Hooray -- for the third consecutive year, the Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival is recognized as one of the "50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" by MovieMaker Magazine. Thank you!

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 FILMS: The 2021 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 -- starting January 1, 2021

International Jury Competition – 10 films will be selected from festival's worldwide entries and screened in the 2021 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 11th.

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.

Eligible if your short film was completed after July 15, 2020
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 around 1 August 2021

Overall Rating
  • Dekel Berenson

    A very well organized film festival, thank you for screening our film!

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Dekel in putting your film in our trust. Continued success with your film career journey. Richard

  • Cathleen Dean

    I really enjoyed this festival. The people were extremely supportive and Richard Paradise and his team do a great job programing the festival. Martha's Vineyard is a very special place. I look forward to going back to enjoy the festival and the island again.

    September 2019
  • 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
    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
    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.