OUR MISSION IS TO PRODUCE COMMUNITY EVENTS, EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS, AND FILMS THAT SPARK DISCUSSION, DEBATE, AND ACTION.

In the middle of the winter of 2001, with the two island theaters showing mediocre blockbuster material, and having rented nearly every VHS and DVD at the local video store, Thomas Bena and a group of friends were desperate for good movies. Although Thomas had never even been to a film festival, he asked his friends to help him create an alternative movie experience—one that would feature fantastic films, exotic food, art, and music.

He rented the Grange Hall in West Tisbury, and found several independent filmmakers who were willing to let him present their work. With one small article in The Martha's Vineyard Times and a heap of phone calls, four out of the five programs played to a full house. The projection booth doubled as a kitchen where curries were prepared just a few feet from the technical equipment. A series of interviews with islanders played on television screens strategically placed in the bathrooms. Strangers talked, friends were made, people had a great time.

The MVFF was born.

Rules & Terms

If we don’t have great films, we don’t have a great festival…so thanks for inquiring. Feel free to submit for our upcoming Summer Film Series, June - August, 2017.

Feature filmmakers will be provided with a screening fee, as well as guest transportation and accommodations. We invite and encourage all participating filmmakers to attend.

All submissions MUST include:
- A short synopsis of your film (80-100 words)
- Your contact information

**PLEASE NOTE:
- we do NOT accept screenplays or other forms of performance-based art—ONLY films.
- please also be aware that we accept submissions on various platforms and also solicit films. We receive more submissions than we have space to show.

If your film is accepted, you will be contacted and asked to send your highest-quality HD Cam, Blu-Ray, DigiBeta, or DVD copy of your film.