The Academy accredited Run&Shoot Filmworks Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival also known as "The Summer's Finest Film Festival" is now entering its 19th year on Martha's Vineyard. We 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.

HBO Best Short Film
HBO Best Feature Film
HBO Best Documentary Film

- 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, 2020.
- 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, 2021.
-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, 2021, 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
  • Julia Liu

    It was an honor to be a part of this film festival!

    December 2020
  • Amir Zargara

    thanks for having us :)

    August 2020
  • Nyasha Hatendi

    So honored to be able to screen our short Moving On at MVAFF. A real gem of a festival. I hope this will be the first of many, the team were so kind and supportive and created a solidarity with the other filmmakers and creators which makes all the difference. Thank you.

    August 2019
  • MVAAFF is a gift to attend. It’s both boogie and down to earth, extravagant and low-key, star studded and star seeking. There’s nothing quite like it, from the beautiful location, to color of conversation guests, to the best d*** film blocks I’ve ever seen. Floyd and Stephanie Rance are incredible hosts and Mavens for the culture and their staff are consummate professionals. I highly recommend this festival, A+

    August 2019
  • Ashley Brim

    Wasn't able to attend MVAAFF with our short film An Act of Terror but I heard our screening was well-attended and that the audience was great. The parties and screenings on the schedule looked great too. Thanks for sharing our film!

    August 2019