Annually, we bring our selection of inspirational and thought-provoking films to our audience in the heart of Montclair, NJ. Under the umbrella of DesignShed, Montclair Design Week is excited to announce a new call for submissions for MADFLASH FILM FEST! 100 SECOND DASH. This pop-up film festival kicks off by inviting all rising and established filmmakers, visual storytellers, artists, and documentarians to explore this year’s theme: “If Not Now, When?” Believing less is more, the annual short film festival challenges filmmakers of all kinds to design and tell their stories in 100 seconds adding their own dash of spice to the challenge! We hope to share with you the versatility and possibilities that can be experienced through the pivotal and powerful tool of cinema!

Awards are given in various categories and are presented at MADFLASH FILM FEST! 100 SECOND DASH, the night of the festival. All juried awards are at the discretion of the judges. Winners need not be present to receive an award.

Winners certificate and generous gift card through our sponsor Unique Photo, New Jersey's largest store serving the filmmaking community.

People's Choice Awards
Inclusive process of public voting. Winners receive certificate and gift card.


MADFLASH FILM FEST! 100 SECOND DASH Entry Fees are non-refundable.

All films must have been made within the last year since October 2020 and not screened publicly or listed online.

Ages 10+

All films MUST BE 100 seconds to be considered.

While all genres and film styles are requested, submitted material must not contain obscene, discriminatory, unlawful, violent or objectionable material.

All content must be free of any copyright, permission and licensing restrictions. No unauthorized use of copyrighted material.

Content created to promote any product or service will not be accepted.

All foreign language entries must have English subtitles.

Filmmakers agree any content submitted may be used for MDW's promotional purposes.

MDW organizers will reserve the right to refuse any submission at its own discretion if it does not follow all rules.

Overall Rating
  • Kasia S

    I was honored to be a part of and also win an award at this festival. A great festival for Montclair, NJ!

    November 2021
  • Harold Olejarz

    Great festival! I was thrilled to be included and win an award.

    October 2021
  • My daughter was thrilled to hear she won first place in the "student" category! She liked the custom award certificate you sent, and the generous gift card. Thank you for including aspiring filmmakers in your festival :)

    October 2021
  • Many thanks to you for choosing my documentary!

    October 2021
  • Murtaz Ahmed

    Communication was very well. Best future wishes!

    October 2021