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Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival

Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts / September 3-8, 2019 / mvfilmsociety.com 

Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival is one of the most selective festivals in the country. Features are curated, and only 10 shorts are selected for competition, with a handful more selected to screen before features. Just getting in is an accomplishment, and it is rewarded. The festival is able to fly moviemakers in and house them, and they’re given festival passes for access to films, theater events, and free meals. Sailing excursions and hikes give visiting moviemakers a sense of the beautiful island, and moviemakers are assigned guides. Because the elite vacation here, some industry heavy hitters are around to network with.

Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival director Richard Paradise sings in the rain on opening night. Photograph by Jeanna Shepard

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  1. Tommy

    April 25, 2019 at 11:13 am

    No film festivals of diversity, not event the American Black Film Festival? Disappointing!

  2. Lucifer

    April 24, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    SDUFF is the best!!!

  3. Ryan Betschart

    April 24, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    San Diego Underground Film Festival!!!!! YAY!!!

    • Ron Tucker

      April 24, 2019 at 2:33 pm

      I can assure you that the Beaufort International Film Festival held each February in Beaufort, SC is well worth the entry fee. See the recap here -https://vimeo.com/321820933

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