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.

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

THE FILMS: The 2019 Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival will present a selection of films from around the globe by International filmmakers. Films drawn from top-notch festivals like Sundance, Berlin, and Cannes, with a few surprises thrown in.

CONVERSATIONS: The movies are just the beginning. Making our festival unique we’ll bring guests from film, media, politics, and art worlds to celebrate, discuss and debate the films’ issues.

WALKING FESTIVAL DISTRICT: Meet the filmmakers, attend special events, cocktail parties, artist showcases, and live music at the festival. Check out the great local shops and restaurants. Enjoy the islands amazing beaches and relaxed charm.

THE ISLAND EXPERIENCE: Although most of the festival will take place in the 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.

$1000 Cash Prize for Winning Short film -- jury competition

ACCEPTING SHORT FILM ENTRIES -- January 1, 2019

International Jury Competition – 10 films will be selected from festival's worldwide entries and screened in the 2019 Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival short film showcase. Jury members will select the winning film for a jury cash prize and presentation at Short Film Finalist showcase program on Saturday, September 7th.

We accept either fiction or non-fiction short films. Our festival's programming is about exploring other cultures/people in the world -- so please keep that in mind before submitting.

PARTICIPATION DETAILS:
Eligible if your short film was completed after July 15, 2018
English language, or with English subtitles
20 minutes or less in length (firm)

Your film must not be in breach of any copyright, including music or sound contained in your entry

An announcement of selected 10 films for competition showcase will be made by 1 August 2019

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  • Andrew Olson

    Absolutely loved the Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival - Richard and the team were on top of everything, and provided a friendly welcoming atmosphere for all the film makers who were able to attend. Made some new friends, and saw some fantastic films. Couldn't recommend it more.

    September 2018
  • Greg Condon

    This was a great festival. Very filmmaker friendly in a beautiful location. Screenings were packed with a receptive audience - absolutely submit to this one!

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Greg! Glad we could host you and give you a taste of Island life! Good luck with your endeavors!

  • Romina Schwedler

    We absolutely loved this festival. Our film The Visit screened at the gorgeous and historic Capawock Theater, to a full house of enthusiastic film fans. We were greeted and treated so well from the first day to the last that it was truly difficult to leave. The level of the selected films was also outstanding and the networking was productive and fun. Needless to say we hope to be back soon! Thank you for a wonderful time <3

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:

    It was a pleasure to have you and Alan visit with us in September. It was lovely. Continued success with your filmmaking career.

  • Keith Farrell

    The writer of Rabbit Punch, Hannah Salt attended this wonderful festival, everybody involved in the festival was really friendly and coming from the UK they really looked after her over the course of the four days she was there. In Hannah's words its a "film fans film festival". The Rabbit Punch team would recommend the festival to other film makers looking for a great festival in a stunning location.

    September 2017
  • Linda Kuriloff

    I was extremely delighted with the level of communication, the hospitality, the quality of the festival, and the enthusiasm of the whole community.

    September 2017