The Run&Shoot Filmworks Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival also known as "The Summer's Finest Film Festival" is now entering its 17th year on Martha's Vineyard. They have screened and promoted some of the most outstanding and emerging Feature, Documentary and Short films produced by and starring African Americans from across the world. The majority of screenings and events take place at Martha's Vineyard Performing Arts Center (MVPAC) located adjacent to Martha's Vineyard Regional High School at 100 Edgartown Vineyard Haven Road.

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- Films must be by a writer, director, and/or producer who is a person of color (including but not limited to East Asian, South Asian, Black, African-American, Latino, and Pacific Islander) AND/OR feature people of color in the cast/storyline. At a minimum, films must highlight an inclusive cast that reflects the shifting demographics around the world.
- MVAAFF programming emphasizes premieres and new works in categories including narrative and documentary films, both features/shorts.
- Festival screenings will only be shown on Blu-Ray or zip drive formats, with Blu-Ray back-ups provided by filmmakers.
- Film must have a composite optical sound.
- Films in competition may not have had a commercial distribution or been broadcast in the United States. The programming committee reserves the right to waive this rule in the case of small non-commercial, non-publicized showings.

-It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that the submitted video link and password work throughout the selection process. The MVAAFF will attempt, but is under no obligation, to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form in an effort to obtain the correct video link and or correct password of the Film. The MVAAFF reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film/Video Link or password that does not work correctly.

- MVAAFF does not pay rental/screening fees. Instead, our limited resources are invested in the production and promotion of the best possible showcase for your work.
- Films must have been completed AFTER January 1, 2017.
- Works in progress may be submitted, as long as the final version is shared prior to the festival and a BLU-RAY will be available for screening during the Festival.
- Previously submitted works are not eligible for re-submission.

- All works must be submitted via ONLINE SCREENER via FilmFreeway. No other formats will be accepted.
- All submissions should adhere to the TRT requirements, as outlined in each category criteria.
- There is no limit to the number of submissions per submitter, provided they are separate submissions and the required submission fee is paid for each.
- All films must be uploaded as an online screener.
- Filmmakers will be notified via email of submission status by July 15, 2018.
-Filmmakers are encouraged to reach out via email if they feel they have not been notified.
- You must have your festival acceptance and release paperwork completed by July 15, 2018, and your electronic press kit materials and Filmmaker Checklist must be submitted ASAP, if accepted as an official selection.

- Your submission will not be considered until the submission fee is paid in full via credit card. No exceptions.
- Submission fees will not be returned and are non-refundable.

The following must be included for each submission:
- Submission Form (Accepted online exclusively via FilmFreeway, 1 per submission)
- Preview Screener or Script (online screener or PDF file required, uploaded via FilmFreeway)
- Submission Fee (Accepted online via FilmFreeway)
- Film Festival History & Confirmed Future Film Festival Participation
Optional, but recommended materials include: Brief Synopsis; Filmmaker Bio; Press Kit; Stills

Overall Rating
  • As an emerging filmmaker, this festival has definitely set the bar. I was most impressed with the hospitality displayed by the Rances, the founders of the festival, as well as the amazing content and panelists that were featured during the event. The attendance from the general public was phenomenal and a true testament to the quality of the content they had to offer. Definitely a festival I will be sure to apply all of my future films to!

    August 2019
  • Harold Jackson III

    Wonderful festival. Would definitely go again. Great networking opportunities.

    August 2019
  • I have been attending MVAAFF as a filmmaker since 2008. When creating projects I always try to reach think about the quality of films, and the sophistication of the audiences at MVAAFF. Official selections admitted into the festival are always of the highest quality and the calibre of filmmakers in attendance is always world class. The event organizers, Floyd and Stephanie are responsive and caring towards the filmmakers and they truly go above and beyond to provide the right mix of opportunity for each participant and attendee. I am a big fan of this festival and always submit my projects to be considered here because I know that it will reach a very broad audience accompanied by other opportunities to continue our journey as film producers. I highly recommend this event to all who are reading this and fully endorse the Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival as the premiere event for filmmakers who want a quality screening opportunity accompanied with an amazing location, great people and most importantly amazing movies. Salute to Steph and Floyd!

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank You Sir! Greatly appreciate your work and passion for storytelling.

  • Praheme Praphet

    Amazing festival! Great films and filmmakers Q&As!

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank You! Greatly appreciate your kind words.

  • avery waddell

    This is hands down the best festival out there!!!

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank You! Greatly appreciate your kind words.