of August gives way to September, we set our sights on the week after Labor Day, and the beginning of our 16th annual Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival running September 7-12th this year. Due to COVID, this year’s festival will be a hybrid affair, at the Film Center’s screenings, virtual interviews, and all festival films available online for viewing in your home.


Celebrating 16 Years!

You can buy individual films from the festival schedule to watch online at home.

You click the film and then follow prompts. You need to register with EVENTIVE with a login (can’t use your mvfilmsociety.com login).

The festival films can be purchased anytime (unlock them starting September 7th) through September 12th. Once unlocked you have 48 hours to watch/re-watch.

We would like to thank our sponsor Cape Air

Our Mission
The recurring theme of the annual Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival is “Other Places, Other People”; the festival’s purpose is to encourage attendees to think broadly (about how huge the world of film is) and deeply (about the universal concerns and desires that unite all people). About 90% of all film selections are non-US productions, helping to fulfill the festival mission of promoting cross-cultural understanding through film.

Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival is an amazing experience not to be missed. Come and join us for 6 days in September.

The 2020 Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival will present a selection of films from around the globe by international filmmakers. Films are curated from top-notch festivals like Sundance, Berlin, and Cannes, with a few surprises thrown in.

THE ISLAND EXPERIENCE: Although most of the festival will take place in a village of Vineyard Haven, there will be plenty of opportunities to explore our other Island towns and natural beauty. Martha’s Vineyard is the perfect location for our multi-day festival, with its amazing beaches, sunsets, spectacular chefs, unique shops, and a highly influential community.

Festival Difference
What makes our festival different? It’s community-oriented programming inspired by the World around us. Martha’s Vineyard is a special place and we have designed programs to give back to the community, including promoting commerce in downtown Vineyard Haven and across the Island. We are working with local merchants to create a community celebration that will go hand-in-hand with our festivities.

We offer filmmakers a chance to show their best work during our International Juried Short Film Competition. We select 10 films for the program which are shown in a single program, with the announcement of the winner coming at the conclusion of the program. The winner is awarded a $1,000 cash prize and their film is shown again before our Closing Night Film and Program. For more information, or to submit your film for consideration please click the submit button below.

For more details and information on how to submit your local short film or work-in-progress – please contact info@mvfilmsociety.com

Our Festival is also cooperating with various Island non-profit on events/films that focus light on their mission and community services. Contact us if your organization is interested in collaborating, at info@mvfilmsociety.com

Festival Host
The Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival is presented by the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society. The Film Society presents award-winning feature films, documentaries, animation, and shorts from around the world, paired with topical speakers throughout the year. We aim to bring together people of all ages, foster appreciation of the world’s diversity, and stimulate discussion through the universal language of film. The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

Festival Director
Since 1999, when he founded the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society, Richard Paradise has been actively involved in the promotion and exhibition of independent and international films on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard. The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society has become a much loved year-round arts organization screening over 200 films annually, with a membership of over 2500 and annual patronage of over 60,000.

Visiting Martha’s Vineyard for the Festival
To obtain information on getting to and from Martha’s Vineyard, we have asked our partner, the MV Chamber of commerce for its assistance. Please click the link below for information on transportation options.

Contact Us
For any additional questions or comments, please email your inquiry to info@mvfilmsociety.com or
call 774-392-2972.

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