The Festival Mission has been to celebrate and recognize diverse independent shorts up to 1 hr. or shorter and made within 3.5 years of the submission date. We conduct a juried annual competition with awards to 40 to 60 works chosen for the tour to 60 or more host venues per season. It is the tradition of lively inquiry, innovation, open artistic exploration, independent vision, and illumination of the human condition in all of it's manifestations that motivates the festival's work on behalf of contemporary film and video.
Today the works exhibited by the Black Maria Film + Video Festival represent a mosaic of diverse film and video forms (documentary, experimental/alternative, animation, fiction, and hybrid forms) with an emphasis on personal, poetic, human interest and otherwise insightful, creative and varied approaches to any given subject or genre. The Festival Tour exhibits the winning works in various thematic and artistic configurations tailored to diverse audiences at venues which are conducive to the genuine appreciation of the work.
Moviemaker's Spring 2010 issue lists the Black Maria Film + Video Festival as one of "25 Film Festival Worth the Entry Fee in 2010."
Special Jury Awards - for films in each category.
The Black Maria Film Festival is primarily a showcase for short works. We do not accept any films over 60 minutes in length. If you have a feature length film you wish us to consider, you MUST be prepared to provide a cut with a maximum running time of 60 minutes
Documents and Other Requisite Items
Selection Media Type
Screening Media Type
No premiere requirement
Jury and Organizers
John Columbus (Festival Director).
c/o Media Arts Department, Fries Hall
New Jersey City University
2039 Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City NJ 07305
U S A
Phone: 201 200 2043
Fax: 201 200 3490
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